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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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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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.

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