What is Kava?
Kava is a shrub found on the South Pacific islands. It grows on the rich soils of Hawaii, Fiji, Vanuatu, and Tonga. The crown and the roots of the kava are harvested, dried and pounded into a powder. This powder is then used to make a kava beverage.
Kava helps promote a relaxed state. It has been used for medicinal, religious, social and cultural purposes for thousands of years. Kava has soothing properties that may ease stress and provide a better sense of happiness and wellbeing. Kavalactones are the active compounds in kava that make one feel relaxed. These are the six primary Kavalactones in Kava; Demethoxyyangonin, Dihydrokavain, Yangonin, Kavain, Dihydromethysticin, and Methysticin.
How Kava can help with stress
As humans, we love routine. It makes us feel safe and secure. However, life is always changing and things rarely stay the same. This can cause stress and anxiety. Here are some of life’s most stressful events and how kava can help reduce anxiety as well as being a sleep-aid.
How do we measure stress?
Two scientists in 1967 wanted to do an experiment to see if life’s stress could predict future illnesses. It’s called The Holmes And Rahe Stress Scale, which is still used by doctors today. They conducted an initial study of over 5,000 patients. The results were published as the Social Readjustment Rating Scale, which we now know as The Holmes And Rahe Stress Scale. They found that the following were the top 10 most stressful life events.
- Death of a spouse
- Marital separation
- Death of a close family member
- Personal injury or illness
- Dismissal from work
- Marital reconciliation
These big life events can cause the body a massive amount of stress and anxiety. If you’re experiencing any of these life events, you may want to start drinking kava to release muscle tension, sleep better or for overall relaxation. After speaking with your doctor, you may find that kava can replace prescription anti-anxiety drugs.
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We understand life can be stressful and completely unpredictable. That’s why we recommend naturally relieving stress with kava. Contact us today or check out our blog to learn more about kava and its calming effects.
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