HOW CBD CAN POSITIVELY AFFECT YOUR HEART HEALTH
If you’re wondering how to look after your heart health, stay tuned because we’re about to explore this one together. Fun starter fact: did you know that heart disease is the leading cause of death in women in the US? That’s one in five women, with around one in 16 having coronary heart disease. The UK doesn’t fare much better either, with it still being in the number one spot.
Not that this is meant to induce a sense of existential dread. That would just be plain mean. But a little education goes a long way, right. And knowing that your heart (health) is in your hands is an empowering thing. Trust us. This is your mini-guide with practical tips to show your heart the TLC it deserves, so it can keep pumping strong for you.
Stats aside, looking after our heart comes down to good old plain common sense. Eating healthily, exercising, you know, all those types of things. Sometimes a little reframing is needed here because effectively, this stuff is all about self-care and self-love. It might feel like you’re loving yourself when you’re binging on a bucket of ice cream on the sofa, but your heart says no. (But we’re totally with you if that’s your guilty pleasure. Sometimes. That sometimes is the key.)
If we’re talking about the traditional risk factors that play a part in developing scary old heart disease, here’s the rap sheet:
A good question here is, what the heck do we do now you’ve shared all this scary stuff? Well, we have some answers, worry not. Here’s the antidote to that frightening list up there.
To start, think of it as a wellness plan with self-care management tools that will nurture your heart, your health overall, and your mental wellbeing at the same time. This isn’t about starting a punishing routine that you hate (and drop) but making life-long changes that make you feel good inside and out. Here are some starter tips:
Hooray for all the research into CBD and heart health because the lab boffins have spent more than a little time working out how it affects our bodies and that includes our heart health. The studies don’t end there either, it’s still a big area of investment with considerable ongoing clinical research.
The headline is that while lots more research is needed to properly validate claims, preclinical findings are promising. They include little nuggets such as CBD potentially helping maintain a healthy cardiovascular function. Tick. It may also prevent heart disease. Double tick. And there’s more because these little gems include the potential to offer therapeutic value for heart disease, which is just a gorgeous way of saying that it defends against hardening arteries, reducing rocketing blood pressure, and provides stress-relieving properties to lower cortisol levels which may act as a preventative for certain cases of arrhythmias.
I mean, if you had a heart health tick list (which you might well do after reading this) that’s an impressive range of potential benefits.
There is a shed load of CBD oil manufacturers out there, and it’s worth doing your research to check creds, types of ingredients used, and so on. With legitimate concerns around things like unregulated products, the potential to buy synthetic CBD without realizing, or those with a higher than marketed THC content, your choice of manufacturer is crucial. Other things to look out for include products that put you at risk of toxic solvent exposure and pesticide exposure.
To make sure you’re bagging the CBD with the creds you’d expect swot up on things like third-party testing or lab results, details on formulations and the ingredients included, farming practices, and their reputation on the whole. Choosing natural formulations with organic farming credentials is the key to quality, and scientifically-verified test results mean you’ll know what you’re getting.
As women, we know that heart health has to be understood within the context of the female body for best results. That’s why we’ve handcrafted the highest quality products we can, specifically for fellow women. (And ourselves tbh!)
Then think about how you’d like to use it. You can get lost in a sea of different kinds of products, from CBD isolate to CBD spray. These tend to have different applications, from soothing aching muscles to helping with your overall wellbeing. So it’s worth reading up on products to get a feel for how you’d use them, and the benefits they could offer. Dig a little deeper into benefits, and you’ll note that things like topicals, such as CBD balms, can lower tension stress, which may in turn help with your overall stress levels. On the other hand, the promising anti-inflammatory and antioxidative properties of CBD capsules may reduce the risk factors that lead to heart conditions.