Maintaining mental and physical health as we age takes dedication, effort, and vigilance. The goal is to consciously incorporate lifestyle habits that will tip the balance, decrease inflammation, support healthy gut bacteria, and promote ability for quality sleep and exercise. This requires ingesting food, drink, and supplements that contribute to our overall health, and avoiding those that detract from it.
Incorporating these lifestyle habits, and microdosing with medical cannabis, has kept me mindful and helped to correct physical and mental imbalances. Just as the plant’s cannabinoids and terpenes have a synergistic effect, so to does the approach to physical and mental health have a cumulative effect.
“Why bother?” You ask?
“Saturated fats and fat soluble goodness!” I say.
One of the things that we require for overall health are good, saturated fats.
Yes, there is such a thing. Think avocados, walnuts, olive oil, ground flaxseed, salmon, butter, and coconut oil. For carnivores: When choosing eggs and meat, remember – you are what you eat. Grass fed meat ate well. Eat them.
Just as cannabis was demonized after thousands of years of use, so too were saturated fats. Luckily, both are seeing a great resurgence.
An easy way to incorporate saturated fat into your day is with a concentrated form of coconut oil. This is called MCT oil (medium-chain triglyceride oil). Many have found ingesting this easily absorbed fat led to improved cognitive function, weight management, and a bolstered immune system. Conversely, insufficient saturated fatty acids in white blood cells hampers their ability to recognize and destroy foreign invaders, lowering immunity.
MCT fats are digested easily and sent directly to your liver. There they have a thermogenic (heating) effect, and have the ability to positively alter metabolism. They are easily burned by the body as energy, and less likely to be stored as fat.
MCTs are supportive of your gut environment, and have the potential to combat harmful bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites. Quality sources contain antioxidant properties, and have anti-inflammatory benefits. MCT will also help you absorb fat-soluble nutrients and fat soluble vitamins like A, D, E, and K. If you have trouble digesting others types of fat due to malabsorption problems or gallbladder issues, you may want to try this bioavailable form of saturated fat.
If you are a cannabis oil user, you may know that the extracted cannabinoids are already paired with a carrier oil such as MCT, grapeseed, olive and sunflower oils. MCT pairing is most commonly found in oils produced by LPs such as Aphria, Broken Coast, CannTrust, Emblem, and Emerald. This pairing makes the fat soluble cannabis plant more bioavailable. Adding it to your bulletproof coffee is not necessary, but I prefer the taste and the one stop shop effect.
When I make BPCC (Bullet Proof Cannabis Coffee) I use freshly ground beans in a french press. I like the freshness and flavour, and the tasty oils from the beans don’t end up on a filter. Once steeped, pressed and poured, I add full fat cream, a tsp of emulsified MCT oil, a few drops of CBD oil, and a touch of cinnamon (good quality Ceylon cinnamon is also an insulin regulator). Now I have a tasty source of energy that staves off hunger because it’s not spiking insulin levels Note: be careful when initially trying MCT oil. People have found it was a bowel relaxer if they took too much.
The thing I like about emulsified mct oil is it mixes easily with water without needing to blend. Make sure you buy a high quality mct oil that states ingredients. You can get vanilla or coconut flavours which pair well with coffee, or flavorless. Note: If you are using MCT oil on salads, or if you don’t mind using a blender to blend the fat and water, plain non-emulsified MCT oil is just fine.
When on the road to health, balance, and wellness, it’s not a bad idea to pack MCT oil and your medical cannabis.
— Kait Shane, Community Outreach Educator Natural Health Services and Certified Holistic Nutritional Consultant (CHNC). Follow Natural Health Services on Twitter @NatHealthserve.
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