What are the trends regarding natural health these days? What are the subjects of forum discussions, articles, blog posts? The answer is simple:
Keto and CBD oil.
All Keto and CBD oil advocates praise both of them underlying their significance in health and overall wellness.
How about combining them? Can we? Should we? What can CBD oil do for Keto? May they complement each other? May the combination of the two create a miracle or a disaster?
Before answering the questions, let me introduce you to them 🙂
What is Keto?
Keto (short for Ketogenic Diet) is, simply, a way of eating.
Going Keto means your diet is centered around high fat, moderate protein, and little or no carbohydrate intake. (Remember, carbs mean glucose or sugar)
Did I say fat? Wait, isn’t fat the bad guy?
Well, this perception is ancient history.
Our body is a machine and as a machine can’t operate without fuel.
Glucose is its primary source of fuel and is stored within our muscles and liver in the form of glycogen. Glycogen is used to produce energy at the cellular level via the aerobic and the anaerobic pathways.
When someone is on Keto, it means that his intakes of carbs are little-to-no. Not finding glucose, his body turns to another source of fuel.
The lack of glucose puts the body in Ketosis, a metabolic state where the body, not finding carbs(=glucose) to burn, starts burning fat. It “attacks” (!!!) the fat stored in the cells, transports it to the liver and transforms it into Ketones (the alternative source of fuel I told you about).
What are the signs of being in Ketosis?
We can divide these signs in very good and not so good ones 🙂
The very good ones are:
- Weight loss (a perfect reason to go shopping for new clothes. The old ones are too big for you now.)
- Appetite suppression (no more night attacks to the ice cream in the fridge)
- Increased levels of energy
- Elevated levels of focus
- Increased levels of Ketones in your blood
- Increased levels of Ketones in your breath or urine
This brings us to the not-so-good ones
- Bad Breath (might be a problem for your social life, brush your teeth frequently, chew sugar and carb free gums)
- Short-Term weakness (don’t be demotivated, it IS short-term)
- Short-Term reduction in performance (same as above)
- Digestive issues (constipation or diarrhea)
- Insomnia (this is a big issue for a keto dieter. Remember it! We’ll discuss it later)
What is CBD oil?
Everyone talks about medical cannabis nowadays. I am sure you have heard about it unless you live in a parallel universe. The cannabis-related products like CBD are treated as a panacea.
Not only ordinary people like you and I talk about and are interested in it.
Scientists are literally into them. Luckily, the numerous claims behind cannabinoids and their potential therapeutic benefits don’t lack scientific evidence to support them.
Don’t you believe me?
Go to PubMed and search the word “cannabis”.
On March 2019, my search, for scientific journal articles, which contain the term “cannabis” and were published in the US National Library of Medicine in the last 20 years, gave me the amazing result of 13861 articles (OMG, I’ve got a lot of reading to do!).
Make a more specific search: 24729 scientific articles containing the word “cannabinoid” have been published – an average of 3.38 articles regarding cannabinoids has been published every single day!
It’s impressive, isn’t it?
You might be wondering why all this fuss. Don’t.
If you consider all the benefits that cannabis is supposed to bring to our health and all the ailments it is suggested to treat, it is absolutely logical that the scientific community is so obsessed with researching both the plant and the products related to it like CBD.
CBD (short for CannaBiDiol) is a phytocannabinoid, one of the +100 chemical compounds found in the Cannabis sativa plant. The World Health Organization has confirmed that it is a safe and well-tolerated by most humans natural substance. CBD is non-addictive because, unlike its sibling THC, it hasn’t got any psychoactive properties.
What is the relationship between cannabinoids and your body and health? And how is it possible that CBD has such a great positive impact on health and wellness with, apparently, zero negative side effects?
The answer is simple: it is linked with a physiological system in our body which is important for the healing, health, wellness, and longevity of every creature with vertebrae:
What is the Endocannabinoid System?
The existence of the ECS was unknown to scientists some decades ago. Ever since it has been discovered, scientists have brought evidence that it is the essential system for the establishment and maintenance of human well-being.
There some keywords and facts one should know to understand the ECS and the way it functions:
Our body produces cannabinoids (endocannabinoids). The cannabis plant contains cannabinoids (phytocannabinoids like CBD and THC).
Cannabinoids bring messages to our cells instructing them to perform specific actions.
To deliver the messages they bind with receptors (imagine receptors as locks and cannabinoids as keys) that are found throughout our body:
- within our brain, spinal cord, organs, gonads, and connective tissue (CB1 receptors) and
- within our immune system, all the components associated with it and the peripheral nervous system (CB2 receptors).
The ECS has one specific goal: to promote and maintain homeostasis (=balance) at all levels, from subcellular to organismal.
Endocannabinoids don’t live long in our system because they are attacked and broken down at a high speed by enzymes. Lack of endocannabinoids alters homeostasis and causes ailments.
Phytocannabinoids are more resistant and last longer in our system. They can fill in the amount of endocannabinoids missing and restore and maintain homeostasis.
What are the benefits of CBD?
Some of the evidence-based benefits of CBD are:
- Anti-inflammatory properties
- Neuroprotective/neurogenetic properties
- Antiepileptic properties
- Analgesic properties
- Anxiolytic properties
- Anticarcinogenic properties
- Enhance learning and memory
Well, my dear Keto dieter? Do these benefits sound familiar? Wasn’t Keto conceptualized in the first place to treat epilepsy? Isn’t the Ketogenic diet known to impact Parkinson’s Disease, Alzheimer’s, heart disease inflammation, cancer and more?
Since science has proven that both CBD and Keto can treat more or less the same conditions, what are the consequences of a combination of these two to your mental, emotional and physical health?
CBD and Keto: Is there a Synergy between the two?
To answer this question we should first understand why people choose to go on Keto:
- The first and most obvious reason is to fight obesity.
- The less obvious reasons are related to the fact that the ketogenic diet is proven to help with neurological diseases (including stroke, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s,traumatic brain injuries), cardiovascular diseases, cancer, epilepsy, inflammation etc.
- Furthermore, it improves brain function and helps with memory loss.
Before I start examining the relationship between CBD and Keto I would like to make a scientifically approved affirmation:
Common eating disorders include
- Anorexia Nervosa,
- Bulimia Nervosa and
- Binge-Eating Disorder
with obesity being the result of the last two. Most of the people going Keto, choose this path to lose weight.
How is CBD oil related to the Keto reasons?
The intake of the CBD cannabinoid would restore missing cannabinoids in the body. This would help people combat their eating disorders while CBD and Keto would support each other in the weight loss process.
The anxiolytic properties of CBD are a powerful weapon to fight eating disorders when these are related to depression and anxiety. There is no use trying to lose weight when the reasons you overeat are psychological. One should find the root of the problem and treat it instead of just coping with its consequences (in our case obesity)
As I have already mentioned, CBD interacts with the ECS and helps it maintain homeostasis. This balance can help you obtain better outcomes from the Ketogenic Diet.
Moreover, CBD is proven to treat the same ailments as Keto. Imagine how powerful would be a combination of two “weapons” against such serious diseases!
So far, I think, it’s obvious that Keto and CBD can be a perfect match that may help you obtain the desired results from your diet.
But CBD can, additionally, assist a Keto dieter to cope with some practical issues that occur when he changes his eating habits. These issues are pretty annoying and perhaps they are the main reason why a great number of newbie dieters abandon their efforts to adopt the Ketogenic way of eating at early stages.
How can CBD oil help with glucose withdrawal symptoms?
Going keto means little or no carbs. Cutting carbs lowers the levels of sugar in your body This is a kind of “shock” to your system and the cause of certain sugar withdrawal symptoms.
Let us take a look at some of these symptoms and how CBD can help you cope with them
Moreover, CBD helps regulate homeostasis in your body and is able to stabilize your appetite eliminating or restraining your desire to eat. Actually, a lot of Ketoers using CBD report that don’t experience cravings.
The mood changes are related to the decrease of dopamine (did you know it is also called the hormone of happiness?) in your bloodstream and the amount of GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) in your body. CBD, having the ability to rebalance the brain’s chemistry, can help you tolerate this symptom
When the level dopamine is low, then
Ketoers can’t sleep well. The ability of CBD to improve the quality and depth of sleep and to combat insomnia is known to everyone.
CBD has powerful anti-inflammatory properties. As a result, it can treat muscle or joint pain and give you relief you from the pain you experience after each workout.
If you are starting now, try to incorporate CBD in your diet early enough to combat a series of symptoms similar to those of the actual flu such as fatigue, headaches, and nausea.
CBD oil and Ketogenic Diet: A Healing Synergy?
CBD seems to be Keto’s closest ally.
The two giants appear to complement each other in enhancing and maintaining emotional, mental and physical well-being.
Lots of people start using CBD and adopt the ketogenic diet to boost their quality of life and to optimize their physical and mental health.
Others combine the two for therapeutic reasons.
Athletes use this combination to improve their performance and treat pain and injuries. Keto and Cannabidiol can help all of them reach their goals.
It has been shown that both CBD oil and Keto have great potential in improving human health and wellness. Don’t you think, this suggests a really powerful synergistic relationship between the two?
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