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CBD & Testosterone: A match made in heaven?

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CBD has recently made its mark within the health industry, being thrust firmly into the spotlight. But one thing that might catch the eye of you guys is CBD’s ties to testosterone.

Although it’s not just testosterone that CBD improves. Oh no. It can help to boost sleep quality amongst a range of other factors. And this list is growing daily thanks to increased scrutiny (and interest) in the field. CBD is really beginning to cement its place as king of the industry.

Some of CBD’s powers include; helping to maintain a balanced diet, reducing stress and influencing weight loss as well as lowering anxiety and significantly minimising inflammation. With all of these natural properties, it’s no surprise that more and more people are finding ways to include CBD in their diets.

And now what all the fellas have been waiting for – CBD’s effects on testosterone! While this area of research is relatively new, there is a growing body of literature supporting the positive effects of CBD usage and increased testosterone production. There are also many practical results that CBD can achieve for those consuming the product on a regular basis.

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The Benefits of Boosting Testosterone

What are the benefits of boosting testosterone and how can we use CBD to enhance testosterone levels I hear you scream?

Well…

Healthy testosterone levels have been strongly correlated with a healthy heart in gents, as well as aiding weight control. Testosterone can also influence the results of your hours of labour in the gym, helping to build muscle as well as supporting bone strength.

It can also help individuals to feel more driven, happy and has even been shown to increase levels of concentration.

As men get older, there is a natural decrease in testosterone – that’s just life. So for guys looking to lead a healthier and more enjoyable lifestyle, boosting testosterone can be beneficial in working towards achieving those goals. By supplementing your diet with CBD products, you can increase your testosterone in a healthy and sustainable manner. Just be sure to support that with healthy lifestyle changes.

Remember, it needs to be a whole lifestyle shift. CBD isn’t the magic pill that’ll change your life overnight.

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Sleep, Stress Reduction and Relaxation

The connection between a solid night’s sleep and healthy testosterone levels has been documented extensively over the years.

This is one of the determining factors for people looking to boost their overall health. A number of studies have revealed that CBD supplements can be a wonderful alternative method to aiding a successful sleep.

As mentioned before, there are swaths of academic research providing evidence that CBD can lower stress, pain and anxiety as well as inflammation. When these factors are reduced, a deep sleep is pretty much guaranteed.

It is also well documented that sleeping less than five hours per night can negatively impact your testosterone levels. This is compounded significantly if you’re continuously getting subpar shuteye. Studies have suggested that on average, eight hours of good quality sleep per night can increase your testosterone levels by almost 15%, hammering home the importance of sleep (and supplementation that can help achieve it).

While regular consumption of CBD can result in deeper sleeps, studies have noted that CBD has no effect or disruption on normalised or regular sleep cycles.

This basically means that compounds found in CBD will help you get a good night’s rest, in turn meaning you can reap the physical and mental rewards that brings. And no, taking CBD won’t knock you out or make you drowsy!

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What are the ways that we can include CBD in our diets?

Touted as nature’s little miracle and a universal remedy for all sorts of ailments, CBD should be on your daily menu if you want to take your health to the next level.

But how can you incorporate CBD into your daily routine?

There are many ways you get your daily dose of CBD – from smoothies to chocolates and now even in our cups of coffee in the morning. The possibilities for incorporating CBD into our diets seems endless!

One of the most effective ways to include CBD in your daily diet is by consuming infused beverages and an easy way to start your day is by having a delicious cup of coffee that can instantly boost energy levels.

This method can work well, as the chemical components in both coffee and CBD positively interlace to provide an immediate kick just when you might need it in the morning. The water soluble CBD used in our coffee, syrups, edibles (soon) and hot chocolate is perfect for quick absorption and will have those T levels rocking in next to no time!

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CBD’s Effects on Athletic Performance

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Did you know CBD can help improve your athletic performance?

So you may have heard how CBD is the answer to all your prayers and that taking it will make you more relaxed and less stressed about life.

Well luckily, this is true… Sort of.

CBD isn’t the answer to all your prayers, although it is a fascinating substance that is known to have calming effects, making people less stressed and anxious.

So how can the effects of this seemingly ‘relaxing’ substance really have a positive impact on athletic performance?  You might be surprised!

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How can the effects of CBD benefit athletes? 

  1. Reduces pain

When it comes to risks in sport, inflammation is top of the list. In fact, it’s almost a guarantee. Any athlete pushing their muscles to their maximum limit will experience inflammation of the muscles and it can cause discomfort, causing them to miss out on their sporting goals.

CBD is known to have anti-inflammatory effects, and is linked to being a safer option compared to over the counter drugs such as Ibuprofen.

These manufactured anti-inflammatory drugs, when used excessively are linked with strokes, heart attacks and kidney damage.  CBD is a naturally occurring substance that comes from plants, making it a more holistic solution.

  1. Speeds up recovery

As well as inflammation, a rigorous training regime results in oxidative stress.  This can cause muscle and even organ damage if allowed to go unmanaged. If not managed properly, this can seriously harm recovery time for athletes.

New research is showing that CBD may have a positive effect on oxidative stress, helping athletes to recover faster and even preform better during competition.

  1. Reduces stress and anxiety

Athletes not only put huge amounts of stress on their bodies, but also their minds.  This stress can promote anxiety and even depression if allowed to go untreated.

Studies on CBD have linked it with helping reduce the effects of stress and anxiety.  These conditions can cause a dip in motivation, resulting in an athlete not reaching their true potential.

Top performing athletes have been on record time and time again, stating that to reach the top level of any sport you have to be mentally strong as well as physically.  CBD could give you that mental edge over the competition.

  1. Can promote weight loss

Relatively new research has indicated a link between fat loss and CBD.

The human body has two types of fat cells; White cells and brown cells.  White cells lead to weight gain as they promote excess fat storage.  These can be seen as “bad”.  Brown cells on the other hand, have the ability to burn calories.  People with more brown cells in their body have been shown to have a lower BMI (body mass index).

Studies show CBD having an increase on the browning of adipose tissue, turning white cells into brown cells.

It almost seems too good to be true!

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How to get CBD into your routine

Okay, so you’re ready to start taking CBD but you don’t know how you can incorporate it into your daily life.  Luckily there are thousands of products out there that have CBD infused into them.

Take our CBD infused coffee for example.  Coffee is already part of so many people’s lives, especially athletes’! That caffeine-fuelled workout married with a dose of CBD could be the difference between reaching your personal best or missing a rep.

Don’t feel guilty with having to count those extra calories every time you want to add something sweet to your coffee. Our coffee syrups come in three delicious flavours and are also ZERO calories. Yep. ZERO calories!

We know that Coffee isn’t everyone’s cup of tea (pardon the pun…) but don’t worry because the wonder of CBD knows no limits.

We have our very own CBD infused hot chocolate (a vegan version is available too). Just think about it… after those of long dark nights after a gruelling training session, you can sit down to a nice hot cup of coco.  Or that long awaited cheat day that seems to go as soon as it comes around. The CBD hot chocolate has got it all covered.

We know that an athlete’s daily routine can be time-restricted with most of that time dedicated to mastering their craft.  That being said, here are a few other CBD products that can be adopted into virtually any routine seamlessly, by replacing regular products with the CBD version:

  • Edibles (coming soon to Calm Recovery)
  • Skincare (Moisturisers, oils and ointments)
  • Energy drinks
  • Gummies
  • Capsules

You should never leave any stone unturned when it comes to being at your absolute peak as an athlete.

Neglecting a substance as potentially beneficial as CBD may just be the reason you’re not reaching that next level.

We at Calm Recovery take pride in our CBD and want to promote this wonderful substance in the most positive way we can – by producing extremely high quality CBD infused products.

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