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      Japanese lessons that are treasures for your wellness

      Japanese lessons that are treasures for your wellness

      Japan is known to be one of the countries with the highest life expectancy. Their culture is rooted in practices of wellness that might seem alien to us but they work! And that’s why we’re taking a deeper look into the practices that support the Japanese in their high levels of wellness and good health. 

      A low calorie diet goes a long way

      If you have a general idea of Japanese food – take the most mainstream one, sushi for example, you will notice that their low-calorie approach to food is quite obvious. For example, the 1975 Japanese diet is made of legumes, fruit, seafood and seaweed. A Low calorie diet is key to reducing your risk of premature aging and chronic illness. They also consume twice as much vegetables and seafood as Americans and are not so big on snacks and sugary treats. 

      Mindful eating 

      Apart from choosing a low calorie diet, the Japanese culture also places a lot of importance on attentive eating. Small portions with all their attention placed fully on the meal are how the Japanese have been taught to enjoy their meals, which may be why you don’t find as many to-go Japanese restaurants or dishes. The Japanese also have a saying “Hara Hachi Bu” which translates to eat until you’re 80% full. 

      Tea is their go-to beverage

      Japanese tea is very different from Indian Chai. They take theirs with no milk, cream or sugar. The Japanese have a variety of green teas from the mellow gyokuro to the robust hojicha. You may be aware of the various teas and what they support. For example, chamomile tea is excellent for relaxation and sleep, oolong tea regulates blood sugar and boosts metabolism, jasmine tea is loaded with antioxidants and so on. A few cups of green tea a day can make a huge difference to your overall health.

      Mindful activity facilitates good health

      The Japanese are known to take things slow and prefer walking or biking to places. Commuting by foot means they get extra exercise without even trying and this adds to their health by ten folds. This habit begins from the time they are very young – for example biking to or walking to school and this then grows stronger during adulthood and old age. However, for the Japanese, it’s not just about exercise and activity but also slowing down during those activities. The Japanese culture is rooted in Zen Buddhism and these practices are normalized throughout their society and this has a strong impact on young minds. The practice of “shirin-yoku” means simply noticing what you are seeing, hearing and feeling in the moment. Absorbing and observing without judgement. 

      The Japanese culture is inspiring in more ways than one and we all have a lot we can learn from them. If you, like most of us, come from a culture that promotes the “hustle”, productivity and a fast-paced life, then you might need a little help shifting your perspective to function and be how the Japanese learn to. Starting begins with yourself, however, if you need a little help reaching that zen state of mind, we have some CBD products and full-spectrum hemp oils that work wonders in getting you there. Check them out!

      Hemp and Heart Health – the undeniable correlation

      Hemp and Heart Health – the undeniable correlation

      When we discuss heart health, we can sometimes find ourselves thinking – it’s not for us, it’s for the older folk. Although this may be partly true, the reality is that habits from our early thirties start impacting our heart health, either positively or negatively. Today, heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women all over the world. Although this may be quite sombre to hear, it is the unpleasant truth of our generation. With the growing popularity of a fast life fuelled by fast food, we can’t help with stop and revaluate the path we’re headed on. 

      While allopathic and naturopathic medicine might be a quick fix, it’s something to turn to when there’s no other option. If you’re looking for ways to maintain heart health – because it runs in your family or just because you want to live consciously, hemp products are an amazing and effective alternative to turn to. The below points are based on conversations with Dr. Joel Kahn, a preventative cardiologist and Clinical Professor of Medicine at Wayne State University, and here’s what we learnt. 

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      Cannabinoids and blood pressure are closely related

      High blood pressure is the number one indicator and risk factor for hypertensive heart disease. Blood pressure, as we all know (and can feel), rises under stress. This is where CBD products and hemp oil come in. Hemp and CBD work on decreasing blood pressure in your daily life or during stressful situations. 

      Hemp may play a role in decreasing damage to the cardiac muscles

      The inner linings of the heart’s chambers can swell up and this can turn into a serious condition. The healing powers of hemp have shown great potential in reducing this type of swelling. The National Institutes for health in USA, classify CBD as “a phytocannabinoid with analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antineoplastic and chemopreventive” properties. 

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      The abundance of fatty acids in hemp may contribute to heart health

      Omega-3 fatty acids, according to healthline.com provide a wide range of benefits that are directly related to protecting the heart in the following ways:

      • They significantly reduce triglycerides. High triglyceride levels cause your arteries to thicken. 
      • It significantly reduces blood pressure.
      • Reduces unhealthy cholesterol in the body
      • Prevents the formation of blood clots in the heart

      In addition to all this, consuming nutrient rich foods in small quantities and including heart healthy seeds and vegetables such as hemp hearts, hemp seeds and hemp oil can help get you on the path to better health and keep you there. We’ve got a number of CBD products that you can turn to and elevate your health. Browse them all and we’re sure you’ll find something that looks promising. Keep that heart healthy, you have a long way to go!