Some believe the tea can help with coughs. Studies have been done claiming that drinking the tea helps lower blood pressure and cholesterol. In Guatemala it is considered a hangover remedy and also good for the kidneys. As the calyxes brew a tea high in Vitamin C it is good to drink to fight off colds and strengthen the immune system. There is no exact recipe for this beverage. Much as one might prefer strong or weak tea or coffee the amounts used to make this beverage are only guidelines. In Guatemala Rosa de Jamaica is served quite strong and sweet. My recipe reflects the Guatemalan style. Place 1/2 to 1/3 cup of the dried calyxes into 2 cups of boiling hot water and allow them to steep for 20 to 30 minutes. Strain the liquid add in another 2 to 4 cups of water and sweeten to taste. Serve over ice.
The Sickness Industry has little to do with preventing illness being stronger or healthier which increases the popularity of the functional health beverages and food products. People are tired of popping pills for everything that ails them and are taking a more holistic or as some say looking at alternative health treatments rather than the traditional medical care that most of us have grown accustomed to. The Wellness industry is going through a boom. Before the end of this decade it is estimated that the Wellness industry may surpass the dot.com revolution. This is an exciting time. Whether its drinks or spreads yogurts or desserts functional foods and beverages are among the fastest-growing categories in the food industry. If this looks like the 80s all over again this newly discovered health trend has got to be the strongest yet.
You can also call these toxins free-radicals. Many if not most bottled waters being sold on the market today are acidic.There are a few main reasons because of this. One reason is that just by storing any kind of water in a closed bottled it will become more and more acidic overtime. Another reason is that large majority of bottled waters go through a purification process that is either called reverse osmosis or distillation. Through this process water can lose many natural occurring alkaline minerals and thereby losing the alkaline pH. Without these minerals the water then will have an acidic effect on the body. However please let me note that not all bottled water has an acidic pH some either have a neutral pH or slight alkalinity. Bottled waters that are not acidic however most of the time still do not have any anti-oxidants and is still oxidizing on the body that causes cellular damage.