With the spread and outbreak of many diseases, people become more and more concerned about their health, especially staying physically fit and healthy.
There are various known ways to boost immunity. Besides, eating healthy and nutritious foods, exercising, sleeping properly, drinking fruit juices and water is also excellent. Fruit juices made from pineapple, apple, pomegranate, lemons, etc. are the best detoxifiers and sources of vitamin C and other compounds that our body needs to function optimally.
Besides these famous fruit juices, Limeade is also another healthy option, especially for those who do not like the plain taste of water. This is a very refreshing drink that is easy to make, as it only uses water, lime, and sugar to taste.
Lime is the most-known fruit complement for vodka or tequila. To juice limes is the typical method of preparing lime drinks. It can be combined with simple syrup or honey syrup and some additional water and perhaps more sugar or honey.
Some major beverage companies like A.G. Barr of Glasgow and Newman’s Own since 2004 now offer their own brand of limeade. The Minute Maid also introduced a Cherry Limeade drink with the increasing popularity of Limeade. To create its famous cherry limeade, Sonic Drive-In uses Sprite.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF LIME
Since lime juice or lime water is a popular drink, let’s discover what are its benefits to the body when you drink it and how much should you need each day?
During cold and flu season, we are at risk of infection. Therefore, we need to give more protection to our body and boost our immunity. Drinking lime juice throughout the day can make us stay healthy because it is rich in vitamin C and antioxidants. These will help us fight off infections such as the cold and flu virus. It may also help to shorten the duration of an illness.
Helps with weight loss
Many slimming beverages can help you lose weight, but lime water or lime juice is always a healthier and natural option, safer for your health and body. Of course, people want a picture-perfect body, especially in this millennial age. However, losing weight is never easily done.
Lime water helps you manage your weight as it contains citric acids that can boost metabolism, helping you burn more calories and store less fat.
A glass of lime water in the morning, or suck on a lime wedge before meals. This will help you get your day off to a good start and rev your metabolism.
Limes are acidic and can help for faster breaking down of saliva food for better digestion. It also contains flavonoids that stimulate the secretion of digestive juices. When experiencing constipation, drink lime juice because its acidity can clear the excretory system and stimulate bowel activity.
Concerning heartburn and acid reflux, just drink a glass of warm water with two teaspoons of lime juice about 30 minutes before meals.
GROWING LIME SAVES YOU
Given the health benefits lime offers, it would also help if you grow your own lime trees, whether in pots or your extra lot in your backyard.
Growing Lime Trees in Containers
Container gardening helps grow herbs, flowers, or vegetables, and even fruits such as lime.
One of the practical reasons is the ease of transferring the plants from outdoor to indoor to adjust with the occurring weather since nowadays, there are extreme weather changes.
TIPS in Growing Limes
Just choose the best variety of lime suited for container growing. You cannot pick a bigger lime tree variety since it would be difficult for the plant, especially in its mature stage, as it will grow tall and big, and container space will not be enough. A few common varieties for container or pot growing includes ‘Bearss’ lime, also known as Tahitian Lime or Persian Lime, ‘Kaffir’ lime, ‘Mexican’ lime, and ‘Palestinian lime.
Choose a location where the plants can receive at least 8 hours of direct sun; limes are sun-lover plants. Place the pots or containers with lime plants on an area against a south-facing wall. Provide fences to protect the plants from cold northern winds.
Plant the limes in soil with neutral pH and moistened potting medium. Ensure that the containers or pots have drainage holes as lime plants will not grow well and even die out on always wet soil.
Citrus trees, including lime, are copious feeders, requiring nitrogen, zinc, magnesium, and phosphorus to bloom and produce fruits. Newly planted limes don’t need fertilizers unless they reach 6-8 feet growth. Once they are mature, fertilize the plants three times each year. Be sure that the fertilizers do not touch lime’s trunk or directly on roots. Avoid soluble nitrogen fertilizers when there’s likely to be heavy rain.