by Alane Stieglitz, ND, CNC
The typical American holiday season involves:
- Feasting on mass quantities of food.
- Discussing health challenges with the family-like how to lower blood pressure and how much medication we use for different ailments
- Sitting around every day while watching football.
- Stressing out with family
- Laughing at Uncle Joe’s funny stories
- Potentially drinking more than your fair share of alcohol.
Unfortunately for our bodies, holiday meals and family gatherings around food are significant contributors to higher blood pressure or hypertension. While these are factors that we can actively reduce, there are other factors that we do not like: aging, poor diet, genetics, and sleep apnea. Many of us try to run from those. The result is that one in four American adults are affected by hypertension, which increases the risk of heart disease and stroke. It is crucial to discuss natural and easy ways to lower blood pressure.
You may be asking yourself if there is an easy way to lower blood pressure without having to drastically change your lifestyle or go on expensive medicine that may or may not work? Well, your answer might be right under your nose. That’s right, the hibiscus flowers that your significant other sent you for your birthday can have more benefits than just sight and smell.
Many civilizations figured out that the allo-hydroxycitric acid lactone in hibiscus tea has anti-inflammatory qualities and many others that can help lower blood pressure, help with weight loss, cancer, upset stomach, and infection fever. Hibiscus tea, or sour tea, is typical in the tropics and has a pleasing sour taste. If regularly consumed, this tea can lower blood pressure by up to 10 points and cholesterol by around 10%.
You can pick up some hibiscus tea at your local health food store.
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