How to Protect Yourself from the Freezing Cold?

Autumn has already conquered not only our lives but also wardrobes as falling tree leaves and harsh winds make us crave for warm and cosy moments. In reality, the autumn is much more than vivid colours and pumpkins. Sadly, it also means the temperature dropping lower and lower every single day. Morning frost follows cold weather and suggests winter season being just around the corner. Some may say that there is no bad weather, only inappropriate clothing, but is it really the case?

Why Cold Weather and Freezing Temperature are Dangerous?

It is no secret that some people may react to the same temperatures differently – one will feel cold while another one will say that the temperature is too warm for him or her to feel comfortable. However, no one tends to argue about the coldness of negative or very low temperatures, which are the attributes of late autumn and usually stays throughout the winter. It is widely known that cold temperatures cause physiological stress and can result in damaged body parts, such as ears, nose, cheeks, fingers or toes, etc. Damaged skin will be quickly covered in painful blisters, and different body parts will go numb and might turn black.

Cold weather makes our bodies lose heat faster than they are capable of producing. Such a condition is called hypothermia and is one of the most common problems which happen to people after being exposed to freezing temperatures as well as icy water. Hypothermia is a real threat to every person, as even as little as 10 to 15 minutes is enough to get frostbites and risk with an amputation of the limbs. Besides, cold temperatures increase the chance of experiencing heart failure as hearts try to work harder to keep us warm but are not able to.

Cold weather sounds scary, right? Well, it does not have to be like that! We will tell you all about how to prepare to face all of the freezing challenges thrown at us!

Strength to Fight the Cold Comes from Within

Medical researchers strive hard to educate the society about the cold and its effects on the human body. They all agree that the healthier the person is, the more easily he or she can cope with low temperatures. Therefore, the fight against the cold begins with one’s inner strength – the immune system. We should think of the immune system as an invisible shield protecting us not only from the cold but also from various viruses and bacteria; thus, strengthening the immune system is very important. However, it is necessary to maintain its power using the right methods.

Probably the most popular way of increasing the immune system’s toughness is including citrus fruits into one’s regular diet. Full of Vitamin C, lemons are natural antioxidants that improve a person’s immune barrier and has antiviral and antibacterial abilities. Besides nutritious and healthy foods, CBD products , and especially CBD oil drops , are gaining their popularity in the field of immune-strengthening at an impressive speed.

The Importance of Hot Fluids

Let’s not assume that sipping coffee on your way to work in the morning is only a fashion statement – it is a ritual of self-care, body awakening method, and excellent protection against frostbite. For these reasons, the reusable coffee cup – eco-friendliness is one of the biggest goals for humanity – must become your loyal companion during the cold season. However, medical practitioners advise opting for tea instead of coffee or choosing hot water and various herbs or berries mix. It does not matter that when you return home, it looks like you don’t need hot fluids anymore – homemade broths are considered not only delicious foods but also medicine, which you must include in your food ration. For example, Jewish Chicken soup is also called Jewish Penicillin that can significantly cut the time one spends being sick. Oral consumption is not the only way how hot fluids can help your body and immune system fight the cold – hot water baths are used widely throughout the world to warm people’s hands, feet, and whole bodies. Hot bubble baths with various extracts and natural oils both help relax and accelerate the functional processes of the body.

Protection Against the Cold from the Bottom to the Top

It’s true that negative temperatures can quickly take over the whole body, so the secret to the best protection against the cold is not letting it grab you in the first place. That means minimising the area of naked skin when going out in the cold and protecting uncovered skin patches as well. You ask how? We answer!

Proper footwear. Various traumas come together with winter frost, and only high-quality non-slip boots can protect you from spending valuable time in the A&E department of your local hospital. Yes, high-quality winter shoes can sometimes be expensive, but once you invested your money into them, you will surely be safe from trip and slip accidents. Keeping feet warm and dry is the key to a safe winter season as urinary tract inflammation, and kidney problems often start with soaking-wet shoes and socks after you did not see that puddle.

Layering clothes. The bigger - the better does not apply to dress up for the cold as here the number one rule is to layer outdoor clothing. Before going outside, you must protect yourself with at least 3 to 4 layers of clothes, starting with a long-sleeve shirt, jumper, thinner jacket, and, preferably, an eiderdown parka coat. For the bottoms, we advise you to wear thermo-leggings or pantyhose and warm pants on top of them; be aware that jeans material attracts the cold, so you should leave this piece of clothing for the higher temperatures.

Skin protection. Logically thinking, only our faces are left uncovered without any clothing during freezing colds. Although we can choose to wear a full-face covering ski-masks, we rarely to never do so. In such cases, it is necessary to maintain the richness and oily skin texture and to create moisture barriers between our actual skin and the frost. We recommend you try our new Extra-Rich Face & Body Cream  against cold, which provides excellent antioxidant protection and also has anti-inflammatory properties. Besides that, this best winter cream is safe for people with oily or acne-prone skin. The good news does not end there - one of the key cream ingredients is CBD!

Life-saving accessories. Every season is better with the right stylish accessories, but it is even more advantageous if they can save your life or at least improve overall well-being. It is nice to think about these three accessories – gloves, scarf, and hat – as some winter protection trinity as they are valuable both individually and complement each other. Gloves are a must to protect fingers from the cold as limbs get the frostbite way faster than other body parts. Big and fluffy scarfs safeguard throats from inhaling cold air into one’s lungs and causing bronchial irritation, cough, and shortness of breath. A warm hat shields the head and protects the brain from such problems as confusion and loss of orientation, which usually leads to far more complicated issues like hypothermia.

No season shows up unexpectedly, but cold weather can do just that! When it comes to strengthening your immune system, it should become your lifetime goal – a strong immune system means protection from many, often invisible problems. Besides that, you should always carry with yourself rich cream against the cold and a reusable cup for hot beverages – these things will protect you from the outside and strengthen from within. Even though you cannot take your whole wardrobe together with yourself all the times, have some outfits at home prepared in advance, so when you see snow outside your window, it will take you less time to get ready to make snow angels!


10 Tips to Get You Through Autumn Cold!

We all know the stories about autumn being the most beautiful time of the year. Vivid colours and breathtaking scents are indeed unique to this season, but we surely know autumn’s beauty can sometimes be very illusionary. If you fell into one of autumn’s tricks and got sick, let’s not waste any more time and start recovering now. We have prepared 10 tips – what to do and how it helps – to get you through the autumn cold quick and effortlessly!

Tip No. 1 – Warm liquids to soothe throat

You must have seen at least one movie where the main character is sick with a cold and is drinking a cup of hot broth to ease the bothersome symptoms of a cold. It’s a well know practice to sip warm liquids such as tea with lemon or ginger to relieve nasal congestion and soothe the aching throat. There is a long list of herbal teas to help you feel better, but as some natural remedies are not very tasty, you might want to add one teaspoon of money to your hot drink.

Tip No. 2 – Vitamin C to shorten the length of sickness

As we have previously talked about Vitamin C being irreplaceable when strengthening the immune system before the flu season, it also helps to shorten the length of a cold when already sick. Numerous researches have proven the benefits of Vitamin C to our organisms as the regular intake of such supplements can reduce cold’s severity and duration. Besides, Vitamin C can be obtained naturally through various food such as lemons, broccoli, peppers, or spinach, so you may choose to ask your friends to visit a local market instead of a pharmacy for you to strengthen your immune system while staying safe at home.

Tip No. 3 – CBD drops to boost immune system

Keeping up with modern trends, CBD drops is one of the newest and most innovative ways to fight cold. As it has anti-viral qualities, CBD oil is widely used to reduce cold symptoms, irritation, and inflammation. Even though CBD drops has not yet been approved as an official cold medicine, the regular usage of these drops can quickly deal with a runny nose and other flu symptoms. In the long run, CBD oil improves the way the immune system’s memory, thus speeding up the recovery process from various illnesses and putting you back up on your feet quicker.

Tip No. 4 – Warm clothing to boost immune response

Researches have shown that warmer body temperature strongly contributes to the recovering process as it helps fight the cold. It means that it is best to stay indoors when sick with cold as the outdoor temperature is most of the time lower. Besides, it is necessary to wear warm clothes when fighting a cold – fluffy sweaters, wool socks, and laying underneath several blankets helps maintain higher body temperature. As warm clothing is not always flattering, you should not care about being fashionable - being healthy and protecting others is everyone's priority!

Tip No. 5 – Hot bath to ease the symptoms

Frequent hot baths are necessary for your overall health and not only when you catch a cold or have a runny nose. As your body temperature increases, the already runny nose will become even runnier, and normal hydration levels will drop as affected by incused sweating. It is necessary to blow your nose regularly as open nasal canals will help you breathe easier and feel better. We advise you to have a hot bath straight before going to sleep as it also helps relax and maintain high-temperature levels throughout the whole night.

Tip No. 6 – Inhalations to clear up respiratory passages

Steam therapy is a powerful yet simple tool to relieve symptoms of flu or cold. As steam clouds are achieved when water boils, you should combine inhalations with hot bath procedures to save some time. Inhalations enriched with essential oils such as menthol or eucalyptus help loosen mucus in the respiratory system; thus, making it easier to get rid of them and the whole cold and runny nose kind of thing. The steam inhalations itself can't shorten your sickness but they can surely make you feel better.

Tip No. 7 – Humidifiers to add moisture to the air

We all hate catching a cold for one particular reason – it gets hard to breathe as we live with runny or stuffy noses. We can’t say exactly, which one is worse, but the reason for it lies in the air that we breathe. As cold air holds less moisture, our upper airways narrows, and nostrils dry out; on the other hand, moist can helps with coughing or sneezing and eases congestion, but too high levels can result in growing mould, which is another evil. Researches show that the best percentage of humidity is about forty percent.

Tip No. 8 – Balms to relieve cough

Various chest compresses can significantly improve your breathing when applied properly. We advise wearing compressed overnight as balms and oils work both ways – helps with chest (lungs) congestion, relieves nasal passages, and prevents runny nose in the morning after breathing those aromas in your sleep for the whole night. We also advise massaging little amounts of CBD oil or balm into chest skin to strengthen the lungs and the whole respiratory system each night after a hot bath and before the bed. As for some such use of CBD products lowers the intensity of chest pains caused by cough, one can’t argue otherwise if never tried itself.

Tip No. 9 – CBD before sleep to help you relax

One of the best reasons to use CBD products is their relaxational properties. Numerous people using CBD drops daily have said it successfully reduces anxiety and depression levels and also improves the quality of sleep! It also helps to sleep with your head a bit more elevated than the rest of your body as it prevents the runny nose from clogging up. As quality rest is the most important aspect to speed up your recovery, we advise changing sheets more frequently when having a cold and meditating to clear up your mind and fall asleep quicker.

Tip No. 10 – Over-the-counter medicine to fight it all

If tips one through nine have not impressed you, we still have one more trick left up to our sleeve – you can always choose to use an over-the-counter medicine to fight the cold and runny nose once and for all. Many local pharmacies allow you to consult by phone or buy medication online; therefore, the list of the people you had a contact with will be short. As it is necessary to speak with your family’s doctor or pharmacist before taking or buying any medicine, you have to follow their bits of advice as precisely as they are – excessive amounts of various pills might turn out to be fatal.

Runny nose or cold will always try to ruin your plans to enjoy every last bit of autumn sun, so we understand if you hate this season. On the other hand, autumn is not that bad if you know how to deal with its sicknesses quickly and effortlessly. As we wish you a cosy season, we also wish you a strong immune system and a good grasp of tools to create unforgettable and illnesses-free moments!


Mr Pain and His sister Anxiety

“One way to break up any kind of tension is good deep breathing.”

Byron Nelson

If Pain had a gender it would definitely be masculine. Just because…

 And why not? All of us have felt Him, this stingy, cracking life’s side-effect that just has enough Ego to be a part of your existence, whether it be after an intense workout, a performance, or even an exam.

He comes uninvited,

He comes and goes. Whenever He wishes!

Seems no one can stop Him…

Except!... You know one His weakness…

His weakness is simple, the one He’d be nothing without, -

Her name is Anxiety.  

Whatever that means…

But do be aware – She’s all for what Pain exists.

Here’s a little rhyme that came too naturally not to share. With this, a huge article joined along, all in honour of Him - the Mr. Pain. And of course, His sister...

Life is tense! That’s why Buddhists and Tibetan monks have their practices to end the suffering and get rid of all illusions in our world, including Pain.  

Unless you are a Tibetan monk, physical Pain, while in company of his great “sister” Anxiety must have visited you at least once before a big test, performance, or a public speaking.

However, some people experience it more than others. Based on global statistics it is estimated that 264 million adults around the globe experience Anxiety in their life. It is thought to be a psychological disorder, but it involves many systems of the body. Anxiety is a true chameleon and is called a “somatic” condition: meaning it is typically brought on and made worse not by any external source (for example a virus), but by our internal psychological and physiological functioning.

One way or another, along with Her almost always comes Mr. Pain. Therefore conversations about chronic painful problems routinely turn into conversations about Anxiety and it often ends up at the chicken-and-egg question: does Anxiety cause the Pain, or is the Pain causing the Anxiety?

Hint: it’s both.

Chronic Pain is extremely common and can be both a cause and consequence of Anxiety — sometimes equally, sometimes slanted much more one way than the other, but each always influencing the other to some degree. For many people with both Anxiety and Pain, solving the Pain is the best possible treatment for the Anxiety. Others must solve both at once. And a few will find that Pain is just one of many ways meaning that they are haunted by Anxiety demons.

How works the Anxiety = Pain Phenomenon?

The Anxiety causes our natural stress response to be constantly activated, and that our muscles contract as part of our stress response. When we experience Anxiety, our neuromuscular system never gets a chance to recover or return to normal. Our heart rate remains elevated and our muscles retain a higher than normal level of tension.  

So when our muscles are constantly contracted, our cells are forced to create energy for our muscles through the process of anaerobic metabolism. In this process, glucose is synthesized into adenosine triphosphate (ATP) without the help of oxygen, and lactic acid is produced as waste.

Lactic acid is often blamed for muscle soreness, but our body quickly breaks down lactic acid into lactate and hydrogen ions. A build-up of hydrogen ions, which activate our pain receptors, is likely the cause of the dull ache and burning sensation we feel in our muscles during strenuous exercise.

And a build - up of lactate is linked to Anxiety. Not surprisingly, studies show that people with Anxiety have higher levels of muscle tension, react to stress with stronger muscle contractions, and return to their normal level of tension slower.

Both Anxiety and chronic muscle tension are conditions of the nervous system in which our reactions have become habituated to the level that they are not under our conscious, voluntary control—that’s why they feel so uncontrollable and unchangeable. Unbalanced levels of hormones and neurotransmitters make Anxiety all - the - more challenging to overcome.

 Conscious intervention, retraining of the nervous system, and commitment to healthy lifestyle habits are all necessary to truly eliminate both anxiety and muscle tension.

Here we share some effective ways to eliminate the phenomena:

TRY MASSAGE THERAPY

Massage therapy is one of the best-known alternative remedies for relieving muscle tension. It addresses the muscle tissue directly and can assist the muscle in releasing its contraction, thus easing the tension. Massage might be useful in the treatment of stiff and sore muscles. There are many types of massage to choose from:

 Swedish massage is a gentle touch massage that is good for lighter forms of tension, while deep-tissue massage is effective in addressing deeper muscle tension. Either of these forms will be helpful and a great way to relieve muscle tension, tension headaches, and neck stiffness.

PRACTICE YOGA

Yoga is perhaps the oldest form of alternative muscle tension management. Some people claim the practice of yoga to be over 5,000 years old! Yoga uses techniques to lengthen, stretch and relax your muscles while simultaneously working with your breath. Yoga addresses both the physical side of muscle tension and the stress aspect as well.

TAKE HOT BATHS!

Hot water allows muscle fibers to loosen and relax, in turn relieving muscle tension. Hot baths can also be soothing to your nervous system. Healing substances can be added to the bath, such as essential oils and sea salts. Essential oils can also be added to a warm bath to assist in relaxation and release of muscle tension. But remember, - don’t stay in a warm bath too long. Be aware of the dizziness, which sometimes appear after being in a hot water for longer time.

TRY BALMS/GELS/HERBAL MEDICINE:

Try all sorts of remedies that could be applied to your body. This includes

The last, but not least of the remedies mentioned above is “balms that include CBD’’. That something worth another article or even a book, but we’ll try to make it as clear and short as possible.  

First, painkillers are not the best option to treat Pain and muscle spasms. They function via the central nervous system (CNS) by “deceiving” the mind into thinking there is no pain, while in - reality, there is. CBD really works a bit differently.

But in order to CBD to work as a muscle relaxant, cannabinoid receptors must be present at the site of muscular synapses. This is where the endocannabinoid system comes in:

If you haven’t heard of the endocannabinoid system (ECS), you need to inform yourself now. In short, it is an innate network of cannabinoids and cannabinoid receptors that occur 100% naturally in the human body. Everyone has the receptors, whether you are someone who has no idea about it, or you are herbal medicine PhD student. Another thing is also clear:

Cannabis does function well as both a neurological “painkiller” and a neuromuscular blocking agent. Not to mention, it does not have side effects as painkillers usually do; nevertheless, it isn’t addictive in any way (while this is also one of the features of some effective painkillers).

Alleviating muscle spasms at the molecular level is one of the many great uses of CBD. Thousands of people have switched over to it from prescription medications due to its high costs and dangerous side effects later.

One of the great products that we have in our stock, which you could always try in order to feel physically better and lower any discomfort and tension, e.g. muscle spasms, is CBD Cooling Gel:

Exclusive extracts come together and provide relief to overworked muscles and joints. All ingredients create a cooling synthesis to help relieve muscle soreness. The symbiosis of menthol, eucalyptus and glycerine (accompanied by the full spectrum of CBD) creates a treatment for your muscles and joints, to relief soreness and calm the body

*If interested (or you know who might be), please, check it out on our website, in the product section.

Depending on the type and severity of the muscle tension, trying each of these strategies could prove helpful in relieving muscle tension. Even though the tension is caused by Anxiety, which is a mental effect, the physical body is affected, including muscles. And while there are various approaches to soothing some of that muscle tension, it is also important to address the underlying cause, and learn to manage it.

We hope this article was helpful for you, so next time we can all unite and with ease conquer and control the one and only, Mr. Pain.

And His sister Anxiety.

If You have any question, contact us!