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Have you ever had one of those ‘gut feelings’ that you just had to listen to? How is it that our stomachs can hold so much wisdom and intuition? Scientists think they may have found the answer! They have found that our entire digestive system, from our esophagus to our posterior, is lined with over 100 million neurons, just like those found in our brains and central nervous systems. There are so many neurons in our digestive tract that scientists have nicknamed the gut the ‘second brain’ (though it is technically known as the Enteric Nervous System). In fact, almost 95% of our bodies Serotonin receptors (which are largely responsible for our feelings of happiness), can be found in our guts. Who knew?!

 

This new information is changing the way many people approach maintaining good mental health. Habits like getting enough sleep, regular exercise, and meditation are incredibly important for a sound mind, but it is becoming apparent that what we put in our stomachs is just as crucial. Luckily, we know of a certain super food that has a reputation for easing the symptoms of mental illness. Here are 3 reasons why adding hemp to your diet is a great way to support your mental health.

  1. Essential Fatty Acids

    Essential Fatty Acids (EFA’s) are absolutely crucial to brain health & development. In fact, the brain and the Myelin Sheath are composed of 75% fat. The Myelin Sheath is the protective layer of fat that serves to guard the neurons from toxins, while also absorbing life sustaining nutrients. Research has shown that EFA’s help with attention, depression, schizophrenia, and also neurological disorders like parkinson’s and alzheimer’s.Hemp offers the richest and most balanced natural source of EFA’s, and has the perfect ratio of Omega 3 to Omega 6 for maintaining optimal mental, hormone and heart health.   Read more about EFA’s here.

  2. Protein

    Protein isn’t just for your muscles, it is also essential for brain development and neurotransmitter function. Research has shown that insufficient protein during pregnancy and early childhood is linked to many behavioral disorders, and it can affect how our brain responds to the neurotransmitter dopamine, which is responsible for our feelings of motivation and drive.Hemp seeds are composed of around 25% Protein, and contain significant amounts of all 9 Essential Amino Acids. That is something very few plants can boast!

  3. Vitamin B

    B Vitamins in your diet are critical for your body to produce feelings of well being. They regulate the effects of stress in your body, they assist proper neurotransmitter function, and they boost metabolism and energy. They also assist the body in utilizing stored fuel reserves to nourish the brain and body.Hemp seeds are rich in almost all major B vitamins, including B1, B2, B3, B5, and B6.

These are just a few of the great benefits of including hemp in your daily diet. Other benefits that hemp supports are improved heart, lung, eye, gut, and joint health! There are some delicious recipes on our website that you can try, or you can try one of these great producs…

  • Hemp oil capsules – These are an easy way to make sure you get your daily requirements of EFAs!
  • Gorp Bars – These tasty snacks taste much better than the average Protein bar, and they contain 11g of Protein!
  • Toasted Hemp Seeds – Feeling snacky? These delicious Sea Salt Hemp Seeds are addicting!
  • Protein Powder – This nutrient packed Protein Powder is great in smoothies!

Set yourself up for success with hemp, today!

Feeling run down? Got the January ‘Blahs’? You’ve consumed your daily wage in Redbull and Starbucks but you’re still losing altitude, and pulling yourself out of that nose dive can be a job in itself! It’s a sad fact of life; you cannot pour from an empty cup. Fear not! We’ve put together a short list of ways you can increase your energy naturally!

 

  1. Hemp!

    Hemp is one of the best plant-based Proteins on the planet, consisting of globulins (edestin) and albumin. These are two of the most common types of Proteins found in the human body, which means it is very effecient at providing your body with what it needs to repair and grow lean body tissue.

    Hemp is also an excellent source of Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs). They call them ‘Essential’ because our body is unable to produce them on it’s own, meaning that we need to get 100% of our daily requirement from diet or supplements. EFAs are vital for our metabolism, immune system, brain health…the list goes on. You can read more about them here and here.

    Finally, hemp is packed to the gills with Iron. Just 30g of hemp seeds will give you 21% of your recommended daily allowance, and it is so easy to include in your diet. Iron is important to help your blood transport oxygen throughout your entire body, having a significant effect on your energy levels.

    For more delicious hemp products, you can click here or head to www.hempe.ca/shop!
  2. Stay hydrated

    The very first course of action when feeling fatigued is to drink a great big glass of water (not coffee…sorry). Exhaustion is one of the first signs of dehydration and even small variations in your hydration can affect your metabolism.

    How much should you drink? Current standards suggest that you take your body weight, divide it by 2, and then drink that amount in ounces. If you are active, sick, pregnant or nursing you should drink even more! Luckily, many foods like fruits and vegetables contain water, and contribute towards your daily totals.Adding a squeeze of a fresh lemon or lime will make your water become an even better source of enlivening energy!
  3. EatDon’t be afraid to nourish and fuel your bodies! If you are skipping (or skimping), on breakfast especially, studies show that you are more likely to experience low mood and energy throughout the day.Our bodies are evolved to graze, so eating small meals or snacks throughout the day can actually boost your metabolism and give you more energy. Large meals can burden your digestive system, and once your meal is digested, your blood sugar levels crashes, taking your mood and energy with it!Put life directly into your body with raw, live foods (fruits, vegetables, berries, nuts, and seeds).
  4. Reduce StressEmotions such as stress, worry, and anger, can leave you mentally and physically exhausted even if you’ve spent the day napping. Even worse, long term stress can lead to chronic illness, leaving you to do less and less, while feeling it more and more!The good news is that we have all the power to mitigate the effects of stress in our lives. By making self care a priority in our daily life, we are investing life into ourselves so we can invest ourselves into life. Self care can take many forms: exercise in a form you enjoy, taking a nap, setting boundaries, getting outside, meditation, soothing baths, enjoying a hot cup of tea,  etc! 
  5. KombuchaKombucha is a traditional fermented tea found in many different cultures throughout the centuries. It is packed full of probiotics, vitamins, minerals and enzymes that support your body in various ways. By adding this drink to your daily regiment you can expect to enjoy many health benefits including improved pancreatic function, better digestion, improved mood, increased nutrient absorption, improved joint health and increased energy!Kombucha used to be difficult to get your hands on, but now-a-days you can find it in nearly every grocery and health food store. But what’s the fun in that? There are a lot of really great recipes that are easy to aquire and follow! Try brewing your own at home!

Hemp – has there ever been a plant so misunderstood? Even today, if you mention the word around the wrong people, they’ll tell you to take your tie dye and your Grateful Dead records back to the 60’s where they belong. It’s true, there is some controversy surrounding this crop, but the truth is that hemp has the potential to be hugely beneficial to our planet, our economy, and our health. How did we come to believe such inaccurate things about one of the most useful plants in our arsenal?

The word ‘hemp’ had a very different meaning in the ever expanding landscape of medieval Europe. As their exploration efforts broadened, they labeled any fibrous plants they discovered as ‘hemp’, which is why we have so many different types of hemp today: Manila hemp (abacá, Musatextilis), sisal hemp (Agave sisalana), Mauritius hemp (Furcraeagigantea), New Zealand hemp (Phormium tenax), Sunn hemp (Crotalariajuncea), Indian hemp (jute, Corchorus capsularis),Indian hemp (Apocynum cannabinum), bow-string hemp (Sansevieriacylindrica).

A new layer of confusion was added to the word when the word hemp ‘marihuana’ (today, commonly spelled as ‘marijuana’) was coined and then adopted by the American Bureau of Narcotics in the 1930’s to describe all forms of hemp, regardless of their botanical distinctions. Luckily, in 1998 hemp was been legalized for industrial use in Canada, but the damage done to the public awareness and understanding still remains. So, lets talk about some of the myths surrounding hemp!

 

    1. Myth #1: Smoking hemp will get you high.
      Reality: Industrial hemp contains almost no THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), the compound in Marijuana responsible for the psychoactive effects. In fact, hemp contains high levels of CBD (Cannabidiol), which counteracts the effects of THC in the body. So, you could say industrial hemp is like the anti-drug to Marijuana.
    2. Myth #2: Marijuana crops can be hidden in hemp fields.
      Reality: Industrial hemp and marijuana require very different environments and care in order to flourish. Hemp is grown outdoors, planted close together and grows tall and skinny. Marijuana is short and bushy, and grows best indoors with more space between plants (4-5 feet). Not only would it be extremely easy to spot Marijuana in a Hemp field, but because Hemp contains such high levels of CBD, cross pollination would have a negative effect on the THC levels in the marijuana plants.
    3. Myth #3: Hemp is not an economically viable crop.
      Reality: The market for industrial hemp is growing like a weed (pun intended) and it’s no surprise! Hemp is easy to grown in our cold Canadian climate, it absorbs more CO2 out of the air per acre than trees, and has over 50,000+ known uses. It can be used to make environmentally friendly fuel, textiles, paper, bioplastic, food, medicine, building materials, animal feed, beauty products, etc.

There is a lot of confusion and mythology surrounding hemp, but the benefits of embracing this crop are almost immeasurable. We believe that with some education and awareness, the solutions offered by industrial hemp products will be in high demand! Head to our website where you can read more about this super crop, check out some cool products, and even sign yourself up to get involved in the fast growing market of industrial hemp!

Living with a chronic pain conditioncan color every aspect of your day. Whether you simply struggle with sore muscles from your active lifestyle, or you combat an auto-immune condition like Lupus or Fibromyalgia, the burden of daily pain can quickly become overwhelming. Often, chronic conditions come with a whole host of not-so-charming complications to complement the pain, such as IBS, chronic fatigue, trouble concentrating and so on. To make things worse, most chronic conditions are completely invisible to the world around us, making the burden even more heavy and alienating.

Most chronic pain survivors have tried every mystery potion and magic jelly bean on the market to find relief, from beer spas to magic jewelry. If you’re in enough pain, desperation will have you grasping at whatever straws late night television is featuring this week. It’s no surprise that many survivors find themselves on the business end of an opioid dependency, just from trying to get by from day to day.

Luckily, modern science is starting to understand the value of hemp for its role in managing chronic pain conditions and their accompanying symptoms. Now, more and more people are turning to hemp as a natural, non-addictive and non-psychoactive alternative to traditional pain relief methods. But how does it work?

  1. Nutrition – Recent studies have emphasized the importance of Protein and Essential Fatty Acids (Omega’s) in our diets, citing them to be as effective at pain relief as ibuprofen. Nearly every system of our body requires these nutrients to function, including our heart, brain, eyes, digestive tract, skin, circulation, immune system, and more. Just a ¼ cup of hemp seeds contains 15g of Protein, 14g of Essential Fatty Acids and 2.5 grams of fiber. That’s what I call a super food!
  2. Terpenes – These aromatic oils found in hemp, cannabis and essential oils were once thought to be nothing but a treat for your sniffer. However, when scientists looked closer they found that much like CBD, these fragrant little molecules can bind to receptors in the brain and can give rise to an incredible host of healthful effects. Most commonly, the effects cited are anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-depressant, anti-seizure, and more. More study is needed on Terpenes but the healing potential here is huge!
  3. CBD – Hemp can be a great source of Cannabidiol (CBD) which is a type of molecule that interacts with our bodies own Endocannabinoid System. Studies have shown that these molecules fit into several different neuron receptors in the brain and body, including opioid receptors and serotonin receptors, which signal feelings of wellbeing and reduce anxiety. Some of the CBD molecules including Cannabichromene (CBC) and Cannabigerol (CBG) have even been correlated to a reduction in inflammation and may even block pain signals from reaching the brain! Unfortunately, CBD is still considered a government controlled substance. Hemp farmers are prohibited from harvesting the CBD rich (and incredibly useful) portions of the hemp plant like the flowers, leaves and roots. While consuming even trace amounts of CBD will still stimulate our bodies Endocannabinoid System, we are really looking forward to when the restriction on CBD is lifted and hemp’s full healing power can be utilized.

From one chronic pain survivor to another, consistently adding a hemp product like hemp seeds or hemp capsules to your daily self-care routine could really show a noticeable difference in your symptoms. Don’t take our word for it, try it for yourself today!

In our last blog post, we touched on in importance of Omega-3s for both your physical and mental health. Bad cholesterol? You need some Omega-3s, my friend. Depression? Try some soothing Omega-3s! Auto-immune Condition? You guessed it: Omega-3s! Stubborn carpet stains?! Ok, maybe not that last one, but I’m sure the point is not lost on you. Omega-3s are essential for nearly every aspect of your health, so it should be no surprise to learn that children need it at every single stage of their development.

In the 1980s, several clinical trials were conducted to measure the effects of consuming supplemental Omega-3s on pregnant women and their developing babies. The women were divided into 3 groups: group 1 received an Omega-3 supplement during pregnancy and lactation while the women in groups 2 and 3 received an olive oil placebo or nothing. The women in the first group had longer gestational periods, allowing for increased grey matter density in the baby as well as a lower rate of preeclampsia. The babies had heavier birth weights, higher visual acuity, higher mental processing scores, and higher hand-eye coordination scores. This is because Omega-3 fatty acids are a foundational component of every cell in your body, and are especially important for the development of the Central Nervous System.

The Central Nervous System begins developing 3 weeks after conception, and in a way, never stops. However, during the first 3 years of a child’s life, the brain is incredibly impressionable, both environmentally and chemically. Pregnant and breastfeeding mothers who receive sufficient Omega-3 fatty acids lower their child’s risk for a host of psychiatric, learning and behavior disorders, including anxiety, depression, schizophrenia and ADHD. They are also associated with increased social skills and attention span, as well as a decreased risk for asthma, heart disease, autoimmune conditions – and more!

Sadly, as amazing as our bodies are, they are unable to synthesize their own Omega-3s which is why it is so important to supplement or consume Omega-3 rich foods. Most doctors and medical professionals will recommend a fish oil supplement, but with concerns like rising ocean mercury levels, over fishing, and questionable fish processing practices, it is no wonder a growing number of people are looking for alternative sources for their Essential Fatty Acids.

Hemp is a sustainable, anti-carcinogenic, healthy and balanced source of Omega-3, protein, amino acids, vitamin E and fiber. It can be easily (and enjoyably) consumed in the form of seeds and oil or in capsule form. It is the perfect food for anyone who is pregnant, or breastfeeding, and for children at every stage of their development. Try this super food today!

Chicken….Bacon…Skillet….need we say more?  A yummy, quick and easy dinner that can feed a whole bunch!

Are you looking for a different salad from the every-day kind of leafy green?  You will love this and I am sure you will find yourself munching away at it all day long!
Vegan, dairy & egg free…..allergy friendly as well as a great source of protein, fiber and healthy fats!  What more could you as for?

Recipes

Chicken….Bacon…Skillet….need we say more?  A yummy, quick and easy dinner that can feed a whole bunch!

Are you looking for a different salad from the every-day kind of leafy green?  You will love this and I am sure you will find yourself munching away at it all day long!
Vegan, dairy & egg free…..allergy friendly as well as a great source of protein, fiber and healthy fats!  What more could you as for?