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Handle the Holiday Stress

Chiropractic Solutions Newsletter – December 2018

Holiday Stress, Adrenal Fatigue, and the Vagal Nerve

vagalFrom the Doctor

Happy Holidays to you and yours for this Season of Light and Love.  Gratitude and appreciation are powerful emotions to express during this time of great happiness and sorrow.  Yes, the holidays can make people want to crawl into a ball and hide.

I have great appreciation for each person who has chosen to be their own health advocate–there is no finer battle.  In our arsenal of how to stay healthy and move well and live well, we have come upon the Vagal nerve and all of its magic and how it affects us humans.

Stress is a part of life, it is both good and bad for us. The key is in how we as individuals handle the stress in our lives.  To help us better understand the benefits of chiropractic care, let’s talk more about the Vagal nerve.

Our Vagal nerve functions include and and go beyond:

-Communication between the brain and the gut
-Relaxation with deep breathing
-Decreasing inflammation
-Lowering the heart rate and blood pressure
-Coping with stress, anxiety, and fear

The Vagal nerve can be irritated by any kind of GI distress, which can put pressure on the nerve and irritate it.  Poor posture along with muscular imbalances may also cause of the Vagus nerve to misfire.  Stress, fatigue, and anxiety affect it negatively.

At Madison Chiropractic Solutions we help individuals address both their GI distress and their postural issues.  Nutritional Response Testing is a game changer for an individual’s digestion.  This alone creates a massive improvement for an individual to thrive.  The key benefit to chiropractic care is allowing the brain to properly communicate with the digestive organs.  Without the brain’s ability to communicate with the body, it doesn’t matter how good the nutrition is without proper function.

Let’s discuss something you can do right now to benefit.


When you become aware of holiday stress, pause, breathe, observe the stressful thoughts, maybe write them down for a later time.  Consciously breathe for 1 minute, become present, and find appreciation and gratitude.  Find your way to enjoy the holidays.

Breathing deeply at a rate of 5 to 7 breaths a minute, can refresh the nerves and calm the body and mind.  Breathe in for a 5 count and breath out for a 10 count.  This lowers blood pressure, calms the nervous system, and lovingly stimulates the Vagus nerve to calm down.  Calm down and chill out–it is the Holidays!!!

The Supplement Trifecta – Cod Liver Oil, Symplex F/M, and Digestive Enzymes

Enzycore, Multizyme, and Zypan are great products to help give your digestive system extra support, which reduces heartburn and digestive distress.  These wonderful digestive enzymes help break food down better and reduce bloating, especially when we are indulging in richer foods and heavier alcohol consumption during the holiday season.  Check out the blog on our website on digestive enzymes for more great information on how to “Love Your Tummy“, as well as Dr. Matt’s video on his YouTube channel for more information!

Symplex F supports the healthy function of the ovaries and the adrenal, pituitary, and thyroid glands.  Symplex M supports the healthy function of the testicles and the adrenal, pituitary, and thyroid glands.    When these glands function well, it means more energy, better digestion, less anxiety, and getting your sexy back.

Cod Liver Oil is essential to be healthy, and it is helpful with muscle endurance, heart health, joint lubrication, inflammation, and brain function.


Chiropractic Solutions Will be Closed:
Closing early on Monday, December 24th (Open 9am-2pm – No noon hour closure)
Tuesday, December 25th for Christmas
Friday, December 28th – Sunday, January 6th
Please plan accordingly.


Immunity Soup
Servings: 8
Total Time: 1 Hour
From Cooking Light

  • 2 tablespoons oil of your choice
  • 1 ½ C chopped onion
  • 3 stalks celery, thinly sliced
  • 2 large carrots, thinly slice
  • 1 pound vitamin-D enhanced mushrooms, sliced
  • 10 medium cloves garlic, minced
  • 8 C unsalted chicken stock
  • 4 thyme sprigs
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 (15 oz) can unsalted chickpeas, drained
  • 2 pounds skinless, bone-in chicken breasts
  • 1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 12 ounces curly kale, stems removed and leaves torn


  1. Heat oil in a large Dutch oven over medium. Add onion, celery, and carrots; cook, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes.  Add mushrooms and garlic; cook, stirring often, 3 minutes.  Stir in stock, thyme, bay leaves, and chickpeas; bring to a simmer.  Add chicken, salt, and red pepper; cover and simmer until chicken is done, about 25 minutes.
  2. Remove chicken from Dutch oven; cool slightly. Shred meat with 2 forks; discard bones.  Stir chicken and kale into soup; cover and simmer until kale is just tender, about 5 minutes.  Discard thyme sprigs and bay leaves.
Matt Kingston
About the author

Dr. Matt Kingston is a licensed Chiropractor who received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and his doctorate from Palmer College of Chiropractic, in Davenport, Iowa. Dr Matt can be seen at Chiropractic Solutions in Madison, WI.

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