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CBD IN YOUR WELLNESS ROUTINE
Many of us make "living a healthier lifestyle" one of our main goals for the New Year. From eating better to working out more, creating these habits do help create a happier and healthier you! But it's not just about nutrition and exercise… there are numerous other components in our life that need attention too.
In one of our previous post we talked about the importance of self-love for our health, but a healthy lifestyle also includes stress management, being able to focus clearly, and getting adequate sleep among many others. Whatever it is you decide to focus on this year though, having a solid wellness routine is key to helping you achieve your goals. And today you will learn why you should be adding Cannabidiol, or CBD, to it.
CBD for Stress Management
For one, CBD oil has been proven to help with stress relief. If you didn't know it yet, stress is one of the most detrimental things for our health. It seems almost inevitable in this time and age though. We stress when we dwell on stressful memories form the past, we stress while trying to live up to the standards society imposes, and we even stress about things that haven’t happened yet.
The consequence is that consistent stress depletes important neurotransmitters in our brain- those responsible for our hormonal balance. When our hormones are not balanced, things can get pretty ugly. There’s fatigue, maybe crazy cravings, perhaps low libido, excess weight, brain fog, mood swings, insomnia, irregular digestion, and feelings of anxiety. Needless to say, there really isn’t a system in your body that is not affected by stress.
Fortunately, CBD oil has some pretty amazing properties, including ones that are calming and balancing to the body. Cannabinoids helps stimulate the endocannabinoid system, something we all have, which is in charge of bringing homeostasis to tissues and biological systems. Meaning it plays a key regulatory role in our body. This system is filled with receptors found throughout our entire body, and CBDs are the keys that unlock the receptors to bring balance.
These interactions positively impact our body’s ability to cope with stress and to stabilize mood. A study executing a simulated public speaking procedure gave half of the volunteers a 400 mg CBD dose prior to their speech. Neuroimaging gave evidence that there were changes in brain activity related to the control of emotional processes. The volunteers given the CBD oil also expressed greater reduced anxiety compared to those who received the placebo dose.
It’s also important to address how we cope with our stress and anxiety because they interfere with our thinking. Our lives are severely affected when we have too many things on our mind at one time. From fixing a leak in the bathroom to an awesome idea for a new project at work, we’re always bombarding ourselves with mental notes. But they need to be managed properly. Especially those thoughts that are emotionally charged…those are the heaviest to carry and affect our self-confidence, our relationships, and our careers.
So whether you’re a parent, student, athlete or practicing professional it’s important to have a clear mind. Taking CBD oil, which helps stabilize mood and aids in stress relief, can consequently provide the benefits of having a clear mind: improved focus, greater productivity, increased creativity, restful sleep, and better relationships.
And if that wasn’t enough, another reason to add CBD to your wellness routine is because you can use it topically to get other benefits! CBD can also be found in creams and body lotions, which makes it a perfect addition to your skin care routine.
Do improved skin tone, better texture, and reduced signs of aging sound like the benefits you’d like to reap from your body lotion? Well CBD is high in antioxidants, which help combat free radicals responsible for doing the opposite of that. It also has anti-inflammatory properties, providing your skin with the perfect ratio of Omega-3 to Omega-6 fatty acids that your body needs. This not only supports your skin’s barrier but also maintains it hydrated by preventing water loss.
While CBD oil taken internally can help with general chronic pain, CBD in cream form also interacts with CB2 receptors in our skin, which allows for localized pain relief. But it goes much further than muscle soreness and arthritis; research shows that CBD-infused topical rubs can also relieve pain for conditions like multiple sclerosis.
It’s clear to see that CBD can make a positive impact to your daily life. And congratulations! You’ve already taken the first step towards a healthier lifestyle by getting informed on how. We’re so accustomed to seeking out over-the-counter medications to feel healthier, but they simply mask the symptoms. Why not get to the root cause instead and in the most natural form possible?
It’s no joke that nature provides the best medicine. While aspirin is linked to more than 3,000 deaths per year, CBD has no negative side effects and is completely non-toxic. So choose something that will work with your body and not against it.
Think of it like a vitamin. Similar to calcium, a vitamin we are born with in our bones that depletes as we age so we take calcium supplements, we also need to supplement our natural reserves of CBD to keep our bodies in balance. Make CBD part of your wellness routine today!