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CBD, Superfoods and the Immune System: A Balancing Act

In the age of COVID-19, maintaining healthy habits is super important! This requires a lot more than social distancing and Zoom pilates… We’re talking wholesome, all-natural remedies to keep the mind and body in tip-top shape, so your immune system is charged up and ready for battle. Today, we’re giving you the low-down on how a balanced ritual of CBD and powerful superfoods can help strengthen your immunity. 

Obvs, there’s no magical elixir to fend off COVID-19… but we can surely try our best to avoid it! 

The Science of CBD & Immunity

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CBD is the gift that keeps on giving. 

Beyond relieving pain and anxiety, early studies suggest the cannabinoid shows a lot of promise when it comes to strengthening your immune system! In other words, it can reduce your inflammatory response, which isolates infected areas and prevents toxins from spreading. You just can’t deny weed is flat out amazing! While there’s still a need for conclusive data, we know the endocannabinoid system (ECS) and immune system are synergistic; it’s all about balance. A true joint effort. 

Okay, let’s break it down! In a nutshell, the immune system is a complex network of cells, tissues and organs that collab to help the body fight infections and other diseases. The immune system never forgets an intruder. It naturally recognizes every germ it’s ever battled, and destroys the microbe quickly if it enters the body again. 

What’s weed got to do with it? Well, humans produce cannabinoids through the endocannabinoid system. Yep, you read right, little truffle! We’re just as cool as plants. 

Basically, the ECS balances many processes in the body, including appetite, memory and immune response. It specifically impacts immunity by regulating our mood and sleep, maintaining the equilibrium that keeps us well. So when you take CBD, it ignites the CB1 and CB2 receptors throughout the body to produce positive outcomes. For example, if you’re stressed beyond belief, CBD can generate a healthy stress response, and in turn, strengthen your immunity. 

The Power of Superfoods!

Consuming CBD is just one of many steps you can take to keep well. Regularly eating nutrient-dense foods, otherwise known as almighty “superfoods”, can add an extra layer of protection. This is why we include nutritious ingredients like maca root and cacao in our truffles and bars; they’re rich in magnesium, iron, antioxidants and endocannabinoid support.

So yes, we’re encouraging you to eat up, buttercup! Here are four of our favorite superfoods served fresh from nature. 

Reishi Mushrooms

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Mushroom madness has taken the wellness world by storm. 

The Reishi mushroom, a.k.a. “Ganoderma lucidum”, is a fungus found in hot and humid regions in Asia. It’s been a staple in Eastern medicine for many years, mainly used to fight infection. Benefits include improved sleep, mood, and a stronger immune system. Just what we’re looking for! Studies have shown they can affect the genes in white blood cells, which are critical parts of the immune system, and alter their inflammation pathways. 

These nutritious shrooms can be consumed in many forms: fresh, powder, tincture, or capsules. But much like cannabis, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to dosage. As we always say, low and slow

Chili

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It’s about to get hot hot HOT in here! 

Fresh red and green chillies are mega healthy. Don’t let the spice fool you! Due to their high content of Vitamins A and C, chili peppers are powerful immunity boosters. Vitamin A supports respiratory passages (breathe easy, babe!), the urinary and intestinal tracts. These systems are some of the body’s main defense against infections and germs. Vitamin C helps form and maintain connective and cardiovascular tissues, keeping circulation in check! So next time you want to indulge in some healthy heat, throw chili into your dish. Not too much though, you don’t want to burn your lips off! 

Lime

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A little squeeze goes a long way!

Lime, just like its pal Lemon, is an immunity-boosting citrus fruit loaded with Vitamin C and antioxidants. Its antiviral properties can help speed up the body’s natural healing process. If you drink lime water on a regular basis, it can help prevent cases of the cold and flu or shorten the lifespan of the infection. Sounds like a sweet deal, so go fill up your cup! Just be sure to wash your limes to remove pesticides, wax, dirt and any other lingering germs. Also, stay away from sugar and other additives. Just stick to the pure stuff! 

Pepitas

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Last but not least, “pepitas”, Spanish for “little seed of squash.” These are most commonly known as… pumpkin seeds! 

Pepitas are very high in antioxidants and considered one of the richest sources of Zinc, which is vital for immune function. A Zinc deficiency can lead to an increase in cases of the cold and flu, which we’re NOT here for. Snack on two tablespoons of these mildly sweet, nutty munchies per day to benefit from their antifungal and antiviral properties. They’re especially delicious with overnight oats, garden salads and yogurt. 

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Now that you have all this information in your wellness toolkit, you can put your best foot forward and strengthen your immune system the way nature intended. Seriously, sipping on lime water and popping a Calivolve CBD truffle on the daily can toughen up your immunity and tell those nasty germs to BE GONE! Doesn’t living well taste so good?

Stay healthy, Calivolvers!

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If you’re considering adding CBD to your daily routine, shop our delish vegan and gluten-free dark chocolate truffles here! They’re made with full spectrum CBD from USA-grown organic hemp, maca root and cacao superfoods, and ashwagandha, an adaptogenic herb. Be sure to catch our dosage guide for more details on how to get started!

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