Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Hemp (CBD) Oil + Ultimate Detox System for Anxiety, Acne, Hormonal Imbalances & More

Hello, CNC friends!

I’ve been experimenting with something new these days, and I can’t wait to tell you guys all about it. Have you heard of or tried Hemp (CBD) oil? It’s all the rage right now, especially since it’s become legal in all 50 U.S. states.

So, what is Hemp/CBD oil, exactly? CBD is one of the compounds found in the cannabis plant, and no, it’s not the same thing as marijuana. Basically, where they differ is that marijuana contains both THC (psychoactive – affects the mind) and CBD (non-psychoactive).

When we think about the traditional term of getting “high,” that’s referring to THC. CBD does not alter state of mind, but it does have some positive impacts on the body.

Kristen from Thrive by Food recommended CBD oil to me for two reasons: It could positively impact both digestive issues and my anxiety. So I thought, what do I have to lose? Turns out, she was totally right, and I’ve seen so many positive impacts! But more on that later – let’s get into the nitty-gritty science for those of you who like to geek out like I do!

It all starts with the endocannabinoid system (I didn’t even know this even existed – derp). Our bodies have cannabinoid receptors that bind to neurotransmitters – which then express themselves in so many ways, from pain modulation, our moods, to even fertility. These neurotransmitters are able to penetrate the blood-brain barrier – meaning they not only impact our brains, but our bodies as well.

Cannabinoids have been shown to impact our immune systems and the part of the brain that regulates stress – and as someone who suffers from both anxiety and an autoimmune disorder, I was all about this. What’s even cooler is that cannabinoids play a positive role in our ability to “rest and digest” –  key for IBD sufferers! CBD oil aids our internal endocannabinoid system to function properly because it helps us switch from being go,go,go to calming down and chilling out. I’m super Type A and a worrier in general, and while I’ve come a long way in my anxiety battle, sometimes I need a little extra help.

So what benefits have I noticed since I started using CBD oil?

I’m definitely much calmer and less anxious. I’m less irritable and snappy, and I’m even surprised by my response to situations – like, wow, I’m weirdly chill about what’s happening right now. Haha! My sleep has also really improved. I used to toss and turn a bit during the night, but now I sleep like a LOG. The sleep is definitely the most noticeable change I have experienced. I wake up feeling really well-rested too. During the shift from ovulation into the luteal phase, a time when I get notoriously moody, even Mal has noticed how much more predictable my moods are. I also think being less anxious and stressed has probably helped my hormone issues – more on this below! Overall, my outlook has really improved, and I’m far more positive. Needless to say, I’m a believer!

Interested in trying it yourself? If you google CBD or Hemp oil, you will literally come across hundreds of products and brands, making it difficult to distinguish what’s legitimate (and worth your money) and what’s not. I’m currently using PrimeMyBody Nanoenhanced Hemp Oil, and I’ve been loving it. If you’re perusing options, here are a few things to look out for.

Ingredient Quality

Make sure you choose a brand that discloses where all of their ingredients come from because some won’t and its far better to know what’s in your product then to be left wondering. That’s why I love PMB – they do source from the best places, and go the extra mile when it comes to bacteria testing. Stuff like e.coli and mold can show up in CBD oil (gross), so it’s worth your time and money to find a product that’s made with extra care.

Delivery Mechanism

You want to find a product that promises a proper delivery system, meaning that most of the oil finds its way into your bloodstream, and not, well, into your toilet. PMB offers liposomal delivery, meaning that the oil broken down into the smallest particles so that it can be easily absorbed by your body. If you’re going to spend money on an oil, you want to make sure it at least gets where it’s supposed to be going, right?

Cost

Hemp/CBD oil is not cheap. And that’s why you want to make sure the above two components (ingredient quality and delivery mechanism) are spot on. One of the reasons I decided to try PMB was the the oil is made with phosphatidylcholine (basically sunflower oil) to stabilize the droplets rather than something like xanthan gum, which definitely would not be as effective as an emulsifier. This particular ingredient is a tad bit pricey, but well worth it in my eyes for a higher quality product that i know is going to deliver as promised.

There’s a lot of info and options out there on the internet when it comes to choosing a CBD or Hemp product – but what it really comes down to is quality, quality, quality! If you’re interested in trying CBD oil out for yourself, definitely check out PMB as an option! So far, so good, and I’m super glad to have found an all-natural way to deal with my anxiety!

In addition to CBD oil, Kristin also recommend that I use The Ultimate Detox System (pictured above), which is from the same company. If you follow me on Instagram Stories, you might have heard me talk a little about the detox system that I recently started using – this is it! I’ve used it for a little over 2 months now, and I’m blown away by what it’s done for my hormonal issues.

You guys probably remember how much I struggled with hormone issues since Quinn was born more than 4 years ago. I dealt with acne, anxiety, eczema, weight gain, mood swings, sore breasts, painful cramps, heavy periods, breakthrough bleeding, night sweats, and more. It was definitely a rollercoaster. My symptoms have gotten SO MUCH better overall, but I still struggled at certain times of the month. I’d feel mostly fine during the first couple of weeks of my cycle, but then all of those terrible symptoms would hit from mid-cycle until the first or second day of my period. It was so annoying because I’d feel like myself and then feel awful every.single.month, and I couldn’t figure out how to fix it.

I’ve worked with Kristin since the beginning of the year, and so when she suggested the DUTCH test to figure out what was going on with my hormones, I was all about it. My results said that my hormones (surprise!) are totally fine, but my body has trouble detoxing them. And if your body can’t rid itself of extra hormones, you are going to feel like crap and experience all of the not-so-fun related symptoms. She recommended The Ultimate Detox System from PrimeMyBody, and I’ve had the BEST results. The past two months have been amazing!

First of all, ovulation was a dream. It didn’t have all of those annoying symptoms, and my skin (*knock on wood*) has been phenomenal. Acne can also be caused from detox issues, and coupled with hormones, it can really be a disaster on your skin. Since starting the detox system, I literally haven’t had one pimple. It’s incredible – and, hopefully, I didn’t jinx myself by saying that! I’ve really enjoyed having clear skin since I’ve struggle with acne on and off since I was a teenager.

I just threw a lot of information at you, so feel free to ask me any questions you might have. If I can’t answer them, I’m sure Kristin can, and I’ll reach out to her. I’m really happy with my experience using both of these products and can’t recommend them enough. They’re not cheap, but definitely worth it for the results.

Speaking of which, today through the end of September, you can save $30 OFF the Ultimate Detox System. If you’re interested in becoming an Affiliate (just let me know if you want the details – lots of discounts), you can save an additional 10%.

Question of the Day

Have you tried Hemp/CBD oil?

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Simplifying Life (again)

Simplifying and organizing are two themes on KERF that keep coming up over and over again. As a mama bird trying to build a very organized nest, simplification is all my brain wants to think about these days! I feel comfortable saying that my house is as organized as it’s ever been because the space-to-stuff ratio is as high (high right?) as it has ever been. I think back to my very first apartment out of college and the number of items I owned that fit into 800 square feet. The apartment was spacious and not cluttered, but I owned so little. That was the start. When Matt and I bought our first house, more stuff came along. I think my third house was the most cluttered until I gave away half of everything before moving into this house. I hadn’t quite embraced having only one of everything, and trips to Target included a lot more “had to have” home decor purchases. These days my shopping habits have slowed down a lot from where they once were, especially in the home decor and clothing areas.

My personality is a strange split one:

On the one hand, I crave minimalism. My brain feels anxious when I have too much clutter or feel unorganized. I have to unpack my suitcase the minute I walk in the door from a trip, and I have a hard time focusing on any task if my home is messy.

But on the other hand, I like to be prepared, so I have a tendency to hold onto things “just in case I need them.” An extra comforter for that once-a-year occasion that we have an extra guest? The platter I never use but *might* need in the future. The junk towels that we reach for twice a year when a big mess occurs? I have always leaned towards keeping things over giving them away “just in case.”

VIDEOS

This year, however, I’ve really worked to reverse my thinking from “Will I need this someday?” to “Do use this regularly and love it?” I have several resources to thank for pushing me into this more minimalistic mindset! I am a total podcast junkie, and it’s the number one way I like to consume information, especially in the self help genre. So here are a bunch of resources that put me on the right track to simplifying:

Brooke Castillo’s episode on Organization with Shira Gill. I love ALL things Brooke Castillo. Her podcast is like a religion to me. Every episode I have lightbulbs going off, and she has really changed my thinking on so many topics. The organization episode was a good one! (You can also read the transcript through the above link if you are not a podcast person.)

I’ve also been listening to The Minimalists podcast. (Although I have yet to watch their documentary!) While extreme minimalism does not appeal to me (for example, wearing the same “uniform” outfit every single day), there are elements of it that I love. I hand-pick the episodes of theirs to listen to (warning: Josh and Ryan are quite chatty!) and my gateway episodes had to do with managing money (they are buddies with the Dave Ramsey crew). I’ve also listened to the episodes about decluttering and stuff and found their perspective to be very refreshing. I love how they divide everything we own into three categories 1. essentials 2. nonessentials and 3. junk. (My mom would not like me calling anything in my home junk, so maybe for me #3 should just be “the rest” or “the leftovers.”)

The Better Life Podcast’s episode on 10 Ways I’ve Simplified My Life was a good one that I found through a podcast search for “simplified.” I enjoyed that first episode and look forward to listening to a few more of her topics (like meal planning and running your home like a boss!)

I’d been wanting to read Emily Ley’s book A Simplified Life and one day decided to buy the audiobook instead. I listened to it over the course of two days (when I decluttered Mazen’s toys right before school started!) and nodded along. Some chapters I felt like I could have written and others had some great new points, so it’s worth a read or listen!

And finally, someone recommended Simplicity Parenting (the book) and I was happy to find they have a podcast! The episodes are short and there are not a million of them (unlike the Minimalists – how ironic!!!) so it’s worth a listen! The information in the podcast has been so, so, so helpful to me – I can’t recommend it enough! I love what Payne says about children needing rhythm, consistency, and downtime because those are all things that I need as a grown up too. We tend to fill up their days with “fun activities” (like playdates and pool trips after school) because why wouldn’t they want to have FUN FUN FUN all the time, but sometimes they just need time to turn their brains off. We’ve been working hard on a good routine now that Mazen is in school, and I’m focusing on the four pillars Payne recommends in the first episode. Payne’s concept of “your world, my world, our world” has also been such a game changer (so far, at least). And episode #12 made all the gears in my head come to a screeching stop and reverse direction.

More posts I’ve written on simplifying and decluttering:

Home Neat Home: Decluttering (I sort of miss my old living room!)

Home Neat Home: Three Closet Makeovers (the nursery closet looks a whole lot different now!)

Neat & Tidying

Home Neat Home: A Place For Everything (I just made the decision to move that coral back to the mantel!)

The Well-Oiled Machine

And all the rest!



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