So as I’ve mentioned before, I’ve been working at a kava tea bar in Ft Lauderdale over the past couple weeks. If you’ve never heard of kava tea, don’t worry, neither did I before I started working here. Here is what the owner told me about kava:
- Kava tea is made from a kava root and is originally from Fiji.
- Fijians have been drinking it for thousands of years as a social, ceremonial drink
- Drinking kava tea reduces anxiety and creates feelings of calmness and relaxation.
Here is what I learned about kava from Google:
- Kava tea is also a diuretic and appetite suppressant, so it promotes weight loss
Being a girl and fundamentally interested in this stuff, that was of course the fact I latched onto. “Is that true?” I asked the owner and my coworkers. “Oh yes,” they assured me. They’d seen a number of people lose weight drinking kava; and in fact one coworker had dropped 2 sizes while working there.
My reaction: Um. Shutthefrontdoor. People spend HUNDREDS of dollars on diet pills and aids that are expensive, dangerous, and don’t even work. And you’re telling me that we are sitting here selling a product that’s natural, healthy, and actually works? Why the heck aren’t we marketing the hell out of this and getting rich?
Answer: The people that work here and come here are the New-Agey/Hippie/Spiritual types that don’t think about these kind of things. Seriously. I was the only one who thought this was a brilliant selling point and marketing opportunity.
Now I’m trying to find a clever way to advertise the weight-loss and appetite suppressant aspects of kava tea. I’d love to put up before and after pictures in the shop but I’m pretty sure the owner would flip out. So right now I’m going with word of mouth.
Hence why I’m sharing this with you all. Partly because this is a health/nutrition/weight loss blog and therefore I figured it’d be a topic of interest. Partly because it might be beneficial to some of you guys. Buttt mostly selfishly because I’d love if some of you all would try it and report back.
(From my own standpoint—yes, it’s definitely an appetite suppressant. I still eat during my shifts because they’re 9 hours, but I get a lot less hungry than I would normally. However, I make up for it with a lot of discretionary calories—*cough alcohol cough*—and I’m not particularly watching what I eat or making an effort to lose weight. BUT if you were actually trying to lose weight but your problems were a) actual hunger or b) mindless eating/snacking, I think this would be really beneficial.)