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La Grande Holiday Stress? Eat Walnuts!

Stressed out over the holidays? Eat walnuts! They’re a holiday kind of nut. They come in all varieties of flavors and in all varieties of holiday treats. (And if they’re 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 watch the effects of calming the gut and the stomach to calm the brain. Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC invites our La Grande stressed-out patients, families, and friends to try eating some walnuts (unless you’re allergic to them!) to find their calm! The La Grande chiropractic care plan embraces all sorts of good tips like this!


A new study based on previous studies that linked 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 choices of foods, their worse gut microbiota, and their moods. More females than males participated, but researchers found that walnut consumption improved these metabolic and stress markers. Researchers closed their paper stating that eating walnuts may well protect against academic stress. (1) Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC and our chiropractic family can find out how well it works on holiday stress!


Holiday parties and events impact normal eating patterns for many of us, making changes in our blood tests and other issues. Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC knows! A review of published research on walnut consumption since 2017 documented that eating walnuts enhanced lipid profiles and decreased cardiovascular disease risk. Additionally, more and more studies are being published on other benefits like improved cognitive health, inflammation decrease, glucose level regulation, body weight decrease, etc. (2) Fortunately, walnuts appear 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 arise over a long period of time. Eating walnuts for a long-time may delay or slow their onset 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 counteracted 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 a good outcome!


Let the researchers continue their research while we do our own! Try the theory yourself. Enjoy a few walnuts this La Grande holiday season. Plain. Candied. Spicy. Cinnamon coated. Take your pick! Like they say: “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC 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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Make your La Grande chiropractic appointment now. Bring us your holiday stress…and your favorite tasty walnut treat!

Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC shares a picture of a walnut which is said to be good for the gut and reduce stress. 
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