A Texas Lime is as Good as Gold, I've Been Told
I heard it from my friends with credibility in medicine and education, especially in human health and nutrition. “Pun intended”, but two influential couples who were US Navy Seals know the lyrics:
“I don’t know, but I’ve been told, a frog man’s money is good as gold.”
And my farmer interpolation, “A Texas lime is as good as gold.”
A double whammy when your wife reminds you to drink lime water daily.
Why You Should Drink More Lime Water
Here come my two cents. For your comfort, the author is a Professor Emeritus in Citrus Pathology and a Texas lime grower.
- My physician son with an endorsement from his his sidekick physician sister note, “How Southerners Can Prevent Kidney Stones with Lemons and Limes.”
Ease of preparation with less effort. Juicy lime is available year-round. You may occasionally substitute with a lemon when you run out of lime.
I have a habit of mixing lime juice, honey, and turmeric.
- Limes are high inactive compounds that function as antioxidants in your body, including flavonoids, limonoids, kaempferol, quercetin, and ascorbic acid.
- Honey contains varying concentrations of polyphenols, which are potent antioxidants that are thought to reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer.
- Curcumin is the main active ingredient in turmeric. It has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a powerful antioxidant.
Lime is Suggested by the CDC
The Centers for Disease Control on Drinking Water recommend following the 8 x 8 rule. To prevent dehydration, an adult should drink an adequate amount of water daily. Health authorities recommend eight 8-ounce glasses a day, (which equals to about two liters, or roughly half a gallon). This is called the 8×8 rule and it is very easy to remember.
To encourage drinking enough water, the Centers for Disease Control authorities suggest adding a wedge of lime or lemon to your water. This can help improve the taste and help you drink more water. Add a wedge of lime or lemon to your water. Nutraceuticals in lime help stimulate digestive secretions in the stomach. Besides, the acid in the lime juice helps the saliva break down food. As per health experts, the 8 x 8 rule help you:
- Eliminate fatigue
- Flush out toxins
- Boost immune system
- Improve skin complexion
- Promote weight loss
How May Lime Water Reduce the Risk of a Heart Attack?
Magnesium is the gatekeeper for calcium being allowed into muscle cells to cause contraction. Without magnesium to guard the channel, calcium floods the cell and leads to hyper contraction of the muscle cells, which translates into angina and even heart attack.
According to the USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, April 1, 2018, a two-inch diameter lime contains the following levels of magnesium and Potassium:
Value in 100 g
Lack of enough Potassium in the diet can cause calcification and stiffness of arteries. Besides, low levels of Potassium have been linked to high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke in people.
Lime Water for Blood Sugar Control
This claim that lime water can help control blood sugar levels may be associated with the soluble fiber Vitamin C in lime because some studies have indicated Vitamin C may help decrease levels of fasting blood sugar, triglyceride, cholesterol, and inflammation.
Would Lime Water Increase Acidity in our Stomach?
Though lime has citric acid, the high levels of nutrients and minerals in it are alkaline. Besides, citric acid is not a strong acid; it is removed from our body via perspiration. Limes and lemon stimulate the formation of calcium carbonate that neutralizes other strong acids in the body. This is helpful, especially if your diet is heavy in proteins like meat and cheese. Experts say limes and lemons can help change the pH balance of the blood and can also help in dealing with urinary tract infections.
Why drink lime water in the morning on an empty stomach before coffee?
“I don’t know, but I’ve been told, lime water in an empty stomach balances the pH.” Perhaps, channeled via the formation of calcium.
A good friend of mine is a world-renowned citrus Nutraceutical scientist at the Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. He and his wife drink lime water on an empty stomach.
Use only natural lime and rinse your mouth with plain water after you drink lemon juice.
Mani Skaria, Ph.D.
Founder and CEO, US Citrus, LLC
Professor Emeritus, Texas A&M University-Kingsville
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