Essential Fatty Acids and your Endocannabinoid System

Supplementing your Endocannabinoid System (ECS) with Canna Oils BCP is a great way to get this vital signalling system working optimally.  As we have discussed in previous blogs, there are additional things that we can do to complement our BCP supplementation that can have a positive effect on our ECS.  Remember our blog on massage and taking cold showers?

Let’s quickly recap what the ECS is, and why it is so crucial to our wellbeing.  To understand the ECS, it first helps to understand what homeostasis is.

Basically, homeostasis is your body’s efforts to keep everything in the right zone. It tries to keep your internal environment stable and optimal, no matter what’s going on in the environment around you. Think of all the gauges in the dashboard of a car or airplane. Those all tell the operator whether things are—or aren’t—operating in the proper zone.
Just like the electronics in a car or plane, your body works continuously to monitor important levels and functions in your body. Is your temperature too high, too low, or just right? Are your hormone levels what they should be? Is your heart beating too fast? Do you need fuel or rest? Is too much of something building up in your bloodstream or inside of your cells?

When something is operating outside of the right range, your body activates the ECS to help correct it. So when you’re really hot and begin to sweat, thank your ECS for working to cool you down. Stomach growling? That’s your ECS helping remind you to eat because you need fuel.  So, I think you can agree, that it’s pretty important to have this system functioning optimally. Well, another way to help boost your ECS is to increase omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acid intake.  Apparently, your body doesn’t have the enzymes to produce them, so you must get them from your diet.

An individual’s dietary omega-3/omega-6 ratio affects not only inflammatory processes, but also the balance and tone of the entire endocannabinoid system. And, since the ECS works to maintain homeostasis within the body as a whole, this relationship goes a long way toward explaining that when our omega fatty acid intake deviates too far from the ideal ratio, everything from our brain to our gut may be thrown off balance.

I like this quote: “Nutrition is all about balances. That’s how our biology works. If you look at chronic diseases, the diseases of our era, they are lifestyle-related diseases. They originate from imbalances between molecules, and not because of one molecule. So trying to cure these diseases with just one single target, and one molecule, is in my opinion not the right way. And there,” Witkamp concludes, “the endocannabinoid system fits very nicely.”

So, in addition to your daily Canna Oils BCP intake, try and include hemp oil, hemp seeds, walnuts, sardines and chia seeds into your diet.  Let us know if you notice a difference!


Disclaimer:  The information in this post is for reference purposes only and not intended to constitute or replace professional medical advice. Please consult a qualified medical professional before making any changes to your diet, medications or lifestyle. The above information is for educational purposes only – not intended as medical advice.  Results vary person to person.

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