A Better Way to Relax
The Relaxation drink is a relatively new idea in easing stress and helping people wind down from an ever increasingly busy life. Able to offer the benefits of calm once only available from alcohol without as many negative repercussions, it’s easy to see why relaxation drinks are gaining such popularity. But what’s the difference between all of the drinks out there? What should you be looking for and why is this a better alternative to alcohol?
The first widely known relaxation drinks began popping in Japan in 2005. Their main ingredient consisted of GABA or gamma-Aminobutyric acid, an amino acid and neurotransmitter which typically causes a relaxing and anti-anxiety effect on the brain. The effectiveness of this to create calm as a beverage is disputed though due to the fact pure GABA does not cross the blood–brain barrier at therapeutically significant levels.
Later in 2007 more relaxation drinks began to emerge incorporating many different natural ingredients. Today there is some 300 relaxation beverages estimated to be on the market with ingredients including L-theanine, Kava root, Melatonin, Chamomile, Passion Flower, Valerian, 5-HTP, Melatonin, and even Marijuana. Below is an overview of some of the best relaxation drinks available.
L-theanine is an amino acid largely found in green tea. It is also offered as a supplement or a component of a few relaxation drinks. It has been studied for its potential ability to reduce mental and physical stress, improve cognition, and boost mood as studied in articles by Nutritional Neuroscience and The Journal of Medicinal Food. There are very few reported side effects of L-theanine when used at recommended doses.
Valerian as a supplement is made from the roots of the plant. Valerian root is claimed to possess sedative and anxiolytic effects although there have been many conflicting reviews in medical research literature if it is indeed effective in treating insomnia. Large doses may result in stomach ache, apathy, and a feeling of mental dullness or mild depression. Because of the herb’s tranquilizer properties, it may cause dizziness or drowsiness. Many relaxation drinks on the market contain this herb.
Melatonin is a naturally occurring hormone found in humans and is produced by the pineal gland. Products containing melatonin have been available over-the-counter in the United States since the mid-1990s and it has gained wide popularity as a supplement to help facilitate sleep. Melatonin appears to cause very few side effects in the short term when healthy people take it at low doses. The most common side effects reported are next-day grogginess and irritability. This is one of the most common ingredients found in relaxation drinks.
And of Course KAVA! If you have found this site and combed through all the other literature we have on Kava you should be well-schooled on its ability to promote calm and happiness along with studies proving the effectiveness of Kava on anxiety. Also used as a supplement to help with sleeplessness, kava is shown to improve REM sleep rather than disrupting it like alcohol, which makes it one of the best relaxation drinks on the market today.
We here at Kalm with Kava encourage you to do your own research when finding a new supplement to help manage stress, anxiety, sleeplessness or just looking for a better way to relax. We firmly believe in the recreational and therapeutic uses of this amazing root Kava and also L-theanine. That’s why we craft them into a ready-to-go relaxation break for you! We hope you’ll try it for yourself and see why we say,
It’s time to start taking your relaxation seriously!