The World Health Organization (WHO) defines health as: ” a state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” WHO goes further to define wellness as “an active process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a healthy and fulfilling life. It is a dynamic process of change and growth…”
The concept of holistic health has been circling in conventional medicine for some time. But still, the majority of people, including medical personnel, are looking at our bodies as machines that need to be “fixed” when “broken” instead of helped to heal when ill.
A More Holistic Approach to Health
Adopting a holistic perspective on our health has never been as necessary as now. This necessity is due to the fast-paced lives we are living in. They are filled with enormous expectations by ourselves and others (which is ok, since we realize the scope of our potential). However, to fulfill our potential and reach our goals, we need to connect with the whole of our being. Not just with our physical selves, but also with our emotional, mental, and spiritual spheres. And what we ultimately want to reach is the balance between all of these aspects of us.
Claiming Your Power
That, however, is not an easy undertaking. It is quite simple, though, but not easy. The first thing is to start becoming aware that the only person responsible for your health is no one else but you. But you need to dwell on this and see what does this means. It’s not only realizing that you need to go to the dentist’s office more often or do your meditation every day. It means that every time you find yourself feeling anxious, stressed, angry, which is also affecting your health, by the way, there is no one to blame for that.
Do note that I did not say anyone else to blame, but no one. That means it is not your fault, either. It is your responsibility to start feeling better. Whether it will be by taking a couple of deep breaths, doing a yoga posture, or dropping a couple of CBD drops to restore your balance. The important thing is to start realizing that you can do something for yourself.
After this initial step of accepting the responsibility and power you hold, you have to find the practice, or diet, or holistic practitioner that suits you best.
Considering the amount of content on the internet on the various ways of implementing a holistic approach in your self-care plan, we will not go about explaining all the possible comprehensive paths you can take. We’ll go a bit nerdy and write a couple of lines on why CBD (cannabidiol) is making the scientific world accept the holistic approach.
Health and Balance with CBD
Let us begin. As WHO nicely puts it, health is a state of complete physical, mental and social (let’s add emotional and spiritual also) wellbeing. It is easy to deduce that health is a matter of balance between all of these aspects. A matter of equilibrium. The important thing when talking about balance is to understand that it is not a fixed state. Instead, it is dynamic, everchanging.
For example, let’s suppose you are taking care of all of your physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual aspects. Including exercise, eating healthy, meditation, spending quality time with your friends and family. If suddenly you experience a change in one of these spheres, like a friend having a relationship breakdown, you will skip the gym a couple of times to be with them But also, you’ll spend more time grounding the intense emotions you felt while tending to them. If you have changes in one part, the rest also changes to keep your wellbeing in balance.
Disbalance and Stress
Going back to the CBD and the balance CBD can bring. Recent discoveries on the endocannabinoid system and the CBD are suggesting that our body is far more intelligent when it comes to achieving and maintaining balance ( or homeostasis) than the science previously thought.
The natural response to a significant disbalance in the microcosm of the body is stress. When the brain perceives something as possibly endangering, it sends the signal to the pituitary gland. Which, in turn, activates the adrenal glands. The adrenal glands secrete adrenalin, which activates the heart to work harder. It dilates arteries of the muscles while contracting the ones in the gut, preparing the body for fight or flight. The adrenals also secrete cortisol, which is making the body create more glucose. This is a natural response when we are faced with a Siberian tiger, but utterly inappropriate if we are about to miss a deadline or cannot find a parking place.
This process manifests mentally as anxiety, and later emotionally, as depression if experienced too much. In the physical sphere, chronic stress can manifest as an uncontrollable inflammation in autoinflammatory diseases, hypertension, obesity, diabetes, headache, back pain, and even cancer.
Endocannabinoid System and the Balance CBD creates
When it comes to the importance of the ECS system in balancing the stress response and consequent anxiety levels, one study performed on volunteers during parabolic flight testing showed that the volunteers who had lower stress levels after the test had higher levels of endocannabinoids. It suggests that the ECS optimizes the stress response of the body.
The role of CBD is that it raises the levels of the natural endocannabinoids in the body. It is optimizing the naturally balancing effect of the ECS. CBD has an anxiolytic, anti-inflammatory, neuroprotective, and antipsychotic impact on the body and mind, which is all scientifically proven.
Taking all of this into account, we can see that the CBD balances our bodies by lowering the inflammation and the pain.
Even though CBD is proving to be extremely useful in balancing your body, it is not a miracle cure. It is a potent aid, and it should be used as such. With or without CBD, look to take total care of yourself and implement that in every sphere of your life.