Aside from a healthy diet, workouts should also be part of your weight loss program. In this case, most enthusiasts will go to fitness gyms in order to perform such workouts. They spend hours a day in order to use different exercise machines to perform their workouts. This way, they can reach their common goal which is to lose weight.
However, these enthusiasts also know that they have time constraints with regards to the use of certain gym equipment. In this case, they would want to know which is the best training method for weight loss which they can allocate more of their gym time to. They are usually torn between cardio training and strength training. They want to know whether it will be more beneficial to them if they do more cardio or more strength and if it will allow them to quickly reach their fitness goal.
If you are one of these enthusiasts, then, the answer is, it depends. It depends on how you view weight loss as a specific goal. If you want to be buff, then, it will be best to go with strength training. If you want to see your numbers going down the scale, then, you should go with cardio training.
According to a couple of studies, those individuals who do more aerobic exercises typically lose more weight in just a lesser amount of time. This is because doing cardio workouts have the capability to burn more calories than doing strength training. However;
Performing cardio workouts are not typically doing much to the different muscle groups in your body though. According to one study that was conducted in Penn State, comparing those who do cardio workouts and those who do strength training, lost the same number of pounds.
However, for those doing cardio, some of the pounds they were able to shed came from their muscles. On the other hand, for those doing strength training, they lost mostly pure fat, which is why they were able to feel the changes in their bodies when they try to fit themselves into skinny jeans. Muscle mass will also give you a nice shape.
Strength training is actually the best way for building more muscle mass. You could be burning 120 calories extra per day, without even moving at all, if you gain at least three pounds of pure muscle. However, this finding does not mean that you should stop with your cardio workouts, though.
You can do strength training workouts at home, pushups, lunges pullups etc. To really ramp up your training get a gym membership or if you are a ‘at home trainer’ then you should invest in a dumbbell set.
The best solution that works for most individuals is to incorporate both cardio workouts and strength training into a single exercise program. You might want to get help from a fitness trainer to know which exercises are good for both of cardio and strength training.
Indeed, there is no specific method that works for all individuals, most especially when it comes to exercises. You have to understand that people have different views, different goals, and different physiques. But for most people weight training is by far the best option, that is if you have limited time and you have to choose between the two.
Also don’t forget to include hemp seeds into your diet.
The common excuse for not working out and staying in shape is “I do not have enough time”. That is kind of silly, you can have a limited amount of time but to not have time at all is a stretch. The purpose of this article is to give you some time saving options to your work out routine. Exercises that will get you results but will not use up too much of your time.
Cardio vs Resistance Training
Most people think that if you only have limited amount of time for exercise than just go for a run or have a session on the exercise bike, that will get you results but if you want better results in a limited amount of time then you are much better off going for weight training instead.
Why is that? Lifting weights will burn calories even after you have finished working out, while cardio burns more calories whilst training, the calorie burning stops after you have finished exercising. On top of that muscles burn calories just for being there – yes when you are resting, that’s why muscular people can eat large quantities even when they stop working out.
The Four Types Of Resistance Training You Should Do
Squats; I will let the video do the explaining.
Push ups; We all know what a push up is, doing bench press with barbell or dumbbells will also work all of the same muscles.
Pull Ups; Alternatively you can do pull downs or seated rows, they all use similar muscle groups. Pull ups/ chin ups are more of an advanced type of workout. Here is some pull up workouts suitable for beginners to advanced.
Abdominal Workouts; Or also known as core workouts. There are so many different ways to work your abs. The video below showcases several of the most popular workouts. Don’t forget to work your lower back as well.
These workouts are known as compound workouts. Meaning they work many muscle groups simultaneously, they are tough and you will fell like you are working hard but that is the point. Working hard will get you results and it will do it fast!
Of course resistance training will not build up your cardio vascular fitness, remember your lungs need exercise as well. But if you have limited amount of time and you need to prioritize then I will recommend you lift weights as you can always incorporate cardio vascular exercise into your everyday activities. For example take the stairs instead of the lift, walk or bike instead of driving your car or using public transport etc. You get the idea.
While you will lose weight with exercise, diet plays a much bigger role not only in weight management but in general health altogether. With that being said exercise is also important. Watch what you are eating and how much you are eating then focus on your fitness routine.
Being afraid of fat
Researchers from Yale studied which diets have the best results over the long term. They found that focusing on healthier fats rather than cutting out fats all together was the most effective.
Unsaturated fats and omega-3’s are considered to be the ‘good’ fats and are found in hemp oil, coconut oil, avocado, nuts, seeds and fish. These fats protect your heart, brain function and overall health.
The fats you need to avoid are the unhealthy ones like trans-fats. These are responsible for clogging arteries and high cholesterol. Small amount of trans-fats naturally occur in dairy and meat and when eaten in a balanced way do not cause issues. What should be avoided are the artificial trans-fats found in processed foods like bakery items, packaged snack food or heavily processed meats.
Neglecting Internal Triggers
Often weight loss is hampered by emotional issues that lead us to over eat. If there is a history of rewarding ourselves with food, snacking when stressed or bored, or making poor food choices due to stress or convenience, you must address these triggers to lose weight and keep it off. Keeping a food diary that notes what you are eating, when and why will help you identify these triggers.
Many so called ‘healthy drinks’ are loaded with sugar. Fruit juice is a common one, something that was once a healthy drink is ruined with refined sugar, not only is it bad for every organ in your body, it also causes weight gain. Smoothies are a healthy choice most of the time so long as they don’t contain sweetened yoghurt.
Coffee has many health benefits but if you are adding milk and sugar to it then you are not doing yourself any favors. And do not drink diet sodas – sure they are absent calories but the artificial sweeteners are carcinogenic. Pay attention to what goes in to your drink.
Doing lots of ‘crunches’
A flat stomach has certainly been made desirable in our culture – think all those gossip magazines with their tips for getting a 6-pack. The issue is that you cannot spot reduce fat. If you naturally carry weight around your middle, exercise that target the stomach might grow your muscles but won’t affect the amount of fat distributed to your belly, it will reduce your overall fat though.
Choosing the wrong exercise
A popular misconception is that cardio is the best in regards to weight loss, cardio will burn more calories initially but lifting weights or any type of resistance training will burn calories long after you have left the gym and muscles burn calories even when resting.
Building muscle will also give you a nice shape, if you only have time to do one type of training make it resistance training and try to incorporate cardio into every day activities; take the stairs rather than the elevator, if you have to walk somewhere then walk quickly, park at the other end of the parking lot etc.
Health is an on-going process and exercise needs to be a long term commitment for results. If you start exercising and hate it, it won’t become a regular part of your routine. Instead choose a type of exercise you actually enjoy – walking the dog, lifting weights, bicycling or joining a class.
Eat healthier takeout
While take-out food should be a treat, in reality we rely on it to keep us going in our busy lives. Either stop in at health-food stores that specialize in whole food or do some simple ordering tricks to make your plate healthier – like getting the fish and salad with the dressing on the side. Choose water instead of a sugary beverage. Or better yet cook food in bulk and put into containers so you do not have to eat takeout.
Flooding your body with cortisol
Cortisol is the stress hormone. It floods the body when you are stressed, anxious and tired. This hormone increases the amount of fat stored on around the belly. Keeping your stress under control will keep your hormones in check for a happier, healthier you.
The Silver Bullet Syndrome
In other words, there is no magic cure. If you approach weight loss as a lifestyle change rather than a diet, you will see better and lasting results.
Worrying about how much you eat
This can lead to eating too little of the wrong foods which means you will feel hungry all the time. Instead focus on eating plenty of healthy foods until you are full. Most vegetables have very few calories so make sure you fill at least two thirds of your plate with veges.
Don’t ignore the satiety effect
Satiety is all about foods which make you feel full and not all foods are equal. Food high in protein and fiber will keep you fuller for longer and they tend to be healthier as well! Do not rely on meat and dairy alone to meet your protein requirements, there are many vegan alternatives that are not laden with animal fats. The vegan protein alternative that I would recommend is…. yep you guessed it hemp seeds.
Carbs are currently the ‘bad guy’ however they play an important role in nutrition. Just make sure you are eating the healthy versions – unrefined, whole foods rather than processed or plain carbs. Make swaps like brown rice instead of white. Wholemeal instead of refined white flour and fruit instead of desserts.
The Myopia Flaw
This describes people’s tendency to be short-sighted. Weight loss begins with a sudden shed and plateaus off. This is normal but we can lose focus once the numbers aren’t shifting so rapidly. Keep the long term goal of health in mind to keep you on track.
Thinking food and exercise are your only tools
If you are only looking at your diet and exercise regimen – you are potentially missing large parts of your story. For example, do you have underlying health issues that cause weight gain?
We all have an inner voice of resistance that wants us to take the easier or nicer path through life. It’s like the demon on your shoulder telling you to skip the workout or eat the doughnut. Make it a habit to overcome that negative voice and make the better choice.
Have a support system
You are more likely to succeed if you have social support in your goal. A personal trainer is an option or make a pact with a close friend and you can motivate each other.
Using food to incentivize your actions is not a positive step forward. Instead, focus on exercise you enjoy and the motivation will come easily. Remember, food can be a fun treat but avoid using it as a reward.
Listening to Negative People
Other people can pull you down with comments like, “But you’re so skinny, eat some cake!” If health is your goal, keep that in mind and don’t take other people’s opinions to heart.
Assess your surroundings
Do your friends, family or co-workers tend to over indulge or push treats on you? It can be impossible to have sustainable changes to your health if you are surrounded by temptations. Either make your goals clear to those around you or even better, encourage them to join you on your health journey. if you surround yourself with other health conscious people it will make it much easier to maintain a healthier lifestyle.
Wedding Day Syndrome
A wedding is a one day event but a marriage lasts forever. You want your new healthy lifestyle to be more of a marriage and less of a wedding. Otherwise you will just put the weight back on and be back where you started.
That is a pretty bold claim to make and you are no doubt a little skeptical, there is nothing wrong with a little skepticism. I personally do not suffer from cellulite, (perhaps because of regular hemp use) so the way I came to this conclusion is after reading a post titled how to get rid of cellulite fast.
In this post it makes lots of claims that align with hemp seed consumption as well as industrial hemp uses, they are as follows;
Cellulite is attributed to unbalanced hormone levels
There is a chemical called BPA (aka bisphenol A) that is known as a xenoestrogen and has been linked to disruption of hormones. Plastic made using hemp does not contain these nasty chemicals and is also biodegradable. Two reasons to ditch oil derived plastics.
Meat and dairy are full of hormones
I think it is common knowledge that both dairy and meat these days are loaded with hormones (and other nasty chemicals that do not belong in your body) so if you rely mainly on nutritious hemp seeds for your protein needs than you will be avoiding all of these cellulite enhancing hormones. The other option is to go for organic meat and dairy.
An acidic body promotes cellulite
Meat and dairy are two of the many things that will make your body more acidic, yet another reason to make hemp seeds a regular part of your diet as hemp seed protein will make your body more alkaline. There are also may other benefits of hemp seeds that you can read about here.
Too much toxins in your body will give you cellulite
Toxins from plastics, meat and dairy. Also did you know that essential fatty acids, (something that hemp seeds are rich in) makes up the walls of your cells, these walls help to absorb nutrients and get rid of toxins. There are other sources of essential fatty acids but hemp seeds are not abundant in them but they also have an almost perfect ratio of them.
Poor circulation can be attributed to causing cellulite
Hemp seeds have been known to improve your circulation, I guess you are starting to see a pattern here, I am sure there are many other reasons why hemp is excellent at not only getting rid of cellulite but keeping your body healthy and saving the environment.
My favorite way of consuming hemp seeds is in a smoothie with fruit and other super foods such as chia seeds and cacao powder. I also like to drizzle hemp seed oil on my salads, it gives it a nice ‘nutty’ flavor.
With nine vital amino acids, hemp is a high protein seed which contains fiber, Vitamin E, trace minerals, and various fatty acids. It could help you start a good retaining balance with its 3:1 ratio of omega 3 and 6 fats. Unlike some protein shakes and supplements, hemp seeds are very easy to digest and won’t make you feel bloated or full of stomach gas.
Another edge noted is the absence of phytic acid in hemp seeds. Phytic acid is an anti-nutrient substance which hinders the body from mineral absorption. Usually in high amounts, it is most commonly found in soy products.
Hemp seeds contain the complete set of 20 essential amino acids with the inclusion of other 9 amino acids that the body cannot produce independently. It is the best source for complete amino acid compared to most seeds sold in the market. With all these, the seeds could help the body fight off developing diseases and improve the health of immuno-deficient individuals.
As for the high protein content, most vegetarians find hemp seeds the best alternative source for their protein needs. It could also help protect the cells, tissues, organs, skin, immunity and the bloodstream with the high phytonutrients present and the inclusion of polyunsaturated vital fatty acids.
The benefits are being supported by Czechoslovakia Tubercular Nutritional Study in 1955.
Hemp and Marijuana
Oftentimes, marijuana is associated with hemps due to their several similarities including their family origin. Though both are from the same family of Cannabis sativa L., the two plants differ when it comes to their subspecies.
Marijuana is described as a plant which contains high psychoactive varieties of Cannabis and is very famous for its high THC content. On the other hand, hemp is a variant of Cannabis containing low amounts of THC and is commercialized as seeds, oil and fiber. It is available in most countries except in the USA.
Hemp as Food
Hemps are commonly sold as nuts in shelled seeds which could be ground or roasted. Other forms are available with the use of hemp milk as flour, tofu alternative or simply as a nutritious spread for crackers and breads. Sprouted hemp seeds could also serve as an ingredient to your salad recipes. Some people compared its taste similar to sunflower seeds and pine nuts, proving everyone that hemps could be used together with many healthy snacks and meals.
Not only vegans could benefit from hemp seeds since diabetic patients also tried to include the food on their diet. Due to the low carbohydrate content, the glycemic index also drops low with the high nutrients known to moderate the blood sugar level of diabetics. Shelled hemps are more recommended than the whole seed for the reason that the protein content is richer up to 30%.
Lecithin, a nutrient also found in hemp, helps protect the brain and the nervous system, enhances enzyme production of the body and breaks down fats accordingly. Its by-product, choline, helps improve the brain impulses throughout the body while improving the gallbladder and liver function. Acetylcholine, a derivative of choline, improves the memory especially for Alzheimer patients.
Another helpful component of hemps is the Vitamin B8 or inositol, which inhibits the artery from hardening by moderating the cholesterol levels. The plant hormones known as phytosterols or phytoestrogens also help in regulating the cell metabolism as well as the cholesterol absorption.
Aside from the mentioned vitamins and minerals, zinc, sulfur, iron and electrolytes such as calcium, magnesium and potassium are also present.
Vegetarian Body Building
Preferred by most bodybuilders, meat protein alternatives are starting to open a new path in the world of body building. Being a traditional high source of protein, meat became the number one choice for body builders all over the world until hemp seeds came into the picture. Hemps could provide more suitable proteins than that of meat products even when consumed in small amounts. Hemp seed protein is also superior to whey protein.
On the other hand, huge consumption of meats should be done first before a person could get enough value of proteins to make the muscles grow. It is also a common knowledge to everyone that meat products possess high levels of saturated fats. Developing certain diseases including cancer and heart diseases are also at risk.
Cutting down meat and dairy from your diet is a great way to lose weight, in fact many of the most popular weight loss programs confirm this. As we all know being overweight is detrimental to your health and the impact excessive meat and dairy consumption has on the environment is killing the planet. Hemp seed protein is ideal for both your health and the planets health. Whey protein is one of the more popular protein supplements on the market and when you look at sprouted brown rice protein compared to whey protein you will see that the rice protein is superior but hemp protein is just a little better than brown rice protein so hemp for the win…
A very important factor for body builders is their bodies’ bioavailability to boost muscle growth after an extreme workout. It happens because the body needs more protein to repair and build the muscles. It is also a very good opportunity for muscle development.
In this regard, the body must acquire the right amount of amino acids immediately to sustain its growth since the chance gradually declines as the time passes by. As the protein from meat is present in the form of complex amino acids, it would take quite some time to break it down into basic forms. Through this, some of the protein and useful nutrients from meat are not readily absorbed by the system.
Hemp seeds could provide the body better with its simple readily available amino acid contents. The availability of phytonutrients and enzymes promote faster body absorption. In line with this, hemp seeds are among the best choice of most vegetarian body builders.
Recovery and Relief
With the complete set of amino acids found in hemp, the seeds could easily repair the strained tissues and muscles once the workout routine was done. The joints are additionally lubricated while the pain is soothed with the fast action of the amino acids. Since the body is acidic after a vigorous exercise, hemps could neutralize the system thru their strong anti-inflammatory alkaline ability. Muscle inflammation could be lessened by the use of hemp oils while providing absolute relief from tenderness.
Though hemp seeds provide a complete source of amino acids, it is also advisable to combine the seeds with almonds and cashews for a great source of tryptophan. However, combinations with soy products are highly discouraged since there are some reported incidents of indigestion.
First of let me start this post by saying the pros out weigh the cons by far! Hemp Biofuel is not an alternative to fossil fuels but a solution, a much needed solution. When we hear the term”biofuel” for the first time, we immediately think of an alternative to conventional methods of power, an alternative would suggest it is on par or even with what we use- but it is far superior in almost every way, yet we still rely on fossil fuels such as oil and coal.
Skeptics argue that using plants such as corn for biofuel will raise prices for food and/or use land that is required to grow food which will in turn raise the price of your weekly grocery bill. As well as what continuous farming does to the land! But this particular plant is quite unique when it is compared with other fuel crops… Here are some facts about hemp you should know.
Hemp Fuel: Pros, Cons and comparison to other energy sources
How do we compare hemp fuel with fossil fuel? These are the pros and cons.
We breathe exhaust emissions that are hazardous to our health. The use of hemp biofuel decreases the exhaust of particulate matter by 30% and lowers health risk from use of fossil fuel. According to a research, hemp fuel emissions cut levels of PAH and nitrated PAH as well as a whole lot of other carcinogens. (substances that can cause cancer)
Hemp seeds are a very nutritious source of food so growing the hemp plant in land designated for growing food will not only produce food but will also fuel and not to mention the other 25,000 uses for hemp.(biodiesel is made from hemp seed oil, bioethanol is made from other parts of the plant)
Reduced demand for herbicides and pesticides. Hemp is a fast growing plant that ‘fans out’ meaning it will grow faster than most weeds and the leaves will block the sun essentially killing the weeds. Hemp is also a very ‘hardy plant’ it can grow in conditions that other plants will struggle to grow in and it has few pests.
Hemp fuel is sustainable, you can grow a new crop of hemp every year, where as fossil fuels take millions of years to regenerate.
Biofuels are cleaner burning thus reducing engine wear
It is safer to store than fossil fuels.
Hemp will help release the stranglehold that big oil companies have on the consumer
Hemp Biofuel is carbon neutral
What does that mean? Basically the amount of carbon that the actual plants ‘breathes in’ whilst it is growing is equivalent to what is produced when it is consumed as a biofuel. So it will not contribute to the accumulation of carbon that is spewed into the air every day!
Hemp looks almost identical to Marijuana so a helicopter flying over a field of hemp will be unable to tell the difference. (the ethics on weather or not marijuana should be illegal is the subject of another post)
Hemp oil (used for making biodiesel) has a short self life.
So why is it not widely used?
My personal opinion is Greed!
As you know Marijuana is officially classed as a drug and Hemp was placed in the same category.
Unlike marijuana, hemp won’t make you “high” because it has almost no THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana). Hemp’s THC level is only around 1%, while that of marijuana reaches between 5% to 15%. So it would not be possible to consume enough hemp to get you high.
As well as the fact you can make a substitute plastic from hemp, plastic and fuel is two things we get from oil- so that puts industrial hemp in direct competition with oil companies! Not to mention all of the other industries threatened by this useful plant.
While other nations are more realistic about hemp policy. The US doesn’t seem to be rational when it comes to the hemp issue, it is the only developed nation which doesn’t recognize the importance of hemp use for production. But did you know it use to be illegal for a farmer not to grow hemp in America, considering it is such a useful plant. And get this the US constitution was written on hemp paper.
It more environmentally friendly to grow than any other biofuel plant, It is much less harmful to the environment than burning fossil fuels. Remember the big oil spill near Mexico, yet another reason to shy away from oil. And an Ironic part of this is the fact that hemp fibre is one of the best ways of absorbing oil!
Our world is in the middle of an environmental crisis it does not have to be in. We have become entirely too dependent on wood and fossil fuels, and are starting to really see the effect it on our world. Today, we are using and burning more fossil fuel than ever before. We are also cutting down forests at alarming rates. Both of these actions are harming our environment. Fortunately, there is a solution to our paper and fuel consummation problems that is really quite simple and can be summarized in one word: hemp.
Our Country And Our World Are Overly Dependent On Wood
Our world today is currently extremely dependent on wood for many different items. Our dependency on wood results in a huge increase in the CO2 into our air and atmosphere. At this point in time, deforestation has led to the release of at least 120 billion tons of CO2 into the environment. This CO2 is harming our atmosphere. It is also contributing to global warming and causing rising temperature around the world. We use this wood to create many different products, some which may surprise you. 93% of all of the paper products we produce are made from wood. We also use wood products to build our homes and our furniture. We even use wood products in our food supply.
Forests Are Being Harmed Due To Our Dependency On Wood
Due to our dependency on wood, over 70% of the forests in the United States have been destroyed since 1916. Although forests still cover about 30% of the Earth’s land areas, we lose forests the size of Panama each and every year. We lose about 116 square miles of rain forest every day due to deforestation. At the rate we are currently destroying forests due to our dependency on wood, all our forests could be gone within the next hundred years, which really is a blink of an eye.
We Can Save Our Forests By Using Hemp Instead Of Wood
The great news is that we can save our forests and stop adding unnecessary CO2 to the environment by using hemp instead of wood. Hemp can be used to create all of the same products we depend on wood for, including paper, cardboard and particle board. Hemp can even be used to build houses and construct furniture. We do not have to stop using these products, we just have to change how we make them.
Farmers Can Grow Hemp
All of these products can be made from hemp. Industrial hemp can be grown as a rotating crop by farmers. Farmers can grow and harvest up to four hemp crops per year. It only takes eight to twelve weeks for hemp crops to mature, allowing farmers to grow multiple crops per year. Different strands of industrial hemp can be grown in climates all around the world. You can grow hemp in the desert. You can also grow hemp in an area that is more lush with vegetation and resources.
Hemp Creates Stronger Products
Hemp is a great substitute for paper because it produces such strong fibers. Hemp fibers are actually stronger than paper fibers, and hemp paper lasts longer and can be reused and recycled more times than paper can. In fact, the cellulose, edible proteins, fibers and oils from a hemp harvest can be used for over 50,000 product applications. It can be used to create hemp paper as well as hemp toilet paper. Making all of our paper products out of hemp will save millions of trees and thousands of acres of forest every year, as well as reduce our CO2 impact on the environment.
It is superior to conventional paper in the respect that it does not need to be bleached as much, wood paper is not white to start off with so it is necessary to bleach it to achieve a whit color where as hemp paper does not require as much/any bleaching. This causes normal paper to be slightly toxic!
Some basic hemp paper facts are pretty impressive. Hemp paper and resources can be recycled up to 10 times, whereas paper made from wood fibers can only be recycled about three to four times. According to a United States Department of Agriculture report, an acre of hemp can produce the same amount of paper that it takes four acres of forest to produce. Add to the fact that you can regrow the same acre of hemp three to four per year, a single acre of hemp can save between twelve to sixteen acres of forest in one year.
Hemp cannot only solve our paper problems, it can also solve our fossil fuel problems. Hemp can be used to create gasoline. The idea of electric cars are great, but they have never really taken off and would involve the creation of a new infrastructure. Using the infrastructure that we already have in place, we can use hemp instead of fossil fuel to fuel our cars. In fact, hemp can even be used to create cars. Back in 1941, the Ford motor company actually produced a prototype vehicle that was made from 70% cellulose hemp fibers. Hemp can be used to make and fuel our cars.
Hemp Is The Solution We Need
We no longer have to be dependent on wood and fossil fuels. We no longer have to cut down our precious forests in order to make paper products. All the products we make from wood fibers can be made instead from hemp fibers instead. Hemp can be grown as a rotating crop by farmers. It can be grown in the desert or on ordinary farm plots all around the world. Outside of being able to make organic hemp rolling papers, and other paper products, hemp can be used for other applications as well. It can be used to make cars as well as the fuel we need to drive them. Hemp can be used to create over 50,000 different products. Hemp can save our forests from deforestation and reduce our dependency on fossil fuel. Hemp is the solutions to all of our consumption problems.
It’s unfortunate, but the first thing people think of when they hear hemp isn’t “viable cotton replacement” but instead, “Isn’t that from the same plant where weed comes from?”. This is a conclusion that’s rather ignorant of the fact that even though hemp is derived from cannabis (as well as hash and weed from the female version of the plant), it won’t get you high, it is nontoxic, and it beats cotton by miles in certain aspects of textile and manufacturing. Don’t let your anti-drug prejudices keep you from seeing the value of hemp. Hemp oil, for example, can treat cancer. Hemp could’ve been used for everything had multiple countries, including the United States, had no banned it in 1937 because of its treat to certain businesses at the time.
Cotton versus Hemp: A Showdown
Materials for Clothing: Hemp has many practical uses, but when it comes to clothing and apparel, it’s particularly useful. Clothing is one of those products that affect everyday life and most everyone on the planet makes use of one way or another. Cotton isn’t the only resource for clothing, but as far as general usage and commonness is concerned, cotton is the king of clothing materials. However, there are things about hemp that’s so much better than cotton, from cost-effectiveness to overall quality (cotton also has aspects of it that allows it to one-up hemp).
Which one is more environment-friendly? Which one isn’t banned? Which one in a holistic viewpoint stands the test of viability? Which one is tougher? Which one is less costly or more valuable?
Longevity and Comfort: Hemp is a strong fiber that gets progressively softer the more you wear it. This is a key feature of cotton. It’s well-known for its comfort and its ability to be broken in as time passes by. The softness of cotton cannot be denied, but having a threadbare shirt from cotton that breaks down means sooner or later you’ll have to buy new clothes thanks to wear and tear. Hemp combines longevity with comfort, in contrast. It becomes softer the more you wear it, but at the same time it takes longer for it to become too wear or too thin for you to wear since it’s been worn down by constant washing. It’s simply much more durable and stronger than cotton.
Moisture Wicking and Breathability: In this category, it’s almost a tie between hemp and cotton. They’re both breathable. In terms of wicking, cotton has a natural wicking system. Unlike synthetic fibers that have issues dispelling odors and dealing with moisture, cotton and hemp have superior wicking capabilities. The only downside with cotton is that it’s a bit too good at holding moisture, thus causing issues in fabric odor and longevity. Wet cotton that’s not dried properly is particularly difficult to handle because of bacteria formation and mildew. Hemp is superior in regards to handling moisture since it’s not as absorbent as cotton while still having the same breathability at the same time. It doesn’t hold odors, it has anti-bacterial properties, and it wicks moisture just right without being problematic.
Pesticide Usage: Hemp doesn’t need pesticides in order to grow to its full potential. In contrast, one of the main downsides of cotton production is that pests love cotton, so you need loads of pesticides in order to keep your crop safe. Organic cotton farming that’s safer for the environment is catching on, but at present, cotton is still produced globally in way that takes up 25% of all worldwide pesticide use. If we were to abandon cotton production right now, 25% of pesticide production will be reduced, which will benefit the environment by leaps and bounds. What’s more, you wouldn’t want to wear something laced with pesticides. Meanwhile, hemp isn’t only perfectly fine in growing pesticide-free it also doesn’t need chemical fertilizers to develop as well. Since they’re “weed”, they’re about as resilient as weeds.
Aesthetic Beauty: Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but most people who aren’t familiar with hemp might mistake it as something itchy and threadbare. Remember, hemp can gain multiple looks depending on the processes used to remove fibers from the hemp plant stem. It could come in brown, grey, green, black, white, or creamy. This is in stark contrast with cotton and the mostly off-white, cream, or white colorings. Without dyes, cotton can be quite bland to look at. With hemp, it’s naturally textured and dynamic while retaining most of the attributes that has made cotton such a popular piece of textile material. You can also dye hemp to make it look any color or any design that you want, plus in the end, it can withstand artistic dyeing quite superbly.
Water Consumption: To grow cotton, you need 1,400 gallons of water per pound. In contrast, hemp only needs half of that amount (around 700 gallons of water per pound). In regards to usage of water, hemp is more cost-effective and environment-friendly. This is especially telling since there are loads of areas in the globe where fresh water is a scarcer and more expensive resource, so you wouldn’t want to waste it at all or abuse it since it’s a limited resource. Additionally, hemp is is reliable and strong, plus it grows quite quickly with that little water used. In fact, it grows more fiber (about twice or 200% to 250%) than cotton with the same amount of land. If you’re in an area lacking of water but not land, hemp is the way to go.
Cotton is the material everyone is used to, but that doesn’t mean it’s necessarily better than hemp. As this article showcased, there are many attributes to cotton that hemp is superior to. Hemp is certainly giving the most common clothing fabric known to man a run for its money in terms of longevity, comfort, wicking, breathability, pesticide usage, aesthetic beauty, water consumption, and so forth. In many ways, hemp is better than cotton at being environment-friendly and conservationism-compliant. If you want to stay in natural harmony with Mother Nature, hemp is the obvious, organically grown answer! Yes, cotton is more common and hemp production may be banned, but that could change when more demand for hemp is made known.