How Stress Could be Making You Sick & How CBD Can Help
Eight out of ten Americans say they encounter stress in their daily life. Chances are, that’s you (and us)! It’s hard not to be familiar with that nagging feeling that seems to pop right back up right when you thought you quieted it. From work to relationships to physical and mental health, stressors are a constant in our busy lives.
Though a totally normal part of life, too much stress can lead to a distressed immune system, leaving you more susceptible to illness or more serious health risks. We’ll talk below about how stress can make you sick and ways to find relief, leading you back to whole body health.
Can Stress Make you Sick?
The simple answer to this question is: yes. Stress is the body's natural reaction to harmful situations - whether they are real or just perceived. In small doses, stress can actually help you accomplish a task or prevent you from getting hurt. That being said, we are not equipped to handle long-term, chronic stress without consequences to our health.
Stress, no matter the cause, creates a hormone in your body called cortisol. Cortisol can suppress your immune system's effectiveness in fighting off infection by lowering the number of lymphocytes present in your blood and interfering with white blood cell communication. As a result, there is a higher chance of developing mental or physical conditions like:
- immune conditions
Stress can suppress your immune system's functioning and when your immune system is doing it’s thing, you are more likely to get sick! It is imperative to your health that you care for your immune system just like it constantly looks out for you.
How to Strengthen your Immune System
On top of minimizing stress, there are many ways to strengthen your immune system to ensure it is ready to fight any battle headed your way. A few basics include:
- Drinking plenty of water every day
- Eating a balanced diet (try incorporating some Superfoods)
- Exercising regularly
- Getting a good night’s sleep every night
How CBD Can Help Minimize Stress
Some days are more stressful than others, and occasionally we need a little help to get back to our balanced state. CBD interacts with our endocannabinoid system in a way that helps restore balance to your mind and body when things get out of whack. There are multiple ways CBD can help with a hectic life and aid in immune function health! Check out a few of these ways below:
We recommend Vena’s dynamic Defense Drops for a daily immune system upgrade. The delicious supplement blend is packed with Vitamin C, Elderberry Extract, CBD Isolate, Ginger Oil, and Ashwagandha Root, among other potent ingredients.
Vena's Restful Night Capsules are a wonderful isolate option that blends CBD with Melatonin and Magnesium to support a healthy sleep cycle whereas our Full Spectrum Restful Night Bites combine Full Spectrum and Melatonin in the form of a delicious gummy to offer a deeper sleep.
Self-love rituals are a great way to reconnect with yourself and minimize stress! We love taking a bath with our new Chamomile Lavender Soaking Salts then lathering up with Miracle Manuka Honey Multi Use Cream. We might even be nibbling on some Decadent CBD Dark Chocolate (it’s a stressful time, okay!?)
Incorporating CBD into your wellness plan supports a calm and relaxed mind while restoring balance to your most hectic days. Less stress = stronger immune system!
The Bottom Line
Try incorporating CBD into your wellness plan to minimize stress levels. Self-love, exercising, getting good sleep, and practicing mindfulness are all other ways we recommend reducing daily stress in your life. The bottom line is that stress is a part of life. Unfortunately, it’s not going anywhere! What matters is how you handle it. And remember, you aren’t in this alone!
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