City & Sea Q & A with founders Matt and Judita

We wanted to share some of the most popular questions we get about our lifestyle.

What supplements do you take for general health and anti aging?

Most of the supplements we take are for dealing with inflammation, slowing the aging process and helping us to be more resilient against toxins in the environment. We avoid processed foods as much as we can and take systemic enzymes to deal with the lifetime of bad fats and other unhealthy ingredients that have built up in our bodies over decades. Systemic enzymes are also amazing for long term inflammation issues and blood clotting as they break down fibrin and clots in the body. 

We take CBD to deal with stress and the inflammation brought on by daily life and the environment, also to help keep our immune system up and our body in a state of homeostasis. As inflammation goes down we insure it does not come back by using the other supplements and eating a clean diet. 

We take vitamin E as an antioxidant and to help process bad fats and make our skin more resilient. High quality vitamin E is an aromatase inhibitor, meaning it suppresses negative aspects of hormones like estrogen. This study suggests it can help prevent breast cancer. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/16091003/It is one of our favorite anti aging tools. 

We take niacinamide, a precursor to NAD+, to help support the metabolism and for its liver protective benefits. Studies show niacinamide enhances the liver’s ability to break down toxins, as well as helps a variety of issues like balancing blood sugar, lowering inflammation and even treating arthritis. An underrated, yet, very strong anti-aging tool. 

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/35334034/

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/8841834/

Magnesium is essential for over 300 different body processes, but unfortunately our food and our water does not contain sufficient amounts of magnesium at this time in history. “Low levels of magnesium have been associated with a number of chronic diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease, insulin resistance and type-2 diabetes mellitus, hypertension, cardiovascular disease (e.g., stroke), migraine headaches, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).” We take it with our CBD for the best night’s sleep ever.

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/26404370/ Magnesium glycinate is a very bioavailable and tolerable form of magnesium that does not cause loose stools. 

A couple other things we also take, but do not carry, in our store is good old fashioned aspirin. Aspirin, or in it’s natural form, white willow bark, is a great anti inflammatory that also prevent blood clotting, stokes and heart attacks. It also promotes a healthy metabolism and can be protective against cancer. 

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/26868177/

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28106908/

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/36099932/

We will have a D3-K2 supplement soon, but for now we recommend the Sports Research brand. This is for bone health and aiding in the proper use of calcium in the body.

During the fall and winter we take our immune mushroom blend with 9 different medicinal mushrooms and our whole food vitamin C complex. If we are traveling and under stress we take them in the summer as well. They both support a healthy immune system and have other wonderful anti-aging properties.

What kind of supplement schedule are you on? 

We take vitamin E, niacinamide and CBD in the morning and systemic enzymes, magnesium and CBD at night. 

Systemic enzymes should be taken on an empty stomach to get the deep cleaning/dissolving effects, but you can also take them with food as a digestive aid. 

When we eat out at restaurants we always bring our vitamin E and enzymes to offset any negative ingredients that could be present like vegetable oils.

We also like to take a day or two off of the supplements per week just to reset the body. 

Magnesium is great at night as it can help the body wind down for sleep, but it’s also helpful for dealing with general stress as well as the negative effects of EMF radiation from cell phones and wifi routers. 

Do we really need to take so many supplements?

Honestly, yes, unless you live on an island somewhere with magnesium rich soil and water, no wifi, and native heirloom fruit. Our modern lifestyle is anything but natural, so we need to find ways to balance areas that are deficient and get our health to a state of homeostasis where we are running on all cylinders. 

We do not take multi vitamins. Many of those are made with cheap ingredients and not very bioavailable that end up unused and excreted out of the body. We eat a diet high in fruit and root vegetables, pastured eggs, raw cheeses and raw milks. We tend to avoid or minimize nuts and leafy greens as they contain a digestive blockers and anti-nutrients. Meat is usually bison or warm water wild caught fish. Because of having a high, efficient metabolism, we also consume an adequate amount of healthy sugars daily to give the body low stress fuel. This only works in a body free of lipofuscin and inflammation which starts up at the top with systemic enzymes and CBD. 

We avoid beer and wine because of endotoxins. Beer is very estrogenic which we want to avoid at all cost. We do enjoy a nice cocktail from time to time especially with herbal bitters. These aid the liver in processing fats. Taking niacinamide with our drink helps prevent hangover as well!

All of our supplements help create a strong foundation for your health. But before you begin any supplementation focus on getting your diet in order. Don’t exclude any macronutrients, but find the right ratio of proteins, fats and carbohydrates that works for you. Because most of us grew up on inflammatory polyunsaturated fats like vegetable oils, we have become insulin and metabolically resistant and feel much better on a higher protein and fat diet. Though sugar has been demonized as causing health problems, that is a result of a body that is loaded with PUFAs that it is unable to metabolize sugars correctly.. As you do the work to remove accumulated PUFAs from your body and increase your metabolism you will be able to enjoy carbohydrates more freely. Enzymes and vitamin E will help start you on the path of getting your metabolism and hormones regulated.

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Simple Steps For Great Sleep

CBD and Sleep
CBD and magnesium can help support restful sleep

Modern living has become a threat to the most basic human biological need: SLEEP. We sleep at least a third of our lives so shouldn’t we all be professional sleepers by now? Why are we so bad it? And the older we get the worse it gets. A lot of this boils down to stress, hormone imbalance, diet and lifestyle.

Poor sleep causes us to produce less leptin, a hormone that signals that we’re full and satiated, and increases the hormone ghrelin, which stimulates appetite. This leads to food cravings during the day as your body searches for quick fuel to keep going. We often crave sugar and simple carbs to get a quick burst of energy, which can lead to blood sugar highs and lows that leave us sleepy and craving carbs and sugar again. It’s a cycle that can leave us with fatigue, weight gain, and mood imbalance.

But, let’s also look at one of the root causes of insomnia. Why did you have poor sleep to begin with? The usual culprit is high cortisol at night. Healthy circadian rhythm produces higher cortisol in the morning which naturally drops into the evening. Daily stress, over working, fasting, low carb diets, medications and caffeine overload can contribute to the dysregulation of our adrenals and cortisol production. The good news is we can get back into hormonal balance with some lifestyle changes.

Here are a few things to help you get back into the swing of things and get that good quality sleep.

-Get early morning sunlight exposure. Go for a 30 minute walk in the AM and skip the sunglasses. You want that morning light in your eyes to set your circadian rhythm.

-Stay physically active during the day.

-Eat 3-4 hours before bed and include some healthy, complex carbs. Going to bed hungry will affect quality of sleep as will going to bed on a full stomach.

-This is a hard one, but avoid screens a couple hours before bedtime. If you do like to scroll or watch tv then wear blue blocking glasses or shift your screen to night mode. Avoid triggering shows, news and social media.

-Unplug all electronics in the bedroom and use black out curtains.

-Don’t leave your cellphone next to the bed, even in airplane mode. Cellphones emit a small amount of radiation even in airplane mode, so your best bet is to keep it in the other room or a few feet away if using it as an alarm.

-Cut out caffeine by early afternoon at the latest.

-Avoid alcohol at night. Despite the feelings of relaxation, alcohol actually disrupts sleep.

-Shift out of the stressed “fight or flight” sympathetic nervous mode into a relaxed parasympathetic state with meditation, deep breathing, sauna, yoga, epsom or lavender bath, or sip herbal teas like holy basil and chamomile. We especially love Lucid Dreaming Tea from Anima Mundi herbals.

-Our favorite night time supplements for sleep are CBD and Magnesium. CBD is an adaptogen that can help you go from fight or flight to calm. A 25mg serving is a great start before bedtime. Studies have shown great benefits with anxiety and insomnia. Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6326553/ and https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/24281562/

-Magnesium is an essential mineral that helps the mind and body relax while also helping to regulate melatonin secretion. Magnesium glycinate is easily absorbable and bioavailable making it a popular form of magnesium for sleep issues.

-L-theonine can help enhance alpha brain waves and neurotransmitters to help you get a relaxing and restful sleep. Found in abundance in tea leaves, try a decaf green tea in the evening or try it in supplemental form.

-3 mg of melatonin in the evening as you begin to wind down for the night can be helpful as well. With changes to diet and the supplements mentioned above,
you should get to the point where you are sleeping without melatonin.

Hopefully by incorporating a few of these tips you’ll be able to get your essential 7-8 hours of sleep per night.

Upgraded Formula vs Original Formula. Why the Change?

City & Sea Trading Upgraded CBD
Full Spectrum Hemp Extracts made with all organic ingredients.

When we started making our unique custom CBD formulations six years ago, we used the best ingredients we could find using the most gentle extraction process that maintained all of the vital health promoting properties. We have not changed much over the years as there was never a reason to make many changes. We were (and still) proud of our first formulations. When we did make changes to a product, it was always for the better. We never took steps backwards or cut corners on our products.

As the science and our understanding of cannabinoids and the endocannabinoid system has evolved, our understanding of how CBD can be better utilized by the body has become more clear. Over the last year we were excited to discover a natural technology that gave us something more effective while maintaining important whole plant integrity, maximum bioavailability, and no need for emulsifiers.

Cellular Deconstruction™ Technology (CDT) uses NO solvents, chemicals, harsh temperatures or extreme pressure. All of the cannabinoids and terpenes are preserved in a molecular size that the body can quickly utilize. This refinement process also allows us to remove some of the unpleasant tasting plant waxes and chlorophyll. You’ll notice a lighter color and more mellow tasting tincture, but all the wonderful properties are still there working faster and stronger than ever, even at a lower potency. The same ingredients we’ve always used with faster action and more absorption. We hope you love it as much as we do.

SYSTEMIC ENZYMES, FIBRIN AND CALCIFICATION

One of the major causes of pain and inflammation in the body is fibrin, an insoluble protein that is produced in response to bleeding and is the major component of a blood clot. When tissue damage results in bleeding, fibrinogen is converted at the wound into fibrin by the action of thrombin, a clotting enzyme. This is a lifesaver, as it is basically a scab that allows bleeding to stop and wounds to heal. But fibrin can become problematic with chronic inflammation and improperly utilized calcium.

In the case of heart blockage, the culprit is usually calcification of the arteries. The source is often poor diet induced chronic inflammation. In response the body begins to send fibrin to build up a scab. This fibrin attracts calcium and before long you have blockage of the circulatory system.

Autoimmune issues can cause overactive fibrin development as well. The very thing that the body does to save our lives can be the cause of pain and eventual death. Fibromyalgia is the name for fibrin that is undissolved and continues to build up around inflammation. You can see how a strong anti-inflammatory like CBD may be helpful for fibromyalgia pain, but how do you address the core problem? Vitamin K2 helps the body properly utilize calcium while systemic enzymes break down fibrin and bad calcium. An overall clean, whole food diet removes the source for most of these problems.

The key to dealing with fibrin is enzymes. Enzymes are the building blocks of life. They are a part of all organic life performing various important functions in our bodies. Systemic enzymes break down fibrin overgrowth and toxic buildups all over our body. Studies show they can help break down toxic metals as well as lipofuscin (age spots) that comes from polyunsaturated fats in our cells and can help unclog arteries. One amazing study exposed rats to high doses of aluminum and after 45 days of systemic enzymes, the rats showed a huge improvement in negative effects of the aluminum and were markedly better than the control group (1).

Enzymes are essential if you are dealing with inflammation, joint pain, bad skin, calcification and conditions like fibromyalgia. We take enzymes daily as well as vitamin E (we have a City and Sea vitamin E coming soon). All of these combined with regular CBD have been the best tools in fighting inflammation. Everyone is turning to fish oil for inflammation, and in most cases this is just causing more problems since polyunsaturated fat is unstable and oxidizes in the human body. We can see in studies that a diet deficient in vitamin E and high in fish oils leads to yellow fat disease or lipofuscin  (2).

Not only do enzymes break down lipofuscin, but vitamin E helps to metabolize the oils that cause it. Reduction or removal of polyunsaturated fats and high dose enzymes and vitamin E can remove one of the main causes of inflammation, and the addition of CBD in a coconut oil base addresses inflammation head on.

So how do you take systemic enzymes? Our starting dose years back was 6 enzyme capsules per day on an empty stomach. Because we have a great diet we just take a maintenance dose of 3 pills a few days a week usually before bed on an empty stomach. After years of taking systemic enzymes we have seen improved skin, noticeable reduction of age spots, less random aches and pains, greater mental clarity and more.

One interesting note on enzymes, most of the places on Earth that have the longest living people are in tropical locations where they eat large amounts of tropical fruits, which have massive amounts of naturally occurring enzymes. Our anti aging protocol includes supplementing systemic enzymes and enjoying as much pineapples, mangos and papayas we can get our hands on. If you really need a reboot to your health, go to the tropics and eat all the local local fruit you can along with daily sunlight and walks on the beach. 

For the beginner, we suggest 6-9 pills a day on an empty stomach. If you’re in really bad shape you can take as many as 10 per day, but start slow as it can cause the bowels to move. Once your body is cleaned out you will be on a regular healthy bowel movement schedule and you can reduce it to 2-3 enzyme capsules per day. Give it time as fibrin is the result of years of constant inflammation, but most can start feeling some benefits with in a few days to a few weeks. Click here to explore our systemic enzymes.

1) https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/23821590/

2) https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/625860/

More on systemic enzymes:
https://www.nytimes.com/1984/11/14/us/enzyme-used-to-dissolve-clots-in-coronaries.html

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3529416/

https://academic.oup.com/cardiovascres/article/57/2/563/307976

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fibrinolysis

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7585045/

https://ndnr.com/pain-medicine/pain-management-using-systemic-enzyme-therapy/

CBD Benefits For Men

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The statements below have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not meant to diagnose or treat any medical condition. All information comes from medical journals and government websites, but is not to be used as medical advice. Please consult a doctor if you have a medical condition.

CBD has a lot of potential to help people with a wide range of health conditions, including conditions that men are particularly prone to developing.  As such, many researchers are looking at how CBD can help with men’s health in particular.

CBD is a chemical that can be extracted from hemp and cannabis plants. It’s non-addictive, non-intoxicating, and federally legal in the US. Research shows that CBD might have a wide range of health benefits, and although it needs to be studied further, many people swear by using CBD to enhance their well being.

Due to biological and social reasons, men are more likely to suffer from certain conditions. Many of those conditions can be helped by CBD. Here’s what you need to know about CBD and men’s health.

CBD for Anxiety and Depression

Mental health is not a gender-specific issue. However, men are far less likely to get help for mental health issues than women.

And it’s not like men don’t experience mental health issues. According to The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), at least 6 million men experience depressive disorders every year. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), men are more likely than women to die by suicide.

What could account for this mental health gap? Men might feel that seeking help is a sign of weakness. In many cultures, it’s seen as unmanly to talk about your emotional and mental health – a stigma that needs to be addressed.

While it’s no substitute for therapy and positive lifestyle changes, CBD might be able to help you manage mood disorders like anxiety and depression. In fact, anxiety is one of the most common reasons for using CBD.

Research on CBD and anxiety is promising. For example, a 2011 study found that CBD could reduce the symptoms of social anxiety disorder. CBD could also help with the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, another anxiety disorder, according to a 2018 review.

Some research concludes that CBD could also help with the symptoms of depression. A 2010 study and a 2014 study, both animal studies, found that CBD could soothe both anxiety and depression. However, this must be studied on humans before we understand exactly how it works.

And we know that stress can contribute to the development of mental illness. A promising 2018 review of studies concluded that CBD could reduce stress. Regularly taking CBD might help your body and mind cope with the stress of everyday life as well as aid in a restful night’s sleep.

CBD for Addiction

Men are typically more likely to use illicit drugs than women, according to The National Institute on Drug Abuse and are more prone to developing a dependence on drugs.

It’s not just so-called hard drugs that men struggle with. According to the CDC, men also face higher rates of alcohol-related deaths and hospitalizations. The CDC also notes that men binge drink twice as much as women.

CBD has potential as a treatment for addiction. Firstly, it’s not addictive itself, and can’t make you feel intoxicated. Conversely, CBD might help people with substance abuse disorders.

Research from 2015 shows that CBD might be able to actually moderate the brain, thus reducing dependence on illicit drugs. Further research from a 2019 double-blind randomized placebo-controlled trial showed that CBD could reduce cravings and anxiety for those addicted to heroin – an extremely promising conclusion.

Currently, there is ongoing research looking into how CBD can help those with addictions. Hopefully, this research will tell us whether CBD could help people who are addicted to other illicit drugs as well as alcohol, nicotine, and more.

CBD for Heart Health

Cardiovascular health is something men, in particular, should be conscious of. According to the American Heart Association, one in three adult men in the US have some form of cardiovascular disease.

High blood pressure, in particular, is quite common in males under 45 years old, according to the American Heart Association. High blood pressure can lead to conditions like stroke.

The good news is that CBD might be able to help with cardiovascular issues. One study gave nine healthy men one dose of 600mg CBD. They were compared to men who received a placebo. The researchers found that CBD actually reduced resting blood pressure. When the subjects underwent stress tests, those who were given CBD experienced a smaller increase in blood pressure.

And because CBD is an anti-oxidant, it might help reduce stress on the heart. For example, one interesting animal study found that treatment with CBD prevented heart damage in mice with heart disease. While this effect needs to be studied in humans, this research is promising.

Finally, men often put their health last and avoid looking for medical help until it’s too late. According to WebMD, men often put their health last and avoid looking for medical help until it’s too late. Take precautions today to protect your health and well being, and know when to turn to your doctor for guidance.

If you’d like to invest in your health by using high-quality CBD products, shop our range here.

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CBD For Women’s Health And Wellness

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Many people use CBD for health reasons, but women, especially, can benefit from CBD, as it’s often used to soothe symptoms of menstruation, PMS, menopause, and more. But how exactly can CBD help women, and what does the research say about the link between CBD and women’s health*?

CBD is a non-intoxicating chemical that naturally occurs in cannabis and hemp plants. Cannabis has actually been used in gynecology for millennia, according to a review in the Journal of Cannabis Therapeutics. In ancient medicine, cannabis was used to soothe painful periods, remedy morning sickness, and even help ease pain during childbirth.

Nowadays, modern technology has made it possible for us to extract CBD from cannabis and hemp plants. Research shows that CBD could have a range of health benefits, but it has the added bonus of not making us feel high. What’s more is that it’s considered a non-addictive substance.

So how exactly does this health product help women? Here’s what you need to know about using CBD for women’s health.

CBD for menstrual cramps
Menstrual cramps have an important job. They’re caused by prostaglandins, hormones that cause the uterus to contract. These contractions help the uterus shed its lining. While this is an important job, these cramps can also be extremely painful.

If you have bad menstrual cramps, CBD might be able to help you. While the effects of CBD on menstrual cramps have not been confirmed by research, many studies show that CBD might be able to help with pain in general. For example, an extensive 2018 review found that CBD could be effective at reducing pain.

Although it needs to be studied further, many people believe that CBD is especially good at soothing menstrual pain.

CBD for autoimmune conditions
Women are more likely to have autoimmune disorders, which include conditions like fibromyalgia, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and multiple sclerosis (MS). A key characteristic of autoimmune conditions is inflammation – something CBD seems to reduce – which is why many experts are hopeful that CBD could help.

The above-mentioned 2018 review on CBD and pain especially looked at fibromyalgia as well as cancer-related pain and neuropathic pain. It concluded that CBD could effectively help with fibromyalgia-related pain. Another 2018 study concluded that CBD could improve mobility in people with MS.

While CBD and autoimmune conditions must be studied further, many people swear by using CBD to manage their symptoms. We advise you to talk to your doctor if you want to use CBD to help with your symptoms, especially if you’re taking any other medication.

CBD for depression and anxiety
Of course, women are not the only people who struggle with depression and anxiety: anyone can have these conditions, no matter their gender. However, depression and anxiety can often be exacerbated by PMS, pregnancy, childbirth, and menopause.

This is where CBD comes in handy. CBD is often used to boost mood and soothe stress, although the link between CBD and mood needs to be studied more.

A 2011 study concluded that CBD could reduce the symptoms of social anxiety disorder. A promising 2018 review looked at multiple studies and concluded that CBD could reduce the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, another anxiety disorder. Lastly, one 2018 review of studies showed that CBD could reduce stress.

Some animal studies suggest that CBD can also help with depression. For example, a 2010 study and a 2014 study concluded that CBD could soothe both anxiety and depression. A 2019 study also noted that CBD seemed to reduce depression in animal models. However, this needs to be studied further before we know for sure.

Incorporating CBD into your self-care routine can be a great way to relax, unwind, and self-soothe.

CBD for menopause
Menopause comes with a range of uncomfortable symptoms, including joint pain, inflammation, mood swings, and more. As mentioned above, CBD could help with these issues. Many people massage CBD topicals onto their joints or take an extra dosage when they’re struggling with mood swings.

Additionally, CBD could help with bone density, according to some research. This is helpful, because bone density tends to decrease with age and especially after menopause. And, while it hasn’t been studied in detail, many women claim that CBD soothes hot flashes.

Another common symptom of menopause is insomnia. CBD has been associated with better sleep. One 2017 review noted that CBD could help soothe insomnia, REM sleep disorders, and daytime sleepiness. More recently, a 2019 study found CBD to be helpful for participants who had anxiety and insomnia.

Plenty of perimenopausal, menopausal, and postmenopausal women use CBD to manage their symptoms naturally. Speak to your doctor if you’re interested in using CBD for menopause.

Is CBD safe to use during pregnancy and breastfeeding?

Unfortunately, we don’t know. CBD hasn’t been tested on pregnant women, which means that we don’t know if it’s safe. No studies suggest that it is dangerous, but it’s strongly advised that you err on the side of caution. Rather avoid CBD if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding.

How to use CBD for women’s health

Most experts suggest taking a consistent dose of CBD every day  will yield the best results. It’s always a good idea to talk to your doctor before using any new health product, especially if you’re currently taking medications. Chat with a CBD-friendly doctor in your area if you’d like to use it for health reasons.

CBD has a range of potential benefits for women, from soothing menstrual cramps to helping with the symptoms of menopause. Many women benefit from using CBD in their daily routines. If you’d like to purchase high-quality CBD products, shop our range here.

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*This article is for education only and is not to be taken as medical advice nor is it meant to treat, diagnose or cure any medical condition,.

The CBD Trifecta

CBD + Coffee + Cacao

The depression and anxiety lowering trifecta! Good health is important for being resilient to the stresses of life. Eat organic and stay away from toxins especially in the home. Things like cleaning supplies and laundry detergent can be loaded with xeno-estrogens that can affect hormone and mood balance. CBD and high quality coffee and chocolate on the regular are a huge positive mood boost. All three of these super foods are high in anti-oxidants that protect your cells, brain and skin. Chocolate contains it’s own cannabinoid, anandamide, this works along with CBD to rewire the brain to feel good. Real chocolate contains magnesium as well, which is calming and great for sleep and sore muscles. Coffee is just neurotropic magic. If you are feeling a little down, give yourself a gift every day. A little CBD, chocolate and coffee party.

How To Find Your Perfect Dose

CBD tincture

Did you know CBD doesn’t have an official serving size? That’s because we all have our own unique bio individuality and needs. Some folks can feel CBD working from the smallest dose, while some need 300mg to feel a difference. If you’re wondering where to start, we recommend our 300 or 600 size. A 1mL dropper has 10mg of CBD per serving. Start with 1mL per day and see if you notice any benefits. From there add another serving until you see changes in mood, sleep, mobility, etc. Can you overdose? Not really, but if you feel excessive dry mouth, sleepiness (during the day), or low blood pressure/heart rate then reduce your dosage. Using it daily and consistently will yield much better results over using it only as needed. You may find you need less over time as your cells become saturated with cannabinoids. CBD acts on 60 different molecular pathways so consistent use may give us an edge in overall heath and feeling of wellbeing and balance.

CBD and Terpenes for COVID Inflammation

CBD and terpenes for COVID

Well this is cool, from Forbes Magazine,  an article on the benefits of CBD and terpenes in treating COVID-19. Part of what makes full spectrum CBD great is all the terpenes, but did you know we have always added some extra terpenes to our formulas? This gives our CBD the maximum “cascade effect”. All the terpenes enhance the CBD and Vice versa, then we add things like CO2 extracted turmeric and it’s just a powerhouse of wellbeing that, in our opinion,  exceeds most CBD on the market.

Beyond Handwashing, Our Immune System Protocol

There is a lot of great info out there on how we can slow the spread and protect ourselves from developing COVID-19. Hand washing, social distancing and self quarantine is a start, but many of us still have to work outside the home, get groceries and care for our loved ones. Plus, once the worst is over it will still be circulating in the population for time to come.

I’m not a medical professional and I’m not giving out medical advice, but there are a lot of common sense things we can do right now that will tilt the odds in our favor if we do come in contact with not just this coronavirus, but any virus. Many years ago I was a health coach, raw food chef and authored three bestselling raw food recipe books (Going Raw, Raw & Simple, Raw & Simple Detox). These are healthy tips we are practicing in our home and hope they can be helpful for you during this time.

1. Sleep is one of the best things you can do for your immune system. Poor quality sleep is associated with low immune function, brain fog, sugar cravings, mood and hormone imbalance. Fix your sleep and you can fix many health issues.

2. Don’t let fear takeover. If you are scrolling on your iPhone late at night reading coronavirus reports instead of sleeping you are adding stress and putting your nervous system into sympathetic fight or flight mode. Though this is happening on a mental level, your body responds the same as physical danger and stresses your adrenals, raises your heart rate and blood pressure, and down regulates your immune system. The longer you stay in this mindset the more acute stress you create. Turn off the news. Pray, meditate, practice breathwork (more on that at the end), watch a comedy, go for a walk, FaceTime with family and friends and cuddle your kids and fur babies.

3. Keep moving. Low impact exercise like walking, yoga and rebounding reduces stress hormones and keeps our lymphatic system moving and increases our white blood cell count. I wouldn’t recommend anything strenuous at this time unless you’re already in great shape and looking to maintain.

4. Avoid excess sugar, alcohol, and processed foods. I know fear of the unknown makes us reach for junky comfort food and I can totally relate, but eating excessively sugar laden or processed foods dampens our immune system, burdens the liver, increases inflammation and throws off our hormones. Also, avoid refined and polyunsaturated fatty acids like hydrogenated oil, soybean, sunflower, safflower, and canola oils which all cause lipid peroxidation which is associated with chronic inflammation, asthma, diabetes and atherosclerosis.

5. Eat real food and make every meal count. Our chances of whether we fend off this virus successfully really depends on how well our immune system is functioning and that can be fortified with what we put in our mouth. What group is most at risk besides the immunocompromised and those with lung issues? People with underlying conditions like heart disease, obesity, and type 2 diabetes have the highest mortality. These are all diet related health conditions. This is your chance to steer the ship around and make good food choices. If possible, go with organic options. I know this will be much harder to come by as the days and weeks go on, but the less exposure to glyphosate, pesticides, and fungicides the better off you’ll be.

6. Focus on vitamins A, C, D, and E. These are all fairly easy to access and will help support our immune system without overstimulating it.
– Get vitamin A (via beta carotene) by eating orange and yellow vegetables like butternut squash, sweet potato, carrots and even kale. As we age, converting beta carotene to usable vitamin A decreases, so focus on pre-formed vitamin A through eggs, butter and organ meats like beef liver if you’re older or have any type of gut dysfunction. Dessicated beef liver capsules are an easy way to get usable pre-formed A or a retinyl palmitate supplement if you’re vegan.
Vitamin C can be found in most fruits and vegetables and very cheap to supplement. Vitamin C is well known as an anti-viral and China is finding high dose intravenous Vitamin C very successful at treating severe coronavirus cases. We keep a variety of C supplements on hand like raw, whole food vitamin C,  liposomal C, and Sufficient C for our toddler who loves it.
Vitamin D is needed for every metabolic function in our body as well as essential for maintaining a strong immune system. Getting it from the sun is the most superior form you can get. Use the app “dminder” that tells you when is the best time to soak up the sunshine depending on your geographical location. If you’re too far north, then supplement with D3-K2 drops. Every cell in our body has a receptor for vitamin D and the majority of the population is deficient.
Vitamin E is well known for being an antioxidant, but also powerful for the immune system and fighting infections. We really love PUFA protect from Mitolife, but any D-alpha-tocopherol (ideally in MCT oil) is great.
Probiotics and fermented foods have been shown to be helpful for immune function. We love sauerkraut with our meals and take spore based probiotics before bed.

7. Incorporate superfoods and superherbs. Garlic, ginger, turmeric, lemons, oranges, blueberries, green tea, chlorophyll rich foods like lettuce and other greens. Homemade bone broth, raw goats milk and colostrum are also great immune boosters if you have access.

8. Additional supplementation that we have on hand for prevention and in case of contact or infection:

-Quercetin + Zinc together every other day or daily if exposed or infected

-N-acetyl cysteine (NAC) can be a preventative as well as help break up mucus in the lungs. It is a precursor to glutathione and important if exposed or have active infection.

-Coated silver. This is similar to colloidal silver, but a much smaller particle size. It can be taken with water or diffused into the air. Better to take if exposed as opposed to taking daily.
-Nascent iodine or kelp capsules to support thyroid function. Take daily.
-Wild Oregano Oil if exposed or infection
-Lysine daily if you have low immune function

-ECGC (green tea extract) if exposed or if you don’t have quercetin on hand

-Nebulized Glutathione. We are using GlutaStat from Glutagenic if exposed or suffering from loss of smell.

9. Let’s not forget CBD oil. It personally reduces my anxiety levels, lowers inflammatory aches and pain, fixes my headaches and cramps and improves my sleep. Read the product reviews on our website to see how people are using it to support good health. Also, there are promising studies on the anti-viral effects of cannabinoids though we have no idea if it’s effective for coronavirus.

10. Breathwork. Breathing can shift the nervous system from sympathetic (fight or flight mode) to parasympathetic (rest and digest mode). And the big bonus is that it exercises and strengthens the lungs which is so important if we develop a COVID-19 lung infection. Our good friend Sage Rader is a master breathwork teacher from NYC who is offering free Release and Restore Breathwork Zoom meet ups every day at 6pm EST. Click here for Zoom link.Meeting ID: 390 274 023 Password: 008483. Go to @sage.breath on Instagram for more info.

Lastly, please take this time to tell people in your life you love them. We care and appreciate all of our longtime customers that we have gotten to know over the years. We pray for your safety and peace during this time.

Much love,
Judita & Matt

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Our hearts go out to everyone during this outbreak. So many of you have been with us for three years or more and we have close relationship with so many families. We’ve spoken to many of you over the phone or via email or Instagram. We know your names and smile when we see your comments and messages. We are praying for all of you and hope that we as a country can get through this together stronger than ever.