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5 Ways To Jumpstart Your Endocannabinoid System

Have you ever tried to regulate the way you sleep, what you think about as you are going to sleep, what it is that you eat, how you relax, your body, your immune system? All these areas of our health are already regulated by a whole system in our body called the endocannabinoid system.

You may have heard of it, much like our metabolism or any other system, this is an incredible system that really helps our bodies stay in balance, It keeps all of the internal balances on cue. Our health, our immune system, even our mood, all of this is regulated by our endocannabinoid system.

So, what I thought I would do is share with you five ways that you can jump start your endocannabinoid system and share a little bit more information about it with you.

So, here is the deal, to think that this system, the endocannabinoid system, that we have inside of each of our bodies has the power to regulate our health, our immune system, even our mood is fascinating.

It was discovered by two researchers at the Hebrew Institute in Jerusalem. These two researchers were studying a whole variety of different functions within the brain and they discovered that most of the cannabinoids that we produce are produced in the brain.

Just to think how remarkable is that we have the system in our body we did not even know we had it until about thirty years ago and it was these researchers that did the deep dive into all the ways that we can stimulate our endocannabinoid system.

  1. This is my personal favorite, Dark Chocolate and did you know that dark chocolate has over 710 compounds in it? It is one of the healthiest things you can put in your mouth, I’m not talking about the milk chocolate or the white chocolate or the chocolate that has tons of sugar. Really just the pure and natural chocolate which has all the polyphenols, which are micronutrients that we get through certain plant-based foods. They are packed with antioxidants and potential health benefits.

 It is thought that polyphenols can improve or help treat digestion issues, weight management difficulties, diabetes, neurodegenerative disease, and cardiovascular diseases. There are three compounds in chocolate that activate our endocannabinoid system so when my grandmother said to me have a piece of chocolate everyday, which I do now. And the benefit of having a piece of dark chocolate everyday really supports your mood, it supports your entire endocannabinoid system.

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2. Good Fats are super important to activate your endocannabinoid system. I like to make sure that I am getting enough of my Omega 3’s.

 I never worry about Omega 6’s because often they are out of balance, so I take fish oils. From krill oil to my favorite Alaskan Omega oils and making sure that I’m getting enough of those Omega 3’s and all of the essential fatty acids into our body so that we can truly help our body to relax. To like, let go at the end of the day, 

I mean there are so many benefits to the good fats but there are tons to our overall endocannabinoid system from the good fats so make sure you getting them every single day.

3. Is all about doing the activities that you absolutely love to do. So, if you like to sing, singing is great for your endocannabinoid system. Do it in the shower or whatever you want to do, just get your voice out there.

The other things could be yoga, it could be dancing, it could be meditation. Those are the ways that we activate our endocannabinoid system. So any kind of movement that you enjoy.

Joy is part of it, which is kind of interesting so it is not about pushing yourself to do some form of exercise that you do not feel good with, it is about the joyful activities and those in turn will give you the results you are looking for with your endocannabinoid system.

4. Is Organic. I love to get organic food for my family, and I like to do it at the Farmers Market. The reason I love it so much is because you are cutting out the middleman and you getting something that is fresh and you are supporting a local community. So, I always make the effort to do most of my shopping, as much as I can, at the Farmers Market.

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Now the reason we want organic for our endocannabinoid system is because the pesticides that are sprayed or the plastic containers disrupt or hurt our endocannabinoid system. So, it is about avoiding so much of what goes around non-organic or conventional that we really need to be thinking about.

5. Is CBD. I like CBD that comes from the hemp plant, I like it to be organic. and I like to know where it grows. I have been really learning about the way that CBD is processed, and we are going to do more articles that will show you how it gets tested and how it gets extracted. It is fascinating.

The thing that is so great about CBD is I like to take it at night before I go to bed. I’ve got a couple of different ways that I like to take it but this is my absolute favorite and it’s a powder form that’s called CBD Isolate. This powder is light and can be added to water. It is very gentle, and it helps activate your Endocannabinoid system. You can also take it in a capsule form, and I take it this way as well sometimes. I will take one or two capsules at night before I go to bed or you can take it right after working out because you are looking for the anti-inflammatory properties. You can also take it in oil dropper and a lot of people like to take it that way.

So just like we are learning right now about the endocannabinoid system, that is just like it was discovered in the 90s. CBD is nothing new but really, we’re rediscovering it for our own health. And we are learning about science that is coming, it is so compelling on the amount of science that is out there, the amount of research that’s really going on right now. There is a lot of information that says there is not much research, or we are just starting to learn, early on but all the clinical studies and there is a lot of clinical research and so just putting that together and understanding it for all of us.

Here is something else that is remarkably interesting about CBD and why it is so important to activate our whole system with CBD. Here is the thing, when you think about the endocannabinoid system, it is made up of like different parts. There are enzymes that can either make or destroy our endocannabinoids then there are two forms of endocannabinoids, Arachidonoyl Glycerol and the second one is Anandamide.  And then there are receptors they are known as CB1 and CB2. You will find them in our brain, in our pancreas, in our bone cells, in our liver, throughout our central nervous system. They are found all over the body. They are just fascinating, and these receptors are what connects the endocannabinoids.

So, as we are producing so many of these endocannabinoids, I mean they are constantly being produced. As I mentioned earlier, we produce billions of them every day, the enzymes then come in and sort of break them up and destroy them. So, with CBD they bind directly to the receptors, the CB1 and CB2 receptors so we do not have to worry about the enzymes destroying them which is why I love to take CBD at night and I also get much more of the benefit of the CBD on my entire nervous system.

So when I think about CBD I almost look at it as like a multivitamin for the  nervous system, I don’t know about you, I don’t know if your able to  go to sleep easily at night, I don’t know if you’re able to regulate the way in which you relax, I don’t know if you get the monkey brain at night where you just keep going and going and going and you are like “Oh my gosh it’s 1 in the morning, what am I doing?”. If any of those apply to you know that activating and then maintaining those endocannabinoids within your system, help you to get more balance in your mood and more of a reduction in the anxiety and the stress, It can help create an anti-inflammatory response. I think of CBD truly almost as a multivitamin, for our nervous system.

As you can see I’m very passionate about the endocannabinoid system.  I’m very passionate about the researchers that are bringing this kind of science for our health to the forefront so thank you to all the brilliant researchers out there. I hope Texas Natural Source can really help to guide you on this path of being upregulated where your parasympathetic nervous system is feeling its absolute best. Where we have less stress, less anxiety, less of all of the things that so many of us are dealing with on a daily basis.

I hope you are as intrigued by your endocannabinoid system as I am by mine and I hope you take what I’ve just shared with you and apply it right away because you will immediately start to feel the difference. It’s just so incredibly cool to think how quickly we can activate our endocannabinoid system and also realizing you know the things that really negatively impact it and the ways that we can support it. So, if you got comments if you want to share different ways that you may have activated yours, please leave those comments and everybody in this community wants to hear them so please share.

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