One of the richest fruits in vitamin C and many other minerals are the citrus fruit family, lemon and lime just like their cousins oranges and grape. They are both acidic and taste sour but are alkaline to the body when you drink their juice. The yellow peel of lemon has an essential oil known as limonene.
THE NUTRITIONAL BENEFITS OF LEMON AND LIME
Lemon and lime are rich in vitamin C, B6, folate, potassium, phytochemical, flavonoids and limonene. This essential oil – Limonene helps to promote the production of those enzymes that detoxify carcinogens and has been seen to have anti-cancer properties.
THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF LEMONS AND LIMES
Lemon and lime have great antioxidant and anticancer properties. They are also rich in antibiotics that fight against bacteria in the body. Below are some of the health benefits of lemon and lime. Reduce frequency of heartburn: To relieve your heartburn just mix in a glass of warm water about two teaspoon of freshly squeezed undiluted lemon or lime juice.
In the treatment of Asthma: Relieve your asthma by taking one tablespoon of lemon juice an hour before each meal.
Gain relief from cholera: Kill the cholera bacilli virus by drinking a cup of lemon/lime regularly, you should also drink water in equal measure as well. It’s antiviral properties is very effective on cholera and it will get rid of it within a brief period.
Relieve your burning heel and soles of your feet: You can get relief from painful heels, feet or the soles of your feet by rubbing a slice of lemon on the affected part. This will also encourage the elimination of toxins from the pores of your feet.
Fight common cold with lemon and lime: You can drink a mix the juice of two fresh lemons to about half a litre of warm water. You should also add natural raw honey to the mixture for an added taste. Take this drink before you go to bed at night. The anti-viral properties of lemon and lime is effective against common cold and it will boost the body’s immune response to fight off the infection.
Relieve your constipation issues: Get instant relief from your constipation issues by drinking a mixture of lemon or lime to a glass of warm water with some natural raw honey added for an improved taste. Take this mixture before breakfast to provide you with instant relief from constipation. Your body will also be detoxified in the process.
Improve your digestion: Lemon or lime will provide relief from indigestion and will stop you from being bloated and from foul belching.
Relax and soak your feet: You can soak your feet in a solution of warm water and lemon or lime. You will enjoy the astringent and cooling effects of the lemon or lime, you will instantly be relaxed and soon fall asleep in no time at all.
Nourish your skin: When you rub a lemon peel to dry or scaly skin it will immediately be nourished and the skin will be soft and supple in a short time because of the moisture added to it.
Reduce swollen gums: You can relief your swollen gums by drinking a mixture of a pinch of sea salt and freshly squeezed lime juice (diluted). You can also use the albedo of lime or lemon (that white flesh just under its peel) and rub on your gums to relieve the swelling. Relieve you sore throat problems:Gargle a mixture of warm water and lemon juice (one part each) to provide instant relief from sore throat.
Take care of inflammatory disorders: Lemon or lime juice is effective in combating inflammatory issues such as arthritis, rheumatism, sciatica and so on. It can also reduce the risk of gout by inhibiting the buildup of uric acid in the body’s tissues.
When juicing your lemon or lime always ensure that you include the entire fruit, the peel as well only ensure that it is properly washed and try buying 100% organic fruits as you don’t want to be juicing the pesticides on GMO lemons or lime that are also impossible to wash off from the peel.
By juicing the entire fruit you can be sure of obtaining all its nutrients. Lemon and limes limonene is high in the white part of the fruit, the part under the peel, so just juice the entire fruit.
You can juice lemon and line and make ice cubes from them by pouring them in a ice cube tray and refrigerating. They can be be refrigerated for up to two weeks but will lose their taste and potency if kept in the fridge for longer than a fortnight.
A NOTE OF CAUTION
Always take lemon or lime juice in moderation.
If you notice that you have an allergic reaction to these citrus fruits then stop using them.