All About the Hemp Plant

All About the Hemp Plant

What Is Hemp, Anyway?

Hemp is an amazing textile, industrial product, and food product.

Hemp itself is just a plant. Specifically, it is a variety of the Cannabis sativa plant. It is usually grown for all of the industrial applications possible.

Hemp is a very fast-growing plant. It was one of the very first plants to be processed and spun into fiber usable for clothing and such. This happened about 10,000 years ago! Today, we can make paper, textiles, clothing, sails, rope, a form of concrete, biofuel, plastics, nanomaterials, and more with hemp. Food is made from hemp and hemp seed as well.

The Vast Applications of Hemp

The bast fibers of the hemp plant are often combined with other plants like flax. This allows the hemp to be used for clothing. Pure hemp fiber has a texture much like linen and it is therefore usually made into a hybrid fiber. The inner portion of the stalks is used for mulching and animal bedding type applications. Hemp oil can be very nutritious food. If hemp oil undergoes oxidation it may also be used to make paints, creams, and plastics. Europeans use hemp seed as a type of bird feed as well. 

Hemp production was vast and common prior to being made illegal in this country. Sail canvas was a main product for which hemp was grown and harvested. Indeed, the word canvas has been derived from the word cannabis.    

Hempcrete is a type of building material made from hemp. This was first used by an innovative builder in France in 1986. Hemp has been used to build technologically advanced homes in the UK. The first homemade from hemp-based materials was finished in 2010 in North Carolina. Building materials derived from industrial hemp are fiberboard, thermal insulation, acoustic ceiling insulation, insulation blocks, and concrete blocks.

Hemp is used to make different sorts of materials like plastics as well. Car manufacturing is beginning to incorporate hemp into production. There is about 20Kg of hemp in a Mercedes C-Class for example. Paneling for automobiles and other applications is made from hemp fiber, kenaf, and flax along with fiberglass.   

Hemp paper is too expensive to make relative to wood-based paper and it is only really used for technical industrial applications such as filtering. Cordage is a great use of hemp fiber. However, the fibers retain water. Hemp rope is usually treated with a water-resistant material. In the past this was tar. Today, more rope is made from a variant of the banana plant than from hemp. This is because the banana fibers have less capillary action than do hemp fibers.

One of the best uses of industrial hemp as a plant is to clean soil. Italy has large crops of hemp planted specifically for this application. Hemp is also being used to clean soil that was ruined by the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. This is by phytoremediation.

Growth & Harvesting

The technology to harvest and process hemp is not new. Because of regulatory actions by the Federal government, the technology for hemp is essentially halted in the year 1938. This is when the marijuana tax act was passed. The 1930’s era decorticator is a machine that separates the fibers from the inner hurd. This was previously completed by hand. The manual process was known as scutching. Sadly, industrial hemp was mistakenly grouped with its cousin, the more medicinal marijuana plant, and was banned although its uses are many and important.   

In the South, hemp is planted between September and November. It only takes about 3-4 months to mature. Hemp grows very densely and is often used to choke out weeds. It is easy to grow an organic hemp crop because it is inherently insect resistant and the density of the plant stops weeds. Hemp that is grown to harvest the fibers is usually very tall and slender and produces very long fibers.   

When harvested, the hemp is cut and then left to dry in the field for about 4 days. Hemp uses less water than cotton.  It also prepares the soil for the next crop in a beneficial manner. Hemp does best with heat in and relatively low altitudes. One of the attributes of hemp is that very little if any pest control is needed. In addition, manure is enough to fertilize this crop. Some have described hemp as a carbonnegative raw material.  

Currently, France and China are the leading producers of this versatile plant. Russia used to be the main producer. Almost all of this hemp has been used for food and industrial purposes.

Hemp & Nutrition

For food applications, hemp is very versatile and nutritious. The seeds may be consumed raw. The seeds may also be ground into a meal, sprouted or even made into a dry sprout powder. There are hemp juices, teas, and milks. Hemp oil is an amazing source of highly unsaturated fatty acids. This is particularly true when the hemp oil is cold-pressed. Just 100g of hemp seeds (hulled) will provide 64% of the daily recommended protein intake. 

The polyunsaturated fatty acids in hemp are extremely valuable for an excellent and cell-preserving diet. They include linoleic, oleic, and alpha-linolenic acids. In addition to these heart-healthy fats, hemp can also provide a significant amount of dietary fiber. There are also B vitamins, manganese, phosphorous, magnesium, zinc, and iron. In order to preserve the quality of the hemp oil, it is important that it be kept in a dark container and refrigerated.   

The History of Hemp

From an area in Japan during 8000 BC archeologists discovered Cannabis achenes; this seems to indicate the societal use of the plant. From China, hemp has been found in archeological digs from the Neolithic age. Yangshao pottery from 5th millennium BC incorporated hemp fibers. More Chinese data shows that hemp has been used for thousands of years in ropes, paper, clothing, and shoes.

Herodotus of Greece described the use of hemp as a seed smoke for both ritual and recreation. For Western cultures, it took until the Iron Age for hemp to really be used industrially. One hemp expert, EW Barber feels that the true spread of hemp during the first millennium B.C. was due to pot-smoking from the cultures of East Asia. The drug-producing variety of Cannabis sativa was developed in that region of the world.

Christopher Columbus used hemp for the ropes of his ships. Spaniards introduced hemp to the Western world in Chile in the year 1545. There is a report that in 1605 clothing in the New World (Cape Cod, Nauset people, Plymouth Bay) was from hemp. Hemp was known to be a 4-5 ft tall crop in this region. The Native Americans definitely cultivated hemp. In the House of Burgess of Virginia, an Act was passed in 1619 that required farmers to plant both English and Indian varieties of hemp. Even the Puritans cultivated hemp.

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George Washington grew hemp on his plantation. Some believe that he used the plant recreationally. Most evidence shows that he used it for the Industrial fibers. President Washington imported Indian hemp seed from Asia. Hemp was generally a sustainable and lucrative crop for Americans for years. This stopped in 1937 with the passage of the Marihuana Tax Act. Many believe that this was a politically and economically motivated Act pushed by owners of competing products to the Industrial Hemp plant. Specifically, Andrew Mellon, Randolph Hearst, and members of the DuPont family were against allowing common farmers to grow hemp. The moratorium on hemp was lifted briefly to provide materials for WWII. There was even a film produced in 1942 that promoted hemp as a crop to help us win the war. It was called “Hemp for Victory.”

Today, there is a resurgence of this versatile and important crop. The Federal Government finally separated Industrial Hemp from Marijuana in terms of classifications and decriminalized the use of Industrial hemp.

Why We Utilize Hemp In Our Products

Hemp is one of the key ingredients in our Well Theory products. We incorporate full spectrum hemp powder and hemp isolate for they phytocannabinoids, vitamins, minerals, and omega 3 and 6 fatty acids. The addition of this ingredient helps boost the body’s natural recovery processes, relieves pain and stiffness, lowers stress levels, and even helps to lessen inflammation.

The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of hemp are great tools for conquering musculoskeletal pain and muscle sensitivity!

If you are ready to see how the many benefits of hemp can help you live well, order our products today to try them for yourself!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Meredith Warner is the creator of Well Theory and The Healing Sole. She is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Air Force Veteran.

She is on a mission to disrupt traditional medicine practices and promote betterment physically, spiritually and mentally to many more people. She advocates for wellness and functional health over big pharma so more people can age vibrantly with more function and less pain.

At Well Theory, Our surgeon-designed products are FDA Registered and formulated to help people:

  • Manage the symptoms of musculoskeletal pain
  • Recover vibrantly from orthopedic related surgeries
  • Fill the gaps in our daily diets
  • Manage pain associated with inflammation

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Blueberries & Bone Health: Menopause

Blueberries & Bone Health

Dr. Warner here –

 

Today, we are discussing the benefits of blueberries in regards to promoting bone health, especially during menopause.

Ovariectomy-induced bone loss is that bone loss believed to be from a lack of estrogen. This is a model often used to study bone loss from any causes of declining serum sex hormones, specifically in post menopause. The balance between daily bone formation and normal destruction is tilted in favor of less formation with the loss of sex steroids. There is a decrease in sites for stem cells to bind and differentiate into bone-forming cells with an increase in resorption from this decline of hormonal production.

Bone & Collaegen Loss

Bone is formed of collagen type 1 (Col1). Normally, Col1 induces local stem cells to become bone forming cells by way of specific binding sites in the matrix. However, with the loss of sex steroids and other reasons, sometimes senescence is caused instead of bone formation. Senescence is the irreversible stoppage of division of the cells. 

This type of bone loss causes enhanced collagen degeneration of bone matrix. There are very significant losses of collagen Type 1 and Sirt1 genesCollagen type 1 is the main protein of bone. Sirt1 is an anti-aging gene. There are increases in the creation of senescence marker collagenase as well. Senescence is the death of cells. Collagenases are enzymes that degrade proteins; in this case collagens are degraded. 

A study in rats from the journal Age in 2013 showed that those with ovariectomy-induced bone loss did very well if fed blueberries for about 2 weeks. In a lab, bone forming cells were treated with blood from an ovariectomy rat and other cells were treated with blood from a rat with an ovariectomy but also fed a blueberry diet. The bone cells began to display senescence when treated with blood from the first group. However, the blueberry fed group did not show senescence. The rats were fed blueberry up until puberty in this particular study. 

Bone cells that begin to degrade have less Sirt1 expression. These same cells have more activity of p53p16 and p21; p53p16 and p21 are all associated with senescent cells.   

Beneficial Blueberries

Blueberries have been shown to promote bone formation.

Blueberries do this by stimulating the formation of bone-forming cells from stem cells by way of the polyphenols of the berry. Eating blueberries during early life seems to be bone protective. Studies have shown that feeding animals blueberry-supplemented diets for a bit before puberty or from weaning to adulthood can stop bone-forming cells from entering senescence normally caused by loss of hormones. The anti-senescent activity of blueberries is similar to resveratrol. Certain phytochemicals, like blueberry phenols, are felt to contribute to bone development and mass (in addition to known dietary requirements like calcium).  

The dietary effect of blueberries on the development of bone and the later prevention of bone senescence is from epigenetic change. Specifically, there is epigenetic modification of senescent specific genes such as sirt1Sirt1 is important for metabolic balance. Sirt1 is also thought to be the link between caloric-restriction diets and long lifespan. The loss of hormones normally deactivates the Sirt1 gene. However, a blueberry-supplemented diet seems to protect from this.   

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Meredith Warner is the creator of Well Theory and The Healing Sole. She is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Air Force Veteran.

She is on a mission to disrupt traditional medicine practices and promote betterment physically, spiritually and mentally to many more people. She advocates for wellness and functional health over big pharma so more people can age vibrantly with more function and less pain.

At Well Theory, Our surgeon-designed products are FDA Registered and formulated to help people:

  • Manage the symptoms of musculoskeletal pain
  • Recover vibrantly from orthopedic related surgeries
  • Fill the gaps in our daily diets
  • Manage pain associated with inflammation

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Eucalyptus: A Natural Pain Reliever

Eucalyptus: A Natural Pain Reliever

Eucalyptus For Pain

why it works & how to use it

Dr. Warner here –

Why am I passionate about using eucalyptus as a powerful pain reliever?

The reason is simple – I love Koalas!  

Just kidding. Although Koala bears do eat a lot of eucalyptus, that is not why I view this wonderful plant as a successful tool in the treatment and healing of  part of connective tissue disorders. 

Let’s look at eucalyptus and why it can be a staple in natural pain relief.

Eucalpytus In the Wild

 

Just about ¾ of the vegetation of Australia is a species of eucalyptus. There are over 650 types, actually, and almost all of these are exclusive to Australia. The Aborigines have been known to eat the roots or seeds of some of these species. Another great use of the roots is as a water source during droughts.  

For me however, it is the volatile oils of the leaves that really makes sense for medicinal and wellness purposes. Applied directly to the skin, eucalyptus oil has been used for thousands of years to heal wounds and cure fungal infections. Breathing the vapors through aromatherapy helps to clear sinuses when a head cold has taken over. 

Sadly, fires involving eucalyptus forests are almost impossible to extinguish. This is due to the chemical nature of the fire; the plant produces so much oil that it becomes almost a giant grease fire. The oils are actually volatile essential oils and as such become gas which is flammable in large amounts. Because Eucalyptus is also invasive, it will choke out other less hazardous plants.  

Since the commercial distillation of the leaves became common practice, much research has been completed on this wonderful plant’s chemical properties. Click here to read more about herbal medicine safety concerns – and what you should consider before starting a natural therapy regimen.

Turns out that eucalyptus indeed has strong anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. When properly distilled and rubbed onto an area of pain, the eucalyptus will provide relief from pain and tension. This is perfect for headaches, muscle aches, and tendon, ligament, and skin problems. 

Eucalyptus In Medicine

how it was discovered

In 1856 the first eucalyptus plants made it to the USA and were planted in California. There is an abundance of eucalyptus in South America now as well. 

In 1870, F.S. Cloez identified the main medicinal component of this plant, thus discovering eucalyptol. About a decade later, surgeons like me (but all men!) began to employ eucalyptol as an antiseptic. That denotes the absolute power of this herbal remedy to eliminate bacteria and fungus from the skin. 

The commercialization of this herbal remedy started with the British Empire, of course. The British have a very strong tradition of using herbal medicine and easily incorporated different plants and methods from around the world into their formulas. 

Eucalyptol is simply another medicinal product produced in mass quantities to relieve common human ailments. In this case, Halls developed Mentho-Lyptus cough drops. Now that name makes sense, right? The combination of menthol (derived of mint) and eucalyptol (derived of eucalyptus) made a simple and effective treatment of the common cold.

Uses For Eucalyptus

and how eucalyptus oil is extracted

The leaves of this plant form a film; this film is white and will rub off the leaf when it is touched. Leaves can be up to a foot long. The essential oils developed in the leaves act as a natural defense mechanism for the plant itself. The oils protect plants from insects and bacteria. Leaves should be harvested before flowering. Today, there are large farms with these trees that are pruned regularly for mass oil production. 

The volatile oil of the type cineole, called eucalyptol, is the predominant method of healing for this plant. This acts as an expectorant for us in Western Medicine. 

In countries that easily blend herbal and western medicine (like we do in my clinic), it is used for many reasons. In Germany, it is actually an approved therapy for bronchitis. The volatile component of the plant will change the nature of human lung secretions and make them easier to remove. Cilia, or small hairs, line the lung and air passages and will actually physically move the mucus from the deep lung to an area that can allow coughing evacuation. 

For asthmatics, eucalyptus is very helpful too. In one study, a group of asthmatics using eucalyptol were able to reduce their dosages of steroids; this was found in a study that compared that group to a placebo (fake medicine) group. 

Eucalyptus is an awesome antiseptic. It combats the bacteria and viruses that cause upper respiratory infections.   

 

Today we do not recommend the ingestion of eucalyptus. Although ancient peoples have and still do eat some of the parts of the plant, for us the ingestions can be harmful. There have been reports of nausea and vomiting, low blood pressure, increased heart rate and even breathing problems if the herb is taken orally.

This begs the question of how do Koala bears stand it? 

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I believe in the power of plant-based remedies and natural methods of healing, and I decided to blend this with the effectiveness of traditional western medicine in my Well Theory products.

Use Well Theory as your source for more methods of relieving pain for connective tissue disorders today.

Signing off,

Meredith Warner, MD

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Meredith Warner is the creator of Well Theory and The Healing Sole. She is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Air Force Veteran.

She is on a mission to disrupt traditional medicine practices and promote betterment physically, spiritually and mentally to many more people. She advocates for wellness and functional health over big pharma so more people can age vibrantly with more function and less pain.

At Well Theory, Our surgeon-designed products are FDA Registered and formulated to help people:

  • Manage the symptoms of musculoskeletal pain
  • Recover vibrantly from orthopedic related surgeries
  • Fill the gaps in our daily diets
  • Manage pain associated with inflammation

Surgeon Formulated
For Your Peace of Mind

Natural Ingredients + Cutting-Edge Medical Breakthroughs.

100% NATURAL PAIN RELIEF FOR PEOPLE WORLDWIDE

Vitamin C & Immune Function

Hi, I’m Dr. Warner here –

I am the founder of the Well Theory. Let’s discuss immune function, immunity, and vitamin C, which was one of the key components in my multivitamin. My Immunity Boosting Multivitamin can be referred to as being pro-immunity – it aids in the processes of healing and boosts the function of the immune system.

 

Why is vitamin C so important? You’ve probably heard since childhood that vitamin C helps to fight colds and flu, and it will commonly be seen as an ingredient in medicines that come out every cold and flu season.

But why is it good for immunity?

vitamin c is pretty awesome

The more I learn about vitamin C, the more I’m just blown away by its immunity-boosting capabilities.

Vitamin C is an antioxidant and prevents infections. It’s essential in your diet – meaning you have to take it as the human body is unable to produce or synthesize it on its own.

If you already have a well-balanced diet that incorporates plenty of vitamin C, that’s ideal. Eating well can be difficult and takes time and planning, so many people – myself included – find that supplementation is necessary to get the essential vitamins and nutrients to improve immunity.

I recommend my multivitamin – which is packed with vitamin C – to my surgical patients to give them the best chance for fighting infections and healing quickly. My multivitamin has a daily dose of 1000mg of vitamin C.

The Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) and other regulatory bodies will tell you that you don’t need that much, but I have found this to be a good amount for people healing a wound or fighting off an infection in a state of oxidative stress. Vitamin C is water-soluble, and any amount that the body does not use is easily expelled through digestion.

While taking a multivitamin is a great step towards building your immunity, eating the right foods is the best way to absorb essential vitamins and minerals. Read our blog on 10 Immunity-Boosting Foods to find out what you should start including in your diet today!

why vitamin c is necessary

Vitamin C is mandatory for sustaining an effective immune response to infection. Most of us are vitamin C deficient as it is the fourth leading cause of nutrient deficiency in the United States. A normal virus would normally not cause more than a runny nose or watery eyes, but vitamin C deficiency can cause this virus to bloom into more serious, problematic conditions such as pneumonia.

This is especially important for respiratory infections which is why we see a lot of vitamin C products for the common cold. Vitamin C prevents the common cold, and it helps the body to fight it off faster. Without this prevention, the common cold can become a deeper, lower respiratory infection and become pneumonia.

who is at risk?

The elderly, institutionalized, or nursing home patients are especially at risk as they are immunosenescent – meaning their immune system is weakened. Many are malnutritional, ill, and are vitamin C deficient. When these individuals are supplemented with C at IV levels and high oral doses, they do better with respiratory infections. If you have an elderly relative in a nursing home, consider increasing their vitamin C dosages.

Vitamin C also protects our body from our own immune system. Neutrophils in the immune system attack and absorb pathogens by releasing toxins and proteins. These neutrophils are then eaten by macrophage cells to clean up these toxins. If the macrophages do not carry out this task, the toxins from the dead neutrophil will be released into the tissue causing a pro-inflammatory response that can damage the tissue.

vitamin c for immune health

What does vitamin C do? Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant and electron promoter. It reduces oxidative damage and protects us from the toxicity that our own immune system produces to damage the pathogens. This means that vitamin C is a self-protective mechanism and makes the lymphocytes and the neutrophils within the immune system function better.

Vitamin C is important for mitochondrial energy production. This nutrient provides daily power to the cells so that they have properly functioning mitochondria.

It also regulates the cytokine release from immune cells. Immune cells release certain chemical messengers, like cytokines, that trigger inflammation, bring in the macrophages, and encourage the attack on pathogens. If you have too much of the wrong cytokine, you may experience excess inflammation, tissue damage, and toxicity. Also, if you have too much of the wrong kind of cytokine, you may not experience enough inflammation.

Vitamin C helps to regulate the number of cytokines based on the type and intensity of the infection. The body requires enough vitamin C in every cell, including in the immune cells and the entire system to regulate this.

vitamin c for chronic inflammation

If you are surrounded by heavy pollution, like we are in South Louisiana, you are exposed to higher levels of oxidative stress because your body is constantly fighting off heavy metals, pesticides, and air pollution. The body then produces reactive oxygen species that can cause chronic inflammation. This can be affected by excess weight, as well.

To fight this, the body will deplete what little vitamin C it has to stabilize the cell membranes and protect the cells from oxidative stress.

If you are in an area of high pollution or if you smoke, you have low vitamin C levels and are constantly under oxidative stress. If you have diabetes, are obese, or just stressed out in general, you are also under oxidative stress.

Your body will constantly seek vitamin C and other antioxidants to lower this oxidative stress. Any illness will require even more vitamin C to protect the immune system. This is why I believe that vitamin C supplementation is crucial to health, as well as why I chose 1000mg for my multivitamin. From regular, daily oxidative stress and general stress, we can all benefit from healthier skin and connective tissues, as well as less inflammation and a strengthened immune system.

Summary

Vitamin C causes the immune system to function and communicate better to optimally fight pathogens and infections. It stabilizes cell membranes and protects against oxidative damage. Remember – if you have an older relative, or if you or someone you know smokes, they should supplement with vitamin C. The body does not produce vitamin C naturally, so eating vitamin C-dense foods or supplementing is necessary to have the right amount in your system.
Vitamin C supplementation will give you a long-lasting, improved ability of both your innate and acquired immune system while also protecting you from oxidative damage. If you don’t eat enough oranges and cherries, Vitamin C supplementation is necessary to boost immune cell function and effectiveness.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Meredith Warner is the creator of Well Theory and The Healing Sole. She is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Air Force Veteran.

She is on a mission to disrupt traditional medicine practices and promote betterment physically, spiritually and mentally to many more people. She advocates for wellness and functional health over big pharma so more people can age vibrantly with more function and less pain.

At Well Theory, Our surgeon-designed products are FDA Registered and formulated to help people:

  • Manage the symptoms of musculoskeletal pain
  • Recover vibrantly from orthopedic related surgeries
  • Fill the gaps in our daily diets
  • Manage pain associated with inflammation

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Boost Your Immune System

Healthy Strategies For Boosting Your Immune System

Dr. Meredith Warner, Orthopedic Surgeon & Natural Medicine Support, discusses what she is telling her patients to do.

During these times, we have to maintain our bodies and keep them strong.

Now more than ever, it’s important to strengthen your immune system to fight off viruses and keep your body healthy and protected. All of us at Well Theory are here to help.

The name of the game is to keep your stress under control so you can reduce your body’s inflammatory response. Inflammation is thought to be one of the leading causes of many different types of chronic conditions and diseases.

Secondly, ensure your body has the nutrients it needs to fight off illness. You should be getting most of these nutrients from your diet but if that is not the case, supplementation is going to be critical.

Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Meredith Warner formulated this multivitamin complex with essential vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and hemp to improve the health of your immune system. We use high-quality, key ingredients to keep you feeling your best from the inside out:

Full Spectrum Hemp Powder

Lowers chronic inflammation that can lead to autoimmune disorders

Magnesium Oxide

Alleviates muscle cramps, bone pain, and symptoms of anxiety and depression, as well as boosting nerve function and promoting better rest.

Vitamin C

A powerhouse ingredient for boosting immunity and improving tissue repair and healing.

Zinc Gluconate

Improves cell health and development and aids in the body’s ability to fight off bacteria and viruses.

Vitamin D3

Helps the body to absorb calcium, strengthens bones, and protects against chronic disease and respiratory issues.

Calcium Citrate

Promotes stronger bones and encourages healthy nerve function by balancing blood and calcium levels.

And often as we age, our appetites decrease. The best way to efficiently absorb nutrients is naturally, through our diets – but with less food intake, you receive fewer vitamins and minerals. This loss of appetite combined with slower bone replacement – which happens naturally as you age – make supplements that specifically support bone health essential for avoiding fractures and maintaining your quality of life.

Our Next Tip:

Stay strong at home

Stay on top of physical activity and overall wellness from the comfort of your own home! From arm exercises to yoga and cardio, there are plenty of ways to incorporate low and moderate intensity workouts into your day. Just 30 minutes of activity can go a long way in boosting your mood and your strength.

Here are 10 exercises that we’ve shared to improve your home workout.

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Don’t forget the benefits of sunshine! Go for a walk, soak up some sun, and enjoy some fresh air, and exercise. Follow this up with a hobby at home and plenty of rest.

Our Final Tip:

Tools for stress

A healthy mind and body can be cultivated with exercise and by nourishing the body. Pair our Immunity Boosting Multivitamin Complex with our Broad Spectrum CBD Oil Tincture, designed to provide you with the full benefits of hemp-derived CBD for stress reduction, improved joint health, and inflammation reduction.

Looking for healthy recipes to aid in strengthening your immune system? Make sure to check out The Herbal Kitchen for balanced nutrition backed by science.

From all of us at Well Theory – stay healthy, stay positive, and do something today that you enjoy for a life lived well.

A Life Lived Well

Beyond the medicines formulated for pain relief and overall wellness, Well Theory provides you with sources to craft a happy, balanced lifestyle. From a cooking show centered around healthy recipes to informative blogs and notes from Dr. Warner herself, Well Theory helps you take control of your life so that you can age vibrantly, alleviate pain naturally, and live well.

Dr. Warner believes that small steps can make a huge difference in how you live.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Meredith Warner is the creator of Well Theory and The Healing Sole. She is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Air Force Veteran.

She is on a mission to disrupt traditional medicine practices and promote betterment physically, spiritually and mentally to many more people. She advocates for wellness and functional health over big pharma so more people can age vibrantly with more function and less pain.

At Well Theory, Our surgeon-designed products are FDA Registered and formulated to help people:

  • Manage the symptoms of musculoskeletal pain
  • Recover vibrantly from orthopedic related surgeries
  • Fill the gaps in our daily diets
  • Manage pain associated with inflammation

Surgeon Formulated
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100% NATURAL PAIN RELIEF FOR PEOPLE WORLDWIDE

Workouts To Do At Home

Workouts To Do At Home

10 Body-Sculpting Workouts

to do at home

Remember that strengthening the body with exercise and balanced nutrition is essential to strengthening your immune system! A strong immune system will help your body to fight off illness.

During this period of social distancing, it can be difficult to prioritize your health and exercise. We’re here to help by sharing 10 exercises that you can easily do to improve flexibility, build strength, and break a sweat at home for a thorough workout routine.

1. Leg Extension Yoga Stretch

Start by laying on your back on a yoga mat.

Loop a belt or resistance band around the ball of one foot, holding the ends in your hands. Slowly extend this leg straight up towards the ceiling, keeping the sole of your foot parallel to the floor.

Keep your opposite leg extended out on the floor, or bend at the knee if this is more comfortable.

Using the belt or band, gently pull your leg towards your chest, taking deep breaths and remembering to keep your leg straight. Hold this stretch for three deep breaths, and then repeat with your other leg.

2. Supine Twist Yoga Stretch

This is a great stretch to alleviate tension in your lower back. Lay flat on your back on a yoga mat and draw your upwards into a 90-degree bend. Cross your right leg over the left, and then gently twist your hips and low back to the right until your legs are resting on the ground.

Extend your arms out to the sides and look over your left shoulder, feeling the twist and stretch from your lower back to your neck. Hold this stretch for three deep breaths before repeating in the opposite direction.

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3. Happy Baby Yoga Stretch

Lay on your back on a yoga mat and pull your knees into your chest. Gently hug your knees into your armpits, feeling a stretch in your thighs and lower back. Bring your hands in between your knees to grab the soles of your feet, and bring them parallel to the ceiling. Slowly rock to the left and right, breathing deeply as you stretch and open the hips.

Yoga is a great practice for improving balance, flexibility, and overall mental and physical wellness. Read this blog on why yoga is beneficial for everyone – at any age or ability.

4. Side Stretch

Stand straight with your hands extended towards the ceiling, fingers interlaced.

Slowly bend from side to side, feeling the muscles of your abdomen stretch and extend. Remember to breathe deeply, exhaling as you bend to the side.

Take this stretch slowly. Repeat multiple times on each side of the body, stretching and loosening your oblique muscles.

5. Lateral Pulse

Work out the backs of your upper arms using a resistance band. Extend your arms straight in front of your with the resistance band around your palms. Make small pulses outwards, allowing the resistance band to activate the muscles of your arms. Do two repetitions of these for 15 seconds each.

6. Tricep Kickbacks

Use 5lb weights for this exercise. Stand with your feet a shoulder-distance apart and extend one leg a short distance behind you. Lean forward slightly and tighten your abdominal muscles, tucking your elbows up towards your body.

Grip the weights and extend your arms behind you, gently extending your elbow and engaging your tricep muscles, and then slowly curl them back until your wrists are in line with your elbows. Do 10-15 repetitions twice, resting in between each set.

7. Bicep Curls

Stand with your feet a shoulder-distance apart, knees bent slightly, and lean your shoulders forward to feel your abdominal muscles tighten. Using 5-10lb weights, grip your weights with your arms extended at your sides.

Bend your elbows and curl your hands towards your shoulders, and then lower them back towards your hips. Remember to keep your elbows as stationary as possible. Repeat this 10-15 times, rest, and then do one more set of 10-15 curls.

8. Rear Deltoid Press

Stand with your feet a shoulder-distance apart and roll your shoulders back. Bend your knees gently and lean forward slightly to engage your abdomen.

Grip your 5lb weights, hanging your arms at your sides with your elbows slightly extended. Stretch your arms out straight behind you and then slowly bring them back forward until they touch your thighs. Do 10-15 repetitions two times, resting in between each set.

9. Bent-Over Rows

Stand with your feet together and bend at the waist. Hook a resistance band under your feet and pull the band up towards your chest. Tuck your elbows into the body as you pull the band upward, exhaling as your elbows reach your waist. Do two sets of 15 rows, resting between each set.

10. Teapot Core Workout

Stand straight with your legs a shoulder-width apart. Hook a resistance band under your left foot and stretch the band upward with your left hand. Touch your right hand to your right temple, keeping your elbow pointed away from your body.

Keep your lower body tight and bend to your right with your upper body, feeling the stretch in your left oblique before returning to bend towards the left side. Repeat this for 15 times, rest, and do a second set before repeating on the opposite side.

We hope that you give a few (or all!) of these exercises a try to get your blood pumping at home, and strengthen your immune system even further with our line of Well Theory products for stress management, inflammation reduction, and overall health.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Meredith Warner is the creator of Well Theory and The Healing Sole. She is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Air Force Veteran.

She is on a mission to disrupt traditional medicine practices and promote betterment physically, spiritually and mentally to many more people. She advocates for wellness and functional health over big pharma so more people can age vibrantly with more function and less pain.

At Well Theory, Our surgeon-designed products are FDA Registered and formulated to help people:

  • Manage the symptoms of musculoskeletal pain
  • Recover vibrantly from orthopedic related surgeries
  • Fill the gaps in our daily diets
  • Manage pain associated with inflammation

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10 Immunity-Boosting Foods

10 Immunity-Boosting Foods

10 Foods

that boost your immune system

The immune system is the body’s defense against pathogens. Your immune system is what empowers you to function and perform with health and wellness. Does your immunity need an extra kick? Try incorporating some of these ingredients into your daily meals to help fight off viruses and infection!

1. Almonds

Almonds are rich in vitamin E, an antioxidant that helps to fight free radicals in the body and reduce inflammation. This keeps the immune response strong and steady. Almonds are also dense with healthy fats that leave you full and satisfied.

2. Sunflower Seeds

Like almonds, sunflower seeds are also high in vitamin E, as well as vitamin B6 and magnesium. Dry roasted sunflower seeds are a delicious addition to salads or eaten on their own.

3. Turmeric

This spice is known for its immunity-boosting and anti-inflammatory properties. Consuming turmeric in your meals or in golden milk teas can help alleviate symptoms of inflammatory conditions including osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

4. Green Tea

Green tea is antioxidant and flavonoid-rich. Green tea aids in lowering cholesterol, fighting heart disease, and improving immune function. Black tea and white tea are also great choices for boosting immunity.

5. Ginger

Ginger is known for its antioxidant qualities that protect against free radicals, arthritis, and viral infections. Ginger is also a great pain reliever and is anti-inflammatory. Eat fresh, grate into muffins, or steep in hot water to make a spicy, refreshing tea infused with all of this root’s healthy benefits.

6. Citrus

Citrus fruits may be one of the most well-known and researched for ingredients that are immunity boosting. Grapefruit, lemons, limes, and oranges are high in vitamin C which increases white blood cell production. Vitamin C also provides protection of your immune cells as they fight infections. Enjoy fresh-squeezed juice or peeled segments to get a healthy dose of vitamin C into your day.

7. Bell Peppers

Red bell peppers are fantastic sources of vitamin C which provide antioxidants and heightened immune response. Chop these fresh and add into salads, or slice and enjoy as a delicious, crunchy chip replacement with salsa or hummus.

8. Garlic

Garlic is a powerhouse when it comes to strengthening the immune system and lowering cholesterol levels. This ingredient is anti-fungal, antiviral, and helps to lower inflammation and protect against a variety of diseases and infections, including colds, heart disease, and the flu.

9. Oysters

If you can get past the texture of a raw oyster, they make a delicious meal that can also help to strengthen your immune system. Oysters are rich in zinc which gives a boost to white blood cell function, as well as vitamin C.

10. Elderberries

Elderberries have been used as medicine for centuries for their antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties. Eat these berries – or enjoy an elderberry syrup supplement – to fight colds, flu, and infections!

For delicious recipes that support a healthy lifestyle, make sure to visit The Herbal Kitchen and try one of our nutritious meals.

Boost Your Immune System

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Well Theory makes strengthening your immune system simple with our new Herbal Immunity Multivitamin. 

This complex is formulated with powerful antioxidants to boost and support immunity in one easily digestible daily capsule.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Meredith Warner is the creator of Well Theory and The Healing Sole. She is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Air Force Veteran.

She is on a mission to disrupt traditional medicine practices and promote betterment physically, spiritually and mentally to many more people. She advocates for wellness and functional health over big pharma so more people can age vibrantly with more function and less pain.

At Well Theory, Our surgeon-designed products are FDA Registered and formulated to help people:

  • Manage the symptoms of musculoskeletal pain
  • Recover vibrantly from orthopedic related surgeries
  • Fill the gaps in our daily diets
  • Manage pain associated with inflammation