Have you ever felt like your body was out of balance? Maybe your muscles have been sore after a workout or work has had you very stressed. Or you are exhausted because you have not been sleeping well. Many times our bodies are alerting us that something is off-balance.
Our bodies are pretty amazing. They were designed to heal themselves. The body is made up of different biologic systems that work together to keep you alive and functioning.
A biologic system is a group of parts that work together to serve a common purpose. For example, your respiratory system introduces oxygen to your body.
Each biological system relies on other systems to work well. These systems working together, maintain internal stability and balance, also known as homeostasis. Keeping a stable internal environment requires constant adjustments as conditions change within the body.
Why is Balance in the Body Important
No one biological system works in isolation. When one system is not functioning correctly, it affects the other systems bringing the body out of homeostasis.
The defense system in our bodies tries to help maintain optimal, physical, mental, and emotional states. It is designed to protect itself against imbalances, breakdowns, and foreign intruders.
When your body has a need, like sleep or muscle recovery, your body is alerting you that one of your systems is not in balance and needs some help.
How Can Balance be Achieved in the Body
When your biological systems are out of balance and have a need, the endocannabinoid system (ECS) goes to work. The purpose of the endocannabinoid system is to balance the biologic, physiologic, and chemical makeup for keeping your body in homeostasis.
The ECS impacts pain, memory, mood, appetite, stress, sleep, metabolism, immune function, and reproductive function. The ECS is made up of three components- cannabinoid receptors, metabolic enzymes, and endocannabinoids.
- Cannabinoid receptors are found on the surface of cells.
- Endocannabinoids are small natural cannabis-like molecules that activate cannabinoid receptors.
- Metabolic enzymes breakdown endocannabinoids after that are used.
The cannabinoid receptors are on the cell listening for changes in your body. When your body has a need, the cannabinoid receptors send a message to your endocannabinoid system. The message alerts your ECS that endocannabinoids need to be needed. Your body then produces those needed endocannabinoids.
These endocannabinoid molecules are only made and used when they are required by a system in your body. They are not stored for later use. Once it is made, it locks into the cannabinoid receptor, satisfying the need.
After the endocannabinoid has been used, the metabolic enzyme quickly destroys the endocannabinoid. These enzymes exist to make sure that the endocannabinoid gets used when they are needed and not used for longer than necessary. The ECS system only engages when and where it is required.
How CBD Support Balance In Your Body
Even though we have this amazing endocannabinoid system in your body, it is also easy to throw off balance. Stress, diet, and exercise all influence the body's ECS. Even modern social and environmental aspects can take a toll on the ECS.
If your body struggles to balance itself out on its own because of life, there are steps you can take to support balance naturally within your body. Adding CBD to your daily wellness routine is a step you can take.
CBD acts as a helper to your endocannabinoid system. It works by blocking the enzymes that breakdown the endocannabinoids. By blocking the enzymes, your body can increase the natural production of endocannabinoids, so they keep supporting the part of your body that needs them the most.
By supporting these endocannabinoids with hemp-derived CBD, you encourage your body to achieve homeostasis within the body.
CBD is a natural compound that is full of therapeutic benefits. Since it became legal in the United States in December 2018, more and more people are turning to try out the CBD products available.
CBD is natural, safe, and effective. CBD is NOT intoxicating, euphic or addictive, and can't be overdosed on. Even though all this sounds too good to be true, it is essential to know that CBD is not a cure, it's a helper, and it complements a healthy diet, exercise, and self-care.
Using CBD to help balance your body does not mean you are going to see instant results. Nor is it going to make everything right in your body the first time you use it. Like any healthy habit, CBD's benefits are best noticed when used consistently. CBD is an effective way to help one live a healthier, more balanced life.