Liven Up Your Health With Limes

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Liven Up Your Health With Limes

This citrus fruit can do more than add flavor to your water

Put a little more tang in your summer by working limes into your diet. Limes, like other citrus fruits such as lemons and oranges, have more health benefits than their status as a flavor additive for your water or diet cola suggests.

They’re rich in vitamin C, which plays a pivotal role in boosting your immune system. Trying not to catch that nasty stomach flu raging through your office? Practice good hygiene (washing your hands, keeping your hands away from your nose and mouth) and strengthen your immune system through your diet. Too few of us eat the amount of fresh fruits, vegetables and other foods we need to keep ourselves healthy year-round. But a single glass of orange juice or one grapefruit won’t provide enough vitamin C to do the trick. A really healthy immune system depends on a balanced mix of vitamins and minerals over time.
They have an anti-inflammatory effect. Out-of-control inflammation in the body leads to poor health. Food that helps fight inflammation can reduce the risk of diseases such as cardiovascular disease, some cancers and even Alzheimer’s. Ant-inflammatory foods also lower blood pressure and help soothe stiff arthritic joints.
They may lower the risk of stroke. Studies show citrus fruits may help reduce the risk of ischemic stroke in women.
So forget the lime in your Corona. Get more lime in your diet by rubbing it on chicken, pork or fish before grilling; using it in homemade salad dressings; adding it to plain yogurt; mixing the juice into a guacamole recipe; or tossing chunks of it into a fruit salad.

BHM Edit Staff