A healthy immune system is neither over-reactive nor under-reactive, but rather adaptive and balanced enough to respond proportionately to whatever risk it encounters. There is a growing body of evidence that this is precisely the role that the endocannabinoid system plays, by modulating the reactivity of our immune response. The ECS is considered a pivotal player in immune system balance.
The organs and cells of the immune system are loaded with endocannabinoid receptors in the thymus gland, spleen, tonsils, bone marrow, lymphocytes, macrophages, mast cells, neutrophils, and natural killer cells. OH MY!
What if we worked in harmony with our body’s innate wisdom, rather than overriding it?
The survival state of your nervous system, often referred to as the ‘fight or flight’ sympathetic response, keeps your body amped up and in a high state of alert. When you can access a calmer, less anxious state, the parasympathetic state is achieved, calming you down and enabling the immune system to function properly.
If we are under stress and experiencing anxiety, the best thing we can do for our body is get adequate sleep, think positively, exercise, eat wholesome food, drink plenty of water, and nourish our endocannabinoid systems.
As our homeostatic regulator, the endocannabinoid system literally communicates to every cell, tissue, organ, and gland.
It acts as our buffer system in stressful experiences. When the ECS is supported and strong, we are better able to manage stress, anxiety, and fear.
The ECS regulates our sleep/wake cycles. When the ECS is nourished, it is possible to encourage better quality sleep.
The ECS modulates our mood and capacity to deal with the stressors of life. When the ECS is healthy, our mood may become more balanced and optimal.
The bottom line is that when we support our ECS, it supports us. When we support our ECS, ultimately, we are supporting our body’s innate immune response.
The most effective ways of fortifying your ECS from the outside in are:
- by consuming adequate quantities and ratios of omega fatty acids (the building blocks your body uses to make its own endocannabinoids)
- by supplementing your own endocannabinoid levels with plant-sourced endocannabinoid mimickers called phytocannabinoids
Emerald Health Bioceuticals lineup of phytocannabinoid-based products and omega fatty emulsions provide these key nutrients.