CBD and Aging, Intro
They call it the golden years; I think it’s more like the rusty years. Aging is inevitable, and it mostly sucks! The secret is to do as much as possible to slow down this aging process. Good news, experts on aging agree that there are positive steps to take to do just this and add more enjoyable years to one’s life.
What is aging? Technically, it is when the body shifts from a constructive state (anabolism) the rejuvenating or building mode to a destructive (catabolism) breaking down of the body’s physiological systems mode, usually starting around age 40.
We all age at variable rates due to genetic and environmental factors such as; nutrition, exercise, stress, smoking and alcohol. Unfortunately, vision worsens, the brain shrinks, hearing is impaired, skin loses elasticity and collagen, smell/taste decreases, hair thins, fat increases, kidneys decrease in size, the heart weakens, lungs lose elasticity, pancreas produces less insulin and hormones go wacky.
I know DEPRESSING! The trick it to be the trickster and do whatever possible to minimize this damage. Exercise, eating healthy, cutting smoking, curtailing alcohol, meditation, brain exercises, taking supplements etc., are what is already recommended. But you can do so much more by adding CBD into your daily health routine.
The above recommendations deal with the healing of endocannabinoid system, the machine that enables all the equipment of the body to run like clockwork. Receptors and endocannabinoids are like the nuts & bolts of this body machine. We produce our own endocannabinoids naturally but many of us are deficient, which in turn deteriorates this whole system and throws it off balance.
This is where CBD comes in, as a Phytocannabinoid, it works with our natural endocannabinoids and receptors to strengthen this vital system and bring it into balance or homeostasis for a healthier life.
And because of CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidants, it also helps you to age more gracefully. Less inflammation means a healthier body, lasting longevity, and a more youthful looking appearance. Sign me up!
Next up: How CBD affects body organs