What Exactly Is CBD Oil ?

I get asked a lot about my opinions on CBD Oil. I had to research it myself because this is new to the medical and wellness world. I knew it had something to do with marijuana, but I needed to turn to my functional health community to really understand the science.

Here are some TOP TEN basics about CBD.

    1. Both hemp and marijuana are part of the plant family known as Cannabis.
    2. CBD is short for cannabidiol, that is found in hemp and marijuana. There are 60 different known cannabinoids.
    3. THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) (THC), the well-known psychoactive cannabinoid.
    4. CBD is non-psychoactive because it does not act on the same receptors as THC.
    5. CBD hemp oil is made from high-CBD, low-THC hemp, unlike medical marijuana products, which are usually made from plants with high concentrations of psychoactive tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
    6. The reason THC is so famous is because it’s associated with the psychoactive high that people experience after smoking or ingesting weed.
    7. Although CBD and THC act on different pathways of the body, they seem to have many of the same medical benefits.
    8. CBD has gained a reputation as a safe, non-psychoactive treatment for a range of health concerns. As a result, many different kinds of  CBD products have been developed, including oils,  edibles, and vaporizer liquids.
    9. While there are many different pathways driving the positive health benefits of CBD, the center of its abilities seems to be that CBD is a very effective natural anti-inflammatory.
    10. CBD products may  be sold in certain states that have legalized medical and/or recreational marijuana.

Stay tuned more more articles about the health benefits of CBD.

Vitality & Longevity: Secrets to A Thriving Life – PART 4 Your Microbiome and Your health

Until recently, scientists focused almost solely on how microbes negatively affect humans. There has since been a realization that some microorganisms are actually beneficial to human health.

Let’s first of all define some terms:

  • The microbiota is the collection of microbes that live in and on the human body. The microbiota microorganisms contain about 30-50 trillion cells, bacteria make up the bulk  The human body itself contains about 37 trillion human cells.
  • The microbiome refers to the combined genetic material of the microorganisms in a particular environment

Top Ten Facts About the Microbiome

  1. Microbial genes significantly influence how the body operates.
  2. They impact aging, digestion, the immune system, mood and more
  3. There are approximately 3.3 million microbial genes in the human body (and 2,000 functional human genes)
  4. Microbial genes outnumber human genes by a ratio of 100:1
  5. 99% of human metabolic functions in the human body are coded for bacterial DNA )
  6. Everyone’s individual microbiome is as unique as their fingerprint and comprised of hundreds of different types of bacteria.
  7. The specific number of bacteria cells varies throughout the day and is always turning over.
  8. The microbes that live in your body are determined by what you’re exposed to and these colonies are constantly in flux. Geography, health status, stress, diet, age, gender, and everything you touch all affect the composition of your microbiota
  9. We depend on a vast army of microbes to stay alive: a microbiome that protects us against germs, breaks down food to release energy, and produces vitamins
  10. Gut bacteria have the ability to produce the enzymes required to break down complicated nutrients.

Vitality & Longevity: Secrets to A Thriving Life – PART 1 Beware Fake Foods

Eating addiction health care concept with a group of metal fish hooks using fast food as human bait as fried chicken hamburgers and french fries as a symbol of the dangers of being hooked on sugar fat and salt.

BEWARE = Ultra-processed called “Fake Foods”  foods are causing widespread chronic disease and shortening life span.

LONGEVITY SECRET # 1= Eat a diet that’s nutrient rich without caloric excess.
Ultra-processed foods now account for nearly two-thirds of the calories eaten by humans in the United States. And that diet style is spreading worldwide.

In his book,  Fast Food Genocide, Joel Fuhrman, MD,  cites convincing evidence that the consumption of these foods is also lowering our intelligence, fostering anti-social behavior, and creating mental illness. And that the avalanche of fake food that’s taken over our nation and is spreading across the world is, in fact, feeding learning disabilities, and depression, and aggressive behavior, and even drug addiction, violence, and crime.

Reducing or eliminating our consumption of processed foods can be a challenge for a lot of us. If you were to remove all the foods from the typical supermarket that contain added sugars, you would remove 80 percent of the items in the store. The shelves would be almost empty.

The scientific literature also shows that excess calories shortens the lifespan. But nobody is talking about it even when we know. We know that studies on animals show that when they cut back their calories a little bit and feed them good nutrients, they can live one and a half times longer.

Eat longevity foods!  We  have the ability to essentially wipe out diseases that are so prevalent. It is exciting that we have the potential for protection against these chronic diseases.

REFERENCE Connie W. Bales and William E. Kraus, “Caloric Restriction: Implications for Human Cardiometabolic Health,” Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention 33, no. 4 (2013): 201–08