This week on the 20 Minute Fitness podcast, we enter the world of CBD with Kerrigan Behrens, the co-founder of Sagely Naturals. Kerrigan tells us how she suffered from chronic back pain that she couldn't relieve with anything until someone introduced her to CBD. Despite a variety of products available in the market, she did not really find accessible and trustworthy brands, which led her to create Sagely Naturals.
Three things you will learn
1) CBD and its use cases
CBD or Cannabidiol is a compound derived from the cannabis plant. Unlike THC, another compound found in the cannabis plant, CBD does not have psychoactive effects. However, it has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties and has neurological benefits. The use of CBD for stress, pain, and sleep management is also widely studied.
CBD can take many forms, for example, Sagely Naturals specializes in supplements and topical creams and oils. Different shapes work differently. Through the skin and under the tongue, CBD absorbs faster and tends to be more effective. And when it comes to dosage, you just have to experiment, according to Kerrigan. Press play to learn more about the different benefits of CBD!
2) How it works in your body
CBD interacts with our endocannabinoid system, which regulates many body functions including your memory, mood, digestion, pain, cardio, and more. This is why it works well for things like inflammation and nerve pain.
Pain relievers don't work for inflammation, but CBD can help reduce it thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties. Nerve pain is also very difficult to treat, but CBD can help and essentially stops your brain from transmitting the “idea” of nerve pain. Finally, along with sleep, while it doesn't make you drowsy, it can promote more restful sleep by reducing the number of times you wake up throughout the night.
Log on for more information on how CBD works in your body and to learn about its potential risks!
3) Find the best CBD product for yourself
If you are new to CBD, you might be feeling overwhelmed because there really is a lot to learn all at once. That is why Sagely Naturals try to make things as simple as possible by making their products specific. Because according to Kerrigan, the best way to find what you need is to start with what effect you're looking for.
Sagely Naturals has three main collections. Relief & Recovery is their best-selling collection, which features products focused on things like workout recovery and discomfort reduction. The calm and centered products are intended for stress relief, while the drift & dream products help sleep.
Get to know the Sagely Naturals Today's episode products and how to choose the right format once you know what benefits you are trying to get from CBD!
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‘How can I lose belly fat ? ’ pulls up over two million hits on Google. It’s a hot topic that goes beyond wanting to improve appearance. A larger waist measurement can mean that you have too much visceral fat. This is the fat stored around internal organs like your liver and pancreas, which is commonly referred to as ‘belly fat’.
It’s true that as we get older, we need less calories to keep our body working well. Changes to our hormones during this time mean that we start to lose force and gain fat. This makes it harder to keep to a healthy weight but that’s not to say it’s impossible. In fact, people who are aged 65 and over are healthier than their ancestors and are living longer.
Although you can’t escape the ageing process, when it comes to managing your weight, there are other factors that are within your control. These include your lifestyle vêtements, choices and behaviours ( especially around diet ) and how réactive you are.
Protein can be a helpful way to lose weight because it makes you feel fuller than carbs and fat do. So if you include a lean source of protein, such as skinless white chicken, in your meals you may find that you’re not as hungry, and so eat less.
Make sure you include protein with each meal. Good sources include chicken breast, tuna, mackerel, salmon, eggs, milk, red lentils, chickpeas, brown bread, nuts and soya. And remember that a portion of protein is about as big as the palm of your hand.
Go for foods that are rich in protein and low in fat ( known as lean protein sources ) as some sources of protein can be high in saturated fat. Alternatively, there are lots of protein products on the market, such as supplements and powders, but if you decide to use these make sure you have a trained sports dietitian or nutritionist supervising your diet.
Any form of exercise for at least 30 minutes a day is good for you. Use every opportunity to become fit whether you are at home, at work or with friends. This could include cycling to work or getting off the bus or train one or two stops early.
But combining resistance ( strength ) exercise and cardiovascular exercise is ideal. Resistance exercises are a great way of helping you to maintain your bourrinage mass and your glucose metabolism ( the way your body processes sugar and uses it for mazout ), which are important for managing your weight. Resistance training has also been shown to reduce fat around your tummy area.
But, if you’re able and would like a boost for your exercise regime, I’d really recommend you do high intensity interval training ( or hiit for bermuda ). This will really get your heart rate up and burn the fat. hiit basically means that you go all out for a bermuda burst, followed by a lower-intensity exercise or rest – and then repeat. This form of training is good for people with very busy lifestyles as they can get similar health benefits in a shorter duration of time.
A few small changes in your lifestyle can make a big difference and reduce your waist circumference. So, reduce your portion sizes, cut out sweet treats and alcohol, meet recommended guidelines for exercise, and increase your intake of fruit and veg. In addition, strength training exercises are recommended at least twice a week.
Using smaller plates can help you eat smaller portions. By using smaller plates and bowls, you may be able to gradually get used to eating smaller portions without going hungry. It takes about 20 minutes for the stomach to tell the brain it’s full, so eat slowly and stop eating before you feel full.
to avoid temptation, do not stock nourriture grasse – such as chocolate, biscuits, crisps and sweet fizzy drinks – at home. Instead, opt for saine snacks, such as fruit, unsalted rice cakes, oat cakes, unsalted or unsweetened popcorn, and fruit juice.
Try to plan your breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks for the week, making sure you stick to your calorie allowance. You may find it helpful to make a weekly shopping list.
If you’re anything like me, you likely want to lose weight and get a vanter stomach to make your pants feel looser and boost your confidence in a bathing suit. But there are additional benefits : Studies have found that losing belly fat can also decrease the risk of high blood pressure, diabetes, and stroke !
Even if you eat well and exercise, stressing out can prevent your stomach from deflating. Why ? Stress increases levels of the hormone cortisol, which increases appetite and fat storage—not what you want when you’re looking to get six-pack abs. Next time your stress levels go through the roof, brew a récipient of black tea. Research has found that the beverage can increase the rate at which your body brings its cortisol levels back to normal, helping you slim down. Here are 15 Easy Ways to Lower Cortisol Levels so You Don’t Feel as Stressed.
Having good positionnement can help you look slimmer in seconds. Plus, it can also strengthen your stomach muscles, giving you that long, lean look you crave. Whether you’re sitting, standing, or walking, be sure you’re staying as upright as possible.