Lime water is not only a tasty and refreshing drink, but it is also beneficial for your health. It gives you a lot of vitamin C, antioxidants, and minerals like calcium, iron, potassium, magnesium, copper, and phosphorus.
Lime water adds flavor to plain water, and makes it more interesting. It’ll be easier for people who have trouble drinking an adequate amount of water to sip on it. Of course, we love anything that keeps the body hydrated!
Benefits of lime water:
So, why should you drink lime water in particular? Read on to find out!
1. Promotes water drinking
70 percent of the human body is composed of water, which shows the importance of water for human health. An average person should drink at least 8 glasses of water daily. Water helps your body to flush out the waste material that comes from the normal running of the body. The more water you drink, the easier your body does this process.
Many people do not like plain water, so by squeezing lime juice in a glass of water you can add flavor to it and make it tolerable for drinking. This way, you can intake an adequate amount of water, keeping your body hydrated and energized.
2. Lowers blood sugar level
Lime water can help control the blood sugar level. Lime contains a low glycemic index and thus helps regulate the absorption of sugar into the bloodstream. As a result, fewer blood sugar spikes would be experienced. So, sip on lime water throughout the day to get its blood sugar-regulating benefits!
3. Reduces inflammation
The vitamin C present in lime water is beneficial for reducing inflammations, and preventing and relieving arthritis, joint pain, and stiffness. Limes contain antioxidants that help to reduce inflammation and even help prevent infections and certain chronic illnesses, speeding up your body’s healing process.
4. Prevents kidney stones
Lime water contains citric acid which does not alkalinize the urine as citrate does. It prevents small stones from becoming problem stones by coating them and preventing other material from attaching and building onto the stones. Also, it provides plenty of water which dilutes the urine.
5. Source of vitamin C
Limes contain vitamin C and antioxidants, like flavonoids, which strengthen collagen. Drinking lime water can help hydrate and rejuvenate your skin, and also benefit your immune system.
6. Reduces cancer chances
Cancer is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells, and it can develop in different parts of the body like breasts, lungs, and kidneys. Drinking lime water can lower the risks of developing cancer and help you fight the disease. The antioxidant capabilities of lime promote healthy cell growth and improve the function of your immune system.
7. Improves skin
One delicious way of rejuvenating your skin is drinking lime water. Through drinking lime water your skin will get hydration, vitamin C, and antioxidants which will help protect your skin against free radicals and thus slowing the aging and other skin problems.
8. Aids in weight loss
Another benefit of lime water is that it helps you manage your weight. Citric acids in lime boost the metabolism and thus burns more calories.
Keep in mind that lime water is not about replacing meals and trying to make up for hunger by drinking instead. It’s actually perfect for replacing your high-calorie drinks with low-calorie lime water, thereby saving you roughly 200-1000 calories per day.
9. Strengthens the immune system
Again, the vitamin C in lime makes the immune system strong and prevents you from getting illnesses, skin allergies, and boosts immunity. It helps your body to fight against the cold and flu virus. It may shorten the span of an illness. Vitamin C in lime has also a deep impact on the growth of white blood cells.
10. Helps the digestion
Drinking lime water improves digestion. Limes are acidic and they aid saliva to break down food for better digestion. Flavonoids in lime stimulate the secretion of digestive juices. The acid present in lime juice also helps in the further digestive breakdown and helps the stomach’s process. Limes may help the body in getting rid of wastes.
11. Protects eye
As a rich source of vitamin C, lime juice protects the cornea in the eyes against UV-B radiations of the sun. Consuming fresh lime water regularly can improve your eyesight and protect your eyes.
12. Prevents heart diseases
Lime water is a good source of magnesium and potassium, which promote heart health. Potassium can lower blood pressure naturally and improve blood circulation, which reduces the risk of heart attack and stroke. There is also limited research that indicates limes help to reduce cholesterol levels.
13. Treats respiratory disorders
The flavonoid-rich oils extracted from limes may be used extensively in anti-congestive medicines such as balms, vaporizers, and inhalers due to the presence of kaempferol. Just scratching the peel of a lime and inhaling it might give immediate relief from nasal congestion and nausea. It also freshens the breath!
14. Manage diabetes
Limes like other citrus fruits have a chemical compound naringenin that has anti-diabetic properties. Lime water reduces dehydration in diabetic patients. It helps prevent untimely spikes. The easy-to-make beverage is very low in carbohydrates and calories and keeps you hydrated.
I don’t find that a recipe for lime water is necessary. Rather, I’ll give you some tips and you can customize your lime water to fit your lifestyle and preferences.
- Juice fresh limes, rather than using bottled lime juice (at least if you can). You’ll experience a higher quality taste, and all of the health benefits present in the fresh fruit.
- Make it as sour as you like, or add just a bit of lime juice for a touch of tart flavor.
- Add other cut fruits, citruses, and herbs. I love adding grapefruit, cucumber, and mint. Add whatever your heart desires!
- You can add sweetener, even though I prefer not to. If I do use sweetener, I use stevia, monkfruit, or erythritol.
- Your lime water can be as a simple or complicated as you like. Whatever gets you to drink more water!
Conclusion on lime water:
In the end, we could say that lime water is a very inexpensive and very beneficial beverage. It helps our body a lot in digestion, respiration, hydration, and the immune system.
Drinking lime water gives a kick start to your body, especially if you drink it early in the morning after getting out of bed. It gives vitamin C boost to your body and provides calcium to the bones.
Limes contains antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents, which are good for your health. According to its price, lime water is cheap, but as we see its benefits and effects on our health, it becomes highly valuable.
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