The Beneficial Effects of Kava
More and more people are discovering the many beneficial effects of drinking kava and how it can relax your mind and body.
The effects of drinking kava are known to be both mental (heady) and physical (heavy). The effects of any given kava will depend on the type of kava you are drinking. There are many different varieties of kava and each cultivar has a different balance of heady and heavy effects depending on its particular mix of active ingredients, (kavalactones).
Kava for mental relaxation
Kava is a psychoactive plant meaning that it changes the functioning of the brain. Kavalactones, the active ingredient in the kava plant, are known to affect the central nervous system. More specifically, the parts of our brain connected to regulating anxiety, fear, and stress are highly receptive to kavalactones and this is what makes kava the perfect herbal supplement for those times when you need something to help you calm down or to quiet your mind.
A drink of kava provides mental relaxation when you need some stress relief. A balanced or heavy kava can help you wash away the fears and worries of the ordinary working day and is a great alternative to a glass of alcohol as a means to unwind after a hard or high-pressure day at work.
Kava relieves muscle tension
Another Beneficial effect of kava and the mild sedation resulting from the consumption of heavier kava varieties is a relaxation of the body’s muscles. Many people say that after drinking kava their body feels the same as after a good massage or session of yoga. For this reason, many people like to drink kava following a strenuous exercise workout or competitive sports.
Kava as a natural sleep aid
Stress and worry can keep you awake at night. Kava’s ability to calm the mind and physically relax the bodies’ muscles makes it ideal for those nights when you are having trouble getting to or staying asleep. Heavy kavas are best for nighttime use as they are the kavas that, in addition to their ability to quiet the mind, have the added benefit of making your limbs feel heavy and your body more relaxed, promoting sleepiness.
Kava enhances mood and sociability
Kava is a mood enhancer. One of the psychotropic effects of kava consumption is that people become notably more cheerful, especially with headier kava varieties. Anyone who drinks kava will tell you it makes them feel happier. And when we’re happier we feel more social.
Some of the traditional stories about kava in the Pacific Islands also tell of kava as an aphrodisiac. Not surprising as one study found that kava significantly increased a women’s libido or sex drive.
Summary of effects of kava
The beneficial effects of kava can be summarized as overall mind and body relaxation.
Just as there are many different varieties of kava, there are many effects of kava. Kava is great for calming you down and reducing temporary anxiety, relieving muscle tension to help manage pain, promoting sleep and improving the quality of your night’s rest, increasing your sense of emotional wellbeing, making you feel less worried and more cheerful and social.
There is a long history and tradition of the use of the herb Kava as a natural remedy and residents of the Pacific Islands, known for their easy going and happier way of living, have been drinking kava for medicinal, religious, ceremonial and social purposes for many centuries. And it certainly seems we would do well to follow their example.
We hope this overview of what kava is good for will convince you that in today’s fast-paced, hectic world, it is worth adding kava to your go-to list of natural supplements to improve your health and wellbeing.
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Note: any potential side effects of kava are generally mild and rare. Learn more
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