Lettuce Discuss… The Mighty Lime.

The Mighty Lime

The Mighty Lime

What are Limes good for?

Respiratory Disorders: The flavonoid-rich oil obtained from lime is used extensively in anti-congestive medicines such as balms, vaporizers, and inhalers due to the presence of Kaempferol (Kaempferol is a flavinoid that can also reduce lung cancer incidence). Just scratching the peel of a lime and inhaling it gives immediate relief for congestion and nausea.

 Heal mouth ulcers, digestive wounds and piles. The root cause of mouth ulcers and wounds in the digestive system is a vitamin C deficiency, because the lime is very high in Vitamin C and Flavanoids it helps heal ulcers and wounds in the digestive system and excretory system while providing relief from constipation, it eradicates all the root causes of piles. Flavonoids inhibit microbial growth and potassium and Flavonoids help heal ulcers and wounds.

 Rejuvenate the skin, reduce body odor and dandruff.  Limejuice and its natural oils are great for the skin when consumed internally or applied externally. By rejuvenating the skin it keeps the skin shiny, protecting it from infections and reducing body odor due to the presence of a large amount of vitamin-Cand Flavonoids. Both are class-1 anti oxidants, and have antibiotic and disinfectant properties. When applied directly to the skin, the acids scrub dead cells away, cures dandruff, rashes, bruises, and heals acne.

Help digestion, and ease constipation.The scent of the lime causes your mouth to water which aids primary digestion (releasing the digestive saliva in your mouth before you even taste it). The Lime acidity does the rest. The Flavonoids (the compounds found in the fragrant oils extracted from lime), stimulate the digestive system and increase production and secretion of digestive juices, bile and acids. The Flavonoids stimulate the peristaltic motion. The ample amount of acids in lime helps clear the excretory system by cleaning off the digestive tracts. The roughage present is also helpful in easing constipation, although the high acid content is the most beneficial source. An overdose of limejuice with salt also acts as an excellent purgative without any side effects, thereby relieving constipation effectively.

 Excellent for women’s health. Limes contain calcium and folate, these nutrients are important for post-menopausal women and women of child-bearing age. A single fresh lime contains 22 milligrams of calcium and over five micrograms of folate. This is a substantial amount for a small fruit. Lime peels can combat aging skin. The peel contains a melanin inhibitor. With age and UV ray exposure, melanin, which gives skin its pigment, can build up and appear as spots on your skin. Treating skin to a mask with bits of lime peel in it could reduce this hyper pigmentation.

 Regulates sugar absorption in diabetics.According to the American Diabetes Association, limes are considered a diabetes super food. The high levels of soluble fiber make it an ideal dietary aid and helps to regulate the body’s absorption of sugar into the bloodstream, this reduces the events of blood sugar spikes which are a serious risk to a diabetic. Limes have a low glycemic index, this means they will not cause unexpected spikes in glucose levels.

Protects the eye from aging and infection. The Vitamin-C anti oxidant properties protects the eyes from aging and macular degeneration. The flavonoids protect the eyes from infections. (Just by eating lime it protects) DO NOT put directly in your eye- it will hurt.

 Can aid in weight loss.A glass of warm water with a full lime’s worth of juice is an excellent weight reducer as well as a brilliant refresher and antioxidant drink. The citric acid in lime is an excellent fat burner. If you drink two glasses a day you will see results within a week.

Prevents heart disease.That same soluble fiber which can help diabetics maintain their blood sugar levels can also lower blood pressure and eliminate the presence of LDL cholesterol (“bad” cholesterol). The soluble fiber cuts down on inflammation of the blood vessels, this is known to be a preventative measure against heart disease, heart attacks, and strokes.

What is the Lime made up of.

Nutrients, (these are all daily values and are per 3 ½ ounces or 100g)

Dietry Fiber11%

Carbohydrates4%

Calories2%

Protein1%

Fat0%

Vitamins

Vitamin C48%

Thiamin2%

Folate2%

Vitamin B62%

Pantothenic Acid2%

Minerals

Calcium 3%

 Iron3%

Phospherous2%

Potassium3%

Copper3%

 There are many more uses for the little lime that we haven’t mentioned!

In short- It’s great for you! Make lime your friend!

Many Blessings!

Mako & Hema

Lettuce Discuss… Organic Maple Syrup

Maple sap being collected

Maple sap being collected

Lettuce Discuss… Organic Maple Syrup

When I make our pancakes, I like the bittersweet flavor that is typical among us Brits, I like the sugar and the Lemon or the Lime. However my favorite sweetener is Organic Maple Syrup. Not only because it tastes good but it also has additional benefits. Yes a sweetener with healthy side effects! This doesn’t mean go eat it every day. Moderation is the key with any sugar.

Lets start with how Organic Maple Syrup is made,

The simplified version is this…

You tap a maple tree with a hole put a tube in the hole and collect the sap in a bucket. You then boil the sap and evaporate most of the water so that the sap gets thicker. You then have maple syrup! There are no additives, no chemical process other than the heating up of the sap.

How It’s Graded…

Organic Maple syrup in the United States is graded by color, as either Grade A or Grade B. Grade A is a lighter color then Grade B, and is made from the first sap tapped from the maple tree. Grade B is darker in color, and made from the last stages of the sap tapped from the maple tree.

What’s in it?

The sap from the xylem and water. That’s it!

Organic maple syrup has a relatively low mineral content, it consists mainly of potassium and calcium. It also contains significant amounts of zinc and manganese.

It is reported the darker the color (Grade B) the better the syrup is for you. It has been seen to have more concentrated anti oxidants, calcium and zinc.

It is also “reported” that the natural antioxidants found in organic maple syrup – inhibit two carbohydrate-hydrolyzing enzymes that are relevant to type 2 diabetes.

Did you know, compared to honey, maple syrup has 15 times more calcium and 90% less sodium.

It doesn’t stop there- the University of Rhode Island (URI) has now identified 54 compounds in maple syrup, which is double the amount previously reported, many with antioxidant activity and potential health benefits. In laboratory studies, they acted as anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory agents.

Read the full report here…

http://healthnewsreport.blogspot.com/2011/04/maple-syrups-health-benefits.html.

Therefore next time you have pancakes just pour some maple syrup over, feel happy and enjoy.

Many Thanks and Blessings

Mako and Hema

Lettuce Discuss… Naturally whitening your teeth

WhiteningTeeth1

Whitening our teeth is becoming more and more popular as people try to get that super bleached white look. Using dentist bleaches and whitening strips often strips the enamel off the teeth if you over do it. People have lost teeth because of it and needed root canal work done (that is a no, no) see video below.

Ok here we go, we have collected a few ways to do this from our travels.

1)            Baking Soda and Lemon, The chemicals in the baking soda and the citrus in the lemon react to give a whitening smile. Baking soda is also slightly gritty so it can clean like very mild sandpaper. Place the mixture on a toothbrush and brush normally.

2)            Baking soda and Hydrogen Peroxide, this is usually the home remedy of choice. Use a small amount of each mixed together put on a toothbrush and use as normal.

3)            Coconut Pulling, yes again the mighty coconut. Place a spoonful of coconut oil in your mouth and swish about for 5 – 20 minutes. You can add a few drops to a toothbrush and brush it on too. Don’t forget this is great for your gums as coconut oil is antimicrobial.

4)            Apple Cider Vinegar, this can take up to a month to work but is less aggressive than baking soda. You do have to use it regularly and be very consistent. Use like normal toothpaste but be warned it can strip enamel, to eliminate the striping of the enamel you will have to brush with toothpaste straight after the vinegar. (I imagine you would anyway, have you tasted the vinegar?)

5)            Orange and Lemon Peels, you rub these directly on the teeth but again they contain acid so regular brushing afterwards is essential to remove the acid or your enamel will start to wear.

6)            Strawberries, this is one I haven’t used before. Mash strawberries up in a bowl and use as a toothpaste leave on for 2 or 3 minutes. Then rinse with water and brush with toothpaste. A lot of people say this works straight away. I haven’t tried it yet though so please leave a comment if it does.

7)            Peelu Plant Fibers, this is available in toothpaste form or you can buy the powder and mix it with toothpaste. This is so gentle you can use it everyday.

8)            Toothpaste and Baking Soda, yes applying baking soda with toothpaste will do the trick too. It’s just the same as “Smokers” toothpaste.

The video below explains why you should say no to a Root Canal.

If you know of any more send us a comment or email and i’ll add it to the list

Many Thanks

Bless you all

Mako and Hema

Lettuce Discuss… What water does for us!

What water does for us.

What water does for us.

 

 Instructions for water intake

No water within 30 minutes prior to a meal and no water for 2 hours after a meal.

First take your weight and cut in half. This is the amount of water in ounces you will need to drink per day.

Example: 100 pounds cut in half would be 50 ounces of water per day, based on an 8 ounce glass of water you would need 6 – 7 glasses of water per day.

Upon arising in the morning drink 2 cups of warm water (you can add lemon if desired) wait 15 minutes then drink another 2 cups of warm water. After this wait half an hour before eating.

You have now consumed 4 cups of water already.

Subtract the 4 cups from the total amount you should drink per day (example 100 pounds = 6-7 cups per day).

NOW, You should start drinking your remaining water 2 hours after your meal and STOP DRINKING within 30 minutes before your meal.

Drinking with meals will wash away the enzymes you need for proper digestion.

“Lettuce” REMEMBER:

No Water 2 hours before bedtime

No Food for 3 hours before bedtime.