Get Back on Track with CBD for Immunity

 The human body is truly a marvel if you think about how much it does to keep you healthy and on track. Your immune system does an amazing job of protecting you from microorganisms that cause diseases. However, every once in a while, the immune system does fail and germs successfully invade the body, making you sick. This makes the idea of boosting your immunity an enticing and necessary one, especially with the world going through the COVID-19 pandemic. The immune system is, as the name suggests, an entire system, not just one single entity (no matter how real the film Osmosis Jones seems). To function well, your immune system requires both harmony and balance. There is still much that researchers don't know about the intricacies and interconnectedness of immune response, but there are several ways in which researchers have shown how certain lifestyle changes can help with strengthening your immunity, and we'll be diving into these methods. These include seeing the effects on a change of diet, increasing exercise, psychological stress, and other factors that will help you be the healthiest and happiest version of yourself! 

Your diet and the immune system

 

When you envision your immune system running after Coronavirus or cancer cells, you might be picturing it like some kind of video game. Some form of Pac-Man chasing through a maze eating up ghosts. However, your immune system is a lot more complex than that. Yes, some immune cells do "eat up" microorganisms and mutated cells that the body has destroyed (including cancer cells that have been triggered to self-destruct). Still, our immunity is much more than that. The immune system is made up of different types of immune cells, receptors, antibodies and organs. All these parts team up to protect the body from outside threats, and your diet is what fuels this.

 

Imagine your immune system as though it was the engine of a car which needs petrol to run - adding cooking oil to your tank won't help your car move (most likely it would destroy it) your body works on a similar principle. As they say, you are what you eat. Your diet is crucial to provide the nutrients and energy your immune system needs to keep functioning. It could even slow the speed of gradual decline in immune function that tends to occur with ageing.

Vitamin C - the silent hero

 

One of the ways to support your immunity is by making sure you have the correct amount of vitamin C in your diet. Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid or ascorbate, Is a water-soluble essential vitamin. This means that it cannot be created by our bodies, so we can only get it through incorporating it into our diets.

 

Vitamin C is essential to your immunity as it allows your body to create blood vessels, cartilage, muscle and collagen in bones and also, it is a vital element for the body's healing process. This is because of vitamin C's powerful antioxidant properties which are believed to help your body in defending itself against the effects of free radicals. Free radicals are molecules that are believed to be the cause of many illnesses such as cancer and heart disease, according to the Mayo Clinic. They are produced when your body breaks down food or is exposed to substances such as smoke from tobacco and even radiation. In fact, the Mayo Clinic conducted a study where they have found that taking vitamin C supplements orally in combination with other vitamins and minerals seems to prevent age-related macular degeneration (AMD) from getting worse. Another study conducted by Dr Hoffman of the Hoffman centre, found that vitamin C had been found to help the survival rate of cancer patients up to four times on average when compared to cancer patients who had not received vitamin C as part of their treatment.

 

This clearly shows that vitamin C is definitely something you can't go without, and nor should you! You can actually get your daily dose of vitamin C from a number of foods and supplements. These include red peppers, broccoli and pretty much all your citrus fruits (i.e. oranges, clementine's and lemons).  

A cup of green tea a day can keep the doctor away

 

Just like vitamin C, green tea can also help give your immunity that extra boost! In fact, tea is the second most-consumed drink in the world right after water, and the main reason for this is the health benefits that drinking tea can have. Green tea has the most health benefits of all the teas, and its superb properties have been known for centuries in eastern cultures and more recently, have been making waves in the rest of the world. This is mainly due to the way it’s produced, as it is not as heavily processed as black tea, meaning it retains all its original nutrients.

 

In fact, it doesn't matter which green tea you choose, be it Sencha, Gyokuro or Matcha, to name a few. All green teas contain the main compounds and nutrients that make them stand out for their unique health qualities that strengthen your immune system. One of the main elements of green tea that makes it so beneficial is that it has a higher content of protective polyphenols. For those of you who are not well versed in the world of chemistry, polyphenols are basically compounds found in plants, and these compounds act as antioxidants. The greatest polyphenols found in green tea are flavonoids, with the most important being catechins and epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), which basically have the function of powerful antioxidants. Just like vitamin C, antioxidants found in green tea help Your body fight off free radicals, boost your immune system and stave away pesky diseases such as cancer. According to an article by Reader’s Digest, medical researchers believe that the polyphenols found in green tea may help destroy cancer cells and pause their growth.

Destressing with CBD

 

Another lifestyle change that you can make is to remove yourself from stressful situations and just relax, and that's because the mere reduction of stress in your life can greatly enhance the effectiveness of your immune system. According to an article published by the Cleveland Clinic, stress causes your body to generate greater levels of the stress hormone called cortisol. These hormones, in limited amounts, can boost your immunity by limiting inflammation. However, over time, your body may become used to having high levels of cortisol in its system, and this leaves the door wide open to more inflammation. Furthermore, chronic stress reduces the body's lymphocytes, which are the white blood cells that aid in fighting off infections. This means that the lower your lymphocyte level is, the more at risk you are for catching illnesses, including the common cold and influenza. High-stress levels in the long-term, cause sustained and high levels of inflammation which point to an overworked, over-tired immune system that can not properly defend you. One of the main issues with removing stress from our lives is that it sounds a lot easier than it actually is, especially with the hustle and bustle of modern-day life. Luckily for us, there are natural remedies that can help us combat these kinds of problems, a great example of which is CBD.

 

CBD has become very popular recently in mainstream culture and rightly so. This is mainly due to its numerous health benefits, including its calming effects. CBD, or cannabidiol, is a

 

The human body is truly a marvel if you think about how much it does to keep you healthy and on track. Your immune system does an amazing job of protecting you from microorganisms that cause diseases. However, every once in a while, the immune system does fail and germs successfully invade the body, making you sick. This makes the idea of boosting your immunity an enticing and necessary one, especially with the world going through the COVID-19 pandemic. The immune system is, as the name suggests, an entire system, not just one single entity (no matter how real the film Osmosis Jones seems). To function well, your immune system requires both harmony and balance. There is still much that researchers don't know about the intricacies and interconnectedness of immune response, but there are several ways in which researchers have shown how certain lifestyle changes can help with strengthening your immunity, and we'll be diving into these methods. These include seeing the effects on a change of diet, increasing exercise, psychological stress, and other factors that will help you be the healthiest and happiest version of yourself!

 

Your diet and the immune system

 

When you envision your immune system running after Coronavirus or cancer cells, you might be picturing it like some kind of video game. Some form of Pac-Man chasing through a maze eating up ghosts. However, your immune system is a lot more complex than that. Yes, some immune cells do "eat up" microorganisms and mutated cells that the body has destroyed (including cancer cells that have been triggered to self-destruct). Still, our immunity is much more than that. The immune system is made up of different types of immune cells, receptors, antibodies and organs. All these parts team up to protect the body from outside threats, and your diet is what fuels this.

 

Imagine your immune system as though it was the engine of a car which needs petrol to run - adding cooking oil to your tank won't help your car move (most likely it would destroy it) your body works on a similar principle. As they say, you are what you eat. Your diet is crucial to provide the nutrients and energy your immune system needs to keep functioning. It could even slow the speed of gradual decline in immune function that tends to occur with ageing. 

Vitamin C - the silent hero

 

One of the ways to support your immunity is by making sure you have the correct amount of vitamin C in your diet. Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid or ascorbate, Is a water-soluble essential vitamin. This means that it cannot be created by our bodies, so we can only get it through incorporating it into our diets.

 

Vitamin C is essential to your immunity as it allows your body to create blood vessels, cartilage, muscle and collagen in bones and also, it is a vital element for the body's healing process. This is because of vitamin C's powerful antioxidant properties which are believed to help your body in defending itself against the effects of free radicals. Free radicals are molecules that are believed to be the cause of many illnesses such as cancer and heart disease, according to the Mayo Clinic. They are produced when your body breaks down food or is exposed to substances such as smoke from tobacco and even radiation. In fact, the Mayo Clinic conducted a study where they have found that taking vitamin C supplements orally in combination with other vitamins and minerals seems to prevent age-related macular degeneration (AMD) from getting worse. Another study conducted by Dr Hoffman of the Hoffman centre, found that vitamin C had been found to help the survival rate of cancer patients up to four times on average when compared to cancer patients who had not received vitamin C as part of their treatment.

 

This clearly shows that vitamin C is definitely something you can't go without, and nor should you! You can actually get your daily dose of vitamin C from a number of foods and supplements. These include red peppers, broccoli and pretty much all your citrus fruits (i.e. oranges, clementine's and lemons). 

 

A cup of green tea a day can keep the doctor away

 

Just like vitamin C, green tea can also help give your immunity that extra boost! In fact, tea is the second most-consumed drink in the world right after water, and the main reason for this is the health benefits that drinking tea can have. Green tea has the most health benefits of all the teas, and its superb properties have been known for centuries in eastern cultures and more recently, have been making waves in the rest of the world. This is mainly due to the way it’s produced, as it is not as heavily processed as black tea, meaning it retains all its original nutrients.

 

In fact, it doesn't matter which green tea you choose, be it Sencha, Gyokuro or Matcha, to name a few. All green teas contain the main compounds and nutrients that make them stand out for their unique health qualities that strengthen your immune system. One of the main elements of green tea that makes it so beneficial is that it has a higher content of protective polyphenols. For those of you who are not well versed in the world of chemistry, polyphenols are basically compounds found in plants, and these compounds act as antioxidants. The greatest polyphenols found in green tea are flavonoids, with the most important being catechins and epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), which basically have the function of powerful antioxidants. Just like vitamin C, antioxidants found in green tea help Your body fight off free radicals, boost your immune system and stave away pesky diseases such as cancer. According to an article by Reader’s Digest, medical researchers believe that the polyphenols found in green tea may help destroy cancer cells and pause their growth.

Destressing with CBD

 

Another lifestyle change that you can make is to remove yourself from stressful situations and just relax, and that's because the mere reduction of stress in your life can greatly enhance the effectiveness of your immune system. According to an article published by the Cleveland Clinic, stress causes your body to generate greater levels of the stress hormone called cortisol. These hormones, in limited amounts, can boost your immunity by limiting inflammation. However, over time, your body may become used to having high levels of cortisol in its system, and this leaves the door wide open to more inflammation. Furthermore, chronic stress reduces the body's lymphocytes, which are the white blood cells that aid in fighting off infections. This means that the lower your lymphocyte level is, the more at risk you are for catching illnesses, including the common cold and influenza. High-stress levels in the long-term, cause sustained and high levels of inflammation which point to an overworked, over-tired immune system that can not properly defend you. One of the main issues with removing stress from our lives is that it sounds a lot easier than it actually is, especially with the hustle and bustle of modern-day life. Luckily for us, there are natural remedies that can help us combat these kinds of problems, a great example of which is CBD.

 

CBD has become very popular recently in mainstream culture and rightly so. This is mainly due to its numerous health benefits, including its calming effects. CBD, or cannabidiol, is a cannabinoid which is a type of compound that is found in the Cannabis plant - no, it does not give you a "high". Although CBD is found in the marijuana plant, it does not give the "high" effect that most people associate with marijuana because it is another cannabinoid which produces that effect, called THC. It is also for this reason that CBD products are much more widely available and more importantly, legal, as opposed to THC products.

 

Many people have been using CBD to reduce the amount of stress in their lives. According to an article published by Medical News Today, a study conducted in 2010 found that CBD may be able to reduce the symptoms of social anxiety in people suffering from social anxiety disorder (SAD). Brain scans of patients showed that changes in the blood flow to the brain were a link to feelings of anxiety. In the research study, CBD not only made participants feel better but also changed the way their brains reacted to anxiety. Another study conducted in 2011 also discovered that CBD could cause a reduction in social anxiety. For that study, scientists looked specifically at CBD to treat anxiety linked to public speaking, we are sure everyone can relate to this, and it is great to know that something like CBD can help. In fact, a 2015 analysis of all the previous research found that CBD oil is a promising treatment for various types of anxiety, including social anxiety disorder, panic disorder, OCD, generalised anxiety disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Rest well with CBD - your body will thank you for it

 

Linked with one of the causes of stress, a lack of sleep could also cause your immune system to weaken. That's because a lack of sleep causes your body to create fewer cytokines, which is a type of protein that targets inflammation and infections, thus effectively creating an immune response. Cytokines are both released and produced during your sleep, which causes a double whammy if you skip out on a good night's rest. Furthermore, it is believed that constant sleep loss can even make vaccines like the flu vaccine less effective by reducing your body's ability to respond (bringing us back to a weakened immune system).

 

According to the Sleep Foundation, in order to maintain good health is to get the recommended seven to eight hours of sleep each night. Not only will this help keep your immune system in tip-top shape, but it will also protect you from other health issues, including diabetes, heart disease, and obesity. However, just like with reducing stress, ensuring you get the right amount of sleep is a lot easier said than done. Many of you will likely have their sleep schedule interrupted by a busy workweek or other factors. If that's the case, it is advised that you try to make up for the lost sleep with a few naps. It is believed taking two naps that are no longer than 30 minutes each, one in the morning and one in the evening could help reduce stress and offset the negative effects that sleep deprivation has on your immunity. If you still can't get in a half-hour nap during the workday, try using some sleep aids such as teas, soothing sounds or supplements. In fact, just like with stress, CBD has been known to aid in sleep.

 

Research conducted in 2019, tested the efficacy of the use of CBD for treating anxiety and sleep. 72 patients participated, and of those, 25 stated that poor sleep was a primary concern of theirs. During the initial monthly assessment after the start of CBD treatment, around 66% of the participants felt an improvement in their sleep. With CBD being a natural substance (having minimal side effects), there seems to be no reason not to take it!

Boosting your immunity with exercise

 

It is no secret that exercise plays an important part in maintaining a healthy life. But more than that, exercise is crucial in having a well-functioning immune system. Even with all the lockdowns going on around the world and social distancing, many governments (including in the UK) have urged their citizens not to stop exercising - and for good reason! In addition to improving your mental health, a study conducted in 2019 discovered that exercise can improve your immune response, lower risks of getting sick, and reduce inflammation.

 

The study looked at "acute exercise," meaning exercise of moderate to vigorous intensity, lasting less than an hour. David Nieman, DrPH, a professor in the department of biology at Appalachian State University and director of the university's Human Performance Laboratory, states that typically, people only have a few numbers of immune cells circulating around the body. Those cells prefer to hang out in lymphoid tissues and organs like the spleen, where your body kills viruses, bacteria, and other microorganisms that cause illnesses.

 

Since exercise increases blood and lymph circulation as your muscles contract, it also increases the circulation of your immune cells, making them roam the body at a higher number and at a higher rate, says Nieman. Exercise specifically helps to gain highly specialised immune cells, such as natural killer cells and T-cells, locate pathogens (like bacteria) and remove them from the body. In Nieman's 2019 study, participants who took a 45-minute brisk walk experienced this increase of immune cells roaming around the body for up to three hours after the walk.

 

What can Botanic Lab do for your immune system?

 

 

Now that you know some of the methods to help out your immune system, such as increasing your vitamin c intake or incorporating more CBD into your diet, remember that it is essential that the products you take are of high quality. At Botanic Lab, we specialise in products made from botanicals, and we only select the highest quality ingredients in order for you to receive the desired effects and so much more! We’re aware of the fact that you’re busy and living life, so our products are there to support you in any situation. Take our Yin yang yuzu drink, for example, which is made from the yuzu fruit - a super lemon of sorts that is brimming with vitamin C. Yin Yang Yuzu also contains green tea, meaning you're getting both the benefits of vitamin C and green tea. We’re also serving up Dutch Courage, our OG drink which contains the ever-illustrious CBD - and by the way, when we say OG, we mean it. We were the first in the UK to come up with a CBD drink in an effective formulation - and it’s delightfully delicious and refreshing if we do say so ourselves. Dutch Courage also contains ingredients that promote natural energy, so it’s perfect pre- or post-workout. Our motto is “Do Something” - it’s what our products stand for: giving you the boost to do whatever you want to achieve on any given day!

 which is a type of compound that is found in the Cannabis plant - no, it does not give you a "high". Although CBD is found in the marijuana plant, it does not give the "high" effect that most people associate with marijuana because it is another cannabinoid which produces that effect, called THC. It is also for this reason that CBD products are much more widely available and more importantly, legal, as opposed to THC products.

 

Many people have been using CBD to reduce the amount of stress in their lives. According to an article published by Medical News Today, a study conducted in 2010 found that CBD may be able to reduce the symptoms of social anxiety in people suffering from social anxiety disorder (SAD). Brain scans of patients showed that changes in the blood flow to the brain were a link to feelings of anxiety. In the research study, CBD not only made participants feel better but also changed the way their brains reacted to anxiety. Another study conducted in 2011 also discovered that CBD could cause a reduction in social anxiety. For that study, scientists looked specifically at CBD to treat anxiety linked to public speaking, we are sure everyone can relate to this, and it is great to know that something like CBD can help. In fact, a 2015 analysis of all the previous research found that CBD oil is a promising treatment for various types of anxiety, including social anxiety disorder, panic disorder, OCD, generalised anxiety disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Rest well with CBD - your body will thank you for it

 

Linked with one of the causes of stress, a lack of sleep could also cause your immune system to weaken. That's because a lack of sleep causes your body to create fewer cytokines, which is a type of protein that targets inflammation and infections, thus effectively creating an immune response. Cytokines are both released and produced during your sleep, which causes a double whammy if you skip out on a good night's rest. Furthermore, it is believed that constant sleep loss can even make vaccines like the flu vaccine less effective by reducing your body's ability to respond (bringing us back to a weakened immune system).

 

According to the Sleep Foundation, in order to maintain good health is to get the recommended seven to eight hours of sleep each night. Not only will this help keep your immune system in tip-top shape, but it will also protect you from other health issues, including diabetes, heart disease, and obesity. However, just like with reducing stress, ensuring you get the right amount of sleep is a lot easier said than done. Many of you will likely have their sleep schedule interrupted by a busy workweek or other factors. If that's the case, it is advised that you try to make up for the lost sleep with a few naps. It is believed taking two naps that are no longer than 30 minutes each, one in the morning and one in the evening could help reduce stress and offset the negative effects that sleep deprivation has on your immunity. If you still can't get in a half-hour nap during the workday, try using some sleep aids such as teas, soothing sounds or supplements. In fact, just like with stress, CBD has been known to aid in sleep.

 

Research conducted in 2019, tested the efficacy of the use of CBD for treating anxiety and sleep. 72 patients participated, and of those, 25 stated that poor sleep was a primary concern of theirs. During the initial monthly assessment after the start of CBD treatment, around 66% of the participants felt an improvement in their sleep. With CBD being a natural substance (having minimal side effects), there seems to be no reason not to take it!

Boosting your immunity with exercise

 

It is no secret that exercise plays an important part in maintaining a healthy life. But more than that, exercise is crucial in having a well-functioning immune system. Even with all the lockdowns going on around the world and social distancing, many governments (including in the UK) have urged their citizens not to stop exercising - and for good reason! In addition to improving your mental health, a study conducted in 2019 discovered that exercise can improve your immune response, lower risks of getting sick, and reduce inflammation.

 

The study looked at "acute exercise," meaning exercise of moderate to vigorous intensity, lasting less than an hour. David Nieman, DrPH, a professor in the department of biology at Appalachian State University and director of the university's Human Performance Laboratory, states that typically, people only have a few numbers of immune cells circulating around the body. Those cells prefer to hang out in lymphoid tissues and organs like the spleen, where your body kills viruses, bacteria, and other microorganisms that cause illnesses.

 

Since exercise increases blood and lymph circulation as your muscles contract, it also increases the circulation of your immune cells, making them roam the body at a higher number and at a higher rate, says Nieman. Exercise specifically helps to gain highly specialised immune cells, such as natural killer cells and T-cells, locate pathogens (like bacteria) and remove them from the body. In Nieman's 2019 study, participants who took a 45-minute brisk walk experienced this increase of immune cells roaming around the body for up to three hours after the walk.

What can Botanic Lab do for your immune system?

 

Now that you know some of the methods to help out your immune system, such as increasing your vitamin c intake or incorporating more CBD into your diet, remember that it is essential that the products you take are of high quality. At Botanic Lab, we specialise in products made from botanicals, and we only select the highest quality ingredients in order for you to receive the desired effects and so much more! We’re aware of the fact that you’re busy and living life, so our products are there to support you in any situation. Take our Yin yang yuzu drink, for example, which is made from the yuzu fruit - a super lemon of sorts that is brimming with vitamin C. Yin Yang Yuzu also contains green tea, meaning you're getting both the benefits of vitamin C and green tea. We’re also serving up Dutch Courage, our OG drink which contains the ever-illustrious CBD - and by the way, when we say OG, we mean it. We were the first in the UK to come up with a CBD drink in an effective formulation - and it’s delightfully delicious and refreshing if we do say so ourselves. Dutch Courage also contains ingredients that promote natural energy, so it’s perfect pre- or post-workout. Our motto is “Do Something” - it’s what our products stand for: giving you the boost to do whatever you want to achieve on any given day!