Drinking hibiscus flower water or hibiscus tea daily is an excellent way to facilitate weight loss, because this plant contains anthocyanins, phenolic compounds and flavonoids that help to regulate the genes involved in the metabolism of lipids, facilitating the elimination of fat and attenuating the increase of adipocytes, reducing the size of fat cells.
Hibiscus flower does not appear to have an effect on appetite. Therefore, in cases where the person has a lot of anxiety or appetite, which ends up making the weight loss process difficult, the ideal is to complement the use of hibiscus with another plant that helps reduce appetite, such as Caralluma Fimbriata or Fenugrego, for example.
The most correct way to use hibiscus and guarantee the best results is to take the capsules to ensure a more exact dose, however, you can also prepare tea from the plant, using the Hibiscus sabdariffa species, which can be found in natural product stores, pharmacies and drugstores. In addition to pure tea and hibiscus flower water, hibiscus can also be added to fruit juices and smoothies.
Hibiscus, unlike green tea, has a more pleasant flavor and is rich in antioxidants that prevent heart disease and early aging, and can be an excellent option for those who do not like to drink green tea.
How to prepare flower of hibiscus water
To make the flower water and maintain the properties of the flower, the water should be placed to boil and when it begins to boil, the fire should be extinguished. Then add the hibiscus flowers, cover the container and let it rest for 10 minutes before straining and drinking.
The correct proportion of hibiscus and water is:
- 2 tablespoons of dried hibiscus flowers or 2 sachets of hibiscus flower
- 1 liter of water at the beginning of boiling
Drink 3-4 cups of hibiscus water daily, half an hour before main meals. It is also possible to drink the cold infusion by adding ice or keeping it in the refrigerator. Ideally, it should be drunk without adding sugar to achieve the expected effect, in addition to being associated with a balanced diet and physical activity.
It is also possible to add other components such as horsetail, ginger, chia seeds or cinnamon, which help increase the diuretic and antioxidant effect of the tea.
How to use the flower of hibiscus in juice
In addition to hot and cold tea, hibiscus flower can also be added to fruit or vegetable juices. To prepare them, fruits or vegetables must be liquefied with the cold hibiscus water. Some excellent options to make these juices are passion fruit, pineapple and strawberry.
When should you not drink hibiscus water?
Hibiscus tea is contraindicated in cases of pregnancy. It is not recommended for women during PMS because it can aggravate their symptoms, and it is also not indicated for people with hypotension problems. In addition, hibiscus water can cause hormonal changes and impair fertility, so it is contraindicated for women who are trying to get pregnant.
Excess hibiscus water can also cause intoxication of the body, changes in blood pressure and can cause muscle weakness, so the maximum daily dose should be 6 cups of tea a day.
Flower of hibiscus is a good strategy to accelerate weight loss, but in addition to this, you should also include foods rich in nutrients and avoid as much as possible everything containing sugar and fat. Starting to walk is also very important for those people who do not do physical activity or look for an activity that they like and that they can do at least 3 times a week for 1 hour.