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Fort Wayne Holiday Stress? Eat Walnuts!

December 02, 2022

Stressful holidays? Eat walnuts! Walnuts are a holiday type of nut. They come in all sorts of flavors and in all types 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 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. Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc invites 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 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 diet and food choices, their poorer gut microbiota, and their moods. More females than males joined, but researchers recorded that walnut consumption enhanced these metabolic and stress markers. Researchers concluded that eating walnuts may well protect against academic stress. (1) Let’s find out how well it translates to holiday stress!


Holiday parties and events change 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. Further, more and more studies are being published about other benefits like enhanced cognitive health, inflammation reduction, glucose level regulation, body weight reduction, etc. (2) It’s a good thing walnuts are in many holiday foods!


Other research has reported on 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 onset 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 research 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 seem to affect healthy elders but suggested a delay in subgroups at higher risk of cognitive decline. (4) A delay in cognitive decline is a good outcome!


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. Take your pick! 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 keep you a bit healthier and a bit jollier!” Happy holidays!

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Make your Fort Wayne chiropractic appointment soon. Bring us your holiday stress…and your favorite tasty walnut treat!

Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc shares a picture of a walnut which is said to be good for the gut and reduce stress.