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My 5 Favourite Skin Fixers

Skin Fixers 1   My 5 Favourite Skin Fixers 

Skin problems and acne spark some very interesting discussion, which brings me here  today.  I’m keen to share my 5 best skin fixers.

Cleanse from the inside out

Its crazy that our skin is the largest organ we have yet the most neglected.  Toxins, which the body can’t deal with are pushed out via the skin, bowels or the mouth. Our gut and skin health is so very connected.  Imbalances like acne, dermatitis, rashes eczema, psoriasis, and alike, naturally my first point of call is the gut health.  A good probiotic and a  hearty beef and vegetable soup which contains quality collagen for lining repair will help to nourish and support good digestion. If your mouth and cheeks are the problem areas,  it’s a little clue into your gut health being your issue.

  De-Rail  inflammation

Skin conditions can be a result of intense inflammation and poor diet.  Inflammatory foods just like gluten, sugar and dairy can play hard ball with our insides and really wear away good gut flora. You might like to pick one of these trigger foods and remove it. Gluten, for example is super hard to digest and can lead to a plethora of  problems.  Cut it out for a few weeks as a starting point and see.

Happy Hormones

When acne presents along the neck, back and jawline it can be a result of unhappy Hormones. These ones are usually bigger than the facial kind, and can be you clue to getting onto rebalancing your hormones.  Generally I find in girls it’s triggered by an oestrogen dominance.  Try avoiding high levels of hormone in animal meat, photo oestrogen’s in soy products, chemicals and beauty products. Increasing your magnesium rich foods can also assist in rebalancing oestrogen. Some other signs of oestrogen dominance might be: heavy, painful or clotty periods, ovulation pain or PMT. Depression, mood swings and weight gain can show up when the oestrogen overbears the progesterone. Its all in the BALANCE. Progesterone has a target role in heightening our happy mood. 

Unleash your Rhythm

Sometimes life gets a little crazy, lack of sleep, flying or that little window before your period, can knock you for six. Learn to understand your body and notice the times when you might need to a a bit more mindful of your water intake and top notch nutrition.  Take a little time out for yourself and fill your energy bucket. A relaxing night with a good cup  of Herbal tea can work wonders for getting back on track.

When life gives you Lemons

If your poor skin is a result of toxic build up instead of hormonal imbalance, invest in a good cleanse.  A cleanse is about eating easily digested foods, it doesn’t need to be harsh and drastic. My favourite morning routine is a big glass of water with half a lemon squeezed into it, 15 minutes before breakfast. So when life gives you lemons. Cleanse your insides and Eat them!!


Yes! There are so many fixers when it comes to clearing up your skin.  I’d love to hear your best ‘fixers’ and even your worst!  It’s all about finding out what works for you and why??


Be Well


Wellness Educator

Felicity Patterson



Tradesmen’s Health

Clinic-NL-Tradesmens-Health-WEBCanada is considered to be an “advanced safety country” where workplace safety is entrenched. “Advanced safety” countries have an intricate system of regulations and enforcement designed to compel companies to provide safe workplaces and workers who are knowledgeable and know their rights.  Tradies have among the highest number of injuries, musculoskeletal conditions and other health and safety risks of any profession. Work related injuries, by industry show that Construction workers have the highest rate at 24.5%, per 1,000 workers.

Osteopaths play a critical role in providing early healthcare intervention support–through diagnosing, treating, and preventing disease and disability through physical means. Working in partnership with their patients, osteopaths can help recovery from injury, reduce pain and stiffness, and increase mobility, and also prevent further injury.

How Can Osteopathy Help?

Osteopaths are experts in human movement. They understand how your muscles, bones, joints and ligaments work and how injuries happen. Osteopaths are able to help get you back to work faster. Osteopaths can:

  • Assess your muscle strength, flexibility and fitness to design an appropriate fitness program
  • Teach you how to better handle loads, to move more efficiently and safely
  • Teach you how to engage your trunk core stabilisers when performing a task
  • Show you how to prevent injury in your home or workplace
  • Treat muscle, joint and ligament injuries to assist with a successful recovery

They may use:

  • Joint mobilisation & manipulation
  • Electrotherapy e.g. ultrasound TENS
  • Massage and mobilisation to increase flexibility and range of movement directed towards soft-tissue structures, articular structures and neural tissue
  • Dry needling
  • Muscle energy techniques
  • Activity modification advice
  • Biomechanical correction
  • Postural assessment, correction and advice
  • Ergonomic advice regarding work role modifications, if required
  • Exercises to improve flexibility, strength, posture and core stability
  • Stretching
  • Taping
  • Use of a sacroiliac belt or lumbar brace
  • Use of a lumbar roll for sitting
  • A gradual return to activity program

Early intervention and treatment through osteopathy and the promotion of preventative health and wellbeing can prolong working careers and improve general wellbeing for any worker in the trade industry.

Foot Health

Feet imageDid you know that the average person walks up to 10,000 steps a day, covering 120,000 kilometres in a lifetime? It is no surprise that most people experience foot pain in their lifetime!

October is Foot Health Month in Australia, it is an opportunity for practitioners all across the country to raise awareness about the crucial role their profession plays in making and keeping people well.

We are so dependent on our feet, but they are often neglected, feet, ankles and legs bear the brunt of your body weight and are used constantly through walking and standing. It’s pretty hard to just put them out of service while you ignore the pain.

 Prevention is better than cure and correct alignment is the foundation of good health for all ages.

  1. Do you have pain in your feet?
  2. Are you on your feet all day?
  3. Do you have skin or nail problems (ingrown or discoloured toenails, corns, skin rashes, areas of hard skin) on your feet?
  4. Do you have any sores on your feet that are not healing?
  5. Do you have foot odour?
  6. Do you have a foot injury?
  7. Do you have health problems such as diabetes or arthritis?
  8. Do you have numbness, tingling or burning in your feet?
  9. Do your feet have poor circulation – are they unusually pale, blue or red?
  10. Do you trip or fall often?
  11. Do you have problems finding shoes that fit comfortably?
  12. Do you have lumps or bumps, bunions or misshapen toes?
  13. Do you regularly wear heels that are 5 cm (2 inches) or higher?

It is extra important that you take care of your feet so any signs of trouble should be checked on sooner rather than later.

Osteoarthritis (OA)

We are all familiar with the term “arthritis”.  Arthritis affects 1.9 Million Australians.  Most of us know people who suffer from arthritis.  In fact, many of the musculo-skeletal symptoms that we personally experience may actually be signs of osteoarthritis (OA). Joint Pain

What is Osteoarthritis (OA)?

OA is a degenerative condition that affects the joints. OA usually affects people over the age of 45, but it can also develop in younger people. Although we often think of shoulders, hips and knees when we hear about “arthritis”, the spine is a common site for these degenerative changes, which makes your chiropractor a valuable partner in the ongoing management of this condition.

What are the symptoms of OA?

The symptoms of OA vary from person to person. The most common symptoms are pain and stiffness of the joints (including spinal joints). These feelings are usually worst after not moving the joint for a while (like when we first get up in the morning or getting up after prolonged sitting).

How is OA diagnosed?  

In most cases there is no clear cause of OA; however it is usually attributed to “wear and tear”.  In most cases a chiropractor can diagnose OA based upon your symptoms and a physical examination.

What will happen to me?  

The impact of OA on your normal activities and lifestyle depends on which joints are affected.  The outlook usually improves when including chiropractic care in your personal arthritis management plan.

What can I do?

Speak to your chiropractor about the most appropriate treatment and exercise regime to manage your symptoms and help prevent the condition from getting worse. Chiropractic management of OA has proven to be safe and effective, and is used as an integral part of many individual arthritis management plans.

Joint Pain & Arthritis

What is Arthritis ?

Arthritis is a major cause of disability and handicap in Australia affecting people of all ages and walks of life. Arthritis is not a single condition.

Arthritis literally means inflammation of the joint.

There are over 150 kinds of arthritis, all of which affect one or more joints in the body. The most common types of arthritis are:

  • (OA) Osteoarthritis
  • (RA) Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Lupus
  • Septic arthritis
  • (JIA) Juvenile idiopathic arthritis
  • Gout, which account for 90% of all arthritis cases.

One in one thousand children are diagnosed with juvenile arthritis, while it is estimated that three in every thousand children live with the condition but remained undiagnosed.

Arthritis is often misinterpreted as simply a disease which affects elderly people, when in fact 60% of those who are diagnosed with arthritis are between the ages of 15 – 60 years.

Arthritis affects 3.4 million Australians, 16.7% of the population. Of the proportion of Australians affected, 60.4% are women. 60% of all people living with arthritis are of working age.

Causes of Arthritis Can Be

Due to the fact that there are over 150 different types of arthritis, there is no one single cause or list of causes for arthritis. Often several factors contribute to an individual developing this common problem.

Types of Arthritis

Arthritis causes pain, loss of movement and sometimes swelling. This disease also can affect other parts of the body.

Some types of arthritis are:

Osteoarthritis, is the most prevalent form of arthritis.Osteoarthritis is a disease that affects joints in the body and is characterised by damage to the surface of the joint. The main symptoms are pain, and sometimes mild stiffness. The condition is sometimes referred to as osteoarthrosis, arthosis or degenerative joint disease. The cartilage that covers the ends of bones in the joint deteriorates, causing pain and loss of movement as the bone begins to rub against bone.

Rheumatoid arthritis, is one of the most serious and disabling types oaffecting mostly women. Rheumatoid arthritis, is an autoimmune disease in which the joint lining becomes inflamed as part of the bodys immune system activity, symptoms such as pain and swelling in the joints and stiffness in the mornings may occur.

Gout, is often said to be the most painful of all the rheumatic diseases, Although it can’t be cured, it can be successfully treated. Gout can affect men of any age. Women rarely develop it before the menopause, but may do so as they age. So, with people living longer, there are more women with gout than previously. A tendency to attacks of gout may be inherited from a parent or a grandparent.

People get gout because there is something unusual about the chemical processes that take place within the body. A substance called urate builds up as crystals in the joints, especially the big toe. Fortunately, gout almost always can be completely controlled with medication and changes in diet.

Ankylosing spondylitis, is an inflammatory condition that affects the joints of the spine. Spondylitis simply means, inflammation of the spine. As the inflammation dies down, new bone forms replacing the more flexible tendons and ligaments between the vertebrae. Eventually the individual bones of the spine may link up (fuse) resulting in stiffness of the spine. (ankylosis)

Juvenile arthritis, a general term for all types of arthritis that occur in children. Most children won’t have lasting problems from childhood arthritis. JIA doesn’t turn into rheumotoid arthritis in adulthood. And having juvenile idiopathic arthritis doesn’t mean that your child will go on to develop adult forms of arthritis.

Systemic lupus erythematosus (lupus), a serious disorder that can inflame and damage joints and other connective tissues throughout the body.

Scleroderma, a disease of the body’s connective tissue that causes a thickening and hardening of the skin.

Fibromyalgia, is a long term (chronic) condition that can cause widespread muscle pain. There aren’t usually any outward signs of fibromyalgia, but the pain and tiredness associated with this illness are very real, in which widespread pain affects the muscles and attachments to the bone. It affects mostly women.

Preventing Arthritis

As the specific causes of the different types of arthritis remains unclear, it is difficult to say what may assist in the prevention of the development of arthritis. However, listed below are a few steps which may be beneficial in reducing the effects of arthritis.

  • Maintain appropriate weight.
  • Protect joints from ioveruse and injuries.
  • Regularly exercise to maintain healthy bones, muscles and joints. Obviously, regular Naturopathy care is of benefit too, ensuring optimal spinal/joint range of movement and flexibility.
  • Eat a healthy diet as nutrients are vital for joint health.
  • Hydrate your body. Water makes up 70 percent of the cartilage in joints and plays a major role in the lubrication and shock absorbing properties of healthy joints.

For further information, or to consult with one of our skilled Naturopaths you can use the Contact Us or Appointment Request buttons at the top or bottom of this page, call our Bungendore practice on 0421 957 075, or visit Balance Wellness Bungendore‘s state of the art Naturopathy clinic at 38 Ellendon St in Bungendore.


What is good posture Posture is the position in which you hold your body upright against gravity while standing, sitting or laying down. Good posture helps to minimise the amount of strain imposed on our muscles, joints and ligaments whilst performing our daily activities.

If you want an example of good posture, just look at a young child – their back shows a graceful ‘S’ curve and their movements are easy and effortless. As we get older, bad habits such as slouching and inactivity cause muscle fatigue and tension that ultimately lead to poor posture. The complications of poor posture include back pain, spinal dysfunction, joint degeneration, rounded shoulders and a potbelly.

Symptoms of poor posture can include:
  • Rounded shoulders
  • Potbelly
  • Bent knees when standing or walking
  • Head that either leans forward or backward
  • Back pain
  • Body aches and pains
  • Muscle fatigue
  • Headache.

Living in the 21st Century means that we sit for far longer than ever before in history. We sit to work, to play and then, when we are tired, we slouch on the sofa. This slouching encourages our low back to take exactly the opposite to ideal shape. Our lifestyles also encourage us to be physically passive. Our work involves smaller and smaller movements performed under tension (compare the physicality of the skills required to use a manual typewriter with those for a computer keyboard!)

Sitting is in itself tough on the back but slouching is one of the most constant and damaging strains on our spines in modern life. If we slouch on a regular basis the slouch will feel ‘normal’ to us but human nature is to interpret that feeling as if it is correct.

Proper posture:
  • Lessens muscle strain by keeping bones and joints in correct alignment.
  • Reduces the abnormal wearing of joint surfaces caused by overstrain and overload.
  • Minimises ligamentous strain on the joints of the spine and posture loaded joints.
  • Reduces fatigue due to more efficient use of muscles, allowing the body to use less energy.
  • Helps prevents muscular pain and backache.
  • Contributes to a more assertive and positive appearance.

Remember, as the twig is bent,
so grows the tree.


Postural mechanisms

Poor posture interferes with a number of the body’s postural mechanisms including:

  • ‘Slow twitch’ and ‘fast twitch’ muscle fibres
  • Muscle strength and length
  • Nervous system feedback on the body’s position in space.
Proper posture requirements:
  • Strong postural muscles
  • Balanced muscle tone on both sides of the spine
  • Good muscle and joint flexibility
  • An understanding of what constitutes good posture which leads to conscious correction.
  • With practice, the correct posture for standing, sitting, and lying down will gradually replace your old posture.
What is the correct way to stand?

Most people when asked to stand with good posture immediately stand tall, arching their spine and pulling their shoulders back. It looks uncomfortable and is a far cry from a healthy standing posture. Keep it simple – try using PUPPET POSTURE !

Puppet posture is a term I have used to simplify the process of assuming correct posture. It works especially well with children as they can identify easily.

Imagine that you are a puppet (well try to at least!) with a string coming out of the top of your head. Gently lift the imaginary string upwards to straighten your spine. Your arms and shoulders will assume the best posture they can for your current spinal function. Watch yourself in the mirror to visualise what you are achieving. Practice regularly, it gets easier as your spine and muscles gain strength.

Sleeping Posture
  • Sleep on your back or side only.
  • Do not sleep on your stomach as this often causes lower back and neck strain.
  • Use a quality contoured pillow that provides adequate support to your head and neck while sleeping.
  • When arising from bed, move to the side of the bed and push yourself up sideways while swinging your legs off the side.
  • When your back is painful you may place a pillow under your knees (when on your back) or between your knees (when on your side).

You can improve your posture and spinal health by making a few lifestyle adjustments.

For further information, or to consult with one of our skilled Naturopaths you can use the Contact Us or Appointment Request buttons at the top or bottom of this page, call our Bungendore practice on 0421 957 075, or visit Balance Wellness Bungendore‘s state of the art Naturopathy clinic at 38 Ellendon St in Bungendore.


What is osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is a disease in which the bones become fragile and brittle. They fracture more easily than normal bone. Even a minor bump or fall can cause a serious fracture. Half of all women and one-third of men over 60 in Australia will have a fracture due to osteoporosis.

What is osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis as a disease is characterised by low bone mass and micro architectural deterioration of bone tissue, leading to increased bone fragility and a consequent increase in fracture risk.

One in three women and one in twelve men over 50 years of age are affected.

They fracture more easily than normal bone. Even a minor bump or fall can cause a serious fracture. Half of all women and one-third of men over 60 in Australia will have a fracture due to osteoporosis.

  • Osteoporosis and fractures are major causes of injury, long-term disability and even death in older Australians.
  • One fifth of people who suffer a hip fracture will die within six months.
  • Of those who do not die, 50 per cent will be unable to walk without help or stay in their own homes.
  • Some may even need full-time nursing care.

Osteoporosis is often called a silent disease, as there are usually no signs or symptoms until someone has a fracture. Any bone can be affected but the most common are bones in the hip, spine, wrist, ribs, pelvis and upper arm.

Menopause and osteoporosis

Menopause means the time around which a woman has her last period. Most Australian women reach menopause between the ages of 45-55, but it can happen earlier.

From about the age of 45 years, women may begin to lose bone at the rate of about 1-2% per year. This is because women’s bodies usually make less oestrogen at this age. After menopause, oestrogen levels keep decreasing, and this speeds up bone loss to about 2-4% per year, especially in the first 5-10 years after menopause. This stage of bone loss caused by menopause may last up to 15-20 years. All women lose bone at menopause. The amount varies, but some can lose as much as 30% of their bone during those years. If you have an early menopause for some reason, you will begin to lose bone at an earlier age.

The male hormone, testosterone, does not decrease suddenly like oestrogen does in women during menopause.

The health of your bones depends on:

  • Your genes (60-80%)
  • The level of hormones in your body. In women this hormone is oestrogen; in men it is the hormone testosterone.
  • How physically active you are
  • What you eat

These things affect how well bones form in early adulthood when your bones are at their strongest. After the 30s, it is important to maintain bone strength and prevent bone loss.

Risk factors for osteoporosis

Risk factors for osteoporosis and fractures caused by osteoporosis are similar in women and men. They include some things that you can change, and some that you can not.

For further information, or to consult with one of our skilled Naturopaths you can use the Contact Us or Appointment Request buttons at the top or bottom of this page, call our Bungendore practice on 0421 957 075, or visit Balance Wellness Bungendore‘s state of the art Naturopathy clinic at 38 Ellendon St in Bungendore.

Sports Injuries

Sports InjurySports injuries are commonly caused by overuse, direct impact, or the application of force that is greater than the body part can structurally withstand. An injury that happens suddenly, such as a sprained ankle caused by an awkward footfall, is known as an acute injury.

Chronic injuries are caused by overusing the same muscle groups or joints. Poor technique and structural abnormalities can also contribute to the development of chronic injuries. Medical investigation of any sports injury is important, because you may be hurt more severely than you think. For example, what seems like an ankle sprain may actually be a bone fracture.

Common types of sports injuries
Some of the more common sports injuries include:

  • Ankle sprain – symptoms include pain, swelling and stiffness.
  • Bruises – a blow can cause small bleeds into the skin.
  • Concussion – mild reversible brain injury from a blow to the head, which may be associated with loss of consciousness. Symptoms include headache, dizziness and short term memory loss.
  • Cuts and abrasions – usually caused by falls. The knees and hands are particularly prone.
  • Dehydration – losing too much fluid can lead to heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
  • Dental damage – a blow to the jaw can crack, break or dislodge teeth.
  • Groin strain – symptoms include pain and swelling.
  • Hamstring strain – symptoms include pain, swelling and bruising.
  • Knee joint injuries – symptoms include pain, swelling and stiffness. The ligaments, tendons or cartilage can be affected.
  • Nose injuries – either blood nose or broken nose, caused by a direct blow.
  • Stress fractures – particularly in the lower limbs. The impact of repeated jumping or running on hard surfaces eventually stresses and cracks the bone.

First aid for sprains, strains and joint injuries
Suggestions on immediate treatment for sprains, strains and joint injuries include:

  • Stop the activity.
  • Rest the injured area.
  • For the first 24 to 48 hours, apply ice packs for 15 minutes every two hours.
  • Bandage the injured area firmly, extending the wrapping above and below the injury.
  • Whenever possible, elevate the injured area above the level of your heart.
  • Avoid heat, alcohol or massage, which can exacerbate the swelling.
  • Seek medical advice.

First aid for nose bleeds
Suggestions include:

  • Stop the activity.
  • Sit with the head leaning forward.
  • Pinch the nostrils together and breathe through your mouth.
  • Hold the nose for at least 10 minutes.
  • If bleeding continues past 30 minutes, seek medical advice.

First aid for dislodged teeth
It may be possible to save the tooth with prompt dental treatment. Rinse the tooth in water or milk and see your dentist immediately.

Emergency situations
Call an ambulance if any of the following injuries are suspected:

  • Prolonged loss of consciousness
  • Neck or spine injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Injuries to the head or face
  • Eye injuries
  • Abdominal injuries.

Treatment options
Treatment depends on the type and severity of the injury. Always see your doctor if pain persists after a couple of days. What you may think is a straightforward sprain may actually be a fractured bone. Naturopathy can help to rehabilitate the injured site and, depending on the injury, may include exercises to promote strength and flexibility. Returning to sport after injury depends on your doctor’s assessment. Trying to play before the injury is properly healed will only cause further damage and delay recovery. In the meantime, you can maintain your fitness by choosing forms of exercise that don’t involve your injury; for example, ride a stationary bicycle while your sprained wrist is healing.

Prevention strategies
You can reduce your risk of sports injuries if you:

  • Warm up thoroughly by gently going through the motions of your sport and performing slow, sustained stretches.
  • Wear appropriate footwear.
  • Tape or strap vulnerable joints, if necessary.
  • Use the appropriate safety equipment, such as mouth guards, helmets and pads.
  • Drink plenty of fluids before, during and after the game.
  • Try to avoid exercising in the hottest part of the day, between 11am and 3pm.
  • Maintain a good level of overall fitness.
  • Cross-train with other sports to ensure overall fitness and muscle strength.
  • Don’t exert yourself beyond your level of fitness.
  • Use good form and technique.
  • Cool down after sport with gentle, sustained stretches.
  • Allow adequate recovery time between sessions.
  • Have regular medical checkups.

For further information, or to consult with one of our skilled Naturopaths you can use the Contact Us or Appointment Request buttons at the top or bottom of this page, call our Bungendore practice on 0421 957 075, or visit Balance Wellness Bungendore‘s state of the art Naturopathy clinic at 38 Ellendon St in Bungendore.

Vitamin D

Australia is well known for its abundance of sunshine. Hence, it is perhaps surprising that vitamin D deficiency is a common condition affecting a large proportion of Australians. A recognised consequence of low vitamin D is osteomalacia in adults. It also contributes to osteoporosis, that is fragility fractures, in part through increased risk of falls. vitamin-d-foodsVitamin D deficiency has also been implicated in other conditions including bone and muscle pain, cardiovascular disease, increased cancer risk and mortality, falls, sarcopenia, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, osteoarthritis, epilepsy and cognitive dysfunction.

Sources of Vitamin D

The main source of vitamin D comes from exposure of the skin to sunlight. Hence there is considerable seasonal variation with concentrations higher at the end of summer compared to other seasons. Vitamin D3 is found in fatty fish such as herring, salmon and mackerel. Other sources include eggs, meat and fortified foods such as margarine. For most Australians, adequate vitamin D is unlikely to be achieved through dietary sources alone without fortification.

Magnesium – What is it?

Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in the body and is essential to good health. Approximately 50% of total body magnesium is found in bone. The other half is found predominantly inside cells of body tissues and organs. Only 1% of magnesium is found in blood, but the body works very hard to keep blood levels of magnesium constant.

Magnesium is needed for more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body. It helps maintain normal muscle and nerve function, keeps heart rhythm steady, supports a healthy immune system, and keeps bones strong. Magnesium also helps regulate blood sugar levels, promotes normal blood pressure, and is known to be involved in energy metabolism and protein synthesis. There is an increased interest in the role of magnesium in preventing and managing disorders such as hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. Dietary magnesium is absorbed in the small intestines. Magnesium is excreted through the kidneys.

Magnesium Definancy

Early signs of magnesium deficiency include loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, and weakness. As magnesium deficiency worsens, numbness, tingling, muscle contractions and cramps, seizures (sudden changes in behaviors caused by excessive electrical activity in the brain), personality changes, abnormal heart rhythms, and coronary spasms can occur. Severe magnesium deficiency can result in low levels of calcium in the blood (hypocalcemia). Magnesium deficiency is also associated with low levels of potassium in the blood (hypokalemia).

Many of these symptoms are general and can result from a variety of medical conditions other than magnesium deficiency. magnesium-foodsIt is important to have a physician evaluate health complaints and problems so that appropriate care can be given.

What Foods Provide Magnesium

Green vegetables such as spinach are good sources of magnesium because the centre of the chlorophyll molecule (which gives green vegetables their colour) contains magnesium. Some legumes (beans and peas), nuts and seeds, and whole, unrefined grains are also good sources of magnesium. Refined grains are generally low in magnesium. When white flour is refined and processed, the magnesium-rich germ and bran are removed. Bread made from whole grain wheat flour provides more magnesium than bread made from white refined flour. Tap water can be a source of magnesium, but the amount varies according to the water supply. Water that naturally contains more minerals is described as “hard”. “Hard” water contains more magnesium than “soft” water.

Eating a wide variety of legumes, nuts, whole grains, and vegetables will help you meet your daily dietary need for magnesium.

For further information, or to consult with one of our skilled Naturopaths you can use the Contact Us or Appointment Request buttons at the top or bottom of this page, call our Bungendore practice on 0421 957 075, or visit Balance Wellness Bungendore‘s state of the art Naturopathy clinic at 38 Ellendon St in Bungendore.