Every once in a while, I try something new that absolutely blows me away. It's not often, but it does happen, and when it does it's a real treat. I mean who doesn't like to be truly astounded? My most recent experience with the magic of nature came just last Friday while I was at work. It's rather fitting that this summer I got a job at a beautiful little health food and supplement store called "Rising Tide Natural Foods" in Kittery, Maine. Not only is the place stocked with the healthiest, purest versions of any sort of food, drink, or supplementation you could imagine, but the employees there (including myself, if I may be so bold) are the nicest you'll find anywhere. The owner, Paul, takes great pride in his shop, and is an encyclopedia of every supplement and their effects. He was the one who let me try this new miracle of nature, and I can guarantee to you he saw in my face how blown away I really was.
So enough beating around the bush. What exactly is this crazy thing I'm talking about? It's called Kava, and it's probably one of the best relaxant supplements on the shelf. It causes any sort of anxiety or tension to vanish almost instantly, and at the same time is able to relax every muscle in your body into a soft and wonderfully "loose" state. And the best part is, it does all this extremely quickly WITHOUT affecting cognitive ability at all. You can still think just as clearly. Crazy, eh?
At first, my mouth went slightly numb. I swallowed it, and while Paul continued to talk to me, I could feel my body start to release tension. It went from top to bottom, an unbelievable "descending" feeling. My nervousness was gone, and I realized I was slouching. It's as if all at once I slipped into one of the most relaxed states I'd ever been in. I didn't understand it, and I didn't care to. I just knew the stuff worked.
So where does this Kava come from? Well, it's actually a root extract, and has quite a history with different native tribes and tropical climates. The plant is actually called Piper Methysticum (meanining "intoxicating pepper"), and comes from Western Pacific locations. You might also see it called "Kava-Kava," but a Kava expert tells me that this double name was probably formulated by supplement companies to sell more product. It's been used by several Polynesian tribes for its sedative properties, and is actually a large part of many tribal cultures and rituals. In the purest Kava, only the roots are used, and are rich in what are called "Kavalactones," the active relaxing agent of the plant. These Kavalactones are unique in that they're able to relax muscles and minds without effecting cognitive ability. You'll be comfortable, chill, and free of stress. It's also been known to increase sociability, and as Paul puts it: "it has all the good effects of alcohol, without any of the bad ones!" He means of course that it will make you comfortable in social situations, a very useful tool.
Would I recommend Kava? Yes, I definitely would, both for athletes and average people alike. For athletes, it's a PERFECT way to unwind tight muscles and pent-up tension, and make sure you get a great night's sleep. For a hard worker, it can release the stress of work quicker and more safely than any complicated blended stress reliever pill. It's all natural, safe, cheap, and usually readily available at any local health food store. I really encourage you to try it. It's a really fun and fantastic experience, and I truly believe that Kava can improve both your mental and physical state to a huge degree.
I know I'm picking up a bottle next chance I get.
If you want the best Kava, go for pure the pure root, which you can buy at www.bulakavahouse.com
These guys do great business, are very nice, and know this root inside and out. If you have any questions, I'm sure they'd be more than willing to help you out.
Stay cool, chill, relaxed, and Kava loving. Good luck!!!