The Endocannabinoid System (ECS) is crucial for homeostasis, and similar to a well-oiled machine, our bodies can run at optimal level with the proper maintenance and care. This complex system is very simply activated through specific diet and exercise regimens but, like all things, balance is key.
Eating the proper foods will activate your ECS, whereas choosing items such as red meat, refined sugars and flours, dairy products, and drinking alcohol will have an adverse affect. Incorporating foods rich in antioxidants and plant polyphenols also has a similar affect to Cannabis Sativa, stimulating the system. Hemp seeds and protein are also a fantastic source of cannabidiol, as well as many other phytocannabinoids, without any of the psychoactive effects. Hemp also contains Gamma Linoleic Acid (GLA), which is key in neutralizing inflammation. When creating your diet, there are two specific components to be aware of: Omega 3 and Omega 6 Fatty Acids. Every body is uniquely designed and therefore requires a customized level to the individual, however the ideal ratio for balanced Omega 6 to Omega 3 levels is between 1:1 to 3:1. These omega fatty acids breakdown into endocannabinoids and will either increase or decrease inflammation, based on the balance of the amount ingested. If the Omega 6 is too high, it will overpower and prevent the Omega 3 from working, due to the fact that both omegas require and compete for the same enzyme for the breakdown process. If this happens, it will increase inflammation throughout the body and manifest related disease symptoms. When both parts are working in balance, the Omega 3 is a homeostatic regulator for the ECS, allowing the body to properly communicate through ECS signaling. Following these guidelines, as simple or difficult as this may seem, will quickly show improvement in overall metabolism and the way we function and feel – all thanks to the endocannabinoids!
The benefits of exercise are far greater than just the outward improvements. Inward, when the body experiences specific repeated motions, it naturally has a very similar the effect of a THC induced euphoria. This leads us to Anandamide (AEA), which is an endogenous neurotransmitter produced by the brain, referred to as the “Bliss Molecule” and named after the ancient sanskrit word Ananda, meaning pure happiness. Research shows that running, biking, and other cardiovascular work outs, along with yoga and breathing exercises will increases production of this molecule, enhancing the efficiency of the endocannabinoid system. Simultaneously, These exercises will also aid in healthy weight management, removing toxins, correcting sleep schedule, and overall mood improvement.
On a surface level, optimal health means optimal beauty. When this balance is achieved, the human body naturally radiates a healthy glow. On a deeper level, this is phenomenal news to all, meaning we no longer have to fall down the rabbit hole of covering symptoms and illnesses with harmful prescriptions, and can instead treat issues naturally, every day, directly at the source. It’s time to take your health into your own hands!