The Anti-Energy Drink

Posted by on Dec 22, 2010 in Kava News | 2 comments

The Anti-Energy DrinkAloha everyone!

Recently I’ve noticed an interesting new trend involving Kava that I found very interesting! This is the concept of the anti-energy drink. For years, companies have been marketing energy drinks, beverages that are meant to give you a boost of vitality throughout the day. Some are completely packed with sugar, caffeine and various mysterious chemicals, while others rely on the power of natural energizing plants and teas such as yerba mate and ginseng. Up until recently, however, there has not been an appropriate counterpart available on the market – a drink that you can take with you on the go that can actually relieve stress and tension and bring relaxation.

It makes a lot of sense that it took us so long to come up with an anti-energy drink, if you think about it. In Western culture, the obsession for many years has always been on DOING things – working ten-hour days, playing sports, studying, hobbies – the amount of activity that one is supposed to do in order to live a full life is absolutely overwhelming, and so of course people would need beverages that would give them a boost of energy throughout the day. So, the fact that now several so-called anti-energy drinks are available on the market gives me a sense of hope. People seem to be recognizing the importance of balance in their lives, of slowing down and relaxing at times, allowing the body and mind to rest as part of a fully enjoyable lifestyle. And I can’t help but feel that the increasing popularity of Kava has something to do with this!

I have noticed a few different types of anti-energy drinks on the market in the last few months. One is actually a soda that contains kava extract, and another is a type of liquid pack that comes in two different varieties, one to help you relax and one to help you sleep. There is even a Kava Cola from Vanuatu that may become available internationally soon! I haven’t had a chance to try these beverages, and I’m not sure I believe that they would be more effective than fresh kava tea made from kava root (although, of course, I might be a little bit biased…), but I feel like this is a very encouraging development! People are interested in consuming an all-natural beverage that will help them to relax, and through that interest they are going to be exposed to the amazing healing properties of kava! I certainly hope that these are good-quality products that express the properties of kava well, because I think it is through beverages like these that the mainstream public will become aware of kava!

I also feel like this is a very encouraging development because it shows that people are becoming more and more interested in using natural plant medicines to relax and to help with sleep, rather than taking dangerous and often addictive prescription medicines. Plants such as kava are not in the least addictive and will only damage your health if you consume incredible quantities every day. I have always found that kava helps me to relax, smile and enjoy my life that much more when I drink it after a hard day’s work. It warms my heart to think that people all over the world are now able to obtain kava in whatever form appeals to them and that they, too, will be able to enjoy their days that much more because of it! And, of course, I hope that anti-energy drinks like this will inspire people to try out some traditional kava preparations!!

Aloha no,

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  1. Aloha Patti!

    Thank you for your comment. I’m very sorry to hear about the difficulties you experienced when Kava was banned. NSAIDs (especially when combined with alcohol) and many anti-depressants and anti-anxiety medications come along with an incredible number of awful side-effects which are considered ‘normal’. Some of these side effects do include death, and indeed, over the counter anti-inflammatory drugs cause over 16,500 deaths per year in the U.S. alone. Meanwhile, only three deaths have ever been directly linked to kava. Indigenous peoples know, of course, that overuse of kava can be dangerous, but even then, it is much safer than any of these medications. And if it is taken in moderation, the side effects are minimal at best.

    In terms of the capsules, I would suggest that you try each separately and see which feels the best for your needs. The kavalactone 30% capsules contain an extract, and are therefore a little more stronger than the root capsules. As for the powdered kava chai, I recommend putting 2-4 tablespoons in a muslim bag and soaking this in cold or lukewarm water, soy milk, coconut water, or another liquid of your choice for about five minutes. Some customers have also reported great results blending the powder directly in to smoothies and drinks! If the texture doesn’t bother you, there is no problem with this technique!

    I’m very happy to hear that you are able to receive healing from our kava. May you be well!

  2. I am from Victoria BC and I have ordered Kava from your website. When they banned Kava in Canada it affected me greatly. Kava was the one thing that would work for my migraine headaches or my stiff neck from sitting in front of a computer all day or if my anxiety level was to much for me to take due to the tension in my head/neck/shoulder’s. I relaxed with kava and it also work on pain. I was shocked Canada would ban Kava and yet introduce Extra-strength Tylenol which is really rough on a person’s liver. People take tylenol after a night out for a hangover-so booze & Tylenol are okay but not kava?? I have chronic pain from a bad fall & was told to take Tylenol Xstrength; or T3’s or 800mg Advil daily; or Aleve; muscle relaxer’s etc. I also have anxiety and was put on Prozac, Wellbutrin and clonazapam. My issues are not new but before the ban on Kava-I took Kava for these issues. Now I am on major medications which side-effects go beyond the liver. My stomach bled for 3 day’s due NSAIDS I was told to take.

    I think you would have to consume an awful lot of Kava before it would cause the side effects from the pharmaceutical’s we are “legal” to take.

    I did by the Kava Root Capsules & Kavalactone 30% Capsules from you, I am somewhat confused with the differences. For relaxing my muscle’s what would be the best approach & dosage? Kava or Kavalactone? Also I have the powdered Chai Cinnamon Delight-what is the best way to use this.

    Thank you to Kona Kava Farms

    I look forward to hearing back from you & should add-I take the lazy way with the powdered kava by blending it in the blender.

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