CBD for Seasonal Health Changes: How To Stay Fit This Fall
It’s almost fall—one of the loveliest seasons of all. Colorful leaves, crisp temps, wooded hiking and biking trails, spiced cider, comfort foods, and pumpkins are some of the many reasons to fall in love with fall.
Unfortunately, as you switch from swimsuits to sweaters, the seasonal change can also cause some not-so-lovely health changes in YOU— sluggish metabolism, seasonal affective disorder (SAD), and sleep issues.
Don’t let seasonal health changes ruin the beautiful season!
If you want to stay fit this fall, take a daily regimen of CBD.
Cannabidiol helps to alleviate seasonal health changes by improving:
Energy level (increased metabolism)
Mood (don’t get SAD)
Sleep quality (extra ZZZs)
Here’s how CBD will help you stay fit this fall:
CBD for a Sluggish Metabolism
Weight gain is one of the most common seasonal health changes people face in the fall. Why? Many believe the metabolism naturally slows in colder temps like other (hibernating) mammals. Wrong!
The good news is that your metabolism does not slow down during the fall and winter months. In fact, it may actually speed up to keep your body warm.
The bad news is that YOU slow down during the colder months. It’s not fall’s fault if you’re packing on extra LBs when the temperatures dip.
Most weight gain is caused by decreased exercise and a change in eating behavior. People tend to spend less time outdoors during the colder months, resulting in decreased exercise and increased food intake.
Remember: Too much comfort food isn’t comforting once you’ve eaten it!
Try these healthy habits to boost your metabolism this fall:
Lower sugar/caloric intake
Eat plenty of seasonal veggies
Make healthy soups
Sure, a balanced diet and exercise are essential for maintaining a healthy weight and metabolism. However, taking a daily regimen of CBD is also key if you want to get fitter—not fatter—this fall.
Here’s how cannabidiol helps boost a sluggish metabolism...
CBD for Faster Athletic Results and Recovery
When you exercise daily, your body rewards you with sore muscles. The harder the workout, the greater the DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness). Unfortunately, DOMS often causes downtime that sidelines your fall fitness goals for days.
Take your CBD!
Whether you work out, hike, bike, run, or swim, CBD products—tinctures, gummies, softgels, and topicals—alleviate muscle and joint soreness almost instantly for faster athletic recovery and results. No downtime from DOMS allows your body to grow stronger and faster, which boosts your metabolism (and whittles your waistline) throughout the colder seasons.
Plus, getting fit this fall makes it a lot easier to keep up the good workouts when the holidays hit!
CBD for Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
In addition to a sluggish metabolism, the changing of seasons can also cause seasonal affective disorder (SAD)—aptly named due to the major depressive episodes it causes if left untreated. SAD usually begins in the fall and continues throughout winter when the skies are darker and colder.
Be aware of sudden fluctuations in your mood and energy levels since this gloomy seasonal health change can really mess with your mind.
According to the Journal of General Psychiatry, seasonal affective disorder causes the body to secrete the hormone melatonin more often during the colder, darker months. Excess melatonin leads to excessive daytime sleepiness, or hypersomnia, that sabotages productivity.
A study published by The Journal of Psychosomatic Research revealed participants suffering from SAD slept an additional three hours per day—not night—in the fall versus other months of the year.
That’s too much snooze time replacing productive daytime!
Here are some ways to avoid getting SAD this fall (no OTC meds required):
Head outdoors to soak up some sunlight
Get plenty of Vitamin D
Studies have shown CBD supplements greatly improve the symptoms of SAD. Cannabidiol boosts serotonin and dopamine levels by interacting with the endocannabinoid system.
Serotonin is nicknamed the happiness hormone.
Dopamine is known as the feel-good hormone.
CBD fuels the endocannabinoid system, causing it to crank out more of these mood-boosting hormones throughout the body, so you feel HAPPY, not SAD.
CBD for Sleep Issues
Light is one of the biggest reasons sleep quality changes between the seasons. Morning light alerts the body to awaken, while darker, cooler skies coax the body to sleep. So, it makes sense the onset of fall with seasonal weather and light changes would also affect our sleep patterns.
Light to dark cycle changes play a huge role in when the body releases melatonin, causing us to feel tired earlier or later than our usual sleep schedule. Basically, the change in light throws the body and mind out of whack.
Luckily, these steps can help you get the deeper sleep you need to stay healthy:
Stay active during the day
Stick to a sleep schedule
Don’t go to bed hungry or stuffed
Limit alcohol and nicotine before bedtime
Keep your room cool, dark, and quiet
Limit daytime naps
CBD helps to improve sleep quality due to its calming effect on the body and mind. Cannabidiol helps promote healthier sleep stages, so you’ll get tired at the right time, feel awake at the right time, and get a better night’s sleep overall.
CBD also helps to control cortisol, the stress hormone that causes tossing and turning all night. Cannabidiol keeps cortisol levels in check, helping your body and mind calm down, so you can get the deeper sleep you need.
Now, you’re ready for a fabulous fall!
Exercise, eat healthy, and take CBD to stay fit and avoid seasonal health changes.
“With the changing seasons comes new beginnings.”