I have an issue to very publicly drag out and discuss with my friends….Shame on all of you! What’s wrong with you people? Why has no one ever offered me a Fresh Lime drink? Did I really need to go half way around the world to get one of these?
The fresh, citrus flavor and fragrance of a lime can be very rejuvenating. Limes have originated from the Himalayan region of India, Asia. There are many benefits that one can derive from this fruit which are grown all year round, and are usually sweeter than lemons. Hence, are more in demand.
Health Benefits of Lime Juice
Gout: Gout is caused either by the accumulation of free radicals in the body and/or the accumulation of uric acid. Limes are full of anti-oxidants that control and rid the body of free radicals, and help to detoxify the body.
Obesity and Weight Loss: Traditionally lime juice has been used for weight reduction programs. One of the many benefits of its juice is the reduced amount of calories, this natural sweetener will add to the body. Add a teaspoon of honey in a glassful of lukewarm water and drink every morning on empty stomach for reducing weight for minimum two to three months.
Scurvy: Scurvy is caused due to the deficiency of vitamin C, and since limes are packed with them, its juice is the only way to cure this condition. It has been popularly in use since the 19th century, when British sailors were issued a daily allowance of limes to ward off scurvy.
Digestion: The acids present in the limes break down the macro molecules of the food, aiding in smoother digestion. The flavonoids, another important compound found in the lime stimulates the digestive system because of its fragrance, increasing secretion of digestive juices, bile and acids.
Constipation: The juice aids in curing other digestive disorders like constipation also. The acids that stimulate the digestive system help in clearing the excretory tracts, easing constipation. Lime juice with salt acts as an excellent purgative giving immediate relief.
Cystitis: Cystitis is an inflammation of urinary bladder, also referred to as an urinary tract infection (UTI), and is either caused due to hygiene issues or because of an allergic reaction to drugs or radiation therapy. Lime juice, boiled in water and taken every couple of hours after cooling, provides relief in cystitis. Other UTI can also be cleared because of the high potassium content of lime, that helps to reduce toxic substances deposited in kidneys and urinary bladder.
Peptic ulcers: Peptic ulcers are open sores that develop on the inner lining of your esophagus, stomach and/or upper small intestine, causing a lot of abdominal pain. The acid in limes causes an alkaline reaction in the system, reducing gastric acidity.
Common Cold: Although disputed, an excellent dose of lime helps to clear common cold with its vitamin C rich juice, by increasing the resistance of the body towards cold.
Dehydration: Quick hydration and rejuvenation is what this juice can provide to the body. It is good to fight fatigue as well as vomiting bouts.
Apart from health benefits, some other benefits include; rubbing lime juice on mosquito bites relieves irritation, eliminates odor, helps clean brass and silver, can be added in room fresheners, clears out calcium deposits, adds sparkle to glass ware, etc. Benefits of lime are plenty, use it for health or household cleaning purposes, the humble lime will always provide one with excellent results.
Read more at Buzzle: http://www.buzzle.com/articles/lime-juice-benefits.html
Second question, why has no one noticed how well these go with Gin?
In A Historical Dictionary of Indian Food (Oxford University Press, 1998), author K. T. Achaya says that fresh lime soda was “the supreme quencher of colonial thirst” in India.
- 250ml (1 cup) fresh lime juice, chilled
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 tbs caster sugar
- pinch cumin
- 1L (4 cups) soda water, chilled
- Ice cubes, to serve
- Lime wedges, to serve
Combine all ingredients over ice and stir well. Unless you are in India, then forget the ice. Garnish with a pinch of fresh-roasted Cumin. Alternatively, you can garnish with mint leaves, green chilies or augment with Gin. Stunningly genius.