Why Homeostasis is Important for Health
This is any organisms fundamental process to maintain a stable internal environment. Disturbances in this delicate balance most likely can lead to health problems. Whether or not the body is able to adjust to changes and effectively maintain homeostasis directly impacts the likelihood that a disease or condition will develop.
Science has studied and theorized a possible link for diseases like arthritis, epilepsy, stroke, obesity, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, and glaucoma associating them with this loss of balance. Whether or not the body is able to adjust to changes and effectively maintain homeostasis directly impacts the likelihood that a disease will develop.
Endocannabinoid system and Homeostasis
Shown to have extensive influence over homeostasis, the endocannabinoid system is responsible for regulating the biochemistry related to an array of processes. Pain management, immune response, appetite, energy regulation, mood, and memory are just some of the functions that are managed by the endocannabinoid system.
The endocannabinoid system supports homeostasis by utilizing cannabinoids and cannabinoid receptors found throughout the immune system and central and peripheral nervous systems. When an imbalance is detected, the body naturally synthesizes cannabinoids to interact with the cannabinoid receptors, which in turn stimulate a chemical response that works to return the physiological process that is out of balance back to homeostasis. Cannabinoids are what allow communication and coordination between different cell types.
The body naturally synthesizes cannabinoids on demand, but scientists believe that in some cases not enough cannabinoids are created for the endocannabinoid system to work effectively. This condition, referred to as clinical endocannabinoid deficiency, has been linked to several health problems and diseases. In these cases, researchers have found evidence that supplementing with phytocannabinoids, such as CBD, could help the endocannabinoid system to function properly and lead to improved health.
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