Lemons in the ‘Lime’light – Health Benefits

Lemons in the ‘Lime’light – Health Benefits

Originated in Southeast Asia, their potential uses go far beyond fish tacos and cocktail garnishes. They taste great in water and soda or as they call them in India, lime soda. As it turns out, they are also great for your body!

It makes sense to discuss the health benefits of lemons and limes at the same time, as they have all but a few chemicals in common.

Lime or Lemon?

Spot the difference

 Lime: The lime is a small bumpy citrus fruit, like a small orange, whose ‘skin and flesh’ are green in color. It is round with a diameter of between one to two inches. They are at their peak of their season from May through October.

Lemon: The lemon is a small, oval-shaped fruit which is approximately two to three inches in diameter. It is oval in shape and features a yellow, texturized outer peel. They are in the peak of their season around May, June and August.

Both, the lime and lemon have a sourish and acidic taste, but when consumed has an alkaline effect in the stomach.

Here are nine health benefits of the fruit that might improve and extend your life.

They are good for cardiovascular health

Our body contains a lot free radicals, which are capable of making cholesterol dangerously more likely to build up and line the walls of your arteries. Lemons and limes are an excellent source of vitamin C (ascorbic acid), one of the most important antioxidants in nature and the primary water-soluble antioxidant in the body. Antioxidants keep your arteries healthy, and healthy arteries are essential for carrying blood from your heart to the organs of your body.  This slows down the process of atherogenesis, the buildup of plaque on artery walls. So they will make you less likely to develop heart disease or diabetes (or slow the progression of either disease if you already suffer from it).

It has been speculated that the potassium in lemons and limes can also help to keep your blood pressure within healthy limits.

Lemon juice is great for your hair

Lemons and limes are a rich source of Vitamin C, which improves the rate at which your hair grows by boosting the production of collagen. This makes hair long and strong. Besides, it helps control the production of oil in your scalp. The acidic nature of lemon is effective in cleansing the scalp of dead cells and other deposits. This results in unclogged and also tighter hair follicles, curbing issues such as dandruff and hair fall. It also contains a compound called Limonene which adds life to dull, frizzy hair

Tip: Directly squeeze fresh lemon juice from the lemon wedge on scalp and hair. Massage your scalp with the juice for 5 minutes and then leave it in for an additional 10 minutes. Wash your hair with a mild shampoo and condition.

They help to strengthen your immune system

In addition to its role as the premier antioxidant circulating throughout the body, Vitamin C is also vital to the function of a strong immune system. Being a rich source of the nutrient, limes and lemons aid in strengthening your immune system. This means that lemons and limes may be useful in preventing conditions like colds, flus, and recurrent ear infections.

They aid in digestion

Lemon and lime juice behave in a similar way to our natural digestive enzymes, which means that they stimulate the digestive system and increase secretion of digestive juices, bile and acids. Thus, it relieves us from uncomfortable wind and bloating. This is the reason behind lemon pickle with lunch and dinner being a traditional practice in India and various neighboring countries in the region.

Tip: Try adding lemon or lime juice to a warm glass of water when you have heartburn or indigestion.

Lime juice helps in weight loss

One of the most popular uses of lime or lemon juice is weight loss. A simple recipe consisting of glass of warm water with a full lime’s worth of juice in it is an excellent weight reducer as well as a brilliant refresher and antioxidant drink. Though it is naturally sweet it is extremely low in calories. The citric acid present in lime is an excellent fat burner. Usually recommended to have first thing after you wake up, you can see legitimate and remarkable results within a week.

Tip: Add 1-2 teaspoons of raw, organic honey and the juice of a fresh lime or lemon to 8 ounces of warm water and consume on an empty stomach every morning.

They help to protect against arthritis

Arthritis, like so many other diseases, is a condition associated with a high degree of acidity in the body. In fact, in some cases the type of acid that causes joint pain is uric acid. If you look at uric acid under a microscope, it looks like tiny shards of glass. When uric acid crystallizes, it causes pain and inflammation. Lime contains citric acid that is a solvent of uric acid. Eating lemons and limes have shown to be helpful for reducing some of the symptoms of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Even if you don’t have arthritis, it is worth eating plenty of lemons and limes (among other fruits rich in vitamin C) to preempt any such development.

They help protect against cancer

Lemons and limes contain compounds called limonins, which research shows can help to fight cancers of the mouth, skin, lung, breast, stomach and colon. The kaempferol in lemons and limes has also been shown to reduce the uncontrolled cell division that is characteristic of cancer (and this element of lemons and limes appears to have a particularly strong influence on breast cancer).

Tip: To maximize its cancer-fighting benefits, aim for a half-cup of fresh lime juice a day. Avoid drinking undiluted juice to protect your teeth. Make your own drink by blending together three peeled limes with 2 cups of cold water.

They have antibiotic and antiseptic properties

Given that lemons and limes are very acidic, this makes them ideal for fighting certain infections.  In West Africa, where cholera outbreaks have happened in recent history, researchers found that feeding affected people lime juice with rice killed the dangerous bacteria. Further studies supported that lime juice did indeed play a role in whether people would contract cholera. It is thought that this fascinating health benefit comes from flavonoids called flavonol glycosides that have antibiotic effects.

Lemon juice can help to prevent kidney stones

The more citric acid in your urine, the more protected you are against forming new kidney stones. In clinical studies, citric acid from lime or lemon juice has been shown to reduce urine acidity, thereby reducing kidney stone incidence.  This is because lemon juice leads to the production of urinary citrate, which in turn prevents the formation of crystals.

 

It is obvious from the above health benefits, lemons and limes are an excellent choice if you want to increase your daily intake of fruits and vegetables. You can incorporate them into your diet in a number of enjoyable ways. Remember always to take only in moderation. More is not always better.

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Body Language – Attract the men you are interested in

Body Language – Attract the men you are interested in

Like a guy and want to get him interested? Too shy to make the first move? Find it difficult to make any guy friends?  Have guy friends but even the ones you are attracted to, end up becoming “just friends’?

If the answer to any one of the questions above is yes, then this article is for you.

We often hear that we should have positive body language to be successful at work and that ‘90% of all human communication is non-verbal’, yet most of us still fail to take this under any sort of consideration when trying to attract men. So do you really need the right body language to attract men?

We have been told at seminars, training camps and other places that body language is about: shoulders back, stand tall, strong eye contact and the list goes on. Some even go to the extent of “Don’t put your hands in your pockets, you’ll seem nervous.” And the classic, “Don’t cross your arms, crossed appendages give off an icy vibe.” Now whilst both of these rules may be true and helpful, honestly, no one has perfect body language 100% of the time, and it would be incredibly unnatural to try and do so. You’ll end up looking more like a military soldier standing to attention rather than someone who is attractive to men.

But would these instructions account for 90% of all human communication being non-verbal? And, could it be affecting your interactions with guys?

Did I get your attention yet?
But here are a few tips, which, if you put into practice will make a dramatic difference in your progress towards attracting men. You can use these tips to sexually attract and even get attention from guys you don’t know. Use these body language tricks in your school, at gym or at work and get any man to like you. You’ll see a difference in the number of guys approaching you immediately!

1) Give Him An Opening

Most women, on a night out, stand in a group like a fortress, with their backs to the rest of the room, making it almost impossible for any guy to come over. Common girls, do not make it difficult; give a guy an avenue to approach you. Instead, standing in a more or less V shape, side by side, so that you’ve still got each other’s full attention, will make you more approachable for interested guys.

This position will also give you a clear view of the room and enable making eye contact which  is a great tool to attract men as well. According to a research, eyes are the first part which attracts men and then is the smile.  Look in his eyes for few seconds and when he notices smile and look away. This trick always works.

Holding eye contact actually develops mystery for the guy and he may start thinking whether you are interested in him. This mystery will help you a lot to get his attention.

2) When he does come over

The smile is your best weapon of seduction. When you shake hands, hear his name, and greet him, that’s when you really smile. It will hint that the smile is especially for him. The trick is to make sure your nerves don’t wipe your smile off your face when you two meet or for the rest of the evening.

When you smile and laugh more for a particular guy then you present this as a gesture which is one of the subliminal sign of flirting and makes you more approachable. Try to smile often around the guy you want to attract and this will help him develop feelings for you, psychologically. Men find smiling women more attractive than the one who’s smile is always absent. It is one of the easiest body language to attract men.

3) The deadly combo

The next thing to remember is gesturing. Gesturing is an integral part of communication, and it’s a great way to attract men.

I’m sure you have noticed, the fundamental similarity between the most charismatic people you meet, the best presenters on TV and even the greatest orators of all time is that they all gesture when they speak. As well as allowing you to elaborate and emphasize a particular point, gesturing makes for easier flirting. However, the mistake that this may lead to is gesturing too much. People who gesture too much can seem quite nervous, and it often distracts the person that’s listening from what you’re saying. So it’s important that you find a happy medium

Practice your speech and gestures in front of the mirror or ask a friend to observe your movements. Most actors become perfect through mirror practicing. It will help you better understand your facial expressions and your body language and you will be able to display a confident and attractive body language

Now combine this with a little touch and it could be a potent combination. In a conversation with your guy sometimes play with your hair, touch him and laugh more. Touch is really important for dating. If you find it difficult to suddenly break the touch barrier with a guy, it’s because you’ve been trying to reach out and grab him with dormant limbs. Once your hands are already moving, it easy to play the touch card and any guy will start taking interest in you. Start gesturing when you speak and you’ll find flirting with guys a lot easier.

We know that when people touch in the context of intimacy, their heart rates increase. This might be too much for a first date, but it’s great for a second. To make it effective, briefly, gently touch the area between a guy’s mid-arm and wrist around five times per 15 minutes of conversation. However, don’t be a stickler for the timing or the frequency.  Go for what you’re comfortable with.

4) Last but not the least

‘Be yourself’. You have probably heard this a million times too, from a variety of people and sources. But, it still holds true and probably the most important advice we give you. Love yourself and be honest with yourself and with others and this will help you easily learn the tricks of body language. Happy, accomplished and full of positive energy and good vibes will make you more attractive. Guys are often attracted to a woman who is happy because your happiness can bring more joy to their lives. No one would want a depressing and unhappy woman, right? So try to send good vibes to people, not only to attract men, but also to make great friends.

Armed with these few pointers, we would like to encourage you to go out there and get the guy you want. We wish you All the Best!!

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