by Alane Archer, ND, CNC
The typical American holiday season involves feasting mass quantities of food, sitting around every day while watching football, stressing out with family, and potentially drinking more than your fair share of alcohol. Unfortunately for our bodies, these are all 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. In fact, 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.
You may be asking yourself if there is an easy way to reduce your blood pressure without having to drastically change your lifestyle or go on expensive medicine that may or may not work? Well, your answer might just 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 as well as many others that can help with high blood pressure as well as weight loss, cancer, upset stomach, infection, and fever. Hibiscus tea, or sour tea, is common in the tropics and has a pleasing sour taste. If regularly consumed, this tea has the potential to reduce your 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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