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Toronto Holiday Stress? Eat Walnuts!

Stressful holidays? Eat walnuts! They’re a holiday kind of nut. They come in all sorts of flavors and in all types of holiday treats. (And if they are not in your family recipe, put them in them this year!) Research connects 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. Yorkville Chiropractic and Wellness Centre tempts our Toronto stressed-out patients, families, and friends to try eating some walnuts (unless you’re allergic to them!) to find their calm! The Toronto chiropractic care plan embraces all sorts of good info like this!


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 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 be protective against academic stress. (1) Yorkville Chiropractic and Wellness Centre and our chiropractic family can see how well it works on holiday stress!


Holiday parties and events impact normal eating patterns for many of us, influencing our blood tests and other issues. Yorkville Chiropractic and Wellness Centre knows! An analysis of published research on walnut consumption since 2017 reported that eating walnuts improved lipid profiles and lessened cardiovascular disease risk. Additionally, more and more studies are being published on other benefits like enhanced cognitive health, reduced inflammation, glucose level regulation, body weight reduction, etc. (2) Fortunately, walnuts appear in many holiday goodies!


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. 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 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 those who were at higher risk of cognitive decline. (4) A delay in cognitive decline is a good outcome!


Let the researchers keep doing their research while we do our own! Try the theory yourself. Enjoy a few walnuts this Toronto holiday season. Plain. Candied. Spicy. Cinnamon coated. Take your pick! Like they say: “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Yorkville Chiropractic and Wellness Centre 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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Yorkville Chiropractic and Wellness Centre shares a picture of a walnut which is said to be good for the gut and lower stress. 
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