Let’s talk about lime today. A little, cheap fruit that packs a whallop! Now squeeze a bit of the juice into water and you have a simple and affordable way to dramatically improve health. Use 1-2 limes per glass of water. Best thing is to drink Lime Water on a daily basis. At the very minimum drink Lime Water 3-4 times a week.
Lime and lemons are largely interchangeable. Lemons have have slightly more fructose, but still a negligible amount when compared to other fruits.
Limes are loaded with a long list of essential vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and phytonutrients. In many ways, limes are nature’s version of your daily multivitamin. And Mother Nature, having countless millennia to hone and perfect her craft, packages these nutrients in a way that is readily used by the body. In contrast, most of the so-called nutrients in synthetic multivitamins are excreted in urine.
Lime Water is an ally in slowing and even reversing the aging of skin and other organs. It improves the appearance of skin through mechanisms that unfold deep within the body. An old adage says “beauty is only skin-deep”. Well, that is the farthest thing from the truth. Beautiful, clear skin is generated from within. That elusive glow-the Holy Grail of cosmetics-can never be achieved by slathering a product on the skin or by exfoliating layers of dead skin cells. This is an uncomfortable truth for the cosmetics industry.
Let us explore a few ways in which regular consumption of Lime Water will shine forth your inner beauty. However before we get into it, remember that for a good thing to happen in the body it takes time. There are no magic pills or short cuts.
The Holy Grail of Cosmetics
The appearance of skin is largely determined by the condition of the dermis, which is the deeper layer of skin. Healthy, glowing skin is a product of two things: 1) well-maintained proteins in the dermal layer and 2) adequate blood flow through the dermal layer. Structural proteins, such as collagen and elastin, make skin soft, smooth, and flexible. Blood flow makes skin radiant. Lime contains various nutrients such vitamin C, magnesium, biotin, and beta carotene that are essential for the maintenance of these proteins. These nutrients also promote the growth of new blood vessels where needed.
Acne is a product of certain hormonal imbalances and too many bad gut bacteria. Too much testosterone in circulation causes the skin to be oily. Harmful gut bacteria make the skin more prone to inflammation. Acne is the marriage of excess oil secretion and pro-inflammatory skin. Lime water supports liver function, boosting its ability to clear excess testosterone in both males and females. Lime water promotes the growth of friendly gut bacteria that reduce inflammation. Please notice, facial washes, pore cleansers, and other do-dads do not help acne.
Watch belly fat melt
Stubborn belly fat that is resistant to dieting and exercise is caused by an excess of certain hormones in circulation. These hormones are estrogen, insulin, and cortisol. Lime water optimizes liver function, which is the organ responsible for removing excess hormones from circulation. As the level of these hormones in circulation normalizes, excess belly fat is not only burned off but redistributed evenly around the body under the skin.
Now, this last bit may sound a bit technical, but hang in there, the knowledge you are about to acquire may change your life!
Sustainable weight loss
Continuous weight gain that leads to overweight or obesity is not always a product of greed or laziness. Your willpower, New Year resolutions, and such things only cause short term fluctuations in weight. Long term weight management is not under conscious control. It is regulated by communications between your fat stores and subconscious brain (hypothalamus). The key hormone that relays information between both areas is leptin. Leptin controls appetite and energy expenditure in the body over the long term. A breakdown in leptin signaling is a necessary condition for continuous weight gain over the long term. This is without exception. Regular consumption of lime water helps to restore the body’s sensitivity to leptin. This reduces appetite and increases energy expenditure (i.e. resting metabolic rate). The central role of leptin is the root cause of why weight-loss products and dieting do not work. Only the regular consumption of nutrient dense whole foods over an extended period can resolve leptin resistance.
Read the follow up post which speaks about Lime and Female Fertility
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Ezenwa Onwugbenu is a nutritional healer and public speaker on natural health matters. You can find out more about him and his passion for natural health and living on Creative Juices.