I've always been a Type A person. Constantly on the go and stressed. Even if I was feeling a little bit under the weather, I would not take a break. Go to the gym, go to work, get home and cook dinner, that was my typical day. It wasn't until my thyroid gave out that I learned to start taking it easy. My situation is pretty typical. We are taught to be busy constantly which means we have a full and meaningful life. It wasn't until I had a serious health condition that I started to reprioritize and learned how to take life slower. I had to learn how to relax. Enter CBD.
CBD or Cannabidiol was discovered in 1940 and is a compound found in marijuana that does not get you high. What is CBD used for? Research shows CBD is used to help those suffering from arthritis, diabetes, chronic pain, depression and antibiotic resistant infections. This is just a short list. What is really exciting is research being done on CBD's anti-cancer properties. (Source: Project CBD)
But just because CBD is very popular doesn't mean there aren't skeptics. In fact, I often get the question: does CBD really do anything? My answer is YES! I use CBD to relax when I am stressed. It has the same effect on me as a glass of wine but without the calories. How much CBD oil to relax? That will depend on your unique body. Everyone is different. The best advice is to start with a low-dose and then work your way up.
CBD can also help heal the gut. When gut health is compromised it's often related to problems with digestion, such as constipation, diarrhea, bloating, gas and abdominal pain. While research involving CBD for treating digestive problems is in its infancy, studies have suggested that it may be one of the most powerful remedies. That’s because CBDs interact with our natural edocannabinoid system, part of which is found in the intestines, stomach, and brain. CBD may be able to regulate stomach acids, protect the stomach, and ease nausea and vomiting. (Source: Baltimore Post Examiner)
IT DOESN’T MATTER
WHAT YOU’VE BEEN TOLD OR WHAT YOU’VE HEARD ABOUT YOUR DIGESTIVE SYMPTOMS…
You CAN manage them —
You CAN learn how to eat in a way that keeps the pain to a minimum.
If you’re tired of…
Pain and discomfort from symptoms like diarrhea, constipation, and bloating
Anxiety and being tired all the time
Stigma, shame, and embarrassment about your digestive health
Anger and frustration that this is happening to you
The confusion and desperation about whether or not you will ever be FREE of your symptoms. Then I want to tell you about a discovery I made — one that will help you get on top of your symptoms once and for all.
Aren’t you tired of relying on “Dr. Google” to help you diagnose and treat your gut health gut health issues? I bet you are — but that you’re frustrated too.
After all, you wouldn’t be searching the internet if anyone was giving you answers that made sense.
And I want you to know... I’ve felt exactly how you’re feeling right now.
My journey hasn’t been an easy one…
But I’m guessing neither has yours. I bet it’s been full of pain, frustration, anxiety, and confusion… And, frankly, hopelessness and desperation when you feel a flare coming on.
But what if you could enjoy...
Confidence about eating at family meals, parties, or on dates?
Peace of mind about your symptoms?
Freedom to eat without worrying about every bite?
The pleasure of living a richer, more enjoyable life — one that’s NOT controlled by food…
Well, I’ve got some incredible news.
I’ve developed a step-by-step process, informed by evidence-based research, that will help you manage your symptoms and end your discomfort...
And now you can use that same process to get your health “in sync” at last.
WHAT IT FEELS LIKE WHEN
YOUR GUT HEALTH IS “IN SYNC”
WITH YOUR BODY AND YOUR MIND
As a Certified Holistic Nutritionist and Certified Health Coach, I tell my clients the truth about their gut health…
The food you eat may be exacerbating your symptoms. Genetics may also play a role.
Things like infection, a stomach bug, or trauma can make symptoms appear when they might not have been there before.
And there are a whole host of physical and emotional issues that can definitely make it worse — anxiety and stress, poor sleeping habits, menstruation, and more.
Getting your health in sync is about balancing all of this knowledge. It’s about learning to eat the right foods, taking some helpful supplements, and managing your emotions with alternative therapies.
I offer a FREE 30 minute strategy session where we will talk about how you are feeing and how I can help.
It’s very simple. No jumping through hoops and NO PRESSURE.
If we determine it’s not a fit, we’ll go our separate ways for now.
If it is a fit, we can take the next step and get you started on the path to healing.
The amazing thing about CBD is how many ways there are to take it. While I mentioned a lot of health conditions that CBD can help, some people take CBD to help them focus and promote creativity. Since CBD doesn't get you high, it is a simple way to support an overall healthy lifestyle. What is a therapeutic dose for general wellness? For general health benefits, take 5 - 25 mg of CBD. If you want to use CBD oil to treat a health condition, it is best to work with a Certified Holistic Nutritionist. That way, you can work on finding the appropriate dose for your specific needs.
What are the side effects of CBD? Like any natural remedy you take it is important to pay attention to what your body tells you about your experience. CBD may increase fatigue, make you lethargic and may create a general feeling of discomfort that you can't quite put your finger on. Some people may experience diarrehea and decreased appetite. While the side effects are not that bad, you definitely want to assess if you are taking too much CBD or if you are taking it too frequently. (Source: NIH) A Certified Holistic Nutritionist can help you get to the right dose for your unique situation.
The New York Times published an article stating CBD is starting to become popular in cocktails, desserts, spa treatments and body wraps. If you've been following my blog, you know I love incorporating healthy ingredients into food.
CBD oil is really great to add to sauces, pesto, marinara or gravy. The oil mixes well with any sauce but it is best to add the oil at the end of cooking the sauce. Epicurious reported that if you cook CBD over high heat for a period of time, you may experience a foul taste. Also, high heat can destroy the terpenes, which are helpful compounds found in CBD oil. The only issue with using CBD in cooked foods is you may not get a therapeutic dose.
The recipes below can be made with CDB oil or powder. CBD oil and powder is legal so you do not have to worry that you are buying something that is illegal. Make sure that if you are using CBD in a recipe, that you tell whoever is going to eat it. Some people are not yet ready to try CBD for overall wellness.
4 Ingredient CBD Cups from Balanced Life Leslie. This recipe is really easy and uses raw cacao powder. Did you know raw cacao powder is full of powerful antioxidants? It contains more than 20X the antioxidants found in blueberries! What I like about this recipe is all the ingredients are combined and poured into the muffin tin. Then you add the CBD oil. That means you can add as little or as much as you want. Don't they look delicious? Click here for the recipe.
Festive Focaccia Bread infused with CBD Oil from The Herb Somm. I really like this recipe because it uses store bought dough. That means you can really make this your own by adding herbs and toppings that you love. But since this is baking in the oven, make sure to not go above 350 degrees to keep the benefits of the oil in tact. High heat can kill the CBD oil benefits. I love garlic so I would load this up with garlic and cheese. Click here for the recipe.
CBD Infused Cilantro Lime Shrimp Scampi from CBD Dishes. This is a great example on how a traditional dish such as Shrimp Scampi can use CBD oil to increase the health factor. Shrimp is very healthy due to its high concentration of selenium, copper and zinc. Selenium is used by the liver to help detoxify the body. Copper scavenges free radicals from the lungs and Zinc helps keep the immune system functioning. (Source: World's Healthiest Foods). Click here for the recipe.
Vegan Chocolate Brownies made with CBD Oil from Health.com. This recipe was shared on Health.com website to celebrate a limited edition vegan CBD oil brownie a local bakery was highlighting. I figured I would share the recipe since brownies are deemed the "unofficial" edible when it comes to Medical Marijuana dispensaries. But remember, CBD does not have the compound that makes you high. So you will only feel calm and relaxed. Click here for the recipe.
Coconut Raspberry CBD Energy Bites from Clean Eating Kitchen. I love making energy bites. They are easy and give me a healthy snack to grab during the week. Usually at 3:00 when my energy starts to dip. So you may think you can't be energetic and calm (the result of CBD oil) at the same time. But you can! This recipe uses hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds and dates for it's base. That's a lot of great ingredients providing energy. Clean Eating Kitchen states they've been sleeping better since taking the CBD. Click here for the recipe.
I hope you learned a lot about CDB and how to incorporate it into your lifestyle. I know there will be more research coming on the benefits of CBD to help chronic and acute illnesses.
Will you try CBD? Let me know by leaving a comment below.