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Perin Kureyhan-Cummings is a Kinesiologist and she has been doing some research into Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and its connection to our brains and our gut. Here she tells us a bit more about Kinesiology and her research:

“Kinesiology is a Holistic approach that sees the body as a whole; it uses tools that help to figure out what the body needs in order to heal itself. Using a whole-body approach it looks into nutrition, posture, sleeping patterns and stress management. It observes the body’s systems to see if and how they are affecting each other. Kinesiology can help with digestive issues, hormonal imbalances such as the menopause, structural problems, tiredness/fatigue and stress management plus so many other things.

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When I started my research into SAD I stumbled upon one factor which was very different to what we normally associate with the condition – the connection between our brains and our gut. So much research has now been done to highlight the importance of healthy gut flora in order to be fully healthy.

Our gut affects our immune system as well as our nervous system. You’ve heard the phrase ‘it’s gone straight to my head’ when someone has a drink; it literally does if there isn’t a sufficient amount of lining in the gut. The viruses, toxins, food particles and so on go into our bloodstream because of insufficient barriers in the gut, causing inflammation. There is a chicken and egg scenario: our guts can affect our brains and our brains can affect our digestion. When we are stressed our digestive systems do not work properly which can result in Irritable Bowel Syndrome, bloating, diarrhoea and so on. It’s the same the other way around, when we have impaired digestive function it can affect our moods.

So, how does the gut affect SAD? This question remains unanswered but there is evidence from studies to show that people who took probiotics and prebiotics had improved moods. Probiotics are ‘good’ bacteria that help keep our digestive systems healthy and prebiotics are food for the probiotics. In one study some participants were given probiotics and some were given a placebo, after three weeks those given the probiotics showed significantly lower levels of cortisol, the stress hormone.

So, why do we get SAD in the winter months? Sun! Nowadays even conventional medicine is recognising the effects of Vitamin D3 on our overall health, from immunity to mental health. The sun also helps us to get outside and experience nature. In the UK our opportunities to do outdoor activities can be restricted and lack of exercise is another cause of SAD. Exercising releases Serotonin, the happiness hormone. People tend to socialise more in the summer when it’s sunny and loneliness can play a big part in how we feel mentally.

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So, how can Kinesiology help with SAD? By correcting the digestive issues (including food intolerance testing) with a special technique called ICV as well as finding the right digestive aids and supporting digestion with a specific diet. The endocrine system (a series of glands that produces hormones used by the body for a wide range of functions) is also connected to our moods and it is always checked and treated accordingly in clients with SAD. Last but not least is our mind, changing our subconscious or changing the way we react to situations is certainly something I can help you with.

If you think that Kinesiology might be able to help you then please get in touch with me: or 07856867938 or find me on Facebook ‘Conscious Healing with Kinesiology’.

We are meant to THRIVE not to survive and Kinesiology can help you exactly with that.”

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