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Colorado Springs Holiday Stress? Eat Walnuts!

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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Schedule your Colorado Springs chiropractic appointment soon. Share with us your holiday stress…and your favorite tasty walnut treat!

 
The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR shares a picture of a walnut which is said to be good for the gut and lower stress. 
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