Although limes are acidic, they are considered to be a high alkaline food due to their alkalizing effect on the body when digested. Limes leave an alkaline ash residue after being digested. This ash residue aids in supplying the blood with more oxygen, which results in an optimally functioning bod
They have an alkalizing effect because they contain high water content and low amounts of sugar. Limes are full of alkaline minerals that are extremely good for your health. Our bodies are supposed to be 80% alkaline and 20% Acidic. Therefore, alkaline foods such as limes are generally healthier for you, and they help balance your blood's Ph level. In central and south America people use limes all the time to flavor and preserve their food. In fact adding lime to your food is anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal. Originating in Southeast Asia, limes found their way into Egypt and North Africa about 1000 years ago. From there the Moors carried them to Spain and it was during the Crusades that limes were then spread throughout southern Europe. Christopher Columbus brought the lime to the New World in 1493. In the eighteenth century, Scottish naval surgeon Sir James Lind learned by his observation of long-haul sailors that citrus fruits conquered the dreaded scurvy (lack of Vitamin C) which had devastated the ranks of the British navy more than any enemy.
Between 1795 and 1815, some 1.6 million gallons of lime juice drastically reduced the mortality rate of sailors. Along with their daily ration of rum, British sailors were required to consume a daily ration of lime juice, so British sailors became known as limeys. The introduction of limes to the United States began in the 16th century when Spanish Explorers brought the West Indies lime to the Florida Keys, beginning the advent of Key limes.
Now you know if you've been keeping up on this blog, free radicals can damage blood vessels and can change cholesterol to make it more likely to build up in artery walls. Vitamin C in limes can be helpful for preventing the development and progression of atherosclerosis and diabetic heart disease. Vitamin C is also vital to the function of a strong immune system.
- Lime juice and oil are very beneficial for skin. It rejuvenates the skin, keeps it shining, protects it from infections and reduces body odor,with it's aroma
- Limes aid in the digestion process, the acids stimulate the digestives system and increase secretion of digestive juices.
- Limes are a great way to stay hydrated and refreshed. Mixing a glass of ice water and the juice from a full lime is healthy thirst quencher.
- Limes can be used a disinfectant and antiseptic.
- Limes are a great way of treating constipation, urinary disorders, and even gout.
- Lime juice on the skin also repels insects.
- Lime juice is an excellent weight reducer, and anti -oxidant drink. The citric acid present in lime is an excellent fat burner.
- Limes anti-oxidant properties protect eyes from aging and macular degeneration.
Now it is the weekend, and I always feel obligated to help my readers relax. So with haste I must represent my very favorite way to get more limes in my diet with one of my all time favorites; the Tanqueray and Tonic with a Lime garnish...Enjoy!
T & T
In a tall collins glass combine:
1 oz Tanqueray gin
3 oz tonic water
1/4 oz lime juice
Garnish with a lime, and
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