• July / August Newsletter

    July / August Newsletter

    Welcome to the Buncrana Medical Centre July / August Newsletter.

    We are delighted to support the FEEL GOOD FORTNIGHT.
    In that spirit we would like to highlight the role nutrition plays on our mood.
    Here are 10 FEEL GOOD FOODS:
    Almonds:

    Almonds are one of the best sources of the mineral selenium, in recent years people have
    been eating less selenium but by eating just 3 brazil nuts per day can give you your
    recommended daily amount.
    Studies have shown increased depression, anxiety and tiredness in people with low
    selenium levels, so eating a few brazil nuts as a snack a few times a week can boost your
    mood.

    Oily Fish:

    Omega 3 is an essential fatty acid found in oily fish that is essential for health brain tissue.
    About 20% of our brain is in the form of omega 3 fatty acid. A diet high in salmon, sardine
    and mackerel improves mood and gives a boost to our brains neurotransmitters.

    Oats:
    Oats are an extremely good start to the day especially whole oats or pinhead oats. This is
    because they have a low glycaemic index, which acts slowly to release energy into the blood
    stream, rather than a quick rush of sugar, and this helps prevent sudden dips in blood sugar
    and helps keep mood stable. Oats also contain selenium which helps to regulate the thyroid
    gland.

    Bananas:

    Bananas contain the important amino acid tryptophan and also vitamins A, B6 and C, fibre,
    potassium, phosphorus, iron and carbohydrate. The amino acid tryptophan helps to build
    serotonin, which is the feel good chemical in our brains

    Lentils:

    Lentils are complex carbohydrates that also have a low GI, they are also high in folate which
    can help reduce anxiety and improve heart health. Lentils can also provide iron in the diet.

    Chicken:

    Chicken and turkey contain tryptophan the essential amino acid used to make serotonin in
    the body, it also helps to make melatonin, which helps to regulate sleep and improve
    anxiety.
    Chicken and turkey also contain tyrosine which can help with depression.

    Spinach:

    Spinach is high in vitamin B. spinach and broccoli can help boost levels of folate, vitamins
    B3, B6 and B12. Serotonin levels can be reduced by low vitamin B levels.

    Water:
    Water is extremely important for mental and physical wellbeing, even mild dehydration can
    impair concentration.

    Vitamin D:

    Vitamin D is the sunshine vitamin, made by the action of sunshine on our skin, but as most
    people in Ireland have low levels of vitamin D we may have to use a supplement or Vitamin
    D and calcium rich foods such as yogurts, and other dairy produce.

    Dark Chocolate:
    Dark chocolate the darker the better, some studies have shown that eating 40g of
    dark chocolate can help to boost serotonin levels, reduce stress hormones and
    anxiety.

    Whatever you eat, EAT IN MODERATION, ENJOY THE FEEL GOOD FORTNIGHT.
    And if you are feeling good maybe now is the time to start a new resolution.

    Quitting Smoking might be easier in the summertime.
    Quitting smoking is one of the best things you can do for your health, but if you have been diagnosed with cancer it is now very important that you stop smoking, it’s never too late.
    If you are having treatment for cancer you may respond better if you quit smoking now, you may have fewer side effects and reduce the risk of Cancer progressing. Chest infections are less and wound healing is better if you need surgery. Your ability to fight infection is improved if you need chemotherapy.
    Benefits start on day one, in the first 24 hours your blood pressure and pulse rate begin to return to normal, there is more oxygen in your blood, there are less dangerous chemicals in your blood.

    Over time your risk of heart disease is reduced, your ability to fight cancer is increased and you reduce the risk of getting another cancer in the future.

    FEEL GOOD! KEEP GOOD! QUIT NOW!

    WE OFFER SAME DAY APPOINTMENTS FOR ALL CHILDREN AND URGENT PROBLEMS.

    THERE IS A REDUCED FEE OF €30.00 FOR CHILDREN UNDER 10!

    We are delighted to welcome Dr. Aidan Roarty in a full time permanent position here with the team at Buncrana Medical Centre.
    We are proud to acknowledge 40 years (so far) of dedicated service by Dr. Michael Kennedy.

    We are delighted that Calvin Jones who spent some weeks on work experience with the team at the Buncrana Medical Centre has been accepted to study medicine.


    Above are: Dr Owen Huxham, Dr Ciara Steele, Dr Maria Bradley, Dr Semi O’Domhnaill and Dr Paul Grant delighted to welcome Dr Aidan Roarty (second from right) in a full time permanent position here with the team at the Buncrana Medical Centre.

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