If you are no stranger to anxiety, then you’ll always be looking for ways to turn down the noise. Too often, we use food in order to deal with stress or emotions that we would rather not feel, and bury them with each mouthful. I was certainly very guilty of that.
Although food can be very comforting, when eaten for the wrong reasons, excessive or poor food choices (which stress causes) often undermine our health. We have stress to thank for a lot of the decisions we would rather not be making, that makes it hard to eat just for pleasure and nutrition.
The idea behind these kava kava bites is to provide a little relief from stress, without sabotaging your health goals. Whilst enjoying the relaxing qualities of Kava, you can also appreciate the taste of the other very healthy, gratifying ingredients.
What is Kava?
Kava is ritualistically consumed within the Polynesian cultures. It is traditionally consumed as a beverage in ceremonies for its relaxing and mildly intoxicating effects. Kava is typically made from the powdered roots of the plant.
It gets its fame for its relaxing effects, so much so that it compares to the effectiveness of benzodiazapines. Unlike some pharmaceutical alternatives, Kava is not sedating. In fact, it actually increases mental alertness and reaction time.
Kava works its magic via the limbic system in the brain (emotional processing centre) and the musculature of the body. This produces a physical and mental state of relaxation. The receptivity of GABA receptors are thought to be at play here, increasing our sensitivity to a state of calm and relaxation.
Kava also helps to get a good nights sleep, a premium anti – anxiety factor. Whilst using it you can experience a clear mind and an easing in social interactions. Its uses even tie back to the coming together of tribes in Polynesia, a breaking of bread if you will.
How To Use Kava
You can buy it as an extract, but for making these bites you will need to get your hands on some quality Kava powder.
Find that here – https://www.konakavafarm.com/
You would typically use Kava for no more than two months at a time, allowing at least 2 weeks before starting another supplement regimen. It can be used as you wish, as a solution now and then, or on a regular basis.
You may wish to do some background reading on Kava’s interaction with some medications, just to make sure you are all good to get going with it:
- 1/3 cup shredded coconut
- 2/3 cup dates (100g)
- 1/3 – 1/2 cup Peanut Butter
- 1 Tbsp Honey
- 1 Tbsp Water
- 2 Heaped Tbsp Kava Root Powder
- Rolled in sesame seeds