Summer is here (at least in the States) and it’s beginning to warm up. Unless you are meditating in the caves of Indian living off the divine sustenance that is Ambrosia, then chances are you’re going to get a little thirsty. Perhaps you’ll need something a bit more effective in hydrating you.
In terms of hydration, like most else, it’s better to seek quality rather than quality. If you’re just chugging down water without any mind of the mineral content and it’s source than you may even be working backwards in your efforts.
Too much water; especially lacking in proper mineral content, can actually dilute the kidneys and make you further dehydrated. Surely you will help the body clean out, but you don’t want to cleanse away your health in the process.
Properly Hydrating with Kefir
I have personally found that kefir (especially made from raw coconut water) and other probiotic liquids are much more effective in hydrating the body than plain water. That is not to say you should stop drinking water. If you can get your hands on high-quality, living spring water then still aim to get in at least 1L upon waking.
Kefir hydrates so effectively because it is mineral-rich. When making kefir water you need minerals and sugars for the lactic bacteria to flourish and multiply. I add liquid minerals and humic/fulvic minerals to my kefir, which always ensures a very bubbly and hydrating final product.
Additionally, there seems to be a quality of alchemy occurring with the combination of probiotics and quality liquid. Perhaps that’s because at a primordial level, the body is made up of a great deal of water and bacteria.
Hibiscus Healthier Than Black Tea
According to Dr. Mercola,
A growing body of research suggests that many of the health benefits attributed to tea are largely imparted by its polyphenols. However, green and black tea get most of the attention in mainstream health reporting. In reality, each type of tea has unique properties due to its special blend of polyphenols, and there is some evidence to suggest that hibiscus tea may outshine black tea in this department.
For instance, in one study, people with diabetes drank either hibiscus tea or black tea twice a day for one month. Those in the hibiscus group benefited from a significantly improved blood lipid profile while those in the black-tea group did not.12
In a similar study, diabetic patients with mild hypertension who drank hibiscus tea lowered their blood pressure levels while those drinking black tea actually had an increase.13 If you’re a tea drinker, it may therefore make sense to experiment with other types of tea, like (preferably organic) hibiscus tea (which, additionally, is caffeine-free, unlike black tea). In addition to blood pressure and cholesterol support, the polyphenols in hibiscus tea may also:
- Aid in weight control challenges
- Help support memory and concentration
- Promote a healthy heart
- Support your immune system
- Boost the effectiveness of vitamin C in the antioxidant network
For me, this evidence gives me plenty of reasons to play with the hibiscus plant. Over anything, it’s enjoyably delicious and the beautiful color and flowery taste it adds to kefir is enough for one to consider it.
Hibiscus Cream Soda Kefir
In addition to hibiscus, I add in ground vanilla bean, which makes the flavor profile to this kefir outstanding. It resembles the taste of cream soda you may have had as a child. This recipe is fun to make and a crowd pleaser for friends and family. If you’re interested…
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 24 oz. freshly made kefir soda
- 1 tsp vanilla bean
- 1 tbsp dried hibiscus
Here’s how you make it:
- The first step is to make your kefir soda. You can learn to make the basic recipe here.
- Once you’re kefir is ready, simply add your vanilla and hibiscus and let sit for another 24 hours.
- Strain vanilla and hibiscus, compost the discards then enjoy chilled!