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6 Fascinating Ways to Activate Your Endocannabinoid System

You have an endocannabinoid system. Surprised? Unfamiliar?

 

Well, your endocannabinoid system (ECS) is made up of a group of compounds known as cannabinoids – including the receptors they bind to – and are found in vital organs like your brain, lungs, heart and glands.

In fact, ECS affects important biological processes like …

  • How you react to things during the day
  • Sleep patterns, and
  • Memory

Does Your Body Produce Cannabinoids Naturally?

It does! But like so many other activities in your body, it doesn’t always produce enough to keep you in balance.

And balance is exactly what you need to stay active, be involved in the important things in your life and participate with your friends and family.

You want what’s called homeostasis which is a fancy name for balance. As a matter of fact, there are some medical authorities who think that a body that has an ECS that’s out of sync could be the beginning of some serious medical conditions like …

  • Depression
  • Parkinson’s Disease, or
  • Migraines

And if that wasn’t enough, a study published in Neuroendocrinology Letters cited clinical endocannabinoid deficiency [CECD] as possibly causing diseases like fibromyalgia and irritable bowel syndrome.

The Receptors

There are two strategic ECS receptors in your body: CB1 and CB2.

CB1 receptors live in your central nervous system and CB2 is found in your gut, your immune cells and your peripheral nervous system. These receptors help keep your body in balance and studies have even found that some chronic health problems can be tied directly to being out of balance.

Natural Sources

Just like you take a multi-vitamin and eat foods rich in minerals, you may need to supplement the ECS and here are 7 fascinating ways to do just that. Some of them you’ve heard about and some you’ve done as a matter of course to stay healthy and vibrant. But others? They might surprise you.

Here they are.

Exercise

This isn't going to shock anyone: Some kind of movement every day can help keep you healthy and feeling good. Exercise can be in the form of yoga, walking or swimming. Here's something fascinating about that famed and fabled "runner's high" that you've heard about: There are some studies out there disproving the source of an endorphin rush. Instead there is evidence suggesting that the high is a result of a bump up in endocannabinoids in your system.

Get a Massage

Osteopathic manipulation has been found to rev up the endocannabinoids in your body. This type of manipulation is the same thing you find in massage. An osteopath will give you treatment - also known as OMT - on your muscles and joints which includes pressure, resistance and stretching.

Omega-3

If you love cold water fish like salmon, sardines and mackerel, then you're doing your ECS proud by amping up the Omega-3 fatty acids in your body. While fish and fish oil are great sources of Omega-3s, if you're vegetarian that could be a problem. So, what can you do? Hemp seeds and organic hemp seed oil are great sources of fatty acids. 

Boot the Extra Booze

No, you don't have to give up the enjoyment of a glass of wine at dinner just don't decide to finish the bottle. What's wrong with that? If you're celebrating and that action is rare, no sweat. But excess alcohol can inhibit and even deaden the signaling you need from your ECS receptors.

Greens Rock!

Yes, this isn’t news to you but here is something that might be: Not only do leafy greens contain beta-caryophyllene, studies have also found that they activate the CB2 endocannabinoid receptor which may be key for defeating autoimmune disorders and conditions that flare up because of excess inflammation.

Get Some Echinacea

This herb contains phytocannabinoids and can help boost your immune system by providing something called alkylamides which are compounds that have been proven to have high bioavailability which helps your body absorb nutrients.

Good health is found not only in the food you eat and the activities you participate in. It’s also found in your endocannabinoid system.

References:

http://www.collective-evolution.com/2016/08/06/7-ways-to-boost-your-endocannabinoid-system/

http://www.nel.edu/pdf_/25_12/NEL251204R02_Russo_.pdf

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21702479

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