The Gut-Brain Connection

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The gut-brain connection can link anxiety to stomach problems and vice versa. Have you ever had a “gut-wrenching” experience from something apprehensive, stressful or fearful?? Do certain situations make you “feel nauseous” or sick to your stomach? Have you ever felt “butterflies” in your stomach from something scary or nerve-wracking? We use these varied expressions for a reason. The gastrointestinal tract is extremely sensitive to emotion. Anxiety, anger, sadness, elation — all of these feelings (and many others) can trigger symptoms in the gut.

The brain has a direct effect on the stomach and intestines or otherwise known as the “gut”. For example, the thought of eating can release the stomach’s juices before the food actually gets there. This connection can go both ways. A troubled intestine can send signals to the brain, just as a troubled brain can send signals to the gut. Therefore, a person’s stomach or intestinal distress can be the cause or the product of anxiety, stress, or depression. That’s because the brain and the gastrointestinal (GI) system are intimately connected to one another.

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This is especially true in cases where a person experiences gastrointestinal upset with no obvious physical cause. For such functional GI disorders, it is difficult to try to heal a distressed gut without considering the role of stress and emotion.

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Given how closely the gut and brain interact with each other, it becomes easier to understand why you might feel nauseated before giving an oral exam or feel intestinal pain during times of stress and fear.

That doesn’t mean, however, that functional gastrointestinal conditions are imagined or “all in your head.” Psychology or “In the Mind” combines with physical factors to cause pain and other bowel symptoms.  Psychology combines with physical factors to cause pain and other bowel symptoms. Outside social factors influence the actual physical presence of the gut, as well as many other symptoms. In other words, stress (or depression or other psychological factors) can affect the movement and the contractions of the GI tract,  and make inflammation worse, or perhaps even make you more susceptible to infection and disease.

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In addition,  there is research that suggests that some people with  GI disorders perceive pain more acutely and severely than other people do because their brains are more responsive to pain signals from the GI tract. Stress can actually make the existing pain seem even worse.

Based on these observations and ideas, you might expect that at least some patients with GI conditions might improve with therapy to reduce stress or treat anxiety or depression. And sure enough, a review of 13 studies showed that patients who tried psychologically based approaches had greater improvement in their digestive symptoms compared with patients who received only conventional medical treatment.

Gut-brain connection, anxiety and digestion

Are your stomach or intestinal problems — such as heartburn, abdominal cramps, or loose stools — related to stress? Watch for these other common symptoms of stress and discuss them with your doctor. Together you can come up with strategies to help you deal with the stressors in your life, and also ease your digestive discomforts.

Physical symptoms

  • Stiff or tense muscles, especially in the neck and shoulders
  • Headaches
  • Sleep problems
  • Shakiness or tremors
  • The recent loss of interest in sex
  • Weight loss or gain
  • Restlessness

Behavioral symptoms

  • Procrastination
  • Grinding teeth
  • Difficulty completing work assignments
  • Changes in the amount of alcohol or food you consume
  • Taking up smoking, or smoking more than usual
  • Increased desire to be with or withdraw from others
  • Rumination (frequent talking or brooding about stressful situations)

Emotional symptoms

  • Crying
  • An overwhelming sense of tension or pressure
  • Trouble relaxing
  • Nervousness
  • Quick temper
  • Depression
  • Poor concentration
  • Trouble remembering things
  • Loss of sense of humor
  • Indecisiveness

 

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Children, Screen Time and Sleep

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Sleep is a vital part of our physical and mental development and our overall well-being. It is important for behavior, memory, emotions, learning and our health in general  And yet the total amount of sleep that children and adolescents are getting is continuing to decrease.

Why?

Although there is the potential for many reasons behind this trend, it is starting to emerge that screen time – by watching television, using computers, mobile phones and other electronic mobile devices it may be having a large and hugely negative impact on children’s sleep.

The use of these devices is incredibly widespread. A 2006 survey showed that nearly all adolescents have at least one electronic device in their bedroom. And that was 13 years ago. Today that number is 3-4 devices in bedrooms.   Given this, and the ever-increasing exposure to screen time especially in the hours before bedtime, it is perhaps not too surprising then that screen time is now associated with insufficient and ever-increasing poor quality sleep.

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2014 review found consistent evidence that sleep was hampered by screen time, primarily in relation to shortened sleep duration and a delay in the timing of sleep. The latter finding was reported in 90% of the studies reviewed. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S1087079214000811

But the relationship between sleep and screen time is more complex than that. In many ways, screen time could be negatively influencing sleep,

The timing of a child’s screen time is one important factor. The use of these devices can lead to later bedtimes and, consequently, shorter sleep overall.  Screen time in the evening can cut into the time that children would normally be getting ready for bed and sleeping, delaying the start of sleep. This causes the total amount of time a child sleeps down. There is less time available for it.

It has also been said that longer screen times can affect sleep by reducing the time spent doing other activities that require exercise which is beneficial for sleep and sleep regulation.

The content on the screen, as well as the light that these devices emit, may also be responsible for poorer sleep.  What we are actually engaging with on the screen, can be bad for sleep. For example, exciting and stimulating video games, dramatic or scary television shows, or even over-stimulating phone calls can excite the brain and lead to the release of hormones such as adrenaline. This can make it more difficult to fall asleep or stay asleep,

Something less obvious but still just as important is the impact that light has on sleep and on our sleep-wake patterns  (circadian rhythm) in general. Many of the devices that are now used regularly emit bright light. Exposure to these light emissions in the important evening hours before sleep can increase alertness and excitability. Bright light at night can also disrupt the body’s naturally occurring circadian (or daily) rhythms by holding back the release of the hormone melatonin, which is vital for maintaining and controlling our normal sleep-wake cycle.

It is becoming more and more clear that limiting screen time in the period right before bedtime is beneficial for sleep. Relating to this is to remove electronic devices from the bedroom provides a good sleep environment and will promote good regular sleep practices.

It is yet to be established how much is too much when it comes to screen time,  recent guidelines recommend that children under the age of 13 are limited to two hours per day, and children below five to less than one hour. And they should not be during the time leading up to bedtime.

With having a more balanced approach to screen time and the use of electronic devices, the clear benefits can be obtained from these devices while still maintaining and prioritizing sleep, health, and development.

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If you have a child who has sleep problems whether going to bed, staying asleep or waking too early there are natural solutions in addition to limiting screen time. One option is  Luna Kids an all-natural, non-habit forming sleep aid for children.

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Is Hemp Oil the Same as CBD Oil?

 

This past December, the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, For the first time, hemp — the form of cannabis that is nonpsychoactive and does not get you high — became federally legal. This charged up the CBD oil market that was already becoming hot because CBD, is also found in hemp. In other words, CBD oil, as long as you derive it from hemp, is legal everywhere.

But is it really legal? Does this mean a huge explosion of new CBD products?

                         And what’s hemp oil? Here’s the breakdown.

                                           Hemp Oil

By the Farm Bill’s definition, legal hemp products can contain up to 0.3 percent THC — not nearly enough to produce a psychoactive effect or a “High”. Hemp seed oil is extracted from the seeds and used as a cooking oil It is also used in lotions and soaps. It contains no CBD or other cannabinoids.  Its health benefits are much less than CBD.

 

                                      CBD Oil

What’s known as cannabidiol (CBD) oil is extracted from the stalks leaves or flowers of the hemp plant. But it can also come from a marijuana plant. Either way, its uses are typically more medical and health-related. Solid, medical research on cannabis has been held back. It’s a challenge to do good sized studies on federally illegal substances. But a 2017 comprehensive peer review by the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine found good and solid evidence for cannabis reducing chronic pain. Athletes have known for quite a while and have been using CBD products to manage pain and to lessen inflammation. Other people use CBD for depression , anxiety, stress and sleeplessness. Some people give it to their pets to lower their stress in general or for certain instances like fireworks or traveling. Perhaps most solidly last June, the FDA approved the first-ever CBD-based drug, Epidiolex, to treat seizures associated with two severe forms of epilepsy.

                         Hemp oil? Hemp seed oil? Cannabis oil? CBD oil?

What’s the difference?  Why are there so many different names?   What do these oils do?

 

People commonly mistake hemp oil and cannabidiol (CBD) as the same thing. They are often used interchangeably.  And in the same way, many people confuse hemp seed oil with hemp oil. There is a huge variety of different oils on the market with all different benefits and ingredients. Although they might be similar, you should research and understand their differences when looking for an oil that’s right for you.                                                      In this article, I hope to clear up the differences for you

Cannabidiol (CBD) is also made from the cannabis sativa plant.  The purest and most potent CBD of the cannabis plant comes from the flowers and leaves that have the highest concentration of cannabinoids.  CBD and other cannabinoids are extracted from cannabis plants using ethanol or CO2. CO2 is how they should be extracting it.. Some use harsh solvents to extract the CBD and this is NOT healthy. Make sure the CBD you buy is not extracted that way!

There are so many compounds in the Hemp plant. There are 120 known cannabinoid compounds in cannabis, including the most well-known cannabinoids: CBD and THC.  Many people make the mistake of associating CBD with the psychoactive effects of THC.  CBD oil will not make you feel “high”. THC will make you “high”.

We actually and naturally produce cannabinoids through our body’s internal Endocannabinoid System(ECS). The ECS is also responsible for managing and taking care of the cannabinoids we consume. So CBD can feed your ECS system.  The ECS is found throughout our brain and our body with hundreds of recepters, and is responsible for regulating many of the body’s responses and systems. It promotes homeostasis which is the normal state of our bodies.. They make the body how it is meant to be. These systems include: mood, appetite, sleep, and pain response.                        CBD oil acts as a natural supplement for supporting the health of our ECS.

                      The History of CBD oil

For thousands of years, people all over the world have used cannabis as medicine, in religious ceremonies and recreationally. CBD is gaining attention most recently, but it’s actually nothing new. About 75 years ago, Roger Adams, an American chemist and Harvard graduate, first found CBD. In 1942, Adams received a patent for his work on the isolation of CBD. CBD was recently categorized as a Schedule 1 drug. Fortunately this all changed when Trump signed the 2018 Farm Bill, which distinguished hemp from marijuana under the Controlled Substance Act (CSA). CBD became legal in all 50 states on the federal level.

 

                                                            Due to federal regulations, it’s difficult to find research on the benefits of CBD oil. CBD oil is legal, but manufacturers are limited in what they can claim since research on the benefits of CBD oil has been stunted.

However, users of CBD report it naturally supplements physical and mental health in a variety of ways.

 

Many people who have experienced the supposed benefits of CBD have been are trying out different products on the market. There are many products and many ways to take CBD.

The main and biggest difference between hemp oil and CBD oil is that hemp oil is only extracted from the hemp plant, while CBD oil can be extracted from hemp, from marijuana.

 

Just as a square is a rectangle but a rectangle is not a square, hemp oil is CBD oil, but CBD oil is not necessarily hemp oil.

 

                             What is hemp oil?

As the name suggests, hemp oil is oil derived from the hemp plant.

Hemp oil extract comes from the flowers, leaves, and seeds of the hemp plant.  People are often surprised to learn that the hemp plant contains dozens of cannabinoids; THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol) are the most famous.

Hemp dates back centuries, as early as 8000 BCE, where it was discovered in China and Taiwan. The first remnants of hemp were found in pottery and food, but the crop increased in value as time moved on. The more knowledge of the plant the more uses were found

It’s believed that hemp was one of the first agricultural crops. It was used as a textile to make clothing and shoes, as well as rope, paper, and fuel. It was an everyday essential.

                                                               Hemp was introduced to North America in 1606. In fact, colonies were required to grow it. The first draft of the Declaration of Independence of the United States was written by Thomas Jefferson on paper made from hemp.

However, peoples perception of Hemp changed. Hemp was completely banned in the 1970s. This happened due to hemp’s association with marijuana since they are both technically cannabis. When the US government began cracking down on marijuana, hemp followed and it became highly regulated as well. This caused hemp’s very controversial and very wrong classification as a schedule 1 narcotic. That is a drug that is said to have a high incidence of abuse with no medical benefits. As we now know, that is very incorrect.

The legality of hemp has been debated among people for decades, and up until this past year when President Trump signed the 2018 Farm Bill and legalized hemp for industrial purposes.

Technically, “Industrial Hemp” must be classified as containing less than .3% THC. And industrial hemp farmers must be licensed and have their crops tested. This is a big step toward a more sustainable future through the agriculture of hemp. (article Source: CBD School) Hemp can be used in hundreds of ways. Including food and clothing. As a vitamin supplement, hemp oil contains high levels of vitamins E, B, B1, and B2. It also contains potassium, magnesium and fatty acids, while being an excellent source of protein and antioxidants.    Another place you can find hemp oil is in the cosmetics industry. It’s in many products due to its thoughts of its anti-aging properties.     The fatty acids in hemp oil (Omega-3 and Omega-6) show promise for a treatment for a lot of skin conditions.   The fatty acids in hemp oil can also act as a natural supplement for supporting our metabolism. Hemp oil can help maintain healthy cholesterol levels and possible weight loss too.

 

 

When you hear the talk and read about hemp oil and CBD oil it’s very easy to get totally confused. They are not the same!!

Bottom line. Hemp oil is considered CBD oil if it actually contains CBD. However, CBD is not always considered hemp oil if it does not contain CBD!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 CBD Oil: What it is and what it is not

CBD Oil, or Cannabidiol, has become a hit with people and grows more so each day. 

So what is CBD exactly?


CBD  or Cannabidiol  is a phytocannabinoid discovered in 1940. It is one of some 113 identified cannabinoids in  cannabis plants and accounts for up to 40% of the plant’s extract. Cannabis plants include the Hemp plan and the Marijuana plant. Both contain CBD but the Hemp plant contains much more while the marijuana plant contains mostly THC or Tetrahydrocannabinol which causes the psychoactive effects of marijuana. CBD does not have psychoactive effects.





                                         

                                                 What are the benefits of CBD and what are its uses?


                                                    

I will go into detail of each benefit in future posts   And exactly how it works in the body.

What CBD is not  

The biggest thing that CBD is not is that it is not marijuana.   You will not get high from CBD. That being said there ARE different feeling and experiences that you can get from it. You will feel calm and relaxed..That is why it is good for anxiety and stress.. It relieves pain but may not take the pain away totally. Some people it does that for and others it does not.

I am excited to be sharing the wealth of knowledge of CBD. I want to make it as understandable as possible while being as comprehensive as possible. I will be sharing more in depth articles as well. 

https://www.projectcbd.org/cbd-101/what-is-cbd

You get what you pay for with CBD oil and Natural Products

So, it seems that retail stores are carrying or are going to carry CBD oil… But like most supplements from these stores, they are garbage…Wal Mart was called out for dozens of their natural products for not containing what it said it did…It boils down… I can promise you this. You will get what you pay for….


CBD oil and natural product can be pricey…I can help with that once my store is up and running. I am going to carry quality CBD and natural products at the very best prices. I will have sales and giveaways too…I am excited to be able to help people with their health and wellness journeys!


“An informed customer is a happy customer.”

                                 A Happy customer is what I will strive for. And to help you make the best possible decision. And an informed decision is the most important decision.

                I want to wade thru all the misinformation that is out there. And there is                                                                         TONS!!

                                       Where can you buy CBD?

There has been such an increase in popularity and curiosity in CBD. And many unscrupulous people out there who have jumped into the market with inferior and possibly harmful products.  That is why knowing and understanding about what you will buy is vital…One big thing is that all the products should have 3rd party testing to prove what is in the product.  This is VITAL!

                You usually have four options for purchasing CBD oil.

  • Dispensaries are stores that sell cannabis products and cannabis accessories
  • Medical dispensaries only sell cannabis products to customers who have a medical marijuana card or prescription.
  • Recreational dispensaries only exist in legal states and are licensed to sell cannabis products to the public.
  • Online CBD shops sell CBD products online. There are hundreds of those and it is hard to pick the winners from the losers. That is why reviews and word of mouth is so important. You need to trust the person you are buying it from.

                                  Things to consider before buying

Price: What is your budget?

Taste: What do you like?

How fast it works: How quickly do you want to see benefits?

Ease of use: How do you want to take it?

Concentration: What dose will you need or start out at

Reason for taking it: What are your symptoms you want to help?

Customer Reviews


If a company claims to be the best, you need to look for proof. One of the best ways to spot a reputable company is to look for customer reviews, particularly if the website uses a system in which the reviewers are verified as having purchased the product in question.That is why I hope to get it across that the products I will be selling will work and be a benefit to you. And I hope for repeat customers and word of mouth. I plan on taking the guesswork out of buy CBD.

Like any supplement, CBD will work for some and not for others, but if you don’t try you’ll never know. Once you’ve found the CBD product that works for you, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it

I hope in future posts to continue to educate and encourage this who are reading this.

What to look for when buying CBD

Do you know how to beat Big Pharma at their own game? I found out how!

I decided that a blog would add to the experience of my ecommerce site and connect me to my customers and enable me to share much more. I want to help people with their health and wellbeing and grow my customer base and strengthen my online presence.

CBD OIL is natures greatest miracle.

Add that to all the other miracle substances of nature and you have a bounty of things to help you mentally, physically and spiritually.

Big Pharma has held the public hostage with their many drugs and substances for decades.. Most of which cause more problems then they solve. They treat symptoms and do not get to the root causes of ailments. Then they create more drugs to treat the problems they caused.  It’s a pretty good racket if you think about it. They fight tooth and nail to keep natural products out of the public sphere with false and misleading information so that natural substances can not be created and shared with the public. Thankfully the public is waking up and fighting back by demanding new and better natural products. CBD itself stands to grow substantially over the next 3 years. In the TRIPLE digit percentages! It stands to be a multi billion dollar business!

And for good reason.

 

THEY WORK!!

And they work for hundreds of things! And all with very minimal side effects and problems.

Almost anyone can use CBD and other natural products.

Then there are thousands of other other things in nature that help and heal hundreds of ailments and help keep people in good health. Combined with CBD they stand to be a powerhouse for health and wellbeing.

I do not want to just sell people products. The more people who understand the natural product industry the more they will demand products that will work for them and grow and enhance their lives.

YOU DESERVE WAY BETTER THEN WHAT BIG PHARMA HAS TO GIVE YOU!

And I am here to  help you to do just that!

The Journey Begins

Thanks for joining me!

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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