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Mat 2014 update from the Melbourne Natural Medicine Clinic team
"My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humour, and some style.”
- Maya Angelou (1928 - 2014)

 
Looking forward to the long weekend? So are we! Having that extra day off to do things makes such a difference. For those of you who are not going away, you can still have a mini mental- break from the busy-ness of normal life. Whether it's a day trip out of the city, a long walk with family / friends / your pet or allocating a full day to your passion / hobby, your mind will be cleared and you'll feel rejuvenated.

Queen's Birthday Weekend Trading Hours
If you are needing to top up on supplements, the clinic will be open on Saturday 7th June from 9am - 1pm for supplement purchases only. Please be aware that product orders will need to be placed prior to 3pm on Thursday 5th June in order to receive them via post before the long weekend. The clinic will be closed on Monday 9th June and will re-open on Tuesday 10th June at 8.30am. 
 
Do you need to update your contact details?
When moving house there are so many things to do - the one thing you may have forgotten to do is update your contact details with us! It's important that your practitioner has your current address, phone numbers and email address in case they need to contact you. Please email the clinic on info@melbournenaturalmedicine.com.au or contact Reception on (03) 9686 2566 and provide your new phone number/s, email address and postal address.


Fish Oil - Are They All The Same?

Not all fish oils are equal. It is vital that you only using fish oils of the highest quality and purity, sourced from small, cold water fish using eco-fishing practices. For optimal health benefits, it is important to ensure that the concentrated fish oils are well below Australian allowable standards for contaminants such as heavy metals, pesticides and solvents. Here at Melbourne Natural Medicine Clinic, we only stock fish oils that meet these requirements.

As with everything, you tend to get what you pay for. Cheap supplement formulas tend to contain cheaper ingredients in an imbalanced ratio. While on the surface they may appear easier on the pocket, in the long run, they prove quite uneconomical. You may need to take a lot more of a cheaper product to get the same benefits as one of the superior quality, and taking a higher number may increase your risk of unwelcome side-effects.

Fuelling The Fire Within
The term “inflammation” comes from the Latin word ‘inflammatio’ which simply means, ‘to set on fire’. Typical symptoms of inflammation include pain, redness, heat and swelling. Inflammation is a natural response to something that causes irritation. Its two main actions are to protect and heal; it is a way for the body to seal off the area, kill off any invaders, remove damaged tissue and cells and allow the area to repair

Fresh Food Is Anti-Inflammatory
The modern Western diet is inflammatory. Food has the ability to produce or reduce inflammation. Diets high in sugar, processed foods and foods high in ‘bad’ fats such as hydrogenated and trans-fatty acids are pro-inflammatory.

Making positive food choices can create lasting healthy eating habits for life:

• Eat seasonally, fresh and organic as often as possible. 
• Choose two serves of fresh fruits and at least three cups of 
fresh vegetables daily. 
• Include herbs and spices in your cooking, especially ginger 
and turmeric
• Include healthy oils, nuts and seeds in your diet. 
Minimise consumption of processed, refined carbohydrates 
(e.g. white bread, pasta, cereals, cakes). 
• If susceptible, dairy products and gluten containing grains 
can trigger an inflammatory response and are best avoided.

Omega 3 essential fatty acids from fish oil are also extremely important for your brain. Studies have shown that DHA, one of the major components of fish oil, improves cognitive function. This component has also been shown to be very effective for protection against age-related mental decline.

Freedom From Pain and Inflammation
Don’t allow chronic pain and inflammation to fuel your life. Address the underlying causes of your inflammation now and take steps to put this fire out. With high quality fish oil, some dietary and lifestyle modifications and the support of your Practitioner, you can regain your life and the freedom to enjoy daily activities and the future. 
 
For more information about breaking free from the bonds of pain and inflammation, book in for a consultation with one of our naturopaths today!

Macadamia & Honey Lip Balm

Dry lips can be a problem during the cooler months as we spend more time inside with the heater on. Thankfully, Mukti has the best lip balm on the market to make your lips luscious again!

This must-have balm is a delicious lip moisturiser that soothes, protects and softens the lips. It contains a nourishing blend of oils in an organic bees’s wax and honey base that create natural sun protection.

Free from the nasties found in other brands, Mukti's macadamia & honey lip balm is also gluten, wheat and palm oil free.
 
SPECIAL
 
For the month of June, we are offering 20% off Mukti macadamia & honey lip balm!

Normally $14.95
now only $11.95!!
 

 

Nothing says Winter like a nice bowl of porridge! Here's our favourite recipe, courtesy of the talented Alkaline Sisters.

Chia Porridge
Yield: 1 serving

*3 tbsp chia seeds
*1 cup organic almond milk
*2 tbsp dried unsulphured organic cranberries
*1/2-1 tsp cinnamon
*1/4 tsp all spice
*1/8 tsp cardamon
*1/2 tsp vanilla
*3 drops liquid stevia
*Diced strawberries, raspberries & blueberries for toppings
*Raw almonds, cashews & sunflower seeds for toppings (preferably soaked over night)
*Fresh mint as garnish or topping

Method
Place almond milk in a bowl and sprinkle chia seeds in and stir immediately for a minute or so to avoid clumping. 

Add cranberries & spices as you stir along with 3 drops of stevia and the vanilla.

Allow to stand for 30-40 mins to thicken, or covered in the fridge over night.

Add berries, nuts and seeds as you may and a sprig of mint.


**This breakfast treat can also help with constipation and maintaining a healthy omega 3 status
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