Good Health Is Wealth

If I had the option to choice between wealth and health, I will choose health.

Many will agreed with me here. But certainly some will not.

Health is wealth indeed. With good health, one has a strong body in which to go for and make wealth.

It is with a sound healthy mind and body that one can brainstorm and create all the natural resources one can imagine.

With this thinking, we need a good healthy foods,that is well prepared to sustain the body.

Not only this, but vigorous to moderate exercise that induced breathing and blood flow to carry oxygen and dissolved food nutrients in the blood stream all over the body.

Good health is wealth indeed.

Miebakagh Fiberesima

Citrus Fruit Drinks And Your Health Part1

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A citrus fruit drink like limeade (lime juice) or lemonade (lemon juice) ensures that your body is at peak condition during a cold or virus infection This is one of its many imports.

Some days ago, I chanced to read label on a lemon-lime flavored drink given to me.

 What arrested my attention was the emphasis to drink some water to break a thirst in order to prevent de-hydration of the body.

But the water comes with the lime and lemon flavor. Water is good and refreshing. You and I need it to enhance this freshness with by introducing a natural element, like a lime or lemon.. This is what the makers of the drink had in mind or marketing strategy.

Tip: Peel an orange or lime. Soak the zest or skin in a bottle 50 or 75 cl full of water. Allow to stand for 10 -15 minutes and enjoy its freshness.

Vitamin C plus pectin is found in mostly in the skin than the meat or flesh. It will dissolve into the water for your health benefit. Thus your body will react against any cold or flu issues.

Reading further, I noted the drink contain sugar or sweeteners, acids and chemical preservatives. 

Now, I will not tell you not to drink such carbonated drinks. Majority of us do so on party or odd occasions. The producers knows you like the lime or lemon flavor and now consider it in advertising to make a drink for you.

Citrus Fruit

The citrus fruit is one of the most significant fruit the earth has ever produced. Other fruits seem to be second to it. They include limes and lemons, (my favvorites) oranges, tangerines, grape fruits and pomelos. 

Being delicious (oranges, tangerines and pomelos) and refreshing, limes, lemons and grape fruits, they are an all star food rich in mineral, vitamin, flavonoids or antioxidants. 

The above six lists is the most commonly known citrus fruits. Others are: clementine, leach lime, sweet, mandarin and kumquat; mineola. Tangelo, ugli, rough lemon and Satsuma.

All citrus fruits are mostly acid forming. But become alkaline in the blood stream after digestion. The blood stream is an alkaline medium. Render it acidic and you bring on ill-health on your person. So it become of us to always kept the blood stream in an alkaline state.This is a second importance of drinking the citrus fruit juice.

The fruit of the plant is a berry, with a leathery peel called a flavedo or zest.

All citrus fruits are commonly noted for their rich flavonoids content. Their juice contained the highest quality of citric acids, which account for the many use in fruit juices and jams in the fruit industry. 

The citric acid gives the fruits its soar and sharp taste. Sad to note is that the citric acid in these commercial fruit juices and jams are synthesis chemical and not the real fruit acid!

Citrus fruits a very good source of vitamin C and various flavonoids, including flavanones and flavones.

The whole fruit including the zest, seeds and juice-filled spongy pith is social and economic important, because of their many uses at home and the industries.

In culinary, its uses include dressing vegetables and salads. Spread the juice over fish and meat to bring out the food flavor instead of man-made confectioneries.

You can use lime or lemon to garnish your drinking water or any soft drink or mineral water. Just cut tiny slice of lime into your drinking water. It impacted the sweet refreshing taste and flavor of the fruits into the drinks and relaxed your mood.

They are too many culinary uses to put the citrus fruit into.

Drawbacks

The only draw-back in citrus fruits especially, lime and lemon is their unfriendliness with the human teeth in attacking the enamel. 

For this reason, always squeeze both lime and lemon into a glass of water to drink. Do not bring the fruit into direct contact with the teeth. 

Grape fruits and synthesis drugs are not friends. Note this well and do not forget. Sweet oranges should be squeezed into a glass and dilute with water for small children. This is another significance of drinking the juice of the citrus fruits.

The above list is not exclusive list of citrus fruits. They are a product of many countries of the world. 

They vary in color, sharp, texture, size and taste. Thus, the jewish or the Chinese limes differs from one another and both from the Japanese or Indian limes. Hence, the product of one country greatly differs from another. And they are others in the “maxima” ranges that even are more of a local character than can be imagine.

“Citrus fruits have the highest antioxidant activities of all fruits, helping to boost the immune system and protect against cancer and heart diseases.” This is another reason to drink the juice of the fruits  Because it strengthen the immune system and protects the body against cancer and heart related diseases, drinking the juice becomes a necessity of importance.

1.    Limes…Limes are small, round and green with a soar acidic taste; and having excellent vitamin C potency. Varieties of this fruit from several spice differs in acid and sugar content. One common feature of the fruit is that they are less soar than lemons. 

Key limes are the most important of this group. Being smaller in size and grows on thorny tress and is yellow in color and soarer. It is used to bring out the flavor in certain foods. From Asia, they spread with health to all over the world by both the Arab traders and crusaders.Specific use is made of lime juice, for example limeade or sour mix for cocktail. 

Lime pickle is another use of which the lime juice is put into. For example gin and tonic. Its extracts and essential oils are use in perfumes. You can soak and squeeze the zest in your bathing water to fresh the water with its aroma. 

This explain that any soap residue on the skin is completely cleanse off from your body; leaving your skin very clean, and free from dead cells, dandruff, bruises and rashes. The juice contains divers photochemicals as polyphenos and terpenes. Okay, let’s consider specific functions that citrus fruits plays in the body:

o    Digestion: It helps digest the foods we eat, by stimulating saliva.
o    Diabetes: The acid in lime fruits control blood sugar and reduce blood sugar pikes.
o    High Blood Pressure: It regulates high blood pressure due to its soluble fibre content.
o    Relief From Constipation: It provides relief from constipation because of its high acid level cleans the excretory system by scrubbing and washing the bowel. This is why cucumber fruits should be eaten along with limes and lemon fruits as a breakfast or snack at noon time. The synergy effects is enhanced.
o    It stimulate the healing of peptic and oral ulcers.
o    With all this said, is it any wonder that drinking the juice of the citrus fruits is very significant as a health benefit in the long run.

Lemon

Lemons are less soar than limes and has less citric acid. Many variety exists, the most common being the “Ereka” or “four seasons” as it produces food all year round. Variegate species has a green and yellow outer skin. It has many uses in food and cooking; in medicine (aromatherapy); in basic technology as an electrode or battery to power digital watches. Its many health benefits are versatile. 

Like limes, lemon too has many uses as a health benefit like dental care and the treatment of fever, high blood pressure, hair and skin care, purifying the blood and promoting the immune system. Others are treating throat infection, constipation and indigestion. Instead of resorting to drugs, take a dilute mixture of lemon and water plus a tablespoonful of honey. 

This mixture also benefit obese patients. Not that it help to reduce weight, but it make you feel full as not to over eat. How important this is, is that if you regularly take the lemon-honey mixture once a day in the morning or noon, you are bound to lose some weight that is healthy and beneficial over some period of time.

Orange

Oranges are sweet when ripe, but bitter if unripe. Orange has more than 50 varieties. These can be group under common, navel, blood and acidless oranges. They are eaten mainly for their sweetness. 

The most significant thing about this particular fruit is its high vitamin C content 64% more than in all citrus fruits. An orange or two a day is good for you. More than this, you will get into trouble with your health, for example gaining weight, heart burn and diabetes melitus.

The orange has social import because of its many content. Its zest, apart from its seeds, flesh and pith has vitamin C, dietary fiber and blood purifying dietary minerals like magnesium and potassium. Soak the zest in a cup or glass of warm not hot water for ten minutes to extract all this ingredients and you have a good water.

Grape Fruits

They are slightly sweet and come in white and red colors. Limes, lemons or grapes fruit can interfer with drugs.  Drug metabolism can be hinder. This is noted mostly the red varieties, resulting in gastric bleeding or gastrointestinal bleeding. They have the same health benefit as oranges.

 It seems grapefruits are the best of the citrus fruits. Or why is it called citrus paradise? Some says it is because its flavor surpasses the oranges, limes, lemons and tangerines. Still others affirmed that it is actually the biblical forbidden fruit or the pomelo or the sweet orange. Whatever the case the grape fruit, is a fruit in its own right. That is what citrus paradise portrait. The fleshy meat varies in color: white, pink and red. The pulp varies with sweetness.

The red varieties are much sweeter.

In1920 the US Ruby Red received the first grape fruit patent. However, it is to be realized that the red varieties that occur naturally, are to be prefer to the technological mutation products. The white and pink fruits seem inferior to the reds, but have a place in the diet of every person.

Grape fruit seems unique from the other citrus fruits because it contained the grapefruit mercaptan, a photonutrient that fights oxygen free radicals in the blood stream.

The significance of lycopene (also found in papayas, guavas, sweet melons, and tomatoes) in red or pink grapefruit is this: taken with green tea, it prevents prostate cancer.

Tip: Always get into the regular habit of eating lycopene rich fruit and vegetables daily or weekly with a cup of green tea. Studies have shown that if you mix various juices of the citrus, lime, lemon, orange and tangerine along with grapefruits, you will get all of the antioxidants and other compounds for the phenolic activities. But you will miss all this if you subsist on only one fruit at a time. All citrus fruits are cheap to get at a price.

Highest In Antioxidant Properties: All fruit and vegetable juices have not the same antioxidant and lycopene properties. Each differs from one another. Grapefruit tops the list and excel. So it is important that you take a dilute glass with the others daily.

Tangerines

 "Tangerines are smaller than common oranges, and are usually easier to peel and to split into segments. The taste is consider less soar, as well as sweeter and stronger, than that of an orange”- Wikipedia. It has a special health benefit in that it offer protection against type 2 diabetes, stroke, heart attack and cardiovascular diseases." 

Scientifically called citrus tangerine, which is yet to be confirm. The best is honey tangerine which is grown for commercial purpose.

Like limes and lemons, it contain significant amounts of vitamin C, folate and beta-carotene. Its blood purifying minerals, like potassium and magnesium; plus B1, B2 and B3 that helps digestion of foods.

This story will continue in part 2.


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