Nourishing Your Immune System During Quarantine

April 09, 2020

Our immune systems are one of the most vital tools we have in the battle against viruses, germs, and bacteria. While many people have robust immune systems, others are very compromised. Fortunately, there are many things we can all be doing to strengthen our immune systems.

CBD and CB2 Receptors in the Endocannabinoid System

One of the most unknown yet vital systems in our anatomy is the endocannabinoid system. This system is made up of receptors such as the CB2 receptors that work directly with phytocannabinoids found in hemp and cannabis such as CBD, to help create a state of homeostasis within our bodies. As stated in an earlier article, most diseases begin from inflammation, and CBD being an anti-inflammatory agent reduces inflammation at the source, in turn, strengthening the immune system. While there are various receptors throughout the body, the ones found within the cells of the immune system are CB2 receptors.

What the Research Says

There are many ways that CBD has been found to help support our immune systems. Let’s take a closer look at what the science says.

  • Cytokines which are proteins directly involved with chronic and acute inflammation. CBD as well as other cannabinoids have been found to interfere with the release of cytokine.
  • Research suggests that CBD may play a pivotal role in the management and treatment of autoimmune diseases including but not limited to Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Parkinson’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and HIV/AIDS.
  • According to a study published earlier this year, when researchers took a closer look at the effect of CBD on regulating immune responses they concluded “ Overall, the data overwhelmingly supports the notion that CBD is immune suppressive and that the mechanisms involve direct suppression of activation of various immune cell types, induction of apoptosis, and promotion of regulatory cells, which, in turn, control other immune cell targets.”
  • Previous studies also suggest that cannabis has immune modulating properties, however the difference between the potential of immune modulating and immune boosting properties in CBD primarily is still not widely understood.

As you can see, there is great potential for CBD to offer significant benefits to your overall health and immune system, something that is drastically needed during these times. Luckily there are many ways that CBD can be consumed. Ultragels by Ultradiol are a great option as they are not your ordinary CBD, offering a much higher bioavailability rate meaning your body absorbs more of this active ingredient than with other CBD options on the market today.

Essential Oils and Herbs

Aside from cannabis and hemp, there are many natural herbs, and essential oils that can help strengthen your immune system as well as your overall physical and mental health not just during quarantine, but always. Like cannabis and hemp, within many plants in nature you can find an abundance of terpenes. These compounds give these plants their distinctive flavors and aromas. These compounds are behind the potential benefits of various essential oils. Let’s take a closer look at some of the essential oils and herbs that are proven to benefit your immune system.

EOS for Immune Support

A study published in a 2019 Molecules scientific journal, which analyzed the currently scientific data supporting the efficacy of certain herbal products, summarized the immune supporting properties of essential oils. Here are some of the most common EOs that have been found to help support the immune system.

  • Eucalyptus
  • Ginger
  • Lemon
  • Oregano
  • Peppermint

EOS for Mental Health

Being locked up in your house day in, day out, with all the stress of the world on your shoulders during these crazy times including the many other responsibilities we have all taken on during these times has many of us feeling a little stressed out. While CBD may help with feelings of anxiety or depression, there are many essential oils that can also be utilized in an aromatic fashion to bring you a sense of peace and serenity.

  • Lavender
  • Frankincense
  • Bergamot
  • Patchouli
  • Valerian

Connecting with Nature

One of the greatest things we can do for our overall health is simply connecting with nature. Being outdoors, breathing in the fresh air, terpenes, and feeling the sand or soil beneath our feet all have their own therapeutic properties.

Earthing and Grounding - What the Science Says

Earthing or grounding is one-way science supports nature, our immune systems and overall health. Let’s take a closer look!

Earthing is the process of Simply placing your bare feet and hands on the Earth. Be it in grass, dirt, sand, or soil, it is allowing energy to flow from the Earth into your body, and there is much science to support this. Our immune systems utilize white blood cells that release oxygen molecules, often known as free radicals into the body to oxidize and destroy any pathogens or damaged cells that may exist. These free radicals are made up of an electron imbalance and an electrical charge. When seeking out a free electron within the body, they can steal electrons from healthy cells producing damage.

This, in return, causes the immune system to send more white blood cells to remove and replace the damaged cell. When this process occurs over and over again, it causes things such as inflammation. These free radicals exist within our bodies due to the many different products we consume today, such as tobacco, alcohol, and fried foods, air pollutants, pesticides, and more. Since the Earth has an unlimited supply of these free electrons when you connect your body to the Earth they flow freely, and when this occurs, you are considered grounded.

As these electrons naturally flow between the body and the Earth it reduces free radicals in the body and eliminates static electrical charge. It is believed that it takes a minimum of 30 minutes earthing to start to receive the benefits of being grounded. To learn more about earthing, check out this Q&A with longtime earthing movement leader Clint Ober.

By taking 30 minutes out of our day and connecting with nature, we could open up a plethora of benefits for our bodies, including support for our immune systems. If you find anything to be an intriguing concept, you may also find Forest bathing to be of interest; however, it's not as simple to practice as walking into your backyard. To learn more about forest bathing, check out this article from National Geographic.

According to a study published in 2012, “The research done to date supports the concept that grounding or earthing the human body may be an essential element in the health equation along with sunshine, clean air and water, nutritious food, and physical activity.”

Conclusion

It seems that nature has the answer. When it comes to nourishing our immune systems, there are many ways that nature supports us. Supporting your immune system naturally is as easy as consuming cannabis and hemp products such as Ultradiol’s CBD UltraGELs, enjoying the aromatic properties of essential oils and taking a nice slow barefoot walk outdoors once a day!