Stressful holidays? Eat walnuts! They’re a holiday type of nut. They come in all sorts
of flavors and in all varieties of recipes.
(And if they’re not in your family recipe, add
them this year!) Research links the gut and the brain, so it makes sense that if the brain is stressed, the gut is, too.
Researchers now report on the effects of calming the gut and
the stomach to calm the brain. The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR tempts our
Colorado Springs stressed-out patients, families, and friends to try eating
some walnuts (unless there is an allergy!) to find
their calm! The Colorado Springs chiropractic care plan embraces all sorts of good tips like this!
THE GUT BRAIN AXIS AND STRESS
A new study based on previous
studies that connected the brain, the gut and the gut microbiota
and the beneficial effect of consuming walnuts on mental health tested stressed out college students. Academic stress was associated
with poorer mental health in college students, with their choices of foods, their worse gut microbiota, and their moods.
More females than males joined, but researchers found
that walnut consumption improved these metabolic and stress
markers. Researchers concluded that eating
walnuts may well protect against academic stress. (1) Let’s see how well it translates to holiday stress!
BENEFITS OF WALNUTS ON OTHER HEALTH ISSUES
Holiday parties and events affect normal
eating patterns for many of us, making changes in our blood
tests and other issues. The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR knows! An analysis of
published research on walnut consumption since 2017 reported
that eating walnuts improved lipid profiles and reduced
cardiovascular disease risk. Further, more and more studies
are being published about other benefits like improved
cognitive health, inflammation decrease,
glucose level regulation, body weight decrease, etc. (2) Fortunately, walnuts appear 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 progress
over a long period of time. Eating walnuts for a long-time may delay
or slow their appearance due 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, recognized contributors to
cognitive decline. An fMRI study of participants after 2 years’ consumption found
that the trial did not appear to affect
healthy elders but suggested a delay in subgroups 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 Colorado Springs
holiday season. Plain. Candied. Spicy. Cinnamon coated. Take your pick! Like they say: “An apple a day keeps the doctor
away.” The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR 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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with The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management incorporation
on the nervous system.
Schedule your Colorado Springs chiropractic
appointment soon. Share with us your holiday stress…and
your favorite tasty walnut treat!