As our nation and the world face another week of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are becoming increasingly aware of the stress affecting our bodies. For our family-run team at XTEND5 we believe more than ever that our body’s immune system and the way it responds to pathogens (the nasties) that attack our overall health can adapt, be supported, and increase in strength.

Our immune system can thrive with a healthy diet, changes in environmental factors, holistic supplements, and exercise1, and today we want to share with you how CBD and our CBD blends can be a resource to your body and mind.

We must say before you read on that we are not here to make any claims that CBD and CBD blends can stop COVID-19 causing any of us to be sick, or that it can heal those with the virus. Still, we do know that CBD and our CBD blends can support in boosting the immune system during this worldwide pandemic.

Before we go to our top 5 suggestions on how our CBD blends can support you during the coronavirus pandemic, we first want to give you some insight into how the cannabinoid, CBD, affects the body. To begin with, and to do this, you first have to understand a little bit about the endocannabinoid system (ECS).2.

The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a communications network that runs throughout the whole body, and unlike the central nervous system, which is electrical, the ECS is chemical. The ECS plays a significant role in balancing and keeping your internal processes functioning stably. CBD works with the ECS by binding to CB2 receptors found throughout the body, CBD interacts with and protects these receptors, modulating many functions of the body and bringing pain relief and reducing stress.

So, what are our top five suggestions on how CBD and our CBD blends can support you and your loved ones during the COVID-19 Pandemic?

1. CBD supports the immune system.

It does this by interacting with the endocannabinoid system that helps regulate and reduce inflammation in the body. Inflammation is a response to the immune system coming under attack by pathogens, bacteria, and free radicals. As CBD lowers inflammation markers, it, in turn, boosts the immune system, especially when these nasties enter our bodies to cause harm. CBD creates a healthier environment by reducing inflammation.3

2. CBD supports gut health.

Many people suffer from digestive issues and conditions like Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and these symptoms can increase when stressed. This is due to our sympathetic nervous (fight or flight response) system not being concerned about digestion when stress and anxiety is activated. Research is showing that CBD can have an effect on conditions like IBD and leaky gut and this is great for those who suffer with digestive issues.4

XTEND5 CBD blends support gut health.

We are not just a CBD company, although we do have a pure and potent CBD isolate and broad-spectrum product. Our daytime and evening CBD blends are created to work in synergy with our gut health by including other ancient ingredients too. For example, Reishi mushrooms, Frankincense5, and Turmeric6. Right at the heart of our products is supporting the immune system through a healthy gut microbiome, and it is our blend combinations that set us apart; After all, 70% of our immune system comes from our gut7. By promoting a diet full of probiotics and prebiotics and as a result increasing bioavailability (how much nutrients we can absorb), CBD, and other ingredients in our blends, can be better absorbed and used by the body.

3. CBD kills bacteria.

There is a study carried out by Mark Blaskovich, PhD, senior research officer at the Centre for Superbug Solutions at the Institute for Molecular Bioscience at the University of Queensland in Australia (try saying that fast 5 times). It found that CBD was killing bacteria that had become resistant to antibiotics.8

4. CBD calms anxiety and reduces mental stress.

The cannabinoid CBD binds to receptors in our brains. Studies have shown that CBD can help with the symptoms of PTSD, OCD, anxiety, and fear responses.9 As the coronavirus pandemic continues, CBD has the potential to reduce the symptoms of these neurological reactions that can leave people paralyzed by fear and obsessive and emotionally distressing symptoms.10

5. CBD promotes sound sleep.11

If our bodies do not get enough sleep, our immune system and mental capacity suffer. Whether you suffer from mild or severe insomnia, or whether sleepless nights are a result of worry about the current pandemic, research has shown that CBD can promote better sleep and help you wake feeling restored. As CBD is a natural pain reliever too, this can also help chronic pain sufferers sleep better. Our evening CBD recovery blend also contains several other ancient ingredients like the natural sleep and immune function agent Melatonin13 and Potassium which balances fluid in and regulates healthy cell function, all adding to the support of the immune system.

So friends, as we resource ourselves more and more with a healthy diet, exercise, and holistic supplements like CBD and other ancient ingredients please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers as this pandemic continues. XTEND5 wishes you, your family, and your broader community good health and the capacity to be present and full of grace to face whatever happens next.

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