Natural methods utilizing diet, life style and other alternatives, to help strengthen your endocannabinoid system (ECS)

Posted by Jeri Darling on

I gleaned a lot of information from a video I watched the other day. So much so, I wanted to share it with all your wonderful people. I hope you learn as much from this as I did. Here we go:

 We have cannabinoid receptors in our body that are similar to the cannabis plan. Dysfunction of the ECS, or Endocannabinoid Deficiency Syndrome, can produce a myriad of problems such as inflammation, neuro degenerative processes, pain, cancers and psychiatric issues. One of the biggest ways we can support our ECS is through diet.

Let’s talk about our Omega 3’s and 6’s.

  • Omega 3 and 6 are best derived from foods that we eat. Our bodies do not make these, we need them from our diets.
  • Did you know that our omega 3 to 6 ratio is suppose to be 1:1 but is closer to 1:20?
  • Omega 3’s are best sourced from foods such as: soybeans (make sure they are GMO free), Walnuts, Salmon, Canola Oil, Sardines, Chia Seeds, Mackerel (most fish) and Flaxseeds.
  • Omega 6’s are best sourced from foods such as: eggs, nuts, cereals, wheat, whole grain breads and most vegetable oils.
  • Omega 6 contains aracodonic acid. When overloading the body with aracodonic acid, we start to produce to much anandamide. Anandamide is a neurotransmitter produced in the brain that binds to the THC receptors. It's been called the “bliss molecule,” aptly named after ananda, the Sanskrit word for “joy, bliss, or happiness.” It is considered an endocannabinoid — a substance produced in the body that binds to cannabinoid receptors. To much will trigger a hyperactivation of the ECS and tones down the availability of cannabinoid receptors thus putting the body in disarray.
  • Someone with Schizophrenia may have high levels of anandamide.
  • Omega 3 can deplete the body of vitamin E so be sure your getting enough vitamin E. Lots of green vegetables.
  • Nuts and seeds are good but don’t over do it.


Foods that can help us correct the Omega imbalance.

Now that you know how important it is to balance out your Omega 3 and 6 intake, lets talk about some foods that will help us. One method the speaker talked about was a GBOMBS+Fish.

  • Greens
  • Beans
  • Onions
  • Mushrooms
  • Berries
  • Seeds
  • Fish

 GMO (genetically modified organisms) Foods

GMO foods are foods that are modified to withstand the chemical Glyphosate or Round Up Ready pesticide.

There is a lot of controversy with GMO foods. Many argue that nature genetically modifies food all the time. So, lets concentrate on what we know about the chemical Glyphosate and what it does and how our bodies respond to it.

  • Glyphosate is a mineral chelator so it binds to the minerals in our food and prevents them from being absorbed by the gut.
  • Glyphosate is patented as an anti-biotic. This means that it kills the good bacteria in the soil, and the good bacteria in the gut.
  • More and more we are seeing a direct link to the inflammation in our guts to inflammation in other places in our body, including the brain.
  • Our ECS are responsible for toning down the inflammation responses from our bodies. When we use CBD as an anti-inflammatory but we continue eating to much Omega 6 or foods sprayed with Glyphosate, we may find our CBD oil is not working properly because of these things.
  • We have neuro pathways between our gut and our brain so that they constantly communicate with each other.
  • Not only do we have neuro pathways between our brain and gut, but inflammation in the gut triggers the release of pro inflammatory chemical called cytokines. Those will release and spread throughout the body. They are able to cross the blood brain barrier too. Inflammation of the brain is related to a host of medical conditions like psychiatric disorders, cancers and Alzheimer’s.

How do we get our gut back in good shape?

Using a good probiotic can help restore good gut health. Did you know that some people think the appendix is a reservoir for good bacteria? It re-inhabits the gut with good bacteria.

  • Use of good probiotic foods such as yogurt (watch out for the sugar content though), sauerkraut, pickles and Kimchi. Try to get a variety of different fermented foods so you get a variety of good bacteria.
  • If you want to use a probiotic supplement, get one that is enteric coated so it does not break down in the stomach where it may be killed off by the stomach’s acid.

Magnesium, Iron and Vitamin D3

Magnesium is essential for the human body and integral for planet Earth. While not nearly as well-known as other minerals in your body, magnesium is just as essential to you as are vitamins or calcium. In fact, magnesium has an effect on more than 300 bodily chemical reactions. Magnesium is crucial to nerve transmission, muscle contraction, blood coagulation, energy production, nutrient metabolism and bone and cell formation. These chemical reactions not only affect the overall health of your body, but your ability to perform daily tasks. It is thought that low levels of magnesium are partly responsible for depression, obesity, diabetes and heart disease.

  • Magnesium Citrate is a good supplement to take for boosting your magnesium levels.
  • Vegetables with chlorophyll are a good source of magnesium too. Also, dark chocolate, avocados, quinoa and your leafy greens are some good places to start.
  • Iron is vital too. It helps tone down the stress responses from the body.
  • Iron may even help reduce the risk of seizures.
  • Iron may help with behavioral issues too.
  • Vitamin D3 is important. This is the vitamin that the sun gives us.
  • Low Vitamin D3 is thought to contribute to a host of medical problems such as heart disease, cognitive issues, depression, asthma and diabetes.
  • Getting sun everyday is a great source of Vitamin D3, but did you know if you are darker skinned, the melanin in your body helps prevent the conversion of vitamin D3? So, a supplement may be worth looking into if you are dark skinned or can not get in the sun for whatever reason.
  • There are not many foods rich in Vitamin D3, but sundried mushrooms are a very good source.

Exercise-move it or lose it-no, really!

  • Starting around the age of 30, if you don’t use your muscles on purpose, you start losing muscle mass and function.
  • Exercising increases serotonin levels which may help with depression and anxiety issues.
  • Exercise also helps out many other parts of the body such as the heart, lungs and muscles.
  • Can help prevent or delay age-associated conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure.
  • In addition, it's been found that exercise also may help improve memory problems.
  • Exercise also helps your body produce insulin. Great news for Type 2 Diabetics.
  • It also helps control weight gain, boost energy, provide a better sleep and maybe even boost your sex life.

In conclusion, CBD alone may not be enough for most of us. If your not being helped by CBD or if you think your CBD could be working better, try changing your diet, exercise and be sure to balance out your omega’s 3 and 6. A good supplement may benefit you too. Please consult with your doctor to address any health issues. You shouldn’t self-diagnose or self-treat diseases or health issues.  

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