KAVA: Stress and Anxiety Relief The Natural Way
Stress is seen as a contributor to many major causes of death – notably heart disease, stroke, some cancers and chronic lower respiratory diseases.
This post looks at how kava may be able to help in stress and anxiety relief and therefore fight against such illnesses.
In truth, chronic diseases have been on the rise for the past few decades and they are, undoubtedly, linked to lower activity levels and diets rich in processed food; as well as rising stress levels.
For each of these causes we can action change to avoid future health issues. We can get more active, we can start to make our own food and eat less processed junk and last but not least, we can take steps to lower the stress and anxiety in our lives.
MANAGING STRESS AT THE END OF 2018
Stress is a natural response to situations we perceive as threatening – in small amounts it is not a concern. In the wild, stress might be from a life-threatening scenario. In the modern world, it’s most likely to be job, financial, or relationship based.
The problem is the persistent nature of it. Day after day our bodies weren’t built to deal with stress and therefore they generally react poorly to it – both in the short term (fatigue, stomach upsets, nausea and headache, short-temper) and the long term (chronic diseases.)
The most common action taken for managing stress these days, seems to be reaching for the pill bottle. We have become a society that believes drugs can cure all ,when in the case of chronic diseases, they are really only masking underlying causes and “manage” the disease – sometimes with side-effects causing a host of other problems.
It was recently estimated, in a study out of the United States, that around one-third of Americans feel they are living with extreme stress. The annual prescription numbers for anti-stress and anxiety drugs in the US are also alarming. Over 40 million for Xanex, 25 million for Lexapro and 14 million for Valium. This statistic is similar to other developed countries such as the United Kingdom, Australia, and Canada.
HOW CAN KAVA HELP?
Speak to a Pacific islander about stress and they will probably ask you what it is! Life on the islands of Fiji, for example, is a lot slower and less ‘cluttered’ than the modern city life that many of us have become accustomed to.
Fijians also have a kava culture that is alive, well and part of everyday life. Just as many westerners drink their coffee and tea socially, Fijians drink kava and they benefit from the relaxing effects it has.
There has been growing attention recently on the potential for kava to treat anxiety and stress. Studies at the University of Queensland showed the effectiveness of kava in relieving stress and anxiety, with results displaying it is just as effective as many prescription medicines – without the potentially harmful side effects.
It’s worth noting that kava has been used medicinally, as well as socially and ceremonially, for many centuries in Fiji and other Pacific islands.
Traditional preparations of kava root, using cold water extraction, are both safe and effective in producing a calming and relaxing effect which can enhance mood and help alleviate many of the negative effects stress can induce.
It should also be noted that the underlying causes of stress need to be addressed, but many people are finding that kava assists in winding down and achieving mental clarity to focus on what is causing stress in their lives.
We all notice an increase of stress leading up to the holiday season. The normal day to day stress with added pressures due to holiday shopping, family, or personal issues can make this time extra difficult. We like to think while there are ways which we can remedy this – through physical means; such as exercise, or mentally; via mindfulness and meditation – having a solution available ‘on the go’, can ease bring clarity to the above situations. This way, we can make the most out of this special time of the year.
At Fiji Kava, we believe that kava is natural supplement which can calm and soothe nerves and has known for centuries by Pacific Island people. It is now our mission to get the word out there that there is a safe, natural remedy available which will help reduce the above mentioned ailments.
If you found the information in this blog article useful, let us know on Facebook or Instagram. From the Fiji Kava team, we wish everyone a happy and safe holiday period!
About Fiji Kava
Fiji Kava’s breakthrough key ingredient – Kavalactones – This is from the Piper Methysticum Plant naturally grown in the Pacific Islands. Through our Plant and food Research, Plus science and technology we have found specific varieties that are chemotyped to target Anxiety, & Stress.
We guarantee Fiji Kava is planted, produced, processed, and packaged by us 100% Farm to Shelf fresh from our Fiji Islands.
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