Balancing Your Endocannabinoid System
When your body isn’t in balance, it can wreak havoc on your life, emotions, and overall well-being. At Well Theory, we provide resources, products, education and more to help you achieve balance in your life through small lifestyle changes.
If you don’t feel 100% your best, physiologic imbalance is likely at the core of your struggles. An unbalanced immune system, overeager inflammatory response, chaotic hormonal system and more can impact your overall wellness and outlook on life.
If you’ve struggled with recurring pain, inflammation, or anxiety, you’ve likely searched for a safe solution to your condition. And your search likely turned up one promising answer to your problems: Cannabidiol (CBD.)
Your body naturally tries to maintain balance – think of this as when an air conditioner clicking on when the temperature gets too warm. Your body does its best to achieve and maintain homeostasis – a state of optimal balance. This includes things like maintaining a stable body temperature, keeping hormones in check, and emotional stability.
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Your body achieves and maintains homeostasis by employing the Endocannabinoid system, or ECS. The ECS is a network of neurotransmitters called endocannabinoids, and receptors for these that are located everywhere throughout the body – in the brain, heart, liver and in your bones, skin, and even digestive tract. In fact, there are more of the ECS-type receptors in the human body than any other type.
Your body naturally produces chemicals called endocannabinoids to affect these neurotransmitters and send signals to the body. These receptors regulate things like hunger, mood, inflammation, and more. This is the “eat, sleep, relax and forget” system of the body.
You can trigger your body to produce more or less cannabinoids with things such as exercise, diet, medication, supplements, and more.
Essentially, every function of your body is influenced by endocannabinoid receptors. CBD is a phytocannabinoid and is able to influence these receptors; it is molecularly similar to the endocannabinoids your body produces naturally.
If, for example, you begin to experience constant anxiety, your body may attempt to restore homeostasis (balance) by reducing the activity of specific receptors in the brain; therefore there is a reduced sensation of stress. In the long term, this makes it difficult for your body to maintain balance in the future, as it may err in the opposite direction. Sometimes the human body overshoots.
Balance is not something a quick fix can achieve – you have to make holistic and consistent lifestyle changes to see results over time. This requires you to really examine your lifestyle, and make changes to things like your physical activity or diet. Using CBD is a great way to optimize your endocannabinoid system, but each person is unique and will require different therapeutic treatments to achieve optimal homeostasis. (You should not look to CBD as a ‘cure-all’ and think that making basic healthy choices is not important!)
When treating her patients, Dr. Meredith Warner uses an unconventional, patient-centric approach when developing treatment plans. If appropriate for the patient, she prefers to use natural therapies and functional recovery over invasive procedures and heavy pharmaceuticals.
This belief is what helped her found Well Theory – your resource to a life lived vibrantly. Well Theory makes her method for achieving wellness available to you through our resources, products, and more.
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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