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What Does Holistic Health Look Like?

The moment “holistic” comes out of my mouth, I cringe…slightly. The understanding of holistic can be mysterious or a string of misconceptions. Then we begin the conversational tango of explanations. So, what does holistic health look like? Holistic in its root word literally means parts to a whole. As in each part is so interchangeably connected that it makes up a whole. In regards to our health, the holistic approach recognizes the importance of each bodily function as well as mental health, social effects, and other impacts.

Sooooooooo…What Does Holistic Health Look Like?

Seriously.

To get the benefits of our whole selves in holistic are yoga pants, veganism, and Om chants required? Not necessarily. Holistic health addresses three main areas, to quote a popular holistic phrase, “mind, body, and spirit.” You and your team of practitioners are looking at how you eat, what you do, how you think, your relationships, work environment, and the list goes on.

“Health is more than the absence of disease. Health is about jobs and employment, education, the environment, and all of those things that go into making us healthy.”

Jocelyn Elders

It sounds like a lot to take in and for practioners, it take experience to understand how important all these moving pieces are to a person. We are not created to be a series of cogs and wheels that can be solved with a simple equation. Holistic means lots of questions with targeted and individual plans to increase the quality of your living.

What Holistic Health Does NOT Look Like?

Debt inducing

Dismissive of your gut feelings

Demanding or demeaning of your response

Certainly, health is an investment we make- whether it’s organic or in the drive-through. So yes, finances are involved and we might need to give up particular habits is necessary to reinvest elsewhere for the better you. Yet, you look at your bottom line when deciding on that health “item” or “service,” remember that it should not put you into debt. A personal example, we shifted our finances to put our daughter on a well-researched and expert interrogated herbal supplement to help with her anxiety. Dee Dee Taylor, owner of 502 Hemp, and manager Laura worked with us to find that balance of bottom line and a better holistic health option. We had to financially shift with expert input to make the best decision for our daughter. I LOVE it when I hear nutritionists and health junkies rave about Aldi or cheap healthy meal ideas over the promotion of expensive memberships. This is core to your and mine success in improving health, we cannot afford to go broke.

No one. I mean NO ONE should ever tear you down or be aggressive concerning a health aspect. There are times a lovingly blunt conversation may need to be had, but you should never feel like less of a person or not enough due to a habit or look. This is a part of holistic health, valuing you as you with flaws and all. If a tactic is to demean you to make you purchase more of a person, company, or item- tell them “deuces” and walk your gorgeousness away. You deserve better. More than likely, your “gut” is giving you a ring so you know when something isn’t quite. Listen to what is being said. Not sure? Then wait. Unless you have a doctor saying it’s life and death, nothing else is has to be decided now. Take time to think, research, and ask questions.

This all said, cheap in holistic isn’t necessarily a bargain and could cost you dearly with your health. The next few articles in this series will break down the hacks, how-tos, and what to know about each area of holistic health. Look for what you need to know about your food relationship from this holistic nutrition coach with certified hacks on healthy eating with a limited wallet and time. We will come to a loving place with our food relationships.

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J. Riley

Certified Not Just a Health Nut

How to Find the Right CBD Product

How to Find the Right CBD Product

In a recent conversation with my sister, she expressed interest with CBD and concerns over the product. Sorry sis, dragging you into this. She is justified in having concerns and wise to question unfamiliar products. CBD has its benefits, but like any product, getting industry savvy is necessary for your safety. It would be misguided not to have the “it may cost” conversation. Quality can cost more than other options. Not always. Get well versed and find trusted professionals when balancing cost and product safety. Some budget switches, coffee sacrifices may be possible to enhance your wellness. In some cases, natural products are life altering alternatives we didn’t know existed. Knowing what to ask, pass by, and expect empowers your confidence to choose and raises quality expectations.

Top Three Ways to Find the Right CBD Product

Hard pass: The Extras in Production

Choosing a product that is extracted without extras is imperative. There are several ways to extract Cannabis oil from the hemp plant and two involve an external chemical: ethanol extraction and butane hash extraction. Ethanol extraction is problematic because of the destruction of hemp plant waxes which offer health benefits. In addition to eliminating benefits and it’s many stages creating a variable product, ethanol extraction can add on potentially harmful chemicals such as chloroform. The process can be “roll the dice” gamble of quality product. It can be a win or it can be a loss. Doubling on this is the potential for some Cannabis oil producers to add in this next process or use it solely. Butane hash, a form of hydrocarbon extraction product, exposes the hemp product, lab technician, consumer, and environment to the effects of butane. While the jury is out on definitive effects of butane and chemicals in low doses on the human body, its effects are still a concern. Butane exposure is known to cause nervous system damage and blurry vision among other illnesses. Both processes lead to the potential of toxins in the product, thus affecting humans and environment alike.

That’s a Yes: Getting the Real Product. Safely.

The CO2 supercritical and subcritical extraction process are deemed to be the most beneficial extractions processes for Cannabis Oil. Dee Dee Taylor, owner of 502 Hemp, explains the choice for CO2 supercritical extractions as safest and cleanest for human, animal, and environment. Hemp Gazette explains in their article that the goal is to reach a specific temperature of CO2 in either supercritical subcritical extraction to alter its state of matter. In super critical extraction, the CO2 exists as liquid and gas creating the ideal solvent (liquid in subcritical). This state breaks down the hemp plant with maximum oil, minimal extra, and kills contaminants.

It’s about temperature, states of matter, and a pure product. Nothing else.

What Cannabis oil is carried in is crucial. Hemp oil is common and important to ask about the product and look at its container. Dark amber or blue glass is best for any essential oil, plant product, or natural product. It preserves product from leaking out, unlike the porous plastic. Dark colored glass protects breakdown from sunlight. It is important to note that hemp oil requires refrigeration to prevent a rancid product. 502 Hemp chooses to put most of their CBD in coconut oil, although hemp oil is offered if needed. I love coconut oil and its insane benefits. An excellent fat for brain and nerves. Bacteria killer while raising the good cholesterol in your body. In our consultation with Laura at 502 Hemp, my daughter was able to try out various flavors. LOVE THAT! As we were conversing, she shared how coconut oil assist in quicker absorption. Add this to the list of coconut oil carrier pros. What ever you choose for your CBD, ask:

  1. What hemp is used? Organic?
  2. How was it extracted?
  3. What is the carrier oil? Know Your Preferences
  4. Care for product?

Must Have: Totally Honest

In any product or service, complete openness is essential. Do your research. What I love about the multiple conversations with 502 Hemp is honesty, and subsequent research backs up what is shared. A company needs to be open and knowledgeable about their process. If you can’t get clear answers, walk away. Any product has cautions, all of them, and the selling company know that. Those concerns and cautions should be upfront. If it’s marketed miracle cure, then it’s a “don’t touch it.” Beware. A big lie in the CBD industry is the need for high doses. 502 Hemp is upfront about proper dosage. Everyone digests differently and has unique needs. Any CBD company should know and share this information. ALWAYS. Consult about dosage and start minimal then work your way up. A perk is taste testing and suggestions. We got that in our consultation for my daughter and it’s been experienced with other quality wellness companies alike. Every penny and time investment in a product or service is more than worth it with the love addition.

CBD has become core to our wellness routine after due diligence. What good is it if it’s not safe? Go with your gut. If you’re not sure, you can always come back. If it’s a once in a lifetime deal, then it was never meant to be. Truly honest and caring wellness owners will offer space and love. Discover how your CBD is made before taking it and expect openness for your protection. We found the right CBD products at 502hemp for us.

J.Riley

How CBD Could Improve Mental Health

How CBD Could Improve Mental Health

Mental health is increasingly on everyone’s mind. Professionals, the health industry, and nations are waking up to staggering statistics. According to NAMI (National Alliance of Mental Illness), one in five adults has mental illness, the same numbers are found for teens. Reports of newly released are showing those numbers are rising. Addressing, managing, and healing our mental state is crucial to our overall health. How we treat others and understand mental illness as a whole is vital. We do have a range of options for us and others to boost our mental well-being. Counseling, psychiatry, medications, supplements, massages, and energy work are a few resources we can access right now. As our family recently discovered, CBD oil is a supplement choice that makes the most of our healing and coping practices.

An Anecdote on How CBD Improved Mental Health

For years, we have struggled with anxiety with my daughter. At seven, she would vomit during the night from anxiety and was unable to express the cause. Every tool and resource we could find was pulled and pushed until we got answers. Three years ago, after tons of evaluations, back and forth, we discovered she has processing disorders and executive functioning disorder. At the least. More come out in further evaluations. Two years, four therapists, and lifestyle changes made, we needed more to help her. Two conversations brought us to consider CBD oil as a supplement. My daughter was struggling to move past goals due to her anxiety and her Speech-Language Pathologist suggested CBD as an option. However, there are lots of concerns and unknowns. After a couple of meetings at 502 Hemp, the concerns were answered. CBD oil became our missing puzzle piece. Since adding the CBD oil to her well routine, we are able to tear into blocked therapy goals and overcome tasks that anxiety shut down. Mornings are better, and she is expressing that focus is less of a problem. My husband is on board too with better sleep. We are going to try our anxious dog next. Yes, CBD oil can be made for them too.

How Does CBD Work?

Simple. It’s in her head.

Seriously, it’s Endocannabinoid system in her brain and throughout her body. According to Project CBD, within everyone’s endocannabinoid system there are two known major receptors, CB1 and CB2. CB1 receptors are primarily located in the brain and central nervous system. CB2 receptors are in other organs, mostly ones dealing with the immune system. Our mental wellness or not so well permeates through our whole body. A thought, chemical imbalance, trauma, and anything else starts in the brain, affects the nervous system, and possibly impact other organs. Vomiting during the night was one physical manifestation of my daughter’s anxiety. I am all too familiar with this clash of anxiety on my body. Inability to speak, headaches, and sleeplessness are a few other physical impacts we feel. Additionally, long term anxiety affects body long term. As the CB1 and CB2 receptors work with the whole body, this means from head to toe we reap the rewards.

“The high factor” and Types of Cannabinoids

The hemp plant as a full spectrum CBD oil has 10 known cannabinoids in them. As research continues, more known cannabinoids and benefits could be found. The major difference in CBD oil versus marijuana is which cannabidols are more present. The THC cannabinoids have psychoactive properties that can get you the “high” associated with using cannabis or marijuana. However, in low doses it has incredible benefits without the psychoactive side effects. THC oils are anti-inflammatory, aids in memory, and calm the entire body. It may be worth one’s piece of mind to take full spectrum CBD oil with THC. Recently in a conversation with the owner of 502 Hemp, Dee Dee Taylor shared that the industry standards is .3% of THC in full spectrum oil. 502 Hemp aims and achieves lower than that for their products. The customer reaps the mental health rewards without the worry if they don’t need or want the “high.” Some companies, like 502 Hemp, offer CBD oil without the THC as well. CBD oils relieve anxiety and depression plus are a sleep aid, muscle relaxant, and digestive aid. When I was working with a spiritual coach, she noticed that I was pulling my shoulders up. This is a sign and unconscious coping habit to trauma and anxiety. Even after years of working through my whole body to heal trauma, I still had this habit. The muscle relaxant property in CBD oil with conscious behavior changes assist in eliminating this habit. This means it’s not just your mind it helps, CBD oil aids with other biological systems as well.

CBD and THC oils are plant derivatives that interact with biological process in our bodies. It supports healing naturally. When you discover positive ways to care for your mind, it filters to your body. In partnership with therapies, breathing techniques, and nutrition, CBD has made the difference for us. By simply asking what is in a product and not shying from detailed questions is a tremendous asset. We need to be picky for our health and safety in our wellness choices. Don’t be afraid to ask and get research. Be strong in your mental wellness endeavors.

A big thank you to 502 Hemp for open information and sharing incredible wellness products!

J.Riley