Gut Health, CBD, and The Holidays

Tis the season of overeating and overindulging. If you are anything like us, passing up the holiday sweets is no simple task… especially when grandma brings her homemade caramels sprinkled in sea salt. It’s the Holiday season, and although we don’t believe in restricting ourselves of the finer treats, we do believe in the power of our guts in relation to our overall health. Keep reading to learn more about the gut, Shah CBD, and the holidays. 

We Speak the Same Language

It is often said that the brain and the gut speak the same language. You might be shocked to learn that your gut does have, in a sense, a brain. From mood to metabolism, our guts are constantly working to regulate multiple areas of our bodies. If you follow the latest wellness trends, you may have even learned a thing or two about the importance of a healthy microbiome and different supplements available like prebiotics, probiotics, and fermented foods. Why are these becoming trending topics? Why is the gut sooooo important but can be detrimental to our overall health? 

The Gut: A Vast Ecosystem

We are made up of cells. Our bodies truly are amazing when you start to think about it. It has been found that 90% of the living cells in our bodies actually aren’t ‘human’, but rather belong to the microbes that live on and within us. How’s that for a holiday surprise? Of the 38 trillion cells that make up our body, most of those are housed in our gut. Yep, that’s right. The body’s microbiome is a vast ecosystem. This microscopic ecosystem of interconnected life-forms transforms nutrients from one form to another, influencing just about every aspect of our health. 

The gut, our friends, is the gateway to you. 

The Role of CBD and The Gut 

We’re thankful for our Endocannabinoid System this holiday season, no doubt. If you took a peek at our previous blog, CBD + Your Sex Drive, you are familiar with the Endocannabinoid System (ECS). Throughout our bodies, tiny receptors can be found that make up the Endocannabinoid System. Many researchers believe the ECS is the communication link between the gut and the brain that enables them to “speak” to each other. Even cooler than that, the ECS is involved in regulating food intake, especially fat intake. Given it’s the Holiday season, we might be consuming a little extra. This system can help regulate digestion, fight inflammation, and bridge communication with the brain. So, what does all this medical jargon mean? It means that nourishing our gut and supporting our ECS in tandem could be a profound way to heal our bodies and find more balance between body + mind. Are you feeling sluggish and weighed down from the Holidays? A dose of CBD might be just what you need to find your balance once again.

Healthy Gut, Better Sleep

Upset gut, terrible sleep. Correlation? Yep! Because CBD may help to return our bodies to a state of homeostasis, it can be instrumental when ensuring that the connection between the gut and the brain is intact. Research studies have also found that there is a relationship between the gut microbiome and our sleep cycles. If holiday sweets are keeping you up at night, CBD could help. 

We all could use better sleep, right? Especially during the holiday season. 

Remember learning about the Circadian Rhythm (or did that put you to sleep, too?) The Circadian Rhythm is your body’s internal clock. Your brain sends a signal to every part of your body when it’s time for rest. However, it’s not just sleeping that’s affected. Our internal clock also controls emotions, appetite, hormones, metabolism, and body temperature. According to the Circadian Influences of Diet on the Microbiome and Immunity,  “Sleep deprivation and a disruption in our circadian rhythm alter the overall gut microbial makeup, which can promote dysregulation of the microbiome and, in turn, alter sleep.” 

So, a healthy gut means a healthy night’s rest! Which may in turn help regulate emotions, appetite, hormones, metabolism, and body temperature, hopefully leading to a more enjoyable holiday season.

If you’ve been counting sheep but losing sleep, supplementing CBD into your health regimen may help alleviate the gut and help promote relaxation for a better night’s rest for the holidays. Holidays should be happy, and CBD can help. 

Happy Gut = Happy Holidays

That’s a lot of information to absorb. The bottom line: our gut health is essential to our overall health. Our bodies truly are amazing and the connections between each living cell within us are fascinating! We’ve said it before and we’ll honestly never stop saying it, choosing CBD for your health offers so many amazing benefits. If you’re feeling sluggish, run down by anxiety or stress, need a more restful night of sleep, or are just curious to see how CBD can help improve your health it’s worth trying. Just remember, it’s not just one brain at work, there’s a second one in your gut! 

Sources:

Zmora N.et al. You are what you eat: diet, health and the gut microbiota.

Nat. Rev. Gastroenterol. Hepatol. 2019; 16: 35-56

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