So… What Exactly Is Your Endocannabinoid System?
The endocannabinoid system is an important communication network in your body. In short, the ECS delivers the signals that allow your body and your brain to synchronize and respond to stimuli. The endocannabinoid system is responsible for regulating sleep patterns, appetite and general mood. Cannabinoid receptors are found on almost every one of your body’s organs. They’re also found on immune cells, which help them navigate your body’s response to illness.
CBD & Your Endocannabinoid System
Cannabis is currently the only known plant that produces cannabinoids. This includes the psychoactive THC and cannabidiol (CBD), which is not psychoactive and does not get you high.
These two cannabinoids work with your ECS to ease chronic pain, help you sleep, or just make you feel blissed out. When ingested, cannabinoids get to work on your body’s endocannabinoid system. Our bodies already produce cannabinoids in its regulation of emotion and sleep, and ingesting them may trigger the release of more.
In addition to triggering the release of cannabinoids, cannabinoids like CBD also work with the nervous system to intercept the transmission of pain signals in the body. It also influences the release of specific hormones and enzymes that can affect digestive health and cognitive function.
Cannabis has been used for centuries to help soothe discomfort, relieve stress, and quiet even the most persistent aches and pains.
So, want to keep your ECS in tip top shape?
Have you ever experienced a “runner’s high” after a particularly strenuous workoutt? For years, sports medicine speculated that endorphins were the cause of this rush of euphoria. However, new research shows that exercise increases the production of an endocannabinoid called anandamide, otherwise known as “the bliss molecule.” This makes physical activity an excellent way to give your ECS a good workout!*
Increase Your Healthy Fats
Sure, physical activity releases endocannabinoids, but diet is also very important for producing these special molecules. Endocannabinoids are products of fat. (That’s part of the reason why your brain feels so blissed out after eating a meal or snack rich in fats!).
Consuming more healthy fats is actually vital for the health of your endocannabinoid system. In particular, polyunsaturated fats have shown to be especially beneficial for the endocannabinoid system. Add more omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acid rich foods to your diet. Look for eggs, whole grain, poultry, fish, algae, nuts, hemp and seed oils. For a quick boost of healthy fats, try a Three-Ingredient CBD Coconut Fat Bomb!*
Food and exercise are the two principal ways to support your ECS. However, in order to properly digest your food, it’s important to reduce anxiety. When your body is in a “fight or flight” state (aka, super stressed out), digestion and immune function slows down. Stress negatively affects your ability to fully process the nutrients from your food. It can also open you up to infection and fatigue. Try calming activities to help battle anxiety, like meditation, practicing yoga or taking a long walk.
By simply stressing less, boosting your healthy fat intake and hitting the gym a little more often, you can keep your endocannabinoid system in good working order!*
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