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Could Kava Cure Your Anxiety?

Could Kava Cure Your Anxiety?

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Last month I travelled to Fiji to calm down.

But not in the traditional sun, surf, cocktail-in-hand vibe the islands are famous for.

Instead, I journeyed far of from the glamour trail to the the remote island of Ovalau to learn about the latest innovation in natural treatment of anxiety and insomnia.

Brisbane based company Fiji Kava has repurposed Kava – the South Pacific’s most ancient medicinal root – as an effective, safe supplement to treat the symptoms of stress, anxiety and insomnia.

Issues that effect nearly everyone I know.

Intrigued? This is what you need to know.

WHAT EXACTLY IS KAVA?

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Kava is a root used for over 3,000 years in the South Pacific. It has a particularly important role in cultural ceremonies and is traditionally brewed into a tea like drink.

The traditional beverage is made by crushing the roots and rhizome of the kava plant and mixing the material with water.

The active ingredient is kavalactones (a compounds found in the root of the plant) which is known for it’s soothing, calming and therapeutic benefits.

Research shows that taking kava extracts that contain 70% kavalactones can lower anxiety and might work as well as some prescription anti-anxiety medications particularly in people with severe anxiety, in female patients, or in younger patients.

As well as being TGA and FDA compliant and listed as a complementary medicine in Australia, kava is also sold as dietary supplement in most other international markets.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

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The beautiful people of Fiji are one of the very best reasons to visit. And the very best people to learn from when it comes to happiness and stress.

Speak to a local in Fiji about stress and they’ll laugh.

Fijians are the most relaxed, happy people in the world and there is evidence that there long standing kava culture may be responsible for this lack of stress.

Kava is now recognised as a natural solution to support muscle relaxation, assist in mind relaxation and calm and soothe nerves.  It has a depressant effect on the central nervous system and can slow down the messages travelling between the brain and the body.

Studies at the University of Queensland have demonstrated the effectiveness of kava has much to do with quality and the type of kava plant.

Kava is derived from the root of the kava plant and the varieties can be broken down into three types:

Noble Kava is high standard, cultivated kava that can be exported in root or supplement form. It is free from toxins and impurities.

Tudei kava is a particularly potent strain. This strain is prohibited for international export, however, often makes its way onto the market. Tudei kava can damage the reputation of kava as it may cause nausea and other unpleasant side effects. It is so-called ‘two-day’ as the effects can last up to 48 hours.

 Wild kava is another inferior variety grown in Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu.

The purest varietal is Noble kava which doesn’t induce the same adverse side effects (dizziness, nausea) of other lesser varieties. Noble Kava is supplement are the most successful in treatment of stress and mood.

HOW DO I TAKE FIJI KAVA?

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Kava is widely used in North America both at home and recreationally with Kava Bars opening next to McDonalds as an natural alternative to both coffee and alcohol.

Kava is listed as a complementary medicine in Australia and is both TGA and FDA compliant.

Fiji Kava offers kava in both capsule and tea form for use at home.

Check with your doctor before you start any supplement particularly if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

For more detailed information on this product head to www.fijikava.com

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I FLEW TO FIJI AS A GUEST OF FIJI KAVA. ALL OPINIONS ARE MY OWN.

Turn Your Travel Snaps Into Art.

Turn Your Travel Snaps Into Art.

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Last month, I travelled to Paris for the launch of Huawei P30 Series ( the P30 and P30 Pro smart phones with a camera like I’ve never experienced) and it got me thinking about how the cameras in our phones have changed the way we document travel.

It’s so easy to snap, snap, snap.

But once you’re home what happens to all those great shots? More often than not, they sit in the cloud, maybe you share them on Instagram but most of the time they end up as distant digital memories.

So on this trip, armed with this amazing new phone, I decided to photograph with purpose. I turned my lens on the pieces of Paris that I love the most. The details, the doors (like the ones I shot in Versailles above), the light on the buildings, the people….

Every shot I took was with the intention of printing and framing them for my home.

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I am obsessed with the doors in Paris. I took this one in The Marais and the colours and detail have made the most gorgeous image.

THE PHONE THAT WILL TURN YOU PRO.

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Wandering the streets of Paris with my partner in snapping, Kate Waterhouse. The Huawei P30 Pro comes in two beautiful colours Breathing Crystal and Aurora which is the colour we’re using (above).

I was given a Huawei P30 Pro to road-test while in Paris (it launches in Australia on April 16) and the “P” must stand for photography because the camera in this handset has set a new bench mark.

Words don’t do the super powers of this camera justice – the detail that it captures is truly astounding.

The tech explanation lies in the development of a RYYB sensor which works almost in the reverse to the traditional RGB sensors most phone cameras rely on. The RYYB sensor allows the Huawei P30 Pro to capture 40 per cent more light which means you can quite literally take a shot in the dark (night mode) and end up with a detailed image – it’s like a magic trick. The standard Photo Mode pretty much turned me into Herb Ritts.

Below is a visual example of Huawei P30 Pro wowness: I downloaded a picture straight from the phone and had it printed (super cheaply) at AO size.

No re-sizing or enhancement – just phone, printer, wall. Look at the scale compared to me and then look at the detail.

I mean…it’s breathaking.

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The Huawei P30 Pro has three main rear cameras which mean you can shoot any scenario in multiple ways.

My favourites are the Wide Mode which makes panoramic simple and also allows you to get greater vertical depth (perfect for shooting monuments and high ceiling room etc) and Pro Mode which functions like a manual camera. So you can set everything from shutter speed to aperture.

However the real star on this phone is the zoom: an optically stabilised x 50 telephoto lens means that you can zoom to the top of the tallest building that’s almost out of eye sight and take a picture that looks like you were standing metres away.

It’s like something from the Jetsons.

PRINT, FRAME, HANG

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If you’re not a stickler for professional-quality images then printing is as easy as a trip to Office Works. And frames don’t have to cost a fortune either. These black frames are all from Kmart – they have no glass just an acetate gel which makes them super light and easy to hang.

My framed photos take me right back to those special Paris moments…now I just need to get around to hanging them.

MORE PARIS SNAPS USING HUAWEI P30 PRO.

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Think About What Will Look Good In A Frame And Play With Colour And Light…

I flew to Paris as a guest of Huawei. This is not a sponsored post. All editorial ideas an opinions are my own.

Pink Interiors

Pink Interiors

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Never in the history of pink walls has there been one this fabulous.

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The velvet sofa that pink dreams are made of.

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All I have ever wanted from an outdoor climbing vine.

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All I want for Christmas…

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These images have been sourced from all over the internet over the last decade. If they are yours please email us so we can credit your profile or website accordingly.

The Sleep Potion That Might Actually Work.

The Sleep Potion That Might Actually Work.

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Sleep and stress play an equally evil role when it comes to skin health.

The Beauty Chef: We all need sleep. As fundamental to good health and glowing skin as a well-balanced diet and regular exercise, sleep helps us to feel good, look great and stay healthy. Yet with full, fast-paced lifestyles and increasing levels of stress, sleep is often one of the first things we sacrifice to extend our day – and one of the trickiest things to put right once our day-night body rhythm is imbalanced.

Australian population surveys have shown that up to 1/3 of the adult population regularly has difficulty either getting to sleep or staying asleep, and it’s an issue that can affect lives in detrimental ways. Add to the mix the disrupting effects of electromagnetic frequencies from mobile phones, computers and other gadgets and artificial light that affects our nervous system, hormones and circadian rhythm (your internal body clock) and it’s little wonder why such a high proportion of our population are deprived of quality sleep.

There is truth behind the term ‘beauty sleep’. This is because when you sleep, your body is hard at work creating growth hormones which play an important role in cell regeneration and repair, and maintenance of good health (including melatonin and human growth hormone). Antioxidant activities are also increased, which help to repair oxidative damage to the skin created by environmental toxins like pollution and sun exposure. Oxidative damage is a key driver in the degradation of collagen and elastin, the proteins that make our skin firm, plump and radiant. Therefore, a lack of sleep can reduce your body’s production of important health giving hormones as well as antioxidant activity, contributing to premature ageing of the skin and body. Not getting enough sleep can negatively impact, your immune system, hormones, contribute to weight gain and skin problems.

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You’ve created a beauty supplement to combat bad sleep. Spill?

The Beauty Chef: Rather than turning to sleeping pills, there are things you can do to get your sleep back on track naturally which is why we created Sleep Inner Beauty Powder a delicious soothing drink which contains organic ingredients that helps with both sleep and skin health.  

The formula contains lemon balm and passionflower, which are traditionally used in western herbal medicine as a sedative to promote a restful night sleep, as well as a range of herbs and spices for a delicious and nourishing bedtime drink.

Blend one teaspoon with 200mls of warm (not boiling) nut, soy, rice or dairy milk and drink one hour before bed. In times of stress, have two drinks to increase benefits.

CLICK TO BUY: Sleep Inner Beauty Powder, $49.95

Best Beyonce Play List.

Best Beyonce Play List.

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No one makes you dance and hair flip quite like Beyonce.

There’s much magic to be found in a cool new playlist.

Songs that you haven’t heard in a certain sequence and keep you guessing.

No one motivates me quite like Queen B and this list is full of her classics and some cool new remixes.

No matter what your exercise jam or Friday night plans.

This playlist will work with your sneakers or vodka.

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SHAKE IT LIKE A POLAROID PICTURE.

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