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Winter Newsletter / January 2023

Feeling SAD...? 

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) also known as ‘the winter blues’ is caused by a disturbance in our body’s circadian rhythm as light hours decrease during the autumn and winter months. This reduced light exposure results in a drop in our serotonin levels - a neurotransmitter in our brain that affects our mood. When we have lower levels of serotonin we can feel tired and low and it can also cause levels of anxiety and a general feeling of unease.

However, it's not all doom and gloom!  Here are 5 ways to help increase your serotonin levels naturally: 

1. Increase tryptophan rich foods in your diet!
Serotonin is synthesised from the amino acid tryptophan and research has shown that low levels of dietary tryptophan result in low levels of serotonin in the brain. Examples of tryptophan rich foods are: eggs, tofu, turkey, cheese, nuts and seeds, pineapple and salmon. These foods should be eaten regularly and must be consumed with a healthy carbohydrate such as rice for absorption across the blood brain barrier.

2. Take probiotics or increase probiotic rich foods in your diet! 
Yoghurt and fermented foods like kimchi or sauerkraut are a great easy way to increase your intake. Research has shown that healthy gut bacteria plays a role in serotonin levels in your brain through the gut-brain axis.

3. Get more exercise!  
Aerobic exercise, such as running, biking, swimming, dancing and brisk walking are the best exercises to increase your serotonin levels. Try and get at least 30 minutes of exercise a day to achieve what is called a ‘serotonin high!’ While anaerobic exercise such as weightlifting can also help increase serotonin levels, it is not nearly as effective when compared to aerobic exercise.

4. Increase your light exposure!
Serotonin is produced by light exposure to your eye so you should spend at least 10 to 15 minutes outside each day (without your sunglasses on!) to help your body synthesise more serotonin. You can also use light boxes and certain light bulbs which mimic the effects of sunlight to increase this affect on your body. 

5. Take serotonin boosting supplements!
However, these should NOT be taken if you are taking any serotonin boosting medication, for example, anti depressants.
If you feel you need an extra boost then you could try supplementation...
  • 5HTP: This is a precursor to serotonin and as a result will directly make your body produce more. Studies suggest it works as effectively as antidepressants with those with early symptoms of depression, but longer treatment duration studies are needed. 
          5HTP supplements can NOT be taken if you are on antidepressants. 
  • SaMe: S-adenosyl-L-methionine supplementation does appear to increase serotonin levels.
          SaMe should not be taken if you are on antidepressants or
          anti-pschyotic drugs. 
  • St John's Wort: This herb appears to improve depression in some people but research hasn’t shown consistent results.
           St John’s wort can make certain medications (blood clotting
           medications, some cancer drugs and contraceptive pill) less effective
           and it should not be taken with antidepressants. 
  • Probiotic supplementation: These include a broad spectrum but must contain Lactobacillus and Bididobacterium groups which in clinical trials have been shown to be the most effective. 

If you need more advice on exercise, diet or supplements then drop us an email at or click here to book an appointment!
Want a Healthier 2023?

Your body’s well-being is essential to feel good and lift your mood and most people believe that they could be doing a bit more to improve their health.

Click here for 7 simple ways that you can adapt your day to day routine to make a real change, try them out-they couldn’t be easier!

For more top tips on how to stay healthy see our website blog.

Try Our Four Hand Technique Treatment Sessions!
We are offering joint cranial osteopathy sessions with both Jasi and Hiisha!
These sessions are an ideal way to maximise the effects of your treatment and benefit from the combined skills of two practitioners. 
Four hand technique appointments with Jasi and Hiisha are available on Fridays.

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Refer A Friend For £10 Off Your Appointment!
We are happy to announce our new referral offer for existing patients! Refer a friend to Bansel Osteopathy to get a £10 discount for both you and a friend for Osteopathy and Massage appointments with ShaniHiisha and Jackie!

£10 discount is applicable for the first appointment booked by new patient only.  To claim your discount please notify reception with the name of your referee on booking, and the discount will be applied to both sessions.  

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COVID-19  - Clinic Update 

We are no longer requiring patients to wear masks unless they choose to do so but will continue sanitising your hands on arrival and exit.

We are continuing to treat patients in full PPE and a window will remain open for ventilation in the treatment room.
Updated Opening Hours

Clinic Hours
Monday: 9.00am - 5.00pm
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: 9.00am - 5.00pm
Thursday: 10.00am - 6.30pm
Friday: 9.00am - 5.00pm
Saturday & Sunday: Closed

Address: Avondale House, 63 Sydney Road,
Haywards Heath, West Sussex RH16 1QD
Tel: 01444 200 575
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