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Stress & High Blood Pressure & How Hibiscus Tea Can Help (Plus a Refreshing Recipe)

Stress & High Blood Pressure & How Hibiscus Tea Can Help (Plus a Refreshing Recipe)

 

Stress can lead to all kinds of unwanted side effects in the body, and high blood pressure is one of them. Some people are more prone to experiencing blood pressure spikes during periods of stress, and they may be fully aware when their blood pressure levels are rising. Others may not notice any symptoms of high blood pressure, but may still experience a spike when under stress. High blood pressure is one of those things that can easily go undetected simply because it doesn’t always come with signs and symptoms. The best thing you can do is to get your blood pressure checked at routine doctors visits but to also try to keep your stress levels as low as possible.

 
 
 

How Stress Affects Blood Pressure

 
 
 

So, how exactly does stress affect blood pressure? Why is it that our blood pressure seems to go through the roof when we are stressed out? When you are under stress, your body will produce a ton of hormones. These hormones will then temporarily spike blood pressure levels narrowing your blood vessels and also causing an increase in heart rate. Keep in mind that the spike in blood pressure is generally temporary. However, if you are experiencing chronic stress, your body may be in a constant state of fight-or-flight. When this happens, too much cortisol may be made and released in the body which can cause chronic issues like high blood pressure.

 
 
 
 
 
 

How Can Hibiscus Tea Help Blood Pressure?

 

On top of lowering your stress levels, hibiscus tea has been found to be particularly helpful for supporting healthy blood pressure. A study found that drinking three cups of herbal tea that contains hibiscus was successful in lowering blood pressure. The study found that the tea was able to lower systolic blood pressure which is the top reading by about 7 points. This is great news for anyone who is trying to support healthy blood pressure readings which is an essential part of supporting heart health.

A Refreshing Hibiscus Tea Recipe

If you are interested in adding hibiscus tea to your diet, here’s a refreshing recipe to get you started.

What You Need

1 cup of brewed Dr. Vim’s Rosehip Hibiscus Tea (chilled)

1 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lime juice

1 tsp. raw honey

Ice for serving

How to Make it

1.    Simply add the chilled hibiscus tea to a large glass along with the lime juice and raw honey.

2.    Stir.

3.    Add the ice and enjoy!


 

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