Updated: Jan 31, 2019
Hibiscus with Hummingbird
Stress is a part of everyday life. It enables us to cope with life’s ever-changing demands. Stress is what enabled us to survive as long as we have. When we were once prey (and still are, in some situations), stress enabled us to think quickly and save ourselves from being something’s or someone else' meal. Today however, stress has taken on a different form, involving not for physical survival, but for an increasingly complex life we have built for ourselves. If kept unchecked, or proactively not seeking calmer activities, stress can be fatal. High blood pressure, stress induced anxiety, and even heart attacks have become common. But what if it need not be so serious? How about using a natural de-stressing formula?
Rediscover the hibiscus flower. Hibiscus is a flower of the mallow family. It is common in the tropical and subtropical parts of the world, where the warm and humid temperatures enable it to flourish. In tea form, it has helped alleviate anxieties, and hibiscus tea can be a great alternative to traditional medicine to reduce stress. Its calming properties have been used for generations, even as early as the ancient Egyptians. Some studies have even shown that hibiscus tea is more effective at lowering stress than prescription drugs.
You might already be drinking a small portion of hibiscus in your normal tea blend, as hibiscus is a common ingredient in “soothing teas” or “calming teas,”. So, you may already be reaping the benefits without even knowing it, including better heart health and lower blood pressure. In addition, hibiscus tea also contains powerful antioxidants that are able to negate the effects of free radicals. These antioxidants have been shown to boost immune system and even fight cancer in some instances.
Various chemical reactions occur throughout the day while we go through normal life. These include mundane activities such as eating certain foods, working out, being in the sun, smoking, being exposed to certain radiations and pollution, and falling sick, to name a few. Normally a chemical reaction has by-products – for example, glucose, when metabolized, releases carbon-dioxide, water, and 30 energy molecules (ATP) that is used for energy. However, when some of these chemical reaction releases a “rogue” molecule that cannot be used by the body due to its incomplete structure, a free radical is formed. These try breaking down healthy normal functioning molecules to become a complete molecular structure. As this scavenger cycle progresses, more free radicals are released in the body. A high level of free radicals is associated with compromised cell walls, allowing substances into the cell that aren’t supposed to be there and make LDL-cholesterol stick to blood vessels, causing atherosclerosis.
Antioxidants are substances that are able to “fight” free radicals in the body. The body has a built-in mechanisms to address this. Some antioxidants bind with the free radicals and completes its structure, while some destroy the free radicals completely. Either way they try to negate the harmful effects and maintain normal body functions. But due to the increased complexity of everyday life and various life choices we make, sometimes the body is unable to keep up. Natural sources of antioxidants such as hibiscus tea helps the body address the free radicals issue and promote a healthy body and long-lasting wellbeing. Antioxidants also promote a calmer mind, and have been shown to reduce anxiety disorder and depression.
If you’re trying to add healthy drinks to your diet, hibiscus tea can be a great option to soda or juice, which are loaded with sugars and chemicals. Hibistea is a flavorful drink without the sugars and harmful sweeteners usually found in other bottled drinks. Hibistea is decaffeinated and promotes brain function as well. In fact, a daily cup of hibiscus tea may do more to keep the doctor away than traditional supplements.
If you like hibiscus tea, you might also like hibiscus extract. This powerful extract contains polyphenols and are key to promoting good health such as reducing the risk of cancer and promoting overall health and wellness.
Benefits of Hibistea (Hibistea) includes:
Stress Reduction – reducing stress is one of the most common benefits of drinking hibiscus tea. The natural antioxidants found in the hibiscus extract provides stress relief.
Lowers blood pressure and blood sugar – for people with diabetes, Hibistea provides relief by controlling blood sugar levels naturally. This has also been shown to prevent diabetes, if one is prone to developing the disease or have a family history.
Regulates metabolism – Hibiscus tea and extract also has the ability to regulate the body’s metabolism. It may also be able to reset your metabolism over time. If you have a metabolic condition, it is highly recommended that you take hibiscus extract as part of your daily routine.
Improves immune response – Hibiscus tea’s antioxidant content helps improves the body’s immune response and helps maintain a healthy overall wellbeing.
Many people choose this particular tea for its calming effects, but its benefit is more than that, as you have seen here. Maybe this is something we can afford to stress about!