Why Your Endocannabinoid System (ECS) Is Trying To Heal You

I love discussing the beauty of the body and how it is always conspiring to heal you.  We know that we have an innate immune function that heals us.  The inflammatory response is also there, to create healing in an acute phase of imbalance. Nerves and cells have natural, regenerative properties.  With more and more science delving into the use of cannabidiol (CBD) products, the research is focusing on the endocannabinoid system (ECS) and its continued effort to maintain homeostasis in the body.  The ECS that is housed in many cells throughout our body works to reverse major excitatory (stimulating) actions in the body, to inspire calmness.

The actions of the ECS are due to receptors and enzymes that are produced in our bodies in order to have a continued healing experience.  When trauma, pain or abnormal changes occur in the body, that creates an imbalance in our natural homeostasis.  Science has shown that the ECS increases receptors and enzymes in order to prevent damage caused by the imbalance.  

The ECS is our natural harm-reduction system.  It acts as an alarm system in our bodies.  The alarm sounds in the presence of dis-ease or imbalance and the ECS will increase a cell’s survivability in that stressed state.   It is immediately working to correct therefore, further assisting in the body’s innate ability to heal.

To further support this innate ability, the use of CBD has made it’s mark in the natural health field. It is one of the key constituents in supporting the ECS.  As we have many receptors to receive CBD, the body is prepared to absorb this compound in order to keep the cycle of healing going. Although using CBD, is a highly effective way to encourage the ECS; science shows that a healthful diet, regular stress management and lifestyle factors will also create a positive impact to your overall immune system as well.   This is exciting science and further evidence of your body being its own healer.

Happy Healing



telomeres and tea

Science has feverishly studied the DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) molecule to find the “cure” for aging.  Aging is a right and not a burden, so I find a few concerns with the language of Anti-Aging medicine.  However, there have been great discoveries with regards to foods and their benefits to the longevity of human life.  One of those many discoveries has been the plant, Camellia sinensis (tea).  The key components to the tea plant are the epigallocatechins (EGCG) and their profound affects on the human cell.

Before we dive into the science of tea, lets discuss telomeres. Telomeres are the end-caps of a chromosome in the body.  A chromosome is made up of nucleic acids and proteins and it carries your genetic information.  When telomeres are shortened or damaged, then this chromosome is more susceptible to damage and disease.  Increasing the length of a telomere can not only slow-down disease progression, but it can also prevent disease and illness.

What damages a telomere?  Your telomeres will naturally shorten with age, however chronic inflammation can also encourage shortening.  Poor dietary choices, over exposure to toxins, presence of a current disease and/or the possibility of cancer cells.  With all of these factors being more common in today’s world, the goal would be to work diligently to support our telomere health.  That is where tea comes in, more specifically, green tea.

Green tea (2-3 cups daily) has been found to lengthen these telomeres and encourage healthy chromosomes.  As if you needed another reason, green tea would be a great drink of choice.