It is the endocannabinoid system that is charged with pulling the body back to balance. ECS management is key to systemic health because it affects both body and mind through a complicated lipid network that regulates the immune system, the nervous system and vital organs including the brain. Healing processes rely on endocannabinoid stimulation to maintain the complex constellation of body synergy that is called health. Lifestyle choices can challenge the ECS or contribute to its strength.
Obesity is the #2 cause of preventable death due to poor diet and physical inactivity.
According to the National Institutes of Health, obesity and excess weight together are the second leading cause of preventable death in the United States. An estimated 300,000 deaths per year are due to the obesity epidemic.
The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) showed that 18.5% of children and 39.6% of adults were categorized as obese (2015-2016). If secular trends continue, by 2030 an estimated 38% of the world’s adult population will be overweight and another 20% will be obese.
Less than a quarter of Americans are getting enough exercise, based on federal guidelines. Only 22.9% of U.S. adults from 18 to 64 met 2008 goals for both aerobic and muscle-strengthening exercise between 2010 and 2015.
Obesity is associated with an increased risk of nearly every chronic condition, from diabetes, to certain cancers, to dyslipidemia, a metabolic mix of low HDL, high LDL and high triglycerides that can lead to atherosclerosis, to poor self-image and other mental health problems.
Cannabinoids Size Up To Obesity
There are many factors that can contribute to an unhealthy lifestyle but there are an equal number of factors that can contribute to a health driven lifestyle. Diet changes, management of stress and anxiety and getting your body moving will positively impact mental, physical health and an underlying sense of well- being.
CBD and Appetite: CB1 receptors and CB2 cannabinoid receptors play different roles with respect to diet and nutrition. In animal studies, CB2 receptor activation generally causes the opposite effects of CB1.
Whereas CB1 receptors promote appetite and food consumption, CB2 receptors tend to inhibit food intake. (1)
Pain and Obesity: Common components of excess weight and obesity are pain and inflammation. The combination of excess weight and pain can make simple tasks like grocery shopping, or even playing with children physically challenging and can inhibit life experiences that bond families together. Pain, like weight problems, can have negative impact on mental states, often causing anxiety, stress, mood swings, and depression.
Fortunately, cannabis works to modulate these heightened states, as it returns the body to a balance that allows more energized and life filled daily routines. Because most chronic conditions begin with inflammation, taking preventative steps to control inflammation attached to obesity can be a great first step to a less burdened, more satisfying lifestyle.
CBD and Pain: Even though many factors contribute to the onset of pain and inflammation, full spectrum hemp oil can both reduce inflammation and ease pain. It’s smart living to integrate full spectrum hemp oil into daily routines for both short term and long-term improved quality of life. Reducing pain can improve focus and enhance the joy of life and loving relationships.
CBD Pre and Post Workout: Taking CBD pre and post workout increases blood flow but decreases heart rate and blood pressure. This allows for extended activity, increased stamina and gives a dopamine release that feels good. The more time spent exercising without fatigue, the more calories burned. Pre and post workout full spectrum hemp oil supplementation will stimulate the ECS for improved focus, stamina, muscle recovery and pain relief. (2)
How we live our daily life can either increase or decrease our chances for sustaining health. Unhealthy daily habits, inadequate physical activity or unhealthy eating patterns can all contribute to stressing the ECS and pulling the body away from health.
Optimal somatic function can rely on cannabis and all its compounds (cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids and cannflavins) to support well-being.
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