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For The Love Of Lime

rjh77 By rjh77 on
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Recently, I've been learning about the health benefits of lime juice, and many other ways to use it. Some I knew, and some are very surprising.

Lime juice was used as far back as the 18th century, when sailors and soldiers were given a daily allowance of it to ward off scurvy. Scurvy is caused by a vitamin C deficiency, and lime juice is packed with vitamin C! It is also good for digestion, constipation, peptic ulcers, respiratory disorders, gout, and urinary disorders (it eases the pain of urinary tract infections).

Lime juice is also said to help cure arthritis, rheumatism, prostate and colon cancer, cholera, arteriosclerosis, diabetes, fatigue, heart diseases and even dangerously high fever. Whether or not any of this is true is unknown to me, but even if it isn't, lime juice is so good, I would use it anyway!

One of my favorite ways to use lime juice is for skin care. When consumed orally or applied externally, it rejuvenates your skin and makes it glow! It also protects your skin from infections and reduces body odor, due to a large amount of vitamin-C and Flavonoids, both of which are class-1 antioxidants, antibiotic and disinfectants. When applied externally on skin, the acids in lime juice will scrub out the dead cells. It also helps to cure dandruff, rashes, bruises etc., and gives you a refreshing bath if its juice or oil is mixed into your bath water.

Also, a glass of warm water with pure lime juice in it is an excellent weight reducer, a brilliant refresher and antioxidant drink. The citric acid present in lime is said to be an excellent fat burner. Two glasses a day is said to show results within a week.

Lime can also be used for cleaning purposes. To remove rust, I sprinkle salt over the rust, then pour lime juice over it. I allow it to sit for a few hours, then rub the area with the lime rind. Bye bye rust! Lime juice can replace vinegar in all your homemade cleaning solutions. Also, you can place half of a used lime in your garbage disposal to eliminate odors.

Aside from all the health benefits and cleaning remedies, lime has a wonderful, zesty taste! I add it to water or tea, sprinkle it on fruit salad, garden salad, chicken, nachos, and whatever else I can think of! I simply cannot go a day without my lime juice!

Some information in this article cited from Health Benefits of Lime.