When life gives you lemons, make CBD lemonade
Let’s face it, life takes a toll on your body. From long work days hunched over a keyboard to constant errands and lugging bags of equipment to the kids’ soccer practice, day-to-day living has a way of wearing the body down. And this is all before we add in that trip to the gym or run around the neighborhood. Being a busy and active person is rewarding, but it definitely comes with some serious physical drawbacks.
Thankfully, CBD has emerged as a great way to help combat the stress we put our bodies through on a daily basis. With more and more studies showing its ability to fight inflammation, pain, stress, and sleepless nights, CBD might just be one of the best nutritional supplements you can add to your active lifestyle. The problem is, starting a new self-care regimen can be daunting, particularly when you already have so much jammed into every 24-hour period. The stress of figuring out where to begin and what to do can be enough to sabotage the mission before it even gets started.
Luckily, I’m here to put your mind at ease! Adding CBD to a busy and active lifestyle doesn’t have to be difficult or stressful, and I’m going to show you 6 easy ways you can get your CBD while on the move.
CBD coffee is a thing, just look at all the places you can find CBD-infused coffee in New York City alone. Plus, you were going to have a cup of coffee to start your day anyway, weren’t you? Why not save some time and spike that coffee with a little bit of cannabidiol?
Now, I have to make a confession here: I LOVE coffee, but I only drink decaf these days. Sacrilegious, I know, but it’s a sacrifice I had to make years ago to help overcome some serious problems with anxiety (read about my experiences with anxiety here). So, my experiences with CBD in coffee have always been sans caffeine. That being said, I have found that a cup in the morning with a little CBD helps me mellow out and stay focused throughout what might otherwise be an anxiety inducing morning.
For all my caffeine drinkers out there, it looks like CBD might be a good way of reducing the anxiety inducing effects of coffee. Although there is some disagreement on how caffeine and CBD interact, there are plenty of anecdotal reports of CBD having a positive impact on coffee drinkers. From my own research, I can tell you that it seems unlikely that caffeine would counteract ALL of CBD’s benefits.
So, how do you get started? If a coffee house or cafe near you sells CBD infused beverages, than you are already good to go! For the rest of us, I recommend picking up a tincture of CBD and adding a dropper-full to your coffee at home or on the go. For those wanting something a little sweeter, there are CBD infused sauces and syrups out there that are perfect for homemade CBD mochas, lattes, or caramel macchiatos.
If coffee isn’t your style, then try pairing CBD with another recent wellness trend: kombucha. For those of you not in the know, kombucha is a sweetened black or green tea that has been fermented with a symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast (or what we kombucha heads loving call a SCOBY). That might sound a little gross, and I’ll be the first to admit that the SCOBY itself sort of freaks me out, but it produces a delicious drink that has some pretty awesome probiotic benefits.
What makes putting CBD in kombucha so great for a busy and active lifestyle is that it allows you to pack a lot of benefits into one easily transportable package. The research on probiotics is starting to look good, and many researchers and health professionals preach the importance of maintaining a healthy population of gut flora. That’s right, there’s a whole community of microorganisms living in your digestive tract, and its starting to look like the healthier they are the healthier you are. Add all that to the benefits of CBD and you have a pretty awesome little beverage.
Much like CBD coffee, CBD kombucha is starting to pop up everywhere. Many huge brands like GT’s and Brew Dr. are starting to put CBD in their retail beverages, and a ton of smaller brands can be found in stores as well. Of course, you can always make your own kombucha and add the CBD yourself. I’ve actually dabbled in homemade kombucha and it can be a rewarding, and money saving, past time. Where ever you get it, CBD and kombucha can be a match made in heaven!
That’s right, they are putting CBD in water now; that’s how you know CBD is hitting the big time! And be honest with yourself, you need to drink more water anyway! The benefits of proper hydration are well known, and its especially important for those of us who lead busy lives or who maintain a consistent exercise program. Being busy and active is no reason to cut down on your H2O intake.
So, if you are going to be drinking water anyway, why not knock out your daily CBD consumption while you’re at it? I have seen CBD infused water at my local health food store, so you can definitely go that route if you need a quick fix while out and about. However, I prefer just to load up a water bottle at home and add my own CBD. Saves money and ensures proper dosing.
This is a perfect option for those wanting to experiment with microdosing CBD throughout the day. Just add the desired amount of CBD to your water bottle and nurse it throughout the day, ensuring a smaller and more consistent dosage. Although its true that sublingual, or under the tongue, dosing is the preferred method for optimal absorption, drinking your CBD throughout the day is an easier way to get that consistent dosing without having to stop what you are doing and fish around for your tincture bottle every 30 minutes.
CBD Recovery Smoothies
This one is for my fellow athletes out there. I’m a triathlete, and my training schedule has me swimming, biking, and running up to 25 hours a week during peak season. Individual training bike rides can get over 6 hours leading up to an Ironman race, and that volume of training really requires an emphasis on effective recovery.
To help my body bounce back, I am in the habit of making a recovery shake that I drink within 30 minutes of each and every training session. These shakes have a good amount of protein, micro-nutrients from greens and superfoods, and a big hit of calories to replenish what was lost during the training session.
But once I learned that CBD can help aid recovery, it seemed like a no-brainer to start adding some to my post-training recovery shakes. Once I started, I noticed that my recovery time shrunk and I overall felt less beat up by my daily routine. I know it’s only anecdotal evidence, but I wear an athletic watch to sleep every night so I can monitor my sleeping heart rate, and after I started using CBD in my recovery routine I noticed a few beats per minute decrease.
I know, it’s pretty nerdy, but I have found that resting heart rate is one of the best and most accurate ways of determining whether my body is good to go for training. An increase of 5 beats over my normal is almost always a good indicator that my body isn’t properly recovered and I need to back things off a bit. CBD has proven effective for me in keeping my body recovered, so if you already are using recovery shakes in your routine, then I highly recommend tossing some CBD in there and seeing how it feels.
CBD Body Balm
Related to athletic recovery, I like to use CBD body balm as a way to combat the localized pain and injuries I pick up during training. Recently, I have been fighting IT band syndrome that has been causing some nasty pain on the outside of my right knee. I have found that rubbing a generous amount of CBD body balm into the location of the pain actually helps calm down the inflammation and get me back on my feet quicker.
And don’t worry, you don’t have to be an athlete to use CBD body balm! We all have some sort of aches or pains that keep us from being our best, and a lot of that pain likely comes from inflammation. When winding down from your busy day, try rubbing a CBD topical into any area that is giving you trouble and see if helps get you back in the saddle just a little bit quicker.
CBD as a Sleep Aid
This last one isn’t so much a way of using CBD while on the go, but it’s a good way to ensure you can keep going for the long haul.
Sleep is super important, and if you aren’t getting enough sleep, then your body can’t recover, stay strong, fight off illness, and perform all the functions that keep you going day in and day out. The problem is, the people who need it most, those who live super busy and super active lifestyles, can sometimes find it difficult to slow their minds and relax at the end of a day. I personally have struggled with insomnia and general difficulty getting to sleep for years, and I can tell you that the difference between being sleep deprived and well-rested is like night and day (no pun intended!).
What I like to do is eat a little bit of CBD chocolate about 30 minutes before I want to get to bed. Not only do I get a nice little treat at the end of my day, but I find the CBD really helps slow down my brain and give me an overall relaxed mood that lets me drift off to sleep. You can use anything you like for this, it doesn’t have to be chocolate, but I find that tying my nightly CBD to a chocolaty treat helps me remember to take it.
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