Lime, a citrus fruit is an excellent source of antioxidant. Antioxidants protect the body by preventing free radicals to damage or harm the cells. Lime is also good source of potassium, vitamin A,B,C,D, calcium and magnesium.
The benefits of lime water are:
Enhances better digestion: Intake of lime water improves digestion. Lime is acidic and helps saliva to break the food for better digestion. Lime water stimulates secretion of digestive juices that helps in breaking the food for digestion. If one experiences constipation, lime water eases the bowel movement hence easing the excretory system.
Fights Infection: The vitamin C and antioxidant component in the lime helps the body to fight flu and cold viruses thereby strengthening the immune system.
Helps in weight loss: Citric acids in lime stimulates metabolic activities, helping in burning more calories and store less fat. Drinking lime in the morning helps to boost metabolism thereby helping in weight loss. However it is important to constantly exercise to shed extra pounds and the rest of the weight must be managed in the food intake.
Lower Blood sugar: Vitamin C in lime juice helps the diabetic people. Lime has low glycaemic index that helps the body to absorb sugar into the bloodstream.
Reduces Heart Diseases: Lime contains magnesium and potassium which promotes healthy heart. Potassium lowers blood pressure and improves blood circulation that reduces the risk of heart disease and stroke. Studies claim that lime contains limonins that reduces cholesterol levels. High blood pressure teamed with high cholesterol hardens blood vessels which increases risk of heart attack and stroke.
Prevents cancer: Cancer is caused due to uncontrolled growth of cells in the body that affects lungs, kidney, breasts etc. Lime water reduces the risk of cancer. The antioxidant properties in lime promote cell growth and boosts immune system.
Promotes healthier skin: Lime water contains vitamin C and flavonoids, antioxidant that strengthens collagen, a protein in the body that holds the body together. Drinking lime hydrates and rejuvenates the skin.
Lessens Inflammation: Arthritis is a common problem among older people and caused due to inflammation in the joints. Vitamin C reduces inflammation level in the body, so intake of lime water reduces the symptoms of arthritis, joint pain and stiffness. Lime reduces uric acid levels in our body; uric acid is a waste body produces while breaking down food like meat, mushrooms and dried beans. High uric acid levels causes gout.
Lime water a very simple drink that one can prepare has various self-healing benefits. Intake of lime during summers hydrates our body and refills the salt content that evaporates due to perspiration. Lime water can be taken with only sugar, only salt or both in right quantities. It is always better to take lime water over plain water due to its uses over the latter.