There are loads of reasons you should maintain good health. For starters, your gut has a huge impact on your entire state of health – from your immune system to your mental wellbeing, so looking after digestive function is very important!
Unfortunately, that also means our digestive system can be very easily upset and there are a lot of things that can impact it. From modern life, high stress, what we eat, what we don’t eat and medicines like antibiotics can cause chaos in your digestive system – and that’s before we even get onto more complex digestive issues!
Your gut is connected to everything
According to researchers, one of the reasons great gut health is so important to overall health and prevention of chronic disease is its relationship to systemic inflammation.
An imbalanced microbiome combined with a compromised cellular lining means that food particles and toxins can get into our bloodstream. This alerts our immune system and sets off an inflammatory response… It can cause skin issues including acne, eczema and rosacea, hormone imbalances, thyroid dysfunction, joint pain, brain fog, low energy and lack of libido!
Research suggests that CBD can modulate both acute and systemic inflammation. It does this by preventing the production of cytokines and interleukins (the proteins that signal to our immune system to set off an inflammatory response), resulting in therapeutic benefits for those suffering with IBS, colitis, gas, bloating and damage to the gut lining!
Gut health and stress
CBD is also thought to be great for digestive health because it may have cortisol lowering benefits which help to prevent leaky gut or intestinal permeability. Cortisol – the stress hormone – is a catabolic hormone.
That means it breaks down tissues in the body, and it has a hugely destructive effect on the one cell thick lining of our GI tract. Managing cortisol levels is one of the most important aspect of a well-functioning digestive system. It’s understood CBD can help limit cortisol production in the body.
Some research also suggests that CBD can also regulate appetite, which can be helpful if you suffer from bloating due to eating too much or too frequently or if you struggle to eat enough due to stress around food and gut health.
Can CBD help with IBS?
Having already talked about how stress affects your gut and can contribute to IBS, your focus should be on reducing your stress levels as much as possible.
One thing I can guarantee is that if your stress levels dampen down your IBS will not be as bad.
Do not forget that calming down stress involves a myriad of factors from good nutrition (including CBD), regular exercise, meditation and deep breathing, a calm environment that you work and live in and, of course, positive social relationships.
CBD and the gut barrier
One of the ways CBD for gut health can help in this situation involves CBD’s ability to strengthen and protect the gut barrier. The crossing of this barrier by lipopolysaccharides (LPS) works to trigger the endocannabinoid system. This can then lead to metabolic endotoxemia.
When the ECS becomes triggered in this situation, it can be overactive, and this may lead to increased permeability of the gut barrier. CBD works to counter this effect. The ECS works in a biphasic manner. If the ECS doesn’t work well enough, it serves to allow the breakdown of the gut barrier. On the other hand, if the ECS works too well, the same result occurs. CBD for gut health works to maintain the functioning of the ECS at an optimal level.
CBD for gut health also helps to relieve the pain felt with some of the conditions brought on by dysbiosis of the gut and microbiome. Ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, and Crohn’s disease all contain a component of pain.
CBD and gut inflammation
Whatever issue you face with your gut, inflammation likely plays a role. When inflammation occurs in any part of the GI system, a large range of symptoms can result. Lack of absorption of nutrients can lead to malnutrition.
Diarrhea can result in dehydration and fatigue. Research indicates CBD helps to reduce inflammation throughout your system. One example comes from the stomach, where CBD decreases the sensitivity of the capsaicin receptor. This receptor triggers inflammation in the mucous membranes of the gut. It is responsible for the burning sensation so many people experience after eating spicy foods.
Another benefit of CBD for gut health involves improving the immune processes that originate in the gut. Research shows a significant interaction between gut bacteria and the immune system. A major part of the immune system resides in your gut.
In the case of dysbiosis of your gut, your immune system can become hyperactive, generating great amounts of inflammation. CBD dampens the hyperactive immune response. This not only reduces inflammation but also improves the immune system’s handling of toxins and allergens.
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At Nutrivive, we understand everyone’s CBD journey is different, and if you’re just starting out and still aren’t sure if it’s right for you then please don’t hesitate to get in touch with any questions you may have, and we’ll do our best to provide you with the facts so that you can make an informed decision.