As an active mom always on the go, I have found that balance is key to staying sane. I don’t just mean my schedule. That is a whole different beast. Making sure that my body is balanced from the inside out is key to ensure success every day.
How Homeostasis (Internal Balance) Works
You walk through the door to your house on a hot day and the thermostat is set to, let’s say, 74 degrees or so. That typically feels pretty good. Your body gets a sense of relief and your house feels comfortable.
What if you had walked in and the thermostat was set to 74, but it was actually 85 degrees in the house? Unfortunately, that means your air conditioner was unable to restore the temperature to its set point, and you’d probably need to call somebody because it is hot out there!
Homeostasis refers to the concept that a body or cell will work to monitor and maintain a certain state of equilibrium in response to various factors. In the case of the thermostat, the specific factor was increased external temperature impacting internal temperature. This happens in people, as well. The body has a natural process for increasing or reducing temperature through various systems in order to restore balance. And temperature isn’t the only balancing function that is often taken for granted.
Systems that Fall Out of Balance
There are several factors that can interrupt balance in the body including lifestyle, environment, and genetics. Lifestyle includes the kinds of food we eat, the beverages we drink, and our level of activity. A diet of fried food and soda, for example, is going to create a lot of opportunities for the body to build up inflammation-inducing free-radicals, which can cause a multitude of issues. Conversely, working out and eating clean can help the body remain in a better state of homeostasis.
The environment can be harder to control and consists of the air we breathe and toxins around us, which could range from weather changes to smog, ash, or pollen in the air. Genetics are even more difficult to manage.
Here are some areas that can be thrown off balance from these factors:
- Heart Rate
- Sleep Cycle
- Fluid Levels
- Blood Glucose
- Respiratory Rate
When you are properly hydrated, sleeping well, and “feeling Zen,” life overall is just better – but how do you get there?
What I Take to Stay Balanced
I certainly wish I had more time for yoga, meditation, and meal prepping. Isn’t that what all the super-balanced people do? I’m still working on that.
What I can do very easily is integrate the use of Receptra CBD into my life. I take one dropper of Receptra Elite in the morning to help me focus and make sure my body is feeling good. The added turmeric helps with any inflammation I may have from the physical pressure of running around like crazy. I take another dropper of the same formula in the evening to relax.
I also use Receptra’s Targeted Topical on my neck and shoulders, which carry a good amount of tension after a long day of meetings and driving or flying for work. I’ve even taken it with me to see my massage therapist.
What is CBD?
The endocannabinoid system is a vast network of chemical compounds and receptors that exist naturally in the body and serve the purpose of maintaining homeostasis. CBD is a cannabinoid found in the hemp plant that interacts with these receptors so that they can better serve their purpose. CBD does not have the negative psychoactive effects of its cousin, THC.
CBD and Homeostasis
The endocannabinoid system works to maintain homeostasis by using cannabinoid receptors to monitor reactions in the body. When a discrepancy is detected, cannabinoids are synthesized to interact with receptors. Then they stimulate a chemical response to address the issue.
The difference between cannabinoid receptors and other receptors in the body is that they incite two-way communication. This means that cannabinoid molecules can exchange information to achieve the desired result and balance. The introduction of CBD oil into this system can increase the effectiveness of the endocannabinoid system. Thus, your body’s ability to remain in balance and achieve optimal health is enhanced.