Sandy Springs Holiday Stress? Eat Walnuts!

Stressed out over the 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’re 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 report on the effects of calming the gut and the stomach to calm the brain. Cross Chiropractic Center invites our Sandy Springs stressed-out patients, families, and friends to try eating some walnuts (unless there is an allergy!) to find their calm! The Sandy Springs chiropractic care plan embraces all sorts of good info like this!

THE GUT BRAIN AXIS AND STRESS

A recent study based on earlier studies that connected the brain, the gut and the gut microbiota and the beneficial effect of eating walnuts on mental health tested stressed out college students. Academic stress was linked with poorer mental health in college students, with their diet and food choices, their poorer gut microbiota, and their moods. More females than males joined, but researchers found that walnut consumption enhanced 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 impact normal eating patterns for many of us, influencing our blood tests and other issues. Cross Chiropractic Center knows! An analysis of published research on walnut consumption since 2017 reported that eating walnuts enhanced lipid profiles and reduced cardiovascular disease risk. Additionally, more and more studies are being published on other benefits like improved cognitive health, inflammation reduction, glucose level regulation, body weight reduction, etc. (2) It’s a good thing 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 arise over a long period of time. Consuming walnuts for a long-time may postpone 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 prior studies’ documenting that walnut consumption thwarted oxidative stress and inflammation, recognized contributors to cognitive decline. An fMRI study of participants after 2 years’ consumption found that the trial didn’t 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 Sandy Springs holiday season. Plain. Candied. Spicy. Cinnamon coated. Choose your favorite! Like they say: “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Cross Chiropractic Center might suggest “A walnut a holi-day may well calm you and keep you a bit healthier and a bit jollier!” Happy holidays!

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

 
Cross Chiropractic Center shares a picture of a walnut which is said to be good for the gut and reduce stress. 
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