The Vitality Exchange Community News
Hello Vitality Community!
In today’s news, I report on HIBISCUS TEA. Hibiscus is a beautiful, flowering plant that ranges in colors from stunning crimson to exotic pink. It has several species, but it is the Hibiscus sabdarifa species that is the most medicinally significant. I first became familiar with the tea 11 years ago when I was helping a client enhance her nutrition after she reported that she had high blood pressure. Rigorous studies have shown that hibiscus tea has several health benefits, including naturally supporting efforts to lower high blood pressure and high cholesterol. As an antihypertensive agent, it is most helpful to those who have mild to moderately high blood pressure due to its diuretic properties. It is without side effects and may be greatly helpful in reducing the risk of heart attacks and strokes. Because hibiscus tea contains several potent antioxidants, including a group called anthocyanins, it may help reduce the oxidation (damage caused by free radicals) of LDL cholesterol and thus reduce the risk of clogged arteries- formally known as atherosclerosis. There’s more! Hibiscus tea is an effective aid against the fungus that promotes frequent Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs), is helpful in speeding up the metabolism for gradual but steady weight loss, improves the strength of the immune system, fights inflammation and may induce apoptosis, or programmed cancer cell death.
Here is how to enjoy or support health with hibiscus tea:
You may use high quality bleach-free tea bags but you can opt to acquire the tea in bulk, look for the cut and sifted herb that is certified organic and non-irradiated. Place a tea ball in a cup and pour hot water over it. Or make a pitcher of hibiscus tea to pour over a tall glass filled with ice. Hibiscus tea can be enjoyed piping hot or refreshingly cold. Hibiscus tea is strikingly tart yet fruity, a bit similar to the way cranberries taste, and can be enjoyed as is or with a bit of raw honey to taste. If you are a stevia aficionado, you can choose to use stevia instead.
· As part of a lifestyle strategy program for lowering blood pressure, drink 2-3 cups of hibiscus tea, hot or cold. As previously stated, it is a diuretic and will increase urination and blood volume, thereby supporting the effort to lower blood pressure.
· For weight management support- Drink hibiscus tea AFTER meals as the tea contains an enzyme for digesting carbohydrates known as amylase. Drinking it after meals will help slow down and reduce the absorption of carbohydrate and subsequently reduce the risk of unwanted weight gain.
· As an immune system enhancer - Since hibiscus tea is rich in vitamin C and minerals it would be an excellent part of a healing program if you have a cold or tend to have frequent colds. Drink 2-3 cups of warm tea per day.
· For use in enhancing an eating style compatible for fighting cancer, drink hibiscus tea which is rich in antioxidants and minerals.
· Please note that hibiscus tea is not recommended for pregnant women or people with low blood pressure. To many years of Life and Vitality, Camille Gallinger, CN; Self-care Advocate and Vitality Coach