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Tiny Tweaks for a Healthier You

By Liz Josefsberg

 

I work face-to-face with hundreds of clients in groups and private sessions each week to lose weight and, truth be told, the things that actually work are much tinier than you would think. In fact, the smallest shifts can sometimes be the most impactful and garner the best results. Now when I say tiny, I don’t always mean simple. The task at hand can be tiny and seem simple but feel like one of the hardest things you have every done. For example, one simple shift that will take weight off of anyone is breaking the habit of eating after dinner. Or the simple act of drinking more water each day. The magic formula to make these simple shifts is the true understanding of what establishing a good habit or eradicating a bad habit looks like. Habits are simply loops of triggers, routines and rewards. For example, we sit down after dinner to watch T.V., see a television commercial for ice cream and are triggered to eat ice cream. If we repeat this for enough days in a row, the brain makes it a habit and we are not even present for the loop and simply engage in it without thinking.

The most crucial shift you can make is to begin a new focus on the behaviors that repeatedly trip you up, rather than just the food. Things like lack of preparation, running late, lack of sleep or even overscheduling are just a few of the root causes that have us making food choices we do not want to make. Once those things are examined you can see where the real work needs to be done. Additionally, Taking the focus away from food alone and focusing on habits and their triggers removes the idea that extra weight is due to you being internally flawed or lacking willpower.

My Top Ten Tiniest Tweaks for a Healthier You 

  1. Add a fruit or vegetable to every meal or snack – Fruits and vegetables are high in fiber and water, they take time to eat and fill us up. Adding one to every meal or snack pushes out an alternatively less healthy and higher calorie choice.
  2. Add healthy fats to your meals – Most people are still fearing fat! Don’t fear it. It’s satisfying, your body and brain NEED it and it will keep you fuller much longer
  3. Address and assess your sleep. Start taking a nighttime CBD gummy before bed. Sleep is a critical factor for weight loss.
  4. Use a smaller plate – Research proves that we fill our plate no matter the size and tend to eat whatever is on it. Use a salad sized plate and you will cut portions down and still feel satisfied as you got to eat everything on the plate!
  5. Order apps for dinner when dining out – Portions in restaurants are simply outrageous. Cut them back by ordering off the appetizer menu and sides or even use the kid’s menu
  6. Try grocery delivery to avoid temptation at the store. We are triggered to bring home the temptations we see when strolling the aisles. Skip the temptation by ordering online
  7. Drink a glass of water before meals. Most of us are walking around dehydrated. Drinking a glass of water before your meals will hydrate and fill you up.
  8. No food after dinner, period!
  9. Add one-minute surges to exercise. I see most of my clients phoning in their exercise by falling into a bad habit of simply running at a single pace. Taking 2-3 minutes during your session to really push your pace will help elevate your heart rate, burn fat and keep the heart rate elevated throughout the rest of the day
  10. Get a headset for phone calls. We are simply sitting too much these days. Get a headset for work calls and every time the phone rings teach yourself to stand for the entire call and pace to get added movement into your day.

About the Author:

Liz Josefsberg is a health, wellness and weight loss expert with over 16 years in the industry. Liz worked for 11 years as the Director of Brand Advocacy, on the science and content teams and as Leader for Weight Watchers. In 2013 she started her own consulting firm as a wellness expert specializing in behavior modification and the online education of wellness through technology. Liz is likely best known for her hands-on involvement helping Oscar-winning actress and musician, Jennifer Hudson lose weight and transform her life.
An N.A.S.M. Certified Personal Trainer and Nutrition Exercise Specialist, Liz’s deep knowledge of the role of exercise in the weight loss process is attributed to her personal journey as well as working daily in the field with hundreds of people to help them achieve their lifestyle goals.

How it’s Made – 83mg Full Spectrum Oil from Balanced Health Botanicals™ on Vimeo.

We love showing you more of our story and giving you behind-the-scenes sneak peeks. The machine in the video has the capability of filling 5 million bottles with our CBD oil per line, per year… and we have two! Here it is in action filling and labeling one of our most popular and best value products, the 2500mg (83mg Per Serving) Full Spectrum CBD Oil Tincture.

As the leaders of the #CBDMOVEMENT™, we hold ourselves to the most stringent protocols and guarantee all of our products are consistent, compliant, and meet all applicable regulatory standards. CBDistillery™ is ISO 9001:2015 certified. This international standard demonstrates the ability to consistently pro­vide products and services that meet customer and regulatory requirements.

Our U.S.-grown industrial hemp is cultivated outdoors in a mild climate, using non-GMO natural farming practices. It is grown to be high in CBD and other minor cannabinoids while having less than 0.3% THC. Full spectrum tinctures, like the one in the video, are extracted using Supercritical CO2 Extraction. CO2 extraction involves passing CO2 through a series of columns and chambers filled with industrial hemp biomass. Pressure and temperature are adjusted to preserve the oil quality by retaining only the beneficial components of the plant, this system is able to extract the CBD molecule from the plant at 90% efficiency.

CBDistillery™ products are all third-party tested to ensure quality, consistency, and safety. We test each product four times and conduct full-panel tests for things like CBD and THC content, heavy metals, and more.  Third party lab results are published for each product, accessed through a QR code on each label. Simply scan the QR code on your product’s label and enter the batch number on the bottom of the bottle to view the results.

We want you to see it all, because being transparent is extremely important to us, and a core pillar of our company. Stay tuned for more behind the scenes footage!

 

If you’ve ever been energized by the fragrance of peppermint or felt the calming effects of lavender tea, you have experienced the compelling effects of plant terpenes.

Terpenes give plants their flavor and aroma. Terpenes are also the driving force behind their therapeutic benefits. When you smell a flower or peel and orange, it’s the terpenes that stimulate your senses and enhance your well-being.

Full-spectrum hemp oil is a significant source of beneficial plant terpenes. Understanding the benefits of terpenes, and how CBD enhances their effects, may help you appreciate the many potential wellness benefits of full-spectrum hemp oil products.

Understanding the Effects of Plant Terpenes

It was once believed that plant terpenes provided therapeutic benefits because of the way fragrance impacts our senses. Terpenes were thought to promote healing by stimulating the emotional centers of our brain through our sense of smell. While this is a sound assessment, it only tells part of the story.

While terpenes have no significant effect on the plant they originate from, they do have the ability to impact other organisms and provide therapeutic benefits. The therapeutic benefits of individual plants depend on the combination of terpenes they contain.

Research confirms that terpenes not only trigger emotional responses, they also modulate brain activity and regulate physical processes.

Full-spectrum hemp oil may contain up to 200 potentially beneficial plant terpenes that have been attracting a significant amount of attention from scientific circles. Many of the terpenes found in full-spectrum hemp oil are also found in other sources. You may be familiar with a few of the following examples:

Terpenes Enhance the Potential Benefits of CBD

While investigating the many potential health and wellness benefits of hemp oil, you may have learned how hemp plant-based cannabinoids mimic the messengers and influence the receptors of your endocannabinoid system. If you are familiar with this system, you likely know that your endocannabinoid system is the messaging network that regulates nearly every essential function in your body.

Plant terpenes have a similar effect. Like cannabinoids, terpenes also bind with various receptors and influence vital processes. Cannabinoids and terpenes work synergistically. When compounds are synergistic, each active element has a greater impact when combined than they have on their own. The synergy between cannabinoids and terpenes are maximized with another phenomenon called the entourage effect.

Terpenes Contribute to The Entourage Effect

Hemp oil contains as many as 480 plant compounds, including the additional cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, and essential fatty acids found in the original plant. While synergy explains the benefits of relying on whole plants rather than individual plant components, it’s the entourage effect that maximizes the effects of synergy.

In addition to its synergistic active components, full-spectrum hemp oil also contains many inert elements. Researchers noticed that these elements that have no effect on their own become active when they are combined. When combined and activated, the entourage effect explains how these combined factors maximize the impact of each plant component.

Because the entourage effect intensifies the health and wellness potential of CBD, many CBD enthusiasts believe full-spectrum CBD products are more beneficial than hemp oil products made with CBD isolate. In addition to cannabinoids and terpenes, full-spectrum CBD also contains:

Terpenes work with the many (113) potentially beneficial cannabinoids in your full-spectrum hemp oil.  These aromatic compounds are also shown to help cannabinoids pass through the blood-brain barrier.

Maximizing the Potential with Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil

The components that give plants their flavor and aroma are shown to provide significant therapeutic benefits. When terpenes and cannabinoids work together, the potential benefits are magnified and multiplied by the entourage effect.

To learn more about the potential health and wellness benefits of hemp CBD, download The Ultimate CBD User Guide at CBDistillery. Our fairly-priced hemp oil products are derived from non-GMO hemp seeds. Our products are third-party verified to ensure the quality, purity, and potency of every product we offer.

Sources:

  1. Intrepid Hearts. (2017, April 19). The Magical Powers of Plant Terpenes.

Finding the Right CBD Dosage for the Best Results

When you reach for an over-the-counter pain reliever, it’s easy to determine how much you should take. The instructions and dosage information are clearly stated on the product label. Since you are used to getting precise dosage recommendations about products that affect your health and well-being, it’s understandable that you are looking for the same kind of clarity about the amount of CBD you should take.

You may have figured out that determining how much CBD you should take is quite different than what you are used to.  While determining your ideal dosage will require a bit of experimentation, you will eventually find the right dose of CBD to suit your needs.

How Much CBD Should I Take? 

The answer to this important question is both simple and complex. The correct amount of CBD for you depends on your needs, the type of product you take, and the way your body responds to CBD.

Everyone’s Body Reacts Differently

Hemp-derived CBD is not a medication. It mimics the messengers and influences the receptors of your endocannabinoid system. When your body needs more messengers than it produces, CBD helps keep the vital regulatory system functioning at optimal levels.

Since everyone’s body chemistry is different, a CBD dosage that is correct for one person could be more or less than you need for maximum benefits.

Finding the Right CBD Dose for You 

You will not be able to calculate your ideal CBD dosage by following a recommendation in a chart. The right dose for you is an amount only you can determine. The following suggestions could help you figure things out: 

  • Start with Small Doses

    When you first start taking hemp CBD, start with a small amount. While we don’t make dosing suggestions, 30-60 mg per day is commonly recommended. A small amount can be anywhere from 2-30 milligrams. Patience is key. It can take several hours, several days, or several weeks before you notice significant benefits. Everyone is different. 

  • Keep Track of How CBD Affects You

    Many people find it helpful to track how CBD affects their symptoms. Consider jotting a few quick notes throughout the day or making a checklist. If you notice a decrease in pain or an increase in sleepiness, write it down. Experiment with increasing or decreasing the amount based on how you are feeling.

  • Don’t Be Afraid to Increase Your Dose

    While it’s commonly recommended new users start with a low dose, you do not need to be afraid to increase the amount of CBD you take if your current dosage is not providing the effects you are looking for. You can increase the amount of CBD you take with your next dose or after a few days, the choice is yours. Taking an increased dosage of CBD is not harmful.

  • Test Small Increases

    The point of starting low and increasing slowly is to help you determine your ideal dosage. If you increase the amount you take quickly, you may end up taking more CBD than you need. Taking more product than necessary will not provide any additional benefits. Increase in small increments and track your progress. 

CBDistillery’s Products are Third-Party Tested for the Highest Quality

When you place your trust in CBDistillery™, you never have to worry about the quality of the products you select. All CBDistillery™ products are third party-tested to be sure they are as potent as we claim. You can verify the purity of CBDistillery™ products by viewing the batch test information on our website or by scanning the QR code on each product. 

CBD Dosage By Product Type

There are several factors to consider when deciding how much CBD oil to take. The amount of CBD you take per dose is measured in milligrams. The more concentrated the tincture, the less product you will need per dose.

Different CBD Oils Contain Different Dosages 

CBD tinctures are available in different concentrations. The amount of CBD on the product label of CBDistillery™ products tells you how much CBD is in each 1 mL serving. Many other companies’ CBD products list the total amount of CBD per bottle on the product labels. To determine how much product to take requires a little math. Once you understand how to break the numbers down, the rest is easy.

Let’s say you want to start with a 20 mg dose of CBD and your CBD is sold in a 30 mL bottle.  Each full dropper holds a milliliter (mL). By dividing the total milligrams of CBD by the number of milliliters contained in the bottle, you will know how many milligrams (mg) of CBD each dropper contains. You can break that number down further by estimating 40 drops per mL. Here’s the breakdown of a 30 mL bottle by CBD content.

  • 250 mg bottle ÷ 30 mL =8 mg per mL – 0.2 mg/drop
  • 500 mg bottle ÷ 30 mL =16.66 mg per mL – 0.4 mg/ drop
  • 1000 mg bottle ÷ 30 mL = 33.33 mg per mL – 0.8 mg/drop
  • 2500 mg bottle ÷30 mL = 83.3 mg per mL – 2.1 mg/drop
  • 5000 mg bottle ÷30 mL =166 mg per mL – 4.2 mg per drop

If your target dose is 20 mg, you could take 1.25 droppers of a 500 mg tincture or 5 drops of a 5000 mg tincture for the same effect.

CBD Capsule Dosage

CBD capsules are ideal for those who want a simple, accurate dosing method. Each capsule contains a specified amount of CBD with no measuring required. If your goal is 25 mg per day, you could take your CBD in the morning and forget about it. The effects can last up to eight hours. You could always take a second capsule if you determine that consistent CBD levels are best for your needs.

CBD Vape Dosage 

Based on user average of 100 puffs per cartridge, each puff of a 200 mg vape pen delivers approximately 2 mg of CBD. If you have determined that your goal is to vape 20 mg of CBD per day, and you have a 30 mg vape cartridge, you would want to vape 2/3 of the cartridge. Vaping CBD is considered to be the fastest-acting CBD delivery method, but also lasts the shortest amount of time.

CBD Gummy Dosage 

A single gummy commonly contains 20-30 mg of CBD. If this is your targeted dosage, it’s easy to pop a gummy for the day. When selecting your gummies, it’s important to pay close attention to the CBD content. Some gummies contain far less CBD than ours, so you would need to eat several at a time to achieve the same potential.

CBD Tincture Dosage 

Those new to hemp-derived CBD commonly start with CBD oil tinctures. With tinctures, It’s easy to adjust the amount of CBD you take until you find your ideal dosage. CBD tinctures are quite versatile. You can simply swallow your tincture or add it to your foods or beverages. For the best results, hold under your tongue for 15-20 seconds before swallowing.

What Can Affect Your CBD Experience? 

While it’s easy to find numerous reports and user testimonials claiming significant benefits from using CBD products, you will also find comments from people who were less than impressed by the effects of cannabidiol (CBD).

When you begin anything new, it’s important to have realistic expectations. You cannot gauge your own experience by the comments of anyone else; there are many factors that can influence your CBD experience, including the following:

  • The Quality of Your CBD Oil

    There are many misleading products on the market. Some vendors sell “hemp oil” supplements made with hemp seed oil. Hemp seed oil does not contain CBD. If the amount of CBD in your product is not clearly stated in milligrams, there is not likely enough CBD in the product to be of any significance. 

  • The CBD Concentration

    If you are using a CBD tincture with a low concentration of CBD, you will need to be sure to use enough of the product to achieve your desired dose. Keep in mind that an overpriced 15 mL tincture that contains 25 mg of CBD mean that is the amount of CBD in the entire bottle, not per dose.

  • Your Percentage of Body Fat 

    While there are no studies of fat cell absorption rates, we know that cannabinoids are drawn to fat. A high percentage of body fat can keep the CBD in your product from absorbing into your bloodstream. If 30 percent of the CBD you take is absorbed by fat cells, that leaves only 70 percent of the CBD you take circulating in your body.

  • Your Genetics

    CBD may target key endocannabinoid and non-endocannabinoid receptors throughout your body to potentially initiate a response. Research suggests that nearly 20 percent of the population has a genetic mutation that increases the levels of endocannabinoids produced in their bodies. Those affected are less likely to notice significant effects from CBD.

The Severity of Your Symptoms 

Your experience with CBD could be affected by the severity of the symptoms you are hoping to address. The dosing and amount of time needed to achieve full potential could be quite different. 

Product Type Can Influence Your Experience 

Unlike medical cannabis, hemp-derived CBD is non-intoxicating. Because of the way CBD is absorbed in your body, the type of product you select can have a significant impact on your CBD experience.

The effects of capsules and tinctures can commonly be felt within an hour or so and can last up to eight hours. Since vape products bypass digestive processes, the potential effects could be felt within minutes but are of a shorter duration.  It may take a bit of experimentation to find the best dosage,  product, or combination of CBD products to suit your needs.

To determine your ideal dosage, start with a few milligrams of a CBD tincture, a single capsule, or a few puffs of a vape pen and see how you feel. If you don’t notice the particular benefit you were hoping for you can increase the dosage a little at a time.

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