Stressful holidays? Eat walnuts! They’re a holiday kind of nut. They come in all types
of flavors and in all varieties of holiday treats.
(And if they are not in your family recipe, add
them this year!) Research links the gut and the brain, so it
seems logical that if the brain is stressed, the gut is, too.
Researchers now watch the effects of calming the gut and
the stomach to calm the brain. Chiropractic Spine Sports And Rehabilitation tempts our
Tonawanda stressed-out patients, families, and friends to try eating
some walnuts (unless there is an allergy!) to find
their calm! The Tonawanda chiropractic care plan embraces all sorts of good tips like this!
THE GUT BRAIN AXIS AND STRESS
A recent study based on earlier
studies that linked the brain, the gut and the gut microbiota
and the beneficial effect of eating walnuts on mental health experimented
with stressed out college students. Academic stress was linked
with poorer mental health in college students, with their choices of foods, their poorer gut microbiota, and their moods.
More females than males participated, but researchers documented
that walnut consumption improved these metabolic and stress
markers. Researchers closed their paper stating that eating
walnuts may well be protective against academic stress. (1) Chiropractic Spine Sports And Rehabilitation
and our chiropractic family can find out how well it translates to holiday stress!
BENEFITS OF WALNUTS ON OTHER HEALTH ISSUES
Holiday parties and events change normal
eating patterns for many of us, making changes in our blood
tests and other issues. Chiropractic Spine Sports And Rehabilitation knows! A review of
published research on walnut consumption since 2017 reported
that eating walnuts improved lipid profiles and decreased
cardiovascular disease risk. Further, more and more studies
are being published about other benefits like enhanced
cognitive health, inflammation decrease,
glucose level regulation, body weight reduction, etc. (2) It’s
a good thing walnuts are in many holiday goodies!
WALNUTS AND COGNITION
Other research has documented the
influence of oxidative stress and neuroinflammation on aging, mild cognitive
impairment, Alzheimer’s another brain disorders, all issues that arise
over a long period of time. Consuming walnuts for a long-time may delay
or slow their appearance owing to walnuts’ protective
role against inflammation and oxidative stress. (3) There is actually a Walnuts and Health Aging study based on previous
studies’ documenting that walnut consumption reduced
oxidative stress and inflammation, well-known contributors to
cognitive decline. An fMRI study of participants after 2 years’ consumption found
that the trial did not seem to affect
healthy elders but suggested a delay in those who were at
higher risk of cognitive decline. (4) A delay in cognitive decline is good!
ADD SOME WALNUTS TO YOUR CHIROPRACTIC HEALTH PLAN
Let the researchers keep doing their research
while we do our own! Try the theory yourself. Enjoy a few walnuts this Tonawanda
holiday season. Plain. Candied. Spicy. Cinnamon coated. Choose your
favorite! Like they say: “An apple a day keeps the doctor
away.” Chiropractic Spine Sports And Rehabilitation might suggest “A walnut a holi-day may well calm you and
maintain your health and happiness this and future holiday season(s)!” Happy holidays!
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Schedule your Tonawanda chiropractic
appointment soon. Share with us your holiday stress…and
your favorite tasty walnut recipe!