You may have seen or heard people who drink lime water everyday. Have you wondered about the health benefits of such actions ? What about about possible side effects?
Let’s see reasons why this is considered a healthy practice and necessary precautions you should take if you adopt this practice.
Limes are one of the citrus fruits that grow in our country. They are small, round, yellowish green citrus fruits. They are very rich in vitamin C and antioxidants. According to Healthline, there a lot of health benefits to be derived by eating or drinking lime water everyday such as:
1. They rejuvenates your skin.
Limes are very rich in vitamin C which the body uses to make collagen. Collagen helps to keep the skin strong and youthful.
2. They help to improve the immune system.
According to Healthline, vitamin C helps in the production of white blood cells which helps to strengthen the immune system. The immune system is responsible for helping the body fight against diseases.
3. The help to fight against infections.
Antioxidants are substances gotten from food which help to eradicate free radicals. Free radicals are produced during metabolism and they are responsible for causing sicknesses and aging.
Some of the antioxidants in lime are in the form of flavonoids and vitamins C and A. Taking lime water everyday will help to eliminate free radicals from your body.
3. Boosts digestive health.
Drinking lime water in the morning will boost your digestive health. Limes are acidic and therefore helps in the secretion of digestive enzymes which stimulate food digestion.
4. Reduce your heart disease risk.
Limes are good sources of potassium and magnesium which are essential for protecting the heart. Potassium helps to reduce blood pressure by regulating fluid and electrolyte levels in the body.
5. May help lower your blood sugar levels.
Limes are low in the glycemic index and may also help the body to delay the absorption of carbs and sugar.
,6. May reduce your risk of getting cancer.
Cancers are malignant tumors that may attack any major organ of the body such as the lungs, kidney, breast or lungs. The antioxidants in lime may help to prevent the development of abnormal cell growth and promote the growth of healthy cells.
7. May help to prevent weight gain.
According to Healthline, drinking lime water everyday, may help to prevent weight gain. It is important to mention that too much weight increases a person’s risk of getting sick.
8. Helps to prevent inflammation.
Chronic inflammation is responsible for causing many chronic sicknesses and taking foods rich in vitamin C and other antioxidants may help to reduce the rate of inflammation in the body.
Secondly the body produces purines during the metabolism of some food such as meat, liver, and mushrooms. These purines may form uric acids in the body. According to Healthline, too much uric acids in the body may result in gout and arthritis which affect the joints.
Drinking lime water may help to eliminate excess uric acids in the body.
Conclusion: It is healthy to drink water mixed with lime or lemon juice in the morning. This is good if taken in moderation every morning if you are not allergic to citrus fruits like oranges, lime or lemon. But take limes moderately because they contain much citric acid than many fruits.