We often talk about a “gut feeling” when we meet someone for the first time. We’re told to “trust our gut instinct” when making a difficult decision, or that it’s “gut check time” when faced with a situation that tests our nerve and determination. But these expressions aren’t just metaphorical – a primal connection exists between our brain and our gut.
You're stressed and your gut knows it, immediately. The enteric nervous system is often referred to as our body's second brain. There are hundreds of million of neurons connecting the brain to the enteric nervous system, the part of the nervous system that is tasked with controlling the gastrointestinal system.
Scientists and researchers are realizing that there is a crucial link between the Endocannaibinoid system (ECS) and our gut microbiome. Our ECS can help us respond to stress by modulating endocrine function, regulating “fight or flight”, and supporting a healthy inflammation/immune response. Given that our gut health seems to be interconnected with many, many other systems in our body, it makes sense that the ECS can affect our gut microbiome as well.
In addition to potentially lowering inflammation and improving immune response, CBD oil may play a role in helping those with gut problems to deal with the emotional aspect as well. How many times have you gotten a stomachache just thinking about bad news? Now it all makes sense!
Regulating anxiety, stress, and anxiety/depression is a huge piece of the puzzle when it comes to a healthier gut; the microbiome is constantly sending messages to the brain, and vice versa. Stress and other psychological factors can affect the GI tract, making existing inflammation worse, and can even make you more prone to infection and disease.
Not getting enough sleep, or getting poor quality rest, can have serious implications for your gut health, which ends up creating more sleep issues as a result. Try to prioritize getting at least 7- 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep every night. If you’re having trouble sleeping naturally, CBD may be able to help.
Drinking the daily-recommended amount of water has also been shown to have far-reaching benefits, specifically for its ability to balance the good bacteria living in our gut. Staying hydrated is an easy, practical way of promoting a healthy gut.
One of the best, naturally derived methods of improving your gut health is by incorporating CBD into your wellness routine.
Although more research is needed into the effects of CBD on anxiety and the ramifications that it has where gut health is concerned. The good news is that many people in the healthcare field have strong anecdotal basis for recommending CBD to their patients suffering from gut issues.
A fast and easy way to dose your CBD while staying hydrated is with the Aqueous Wellness collection of Aqua Shots. Just add a shot or two to your water, or any beverage, and you will feel the calming effects of CBD in no time.
Aqueous Wellness’ premium-grade CBD products are crafted in California using a cutting edge nanotechnology CBD delivery system. Nano CBD emulsions are made using the highest grade third-party tested CBD oils and isolates, blended with a proprietary mix of GRAS ingredients to create Nano CBD particles that are transformed into water-soluble liquids and powders, for maximum bio-availability.
Read more about the Aqueous Wellness Aqua Shots here and as always, we recommend consulting your doctor before taking any CBD or supplements.
Of course, this is always the new year buzz, especially coming out of a year like 2020; chances are more bad habits have been made. Many of us got into new cycles that we’d like to break, change, or amend. Wine-to-wind-down more often than usual? Check. Netlfix on the couch more often than not? Yep, that too.