Ever wondered what balance of exercise, sleep, food and work delivers the best outcomes for your physical and mental health? A plan to optimal balance has many facets and means something different to everyone.  In order to achieve balance and wellness, we must first identify what it looks like, sounds like, and feels like to us.

Life balance seems to be the topic on everyone’s mind of late. Whether it’s adapting to an at-home workspace or trying to make time to see family and friends safely, it leaves many feeling burnt out and having zero energy to try and accomplish any personal goals at the end of the day. It begs the question, how can we be there for others, but also make time to be there for ourselves?

We now know that maintaining a healthy life balance is not only essential for happiness and well-being; it can be a huge boost to your productivity and career or business success as well. A well-balanced person has a far greater ability to focus their attention and energy on attaining their goals, taking productive actions and moving forward in a meaningful way.

If you’re looking for optimum balance, you’ve come to the right place. CBD is an increasingly popular supplement for promoting balance and wellness. Here, lost range.® has put together a quick guide for you to achieve optimal balance, health and wellness to truly find equilibrium… and yes CBD helps get you there.

The History of CBD & Finding Balance

To understand the effects of CBD on the human body, first we need to know how it works…

What is CBD?

CBD is a cannabinoid and one of over 400 chemical compounds present in the Cannabis sativa plant. These cannabinoids are similar in structure to the body’s own cannabinoid system, called the endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system in the body is responsible for regulating sleep, appetite, anxiety and pain. CBD binds to part of the body’s endocannabinoid receptors to boost the body’s production of its own cannabinoids.

CBD and Serotonin

The use of hemp dates back to 2900 BC. Not only does it help treat unwanted ailments such as pain and inflammation, it acts as a natural mood booster by naturally increasing the mood hormone serotonin. 

Serotonin is a chemical messenger that’s believed to act as a mood stabilizer. It helps produce healthy sleeping patterns as well as boost your mood. In studies, CBD has been shown to potentially alter serotonin levels in the brain. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that is involved in emotion regulation, stress, and mood. Research conducted by leading scientists at the University of Sao Paolo and King’s College in London found that increased CBD intake in the body may directly activate the 5-HT1A serotonin receptor. In turn, this might bring about the anti-anxiety effect. The 5-HT1A is a G protein-coupled receptor that is linked with a wide range of neurological and biological body functions. It falls under the group 5-HT receptors. These are receptors that are activated by the molecule serotonin. 

CBD and Homeostasis

Homeostasis is the state of steady internal, physical, and chemical conditions maintained by living systems.

When our bodies are out of balance due to a shortage of our naturally produced endocannabinoids, CBD can act as a supplement to restore homeostasis.  Scientific research has found that CBD helps to promote homeostasis which is crucial for great health.

Unlike other products available on the market for mood elevation, CBD does not have any serious negative side effects. CBD naturally provides you with positive feelings and a sense of calmness.

Ways to Achieve Balance #1 – Getting Active

Living life in the “New Normal” has left many of us working extra hours in the night at our work from home stations, and leading us to unwind by binge-watching TV on the couch. It’s safe to say the pandemic didn’t bring out the healthiest of habits by being at home, but by balancing sedentary habits with active ones, it can help achieve mind-body wellness. 

Consider the following options:

  • Commuting to work? Try biking or walking part, or all of the way to work.
  • Use your lunch break to get up from your desk and take a walk around the neighborhood, or do a quick workout at the gym.
  • Dance, yoga, winter sports such as skiing and hiking are all great forms of exercise which you can easily implement to your daily routine by carving out 30 minutes a day!

Sometimes, the only thing that keeps you from getting exercise is the way your body feels after your last workout. Soreness and stiffness can keep you from enjoying your favorite activities. Part of healthy exercise means developing a healthy recovery routine, too. CBD products can help soothe sore muscles and relax stiff joints. 

You can always apply a CBD muscle and joint rub topically, or take CBD oil orally for a more wide-spread effect. Here are a couple products to try if you’re looking for something to alleviate stiffness and soreness after exercising:

  • CBD Muscle & Joint Rub – Use this CBD Muscle and Joint rub product for every day joint and muscle pains. To soothe aches and pains, thoroughly rub a small amount in problematic areas as needed. For headaches and migraines, apply a small amount to your temples, forehead and back of your neck. 
  • Gold Buckle CBD Oil Tincture – 4,000mg – Our highest-potency Full Spectrum CBD oil tinctures can assist you in regulating pain relief, inflammation, anxiety, recovery, sleep, appetite, mood, and numerous other conditions. If you have muscle aches and pains, our Full Spectrum CBD oil tincture can be paired with our most popular and potent Gold Buckle CBD Muscle and Joint Rub: perfect for those suffering from more severe Arthritis.

Ways to Achieve Balance #2 – Getting Enough Sleep

Sleep replenishes your mind, heals your body, and resets you for the day ahead. Another key to achieving balance is by creating a consistent sleep routine! To understand how CBD is helpful in aiding sleep, we also have to understand the endocannabinoid system and how it supports homeostasis in the body. Essentially, it works by interacting with the different cannabinoids in our bodies. 

Research published in 2019 looked at whether CBD could improve sleep and or reduce anxiety. The study involved 72 subjects, with 47 experiencing anxiety and 25 experiencing poor sleep. The subjects were each given 25 milligrams (mg) of CBD each day. In the first month, 79.2 percent of the patients reported lower anxiety levels and 66.7 percent reported better sleep.

For best results in creating a healthy and consistent sleep routine:

  • Set a consistent bedtime and wake time—and stick with it. Going to bed and waking up at the same time each day – including the weekends – is a healthy sleep hygiene practice that can also prepare you for time changes. 
  • Use CBD as part of your bedtime routine to help feel physically and mentally relaxed. If you’re new to CBD, it’s best to start with a low dosage and gradually increase it until you find something more potent that works for you. 
  • Try CBD-infused essential oils. Essential oils have been used for hundreds of years in Ayurveda health regimens to help balance your emotions.

Ways to Achieve Balance#3 – Minimize Toxins

By minimize toxins, we mean both chemicals, and negative influences around you.

First: Avoid toxic people (complainers, whiners, poor attitudes.) If you can’t completely avoid them, at least minimize contact and tune them out as much as you can. Surround yourself with positive, supportive, can-do people whenever possible.

Second: Avoid Toxic Chemicals. Research shows this: you’re likely being exposed to several potentially harmful chemicals through the air you breathe, the personal care products you use, how you clean your bathroom or kitchen, and even the containers from which you eat or drink. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), only a small fraction of the more than 84,000 registered chemicals have gone through complete testing for human health concerns.  Some chemicals have immediate toxic effects. Others are toxic to our bodies only after repeated, long-term exposure.

Do you know what is in your shampoo? What about your toothpaste or deodorant? What about your CBD products? If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to buy CBD, you can find many CBD brands online. But make sure you research each brand before purchasing. While pure, genuine CBD is considered safe, fake and low-quality products can be dangerous – and toxic. While there are many substandard products and brands out there, reputable businesses have a way of shining through. Make sure your CBD products are sourced from high-grade hemp facilities from companies that control every stage of the process, from growth, to extraction and production. The more involved the CBD company is in this process, the better.

Ways to Achieve Balance#4 – Mindfulness 

With all the unknowns of what the future holds, it’s easy to get stuck in negative feedback loops which ultimately breed stress in the body. And right now stress is the last thing we need if we want to boost our immune systems and keep a healthy mental state.

Mindfulness is the ability to stay in the present moment and to focus your thoughts on what is happening in the here and now. Even just a few minutes of meditation each day can benefit your overall health, so this definitely deserves a spot in your wellness routine. Try a guided meditation app to help you calm your mind and body and feel more balanced. Did you know that experts in the practice of meditation have said that cannabis-based products are the perfect companion for the practice because it helps people access a calm state of mind with more ease?

Through daily practices such as yoga, CBD, journaling and meditation, mindfulness is an important practice for us to cultivate to lead happy, meaningful and balanced lives.

Ways to Achieve Balance#5 – Consistency

Consistency is one of the most powerful tools you have. Your brain actually craves it. Consistency not only powers you through the day-to-day so you can reach goals but also makes tough routines automatic, so you’ll stay motivated.

From working out to eating better, without consistency, the mind feels unorganized, the body has a harder time adapting, and forming habits may be more challenging. The same goes for your CBD routine. Remember, just like goals, wellness is an ongoing, daily journey — not a destination. You get the most out of CBD when you incorporate it into your wellness routine and take it every day. Why? CBD is a complex compound, one that sometimes doesn’t show results right away. CBD works with your endocannabinoid system in an interesting way; the more you consume it, the more receptive your body becomes to it. It might take some people a couple of months of continuous CBD consumption in order to fully experience the benefits of the compound.

If you get knocked off course temporarily, don’t sweat. The ultimate key to learning how to live a balanced life is to know that you’ll eventually be knocked off-course at some point. Remember, not every detour is a bad thing. To achieve balance successfully is to embrace the changes that come along the way.

When you do happen to go off course from your CBD health and wellness routine, the best thing you can do is get back into it ASAP. Forgive yourself for small mistakes, and get back to doing the things that help you feel happy, healthy, and balanced.  Here’s an example of what your daily routine should include for optimal balance:

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Final Thoughts

At lost range.®, we understand the difficulties associated with adapting to the new normal and finding ways to achieve balance.  Rest assured, our team is here to help you find ways to incorporate CBD into your lifestyle.

Whether there is a specific condition you’re aiming to treat with CBD oil, or you are just looking to maintain optimal balance in your body, we use only the best CBD in our small batch products — helping our customers experience and enjoy all the benefits that CBD has to offer. Seed-to-sale guarantee, all of our final products are produced in the mountains of Steamboat Springs, Colorado. After rigorous third-party lab testing, you can rest assured your CBD is natural, clean and pure – made with care and love from us to you.

If you would like to know more about our products, our product ingredients and our brand, the team is always at your service for any questions you may have. Contact us here today.

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