We all know that the holidays can be a stressful time of year. Our to-do lists get longer, the days get shorter, and we’re usually doing our best to stay healthy. That’s why it’s important to give our bodies some extra love and care.

In elementary school, we were taught the fundamental organ systems our bodies are made of. But did you know there was a newly discovered organ system back in the 90s that many of us probably don’t know about? It’s called the Endocannabinoid System, or ECS. Most people don’t know very much about their ECS, but keeping it healthy is imperative to enjoying the season.

The ECS is responsible for keeping us in homeostasis, or balanced. It helps us manage stress, digest food, and sleep well. When the ECS is healthy, we burn fat instead of storing it, we get sick less often, and when we do get sick, we are able to recover quickly. It also helps us stay focused and motivated as well as keeps our mood positive too!

So how exactly do we keep this profound system working for us? By supporting the ECS’s ability to make and utilize cannabinoids that help us respond to all of life’s changes. Here are five tips on how to balance your own ECS:

Healthy Omega-3 to Omega-6 ratios

The standard American diet is full of foods high in omega-6 and low in omega-3s. In fact, most restaurant meals are cooked in high omega-6 cooking oils. Unfortunately, the average American is also deficient in omega-3s, which you get from oily fish, dark leafy greens, flax, chia, grass-fed meats, and supplements. This imbalance may lead to health issues, including a strain on our ECS. Reduce the omega-6 in your diet and embrace omega-3s from a wide variety of natural sources.

Adequate Physical Activity

It’s important to maintain regular physical activity since it’s been proven to have immediate and long term health benefits. In fact, exercise maintains the density of cannabinoid receptors within the body. The higher the density of these receptors, the better, so keep moving!

Maintain Healthy Gut Health

Our ECS’s ability to support us is directly tied to the health of our gut, both through digestion and through ensuring the receptors are sensitive to cannabinoids and are able to fully utilize them. So, to support overall gut health, make sure to eat a diet full of foods rich in prebiotics, probiotics, antioxidants, and fiber.

Manage Stress

As we all know, stress can oftentimes be unavoidable, and it can put a strain on the ECS’s ability to keep us in homeostasis. The important thing to understand is that managing it in a healthy way looks different to each person. Meditation, gratitude, journaling, and therapy can all help. Find what works for you to keep your calm and commit to taking the proper steps to find healthy ways to manage the stress in your life.

Phytocannabinoid Supplementation

When our ECS is struggling to make, utilize, or circulate its own internal cannabinoids (endocannabinoids) it can rely on phytocannabinoids (plant-based cannabinoids) to nourish and support it. PlusCBD Oil™ full spectrum hemp extracts are a wonderful source of phytocannabinoids, including CBD, which helps feed the ECS, restoring its ability to keep us physically, mentally, and emotionally balanced and healthy.

If we support the ECS in a multitude of ways, we ensure our bodies have the ability to healthfully support us through the holiday season. Balance the system that’s designed to balance you with PlusCBD Oil™ by CV Sciences.

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*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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