Natural ways to improve your health by boosting your endocannabinoid system.
To stay fit and healthy, and avoid illness, it’s important to eat a balanced diet containing all the vitamins and minerals the body needs to function at an optimal level. If we are deficient in any of these nutrients, we can experience symptoms of a deficiency. These symptoms may include brittle hair and nails, mouth ulcers and bleeding gums, fatigue, dry damaged skin and poor mood.
The same is also true if we have a deficiency in our naturally occurring endocannabinoids. If we have insufficient endocannabinoids, an imbalance may certainly occur, leaving us susceptible to ill-health.
In the following article we will highlight what signs to look out for that may indicate you have an endocannabinoid deficiency. We will also suggest natural ways to improve your health and boost your endocannabinoid system (ECS).
Firstly, let’s start with the basics: what is CBD, exactly? And how does it work within the body?
CBD and the endocannabinoid system (ECS)
CBD (Cannabidiol) is a type of cannabinoid, which is a chemical that occurs naturally in hemp and cannabis plants. It is one of over 100 cannabinoids, or chemical compounds, produced by the cannabis plant and it is the most abundant non-intoxicating cannabinoid.
CBD and other cannabinoids work by interacting with our bodies endocannabinoid system (ECS).
The task of the ECS is wide ranging including regulating functions like; mood, appetite, sleep, hormone production, and even pain, stress and immune system responses. The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is regularly adjusting these functions in an effort to keep them in balance or homeostasis.
But certain factors including pollution, poor diet, stress and lack of exercise can lead to our bodies being unable to produce endocannabinoids and the ECS becomes deficient and homeostasis is lost.
Research suggests that supplementing our diet with plant cannabinoids like CBD can boost our bodies endocannabinoids and help to restore balance.
Why is a “balanced” endocannabinoid system so important?
The endocannabinoid system (ECS) controls many vital functions within the body, and this enforces the importance of a “healthy” ECS. If any of these functions are disturbed, then our health deteriorates. The sheer number of functions regulated by the ECS may go some way to explain why an unbalanced ECS can lead to so many often unexplained symptoms of ill-health.
The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is complex and there is not a one-size-fits-all solution to an imbalanced ECS, but we can give our bodies a helping hand by boosting our natural endocannabinoids, with plant cannabinoids (phytocannabinoids) like CBD.
What is clinical endocannabinoid deficiency (CED)?
Could there be a link between chronic illness and an endocannabinoid deficiency? Renowned cannabinoid researcher Dr. Ethan Russo seems to think so. Russo has proposed a theory of clinical endocannabinoid deficiency (CED), which suggests that deficient cannabinoid levels might explain why some conditions develop.
This theory suggests that in some cases the body doesn’t produce enough endocannabinoids or enough receptors for the endocannabinoid system (ECS) to function properly. As a result, the many functions aren’t regulated properly and the body becomes unbalanced, allowing ill-health to develop.
While this condition is still only a theory, and there are no tests at present to prove a deficiency exists, there are “signs” we can be aware that might indicate our ECS is out of balance.
Signs your endocannabinoid system may be out of balance.
A well-balanced and nutritious diet has many benefits. On the other hand, a diet lacking in nutrients may cause a variety of unpleasant symptoms. These symptoms are your body’s way of communicating potential vitamin and mineral deficiencies. The same is true with our naturally occurring endocannabinoids and their interaction with the endocannabinoid system.
The signs your endocannabinoid system (ECS) may be out of balance are numerous due to the wide ranging function of the ECS, but here are some of the most common:
- Trouble sleeping
- Feeling anxious
- Particularly sensitive to pain
- Cravings for high sugar and fat foods
- Suffering from a chronic inflammation related illness
- Difficult to treat skin conditions
- Low mood
- Hormonal imbalances
- Bone loss
Natural ways to improve your health with your endocannabinoid system.
In the same way that taking vitamin supplements will help correct vitamin deficiency within the body, there are some easy to implement natural ways to boost your endocannabinoids and get your endocannabinoid system (ECS) back to where you want it to be.
Here are some natural ways to improve your health and adjust your body’s endocannabinoid levels, if you want to restore a healthy balance to your ECS.
Supplement your diet with CBD oil.
Taking CBD oil is probably the easiest and most effective way to help boost your body’s natural endocannabinoids and potentially correct a deficiency or imbalance.
Cannabinoids found in plants like cannabis and hemp, including CBD, are similar to the endocannabinoids naturally produced by the body. Research shows that they interact with the cannabinoid receptors of the endocannabinoid system (ECS) the same way our bodies own natural endocannabinoids do.
Therefore, supplementing with cannabinoids, such as CBD, could help the endocannabinoid system (ECS) to function properly and lead to improved health.
To maximise the benefits you receive it’s best to take a full spectrum CBD product, which contains an array of therapeutic cannabinoids, not just CBD. 1 drop, 3 times a day may be all you need to bring you body back into balance and improve your health and wellbeing. Or alternatively our full spectrum CBD capsules offer a convenient and easy to measure way to get your daily beneficial CBD dose.
8 non-cannabis plants that contain cannabinoids.
You may be surprised to hear that cannabinoids don’t just occur in cannabis and hemp. Here are a few other plants that contain these beneficial compounds.
1. Echinacea (Echinacea purpurea)
2. Black Pepper (Piper nigrum)
3. Flax Seeds (Linum usitatissimum)
4. Cacao (Theobroma cacao)
5. Black Truffles (Tuber melanosporum)
6. Liverwort (Marchantiophyta)
7. Helichrysum (Helichrysum umbraculigerum)
8. Labrador (Rhododendron)
The cannabinoids may not occur in these plants at such high levels as in a good quality CBD oil, but they offer an alternative way to boost your endocannabinoid system (ECS). They are a great addition to a healthy balanced diet.
A healthy endocannabinoid system.
Most of us are familiar with the idea of boosting the immune system to maintain optimum health, and think nothing of taking vitamins and minerals to give it a helping hand when defenses are low.
But it’s important we don’t forget about our native endocannabinoid system (ECS) and the vital role it plays within the body. Homeostasis or balance is key to boosting our bodies natural defenses and maintaining our health and wellbeing.
So why not boost your body’s ability to stay fit and healthy, and free from illness by adding CBD oil to your daily supplement routine?
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