Have you felt sore after squatting the max? Have you slept poorly, even though all that energy was burned in the gym? Your workout is to blame. Exercise releases a stress hormone called cortisol. And it’s the reason for your poor sleep and muscle soreness. But Natural Recovery Greens, with all its superfoods, BCAA’s and probiotics, also has a secret weapon to control excess cortisol: CBD. Let’s take a look at the nuts and bolts of how CBD can keep your body’s production of cortisol in check.
Exercise Releases Cortisol
Cortisol is a naturally produced hormone but producing excess cortisol reduces protein synthesis and prevents new growth tissue. However, if cortisol is regulated, your body has the opposite effect as it allows protein synthesis and encourages muscle regeneration. Exercise is already perceived by the body as a form of stress and stimulates the release of cortisol. But with high intensity workouts, more cortisol is released than a lower intensity workout. That’s why CrossFit, with high intensity movements, can release excess cortisol.
Excess Cortisol Affects Muscle Development
Because cortisol affects protein synthesis and growth tissue, fitness enthusiasts have after-workout pains. By growing muscle, your muscle fiber is microscopically damaged. In order to gain muscle, the body sleeps to repair those damaged muscle tissues. Your REM cycle optimizes the muscle building and repair. Whether you work out late at night or experience stress and anxiety, cortisol is actually keeping you awake. Therefore, with lack of sleep, cortisol makes workout pains last longer.
How CBD Regulates Cortisol in Your Body
CBD may be the solution to help you regulate cortisol production. How does CBD help? CBD is anti-catabolic, meaning that it protects your muscle mass from being broken down. By interacting with the endocannabinoid system, it can regulate how much cortisol is released into the system, allowing you to recover better. The endocannabinoid system has been recently discovered and is involved in pain regulation, sleep, immune system response and other vital bodily functions. In this system, the chemical messengers act differently. In general, cannabinoids function like a “dimmer switch” for presynaptic neurons, limiting the amount of neurotransmitter (e.g. cortisol) that gets released, which in turn affects how messages are sent, received, and processed by the cell. Therefore, cannabinoids regulate how much cortisol is released and coordinate how we feel, think, and do. CBD can help activate or enhance those cannabinoids to keep your body in perfect balance, a condition known as homeostasis.
CBD Can Boost Your Recovery
Exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle – don’t let cortisol slow you down. Let the CBD in Natural Recovery Greens optimize your sleep and give you the rest you need to repair those damaged muscle fibers.