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Winter 2014 Newsletter

Winter is here and although the weather throughout May was kind, June has seen a change to lower temperatures and higher rainfall.

Two Practitioners taking Maternity Leave


At Peninsula Acupuncture we are also going through some change with two of our beloved staff leaving us temporarily to commence motherhood!

We were blessed last month with Georgina our Chinese Medicine Practitioner and her husband Chris welcoming baby Evie to the world! Michelle our Remedial Massage Therapist is set to finish at the end of the June and we look forward to seeing her bundle of joy also!!


Two New Practitioners


With two of our long term staff leaving us we have been fortunate to welcome Taina, a Chinese Medicine Practitioner, to our team whilst also welcoming Rebecca, a new Remedial Massage Therapist, at the end of June. We will update you on Rebecca's start date and her weekly availability shortly.


Rebecca, our new Remedial Massage Therapist

Winter Ailments


With the transition to Winter we are treating an increased amount of respiratory conditions including Colds and Flu. It is important to concentrate your attention towards increasing your rest and making sure your diet is rich in Immune Boosting foods, so you should include root vegetables, beans, miso, garlic and foods abundant in vitamin C including lemon, orange and the buzz food of the moment... Kale, in your soups and stews.

With the cold weather we are also noticing increased numbers of patients presenting with Arthritic pain and inflammation. Whilst Acupuncture, Chinese Medicine and Remedial Massage are fantastic ways to relieve the pain of many Arthritic conditions, we are finding that many of our patients are also using supplements to aid in their relief. 


Omega-3 Supplements


While there is a myriad of different supplementation products for the treatment of pain and inflammation on the market, Omega-3 fats such as those in Fish Oil seem to be one that many of us are turning to in order to reduce some of our ongoing inflammation issues. However, what I am noticing is that the daily dosage many of my patients seem to be using is inadequate to achieve the anti-inflammatory results that they are expecting. So I thought it would be useful to clarify what dosages would be most appropriate.

Dosage


Arthritis Victoria suggests the dose needed to reduce inflammation is 2.7 grams of Omega-3 (EPA plus DHA) daily. 

The amount of EPA/DHA content will vary from brand to brand as well as capsule to liquid. It is important to make sure that you check to ensure you are receiving an adequate amount. Generally it equates to 5-7 standard concentrated gel fish oil capsules, or 5-7ml of concentrated fish oil daily. 

Fish oil quality does vary, so if you notice reflux or gastrointestinal concerns try swapping brands and always take supplementation with or after foods, never on an empty stomach. Other sources of Omega-3 fatty acids include deep sea fish, krill oil, calamari oil, flax seed oil, walnuts, safflower oil and olive oil.

Omega-3 Fats have also been shown to assist with conditions such as asthma, depression, cardiovascular disease, ADHD and autoimmune diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis.


Stockists


We stock both Pharmaceutical Grade Bioceuticals and Metagenics Concentrated Fish Oil Capsules and are able to recommend a suitable dosage depending on your individual condition. 

If you are on blood thinning medications or unsure if the use of Omega-3 fatty acids would benefit you, consult your GP before supplementing with Fish Oil.

 
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Mornington

Ph: 5973 4116

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