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Tonawanda Holiday Stress? Eat Walnuts!

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!


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!


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!


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!


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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Chiropractic Spine Sports And Rehabilitation shares a picture of a walnut which is said to be good for the gut and reduce stress. 
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