The most dramatic change in improving your health is very simple and free. Put a halt to all sodas, because they are loaded with a toxic amount of sugar or artificial sweeteners. This is more toxic to your health than you could ever imagine. Some people are reluctant to give up soda because they just have to have that flavor, and drinking water is just plain boring. Water is still the healthiest beverage you can consume.
Water is still the healthiest beverage you can consume.
There is light at the end of the tunnel! The absolute perfect alternative to water resistance is drinking hibiscus tea. This tea is grown in warmer climates as the Southeastern U.S. and is derived from the Malvaceae botanical family, also known as Roselle. The large exotic flowers are vibrant red with a tinge of pink. A part of the flower is the calyx, which is dried to make a ruby-colored tea with more than 200 varieties. The tea is desirable for its cooling, soothing quality and is also known as “sour tea”. It has a pleasingly sharp flavor that is similar to the tartness of cranberry.
Grocery stores don’t typically shelve hibiscus tea and it’s sometimes even hard to find in alternative health food stores. By going online you can purchase 100% certified USDA organic hibiscus tea, both for iced or hot tea. You can also purchase hibiscus extract that you can just “pump” in your glass with water for a refreshing substitute.
Hibiscus tea is high in vitamin C, minerals and antioxidants and has been recognized in early tradition and modern science as a remedy to calm nervous disorders, treat insomnia, moderate heart problems, decrease inflammation and to speed up your metabolism. They use the pulp from the leaves to make poultices for wounds.
When used in some commercial tea blends, hibiscus can lower blood pressure without side effects and have residual benefits. If maintained over time, it will even reduce the risk of stroke and heart attack. There is one study that links hibiscus extracts with protecting the liver and preventing obesity and fatty liver disease.
Health problems that can be caused by soda consumption are: contributes zero nutrition, turns sugar to fat in the liver, causes insulin resistance, raises heart disease, cancer and type 2 diabetes risk, drastically increases belly fat and is linked to an increased risk of dementia. Even the diet soda has been linked to weight gain. About 50% of regular sugar is fructose, which is one of the most insidious, health-destructive substances you can consume. In fact, fructose is a major contributor to disease including diabetes, heart disease, cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.
Hibiscus tea is a natural healer with these five benefits; potential anti-cancer effects, antioxidant benefits, kidney stones and liver protection, diabetes and metabolic syndrome.
When protecting those you love, encourage them to drink pure water and give up soda and juice. Whole fruit can be healthy for you, but juice should be avoided as it contains a very high concentration of fructose. The juice you pick up at the market may not even contain 100% fruit. When eating or drinking processed fruit or juice that has been commercially bottled, the pectin and the methanol dissociate. Methanol is in relation to alcoholics who use it as a cheap substitute when they can’t afford the real thing.
Make a pact to better your family’s health by substituting soda with the healthy and beneficial hibiscus tea.
-Dr Fredda Branyon