“Secrets, secrets are no fun, secrets are for everyone”

Remember that old saying? Okay, I am dishing some more secrets today! I am all about healthy living and one of my favorite things to do is hit the farmers market on Sunday. I seriously refuse to go to the grocery store. I am really big on supporting local business and I'm clearly not against big corporations but when it comes to my food I don't mess around. Anyway, I was at the FM a while back and I came across the most beautiful hibiscus flowers. I grabbed a bundle and tried to figure out what to do with them and then a little light bulb went off... duh, make tea. I was gathering things around the kitchen and decided to make a fruitful concoction. Let's talk about the health benefits of the ingredients.

hibiscus flower
Aside from the inspiration and main ingredient for my drink, hibiscus is linked to lowering blood pressure and cholesterol. You may think blood pressure is a moot subject for young women, like myself. However, it's important to keep that regulated especially if you are taking birth control. Your chances of major health complications can increase from something as simple and common as taking BC, trust me, I know some people who have had MAJOR health issues at a young age due to a combination of the two.

ginger
I LOVE GINGER! Like a beyond obsession kind of love. First things first, it is one of the healthiest foods in the world. It improves intestinal health and digestion « step one to keeping the pounds off; make sure your body is working optimally. Ginger works as an antioxidant as well as an anti-inflammatory. Also, I get the WORST migraines. I get them once a week if I'm not careful. Ginger not only treats inflammation but it can also prevent it. Buh-bye headaches! (also, great for hangovers) 
lemon juice
Okay everyone knows lemons are a great source of vitamin C, but did you know it can help you lose weight? Lemon juice contains soluble fiber that assists in weight loss. It works to stimulate your digestion and boost your metabolism. Also, it's the best diuretic » adios bloat.
raspberries
These delicious and beautiful little fruits assist in weight management and liver health. If you didn't know, the liver is an EXTREMELY important organ in the body and, when it comes to weight loss, the liver is a major fat burning organ. It regulates metabolism, so when your liver isn't functioning properly you might as well lay back and let the belly fat settle in. Raspberries preserve liver health with a phytonutrient, rheosmin, commonly referred to as raspberry ketones.

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