Feeling the squeeze these days being cooped up at home and having the extra demand from kids AND work to contend with? Most of us are in the same boat. And that extra demand can have us a little off our game when it comes to keeping our fluids up for optimal health. So, if water, in particular, is so important, why does it fall short on our list of priorities? Read on to learn how getting your squeeze on can be the perfect H20 remedy.
We're always hearing how plenty of water is needed for hydration and cooling during hot days or fitness performance, yet there’s more to this necessary, life-sustaining liquid. Water aids biological processes in the body, digestion and cellular function and is also extremely important in maintaining cognitive alertness and focus – something imperative for work performance and efficiency.
Health Benefits of Limes & Lime Juice
Usually found hanging out on the rim of beverage glasses at your local tavern or fave restaurant, limes are actually a nutritional powerhouse – especially when it comes to antioxidants. Amazingly, a single lime can give you 32% of the daily recommended amount of the antioxidant vitamin C, and lime juice contains loads of other antioxidants too, including healthy phytochemicals like flavonoids, flavones and others that play important roles in maintaining wellness. And the benefits don’t stop there. Limes are also a source of many other nutrients, including vitamins and minerals. The amazing lime benefits and nutritional details are as follows…
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Antioxidant Powerhouse. A few from a big list are vitamin C, flavonoids, flavones, triterpenoid, and limonoids. Limonoids are phytonutrients that research has shown to have significant benefits for overall health and wellbeing.
Supports heart health. Lime antioxidants help promote the health of arteries and the circulatory system. Limes are also a source of magnesium and potassium, two nutrients that support heart health.
Promotes skin health and fights signs of aging. Limes assist skin rejuvenation and strengthen collagen. Vitamin C nourishes skin cells inside and out and may even help fight signs of skin aging.
Supports digestive health. The acidity in lime may help break down food so you can digest it more easily, plus the flavonoids in limes stimulate digestive juices and may even stimulate bowel activity.
Immune Health Booster. Vitamin C is needed by all the tissues of your body for growth and repair and it’s involved in many important functions, including immune function and helping protect cells from free radicals.
Supports metabolism and weight loss. A bonus for many people, the citric acid in limes may help rev up your metabolism for an enhanced calorie burning effect.
The Pros of Lime & Water
The easiest way to get the benefits of lime in your diet every day is to simply squeeze some lime juice into your water. With limes being easy to keep on hand you can toss a few in your lunch bag to squeeze into your water at work, or juice a few in advance and refrigerate to use throughout the day. No matter how you do it you’re sure to get the benefits of lime in a convenient way while making your daily H2O that much more fun and flavorful. Plus, you can jazz up your approach and combine lime with other fruit flavors to make your own water infusions.
Easy On-The-Go Infusion Recipe
Fruit infused water is super easy to make. Just add slices of lime and even add any combination of your favorite fruits to an infusion bottle or reusable water bottle and fill it up with filtered water for a delicious flavor infusion. To enhance the taste, let it stay in the fridge overnight or squeeze in some extra lime juice when you refill your bottle throughout the day. If you really want to sweeten it up add a natural sweetener like agave or honey.
So now that we know limes are loaded with antioxidants, including vitamin C, and offer plenty of other healthful benefits, you may want to give that slice of lime a promotion from the rim of your glass, because it’s good for a whole lot more!
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