If misery loves company, it should be thrilled: The 2017 Stress in America survey, conducted by the American Psychiatric Association, detected the most significant increase in national stress levels since 2007.
Our high levels of stress are manifesting into more anxious lives. Everytime something stressful happens to us, whether it be small or drastic, our bodies release the stress hormone cortisol, which continues to build up. This means we are walking around with chronically elevated cortisol levels pumping through our blood thinking everything is fine, when our hormones are telling our bodies that we need to prepare for fight or flight. This leaves us feeling highly anxious, even with no immediate reason, and without effective ways to self-regulate and get back to a calmer, more functional state.
How do we stop this vicious cycle of chronic stress and anxiety? In the past few years, more and more people are turning to prescription medications. More than 1 in 6 Americans now takes at least one drug to treat anxiety, from antidepressants like Prozac to anti-anxiety drugs like Xanax.
Though prescription medications can help some victims of chronic stress and anxiety, it's not a feasible or desirable option for many because of their excessive side effects and physical dependance they create. Some people simply don't want to take another pill every day.
For those who are seeking a natural solution to stress and anxiety, more and more options are becoming available, some with pretty impressive results.
The kava plant is gaining more popularity for it's incredible effectiveness against anxiety. It’s being touted as the best xanax alternative for those that are looking for a natural option.
Kava grows in the South Pacific Islands such as Hawaii, Fiji, and Vanuatu, and has been used for medicinal and cultural ceremonies for over 3,000 years. Traditional preparation includes grinding the root and mixing it with water to create a relaxing non-alcoholic beverage. Modern preparations include powders, capsules, and extracts like 1Hour Break®.
The active compounds in kava bind onto various receptors in the brain and amygdala which regulate feelings of fear and anxiety. After consuming, kava will impart a sense of comfort and relaxation on the user, a feeling that is less synthesized than many mood-altering drugs. The effect of kava is more like experiencing the euphoric effects of meditation or exercise- your mind simply feels clearer, calmer, and more optimistic.
If you are interested in trying kava, 1Hour Break® is a high quality kava extract that you spray under your tongue. Spraying 1Hour Break under the tongue allows for immediate absorption, reducing anxiety quickly and can even calm a severe panic attack.