Are you craving a refreshing, healthier drink that you can make easily at home? Try some lime water! It’s inexpensive, quick to make, and has some surprising health benefits. Read on to learn the added benefits of choosing lime water over plain water and sugary drinks. Though be sure to note why we recommend drinking lime water with caution, too.
10. Lime Adds Nutrients
Adding lime juice boosts the health benefits of your glass of water with extra nutrients. An average medium lime holds about 2 tablespoons of juice (1 fluid ounce or 30.8 grams), according to nutrientvalue.org. If you squeeze an entire lime into your reusable bottle of water, you would add approximately 4.31 mg of calcium and 36 mg to its nutrient value.
Even better, those two tablespoons of lime juice in your water add about 10% of the daily value of vitamin C, or about 9.2 mg.
9. Lime Water Looks Delicious
Slices of lime floating in a gleaming glass of water can make the idea of drinking it more appealing. This beautiful green citrus fruit gives water a bit of glamour, which could entice some people to drink more water throughout the day. For a festive holiday spin on lime water, add a few cranberries with the slices of lime. In the summertime, fresh berries like blueberries can make your lime water an even prettier treat.
8. It’s Easier to Avoid Sugary Drinks
Lime water is a healthy alternative to sugary drinks and can lower our risk for certain health issues. Obesity, type 2 diabetes, tooth decay and heart disease can be linked to a diet full of beverages with added sugar. The American Heart Association claims that just one sugary drink per day could significantly raise our risk of heart disease or stroke, especially for women. Replacing drinks like soda, sweetened fruit juice and sweet powdered drink mixes with lime water could go a long way toward improving and maintaining your health.
7. It’s Easier to Stay Hydrated
Nothing can replace the benefits of drinking plenty of pure water, which is essential for staying healthy. Yet if lime water is appealing enough to encourage people to drink more water overall, that’s a big step toward achieving great hydration. Harvard School of Public Health explains that proper hydration is important for many reasons. It helps you “regulate body temperature, keep joints lubricated, prevent infections, deliver nutrients to cells, and keep organs functioning properly. Being well hydrated also improves sleep quality, cognition, and mood.” So, keep the lime water coming! And notice all the ways it helps you feel your best.
6. Weight Loss May Get Easier
Have you heard of hydroxycitric acid? According to WebMD, it’s “a chemical similar to citric acid” found in the rind of fruits like limes. Recent studies of hydroxycitric acid in mice suggest it can cause a decrease in enzymes that produce fat, plus help suppress the appetite. Though more studies are needed to confirm hydroxycitric acid’s effectiveness for weight loss, the latest results indicate that lime water might help. And losing weight is certainly easier when you choose lime water over high calorie drinks.Related: Can Drinking Water Help You Lose Weight?
5. Could Make Your Skin Healthier
Lime water could also boost the health of your skin with the power of vitamin C. As an antioxidant, vitamin C helps prevent skin cell damage. Collagen production for youthful-looking skin requires the help of vitamin C. Skin repair like wound healing is part of this wonderful vitamin’s job, too. The fact that the juice of a lime can add around 10% of the DV of vitamin C to your diet definitely makes it an ideal addition to your glasses of water.
4. Helps Decrease Chronic Inflammation
Lime water could help lower chronic inflammation, when paired with other diet and lifestyle changes, because it contains flavonoids from the lime juice. Flavonoids are anti-inflammatory phytonutrients that add color to fruits and vegetables. Inflammation is a natural and necessary function of the immune system. However, it’s only meant to be a temporary step in the healing process. Chronic inflammation due to poor diet, environmental toxins, and stress is a problem for the body and linked to the development of many diseases. Flavonoids and vitamin C in lime water also work together to lubricate joints and ease arthritis pain.
3. Can Help Wipe Out Gout
Speaking of arthritis, lime water may help ease the symptoms of a type of arthritis called gout. This uncomfortable condition can occur when uric acid collects in the blood, causing redness, swelling and pain in the joints. Citric acid acts as a solvent with uric acid, helping to break it down. This action could decrease the level of uric acid in the blood, alleviating some of the symptoms of gout.
It’s important to note that regularly drinking sugary soda pop can actually lead to gout. That’s another great reason to choose lime water over sweetened drinks.Related: 8 Bedtime Drinks that Help You Lose Weight
2. Helps Decrease Certain Infections
In addition to soothing inflammation, lime water may be beneficial against infections, too. The citric acid in lime juice could help kill infection-causing bacteria and other microbes. Citric acid may also help soothe a sore throat by helping decrease mucus build up. Plus, the vitamin C your lime water provides could help fight off infection by boosting your immune system function.
All in all, lime water might help you become and stay healthier, especially through cold and flu season, with its great combination of healing nutrients.
1. Homemade Lime Water Is Better for the Planet
While promoting a healthier body, you could also be promoting a healthier planet by drinking homemade lime water. This is especially true if you’re creating your own bottles of water with reusable containers, instead of buying water bottled in plastic. Reducing our levels of waste and need for recycling, in addition to reducing the levels of toxins from plastics in our environment and food supply, helps make our planet a healthier place to live and thrive.
CAUTION! Citric Acid Could Harm Your Teeth
We’ve noted how powerful citric acid can be for killing bacteria and breaking down mucus buildup, but that also means it can cause damage to tooth enamel if you drink it often. Any substance or food that is highly acidic, like the citric acid from lemons and limes, can wear away the protective coating of your teeth over time. A way to avoid this damage to tooth enamel could be to drink lime water sparingly and/or drink it with a reusable straw. The straw could help lime water bypass the teeth, and a reusable straw wouldn’t cause extra waste.
Is Lime Water Too Tart for Your Tastes?
Lime water without sweeteners of any kind is best for your body. However, if the idea of lime water makes you shudder because of the tartness, try this idea for a more enjoyable flavor. Add a teaspoon of honey or stevia to your lime water at first, then decrease the level of natural sweetener used over time. Honey, like citric acid, is also antibacterial and anti-inflammatory.
If you need to avoid all added sweeteners for blood sugar control, simply start with a very small amount of lime juice in your water. Increase how much you add over time, as you get used to how enjoyable tart and refreshing lime water can be.Related: 13 Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar