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The effect of stress on your immune system

According to a research study, CBD produced immunosuppressant effects, meaning it decreases the immune response. However, according to new research and anecdotal evidence, cannabinoids possess an immunomodulatory effect, meaning it regulates the immune response. A 2015 study analyzed CBD studies that were done previously and concluded that CBD has tremendous possibility as a treatment for numerous types of anxiety.

We are worried about our health, the health of our loved ones, the economy, and what the future holds. If you have found yourself wide awake at bedtime with a racing mind, please know that you are not alone. We are all in this together and it’s important to remember the collective in this situation. In times of stress, we need to look out for each other. We know we need to take our supplements and vitamins and eat a healthy diet to boost our immune system, but we also need to look closely at how we are managing our stress levels. Stress has a devastating effect on your immune system and health. We want to look at ways of lowering our stress levels so that we remain healthy and strong and able to face whatever the future may bring.

Using CBD to assist with stress and anxiety

Nature’s Relief has developed the 600mg Broad spectrum Calm drops. This combination has anti-inflammatory and anti-anxiety properties. CBD, other cannabinoids, and terpenes work together to produce a synergistic effect (entourage effect) and may provide the following health benefits: anti-inflammatory, anti-anxiety, immunosuppression during times of excessive inflammation, immunomodulation, pain relief, and antioxidant properties. These compounds adapt to the requirements of the body and bring about homeostasis, restoring the body to optimal health.

Bushman’s ecstasy

Sceletium is another completely natural product that is used as a natural mood enhancer that is known to reduce anxiety, stress, and tension. Sceletium has been used by the Khoi San people of Southern Africa for centuries for its calming properties. The mood-elevating action of sceletium is caused by several alkaloids including mesembrine, mesembrenol, and tortuosamine which interact with the brain’s dopamine and serotonin receptors. In basic terms… this natural product has been nicknamed, ‘Bushman’s ecstasy’!

Yoga and meditation

Supplements are a great way to help your body manage the symptoms of stress but working on calming the mind first can also help reduce the negative effects of stress on the body. Meditation is a simple technique that can help you control stress and reduce anxiety. Start by setting a timer for 10 minutes and simply sit and observe your breathing. Inhale… exhale. Your only job in meditation is to focus on your breathing. If thoughts or worries arise, (which is bound to happen) do not attach to them, simply notice these thoughts, let them go, and return to the breath. If you are struggling to still the mind, try taking a mushroom supplement such as Lion’s Mane for improved focus and concentration. Yoga is also an excellent way to deal with stress. When you are stressed tension stores in the body which can lead to pain and tension in the body. The intense stretching of yoga helps to release tension from problem areas. Controlled breathing while practicing yoga will help to quiet the mind and focus is put on the poses. Not only that, but the physical aspect of yoga will help to increase endorphins and lift your mood. At present, many people have gone into self-isolation and are choosing to work from home. This means that we all have a little extra time on our hands. Instead of spending half an hour on your morning commute, why not meditate or participate in an online yoga class? Your local yoga studio may be closed at present but teachers are offering online classes. Check out camibeyoga, The Toolbox, Yoga Rocks, and Manifest yoga studio on Facebook for more information on how you can participate in these classes.

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