Fort Wayne Holiday Stress? Eat Walnuts! 12/02/2022Stressful holidays? Eat walnuts! They are a holiday type of nut. They come in all types of flavors and in all sorts of recipes. (And if they are not in your family recipe, put them in 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 watch the effects of calming the gut and the stomach to calm the brain. Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc tempts our Fort Wayne stressed-out patients, families, and friends to try eating some walnuts (unless you’re allergic to them!) to find their calm! The Fort Wayne chiropractic care plan embraces all sorts of good info like this! THE GUT BRAIN AXIS AND STRESS A recent study based on previous studies that linked 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 diet and food choices, their worse gut microbiota, and their moods. More females than males participated, but researchers found that walnut consumption enhanced these metabolic and stress markers. Researchers closed their paper stating that eating walnuts may well protect against academic stress. (1) Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc and our chiropractic family can see how well it works on holiday stress! BENEFITS OF WALNUTS ON OTHER HEALTH ISSUES Holiday parties and events affect normal eating patterns for many of us, influencing our blood tests and other issues. Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc knows! An analysis of published research on walnut consumption since 2017 reported that eating walnuts enhanced lipid profiles and decreased cardiovascular disease risk. Additionally, more and more studies are being published about other benefits like enhanced cognitive health, reduced inflammation, 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 develop over a long period of time. Eating walnuts for a long-time may postpone or slow their appearance owing to walnuts’ protective role against inflammation and oxidative stress. (3) There is an actual study called the Walnuts and Health Aging study based on previous 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 impact 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 continue their research while we do our own! Try the theory yourself. Enjoy a few walnuts this Fort Wayne holiday season. Plain. Candied. Spicy. Cinnamon coated. Choose your favorite! Like they say: “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc 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! CONTACT Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. James Cox on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he describes the benefits of gentle, safe chiropractic treatment with The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management integration on the nervous system. Make your Fort Wayne chiropractic appointment now. Bring us your holiday stress…and your favorite tasty walnut treat! « View All Nutrition Articles"This information and website content is not intended to diagnose, guarantee results, or recommend specific treatment or activity. It is designed to educate and inform only. Please consult your physician for a thorough examination leading to a diagnosis and well-planned treatment strategy. See more details on the DISCLAIMER page. Content is reviewed by Dr. James M. Cox I."