Why You Need To Detoxify Your Body!

If you have been a regular reader of my newsletter, no doubt that word detoxify is a common word I use in some of my follow up emails.

To detoxify means to cleanse the body of accumulated toxic substances gathered over a period of time. Detoxification is one of the best ways to remain healthy in a polluted and toxic environment.

Toxic substances are accumulated in the body from the polluted environment which we all find ourselves in.

Here are the things that causes pollution everyday that our body accumulates its toxins from

  • Industrial chemicals
  • Pesticides
  • Food additives
  • Secondary smoke
  • Exhaust fumes from cars and generators

All the above effects weakens the body and causes an accumulated toxic condition which poisons internal body organs such as the kidney, colon, liver, blood purity, etc.

Detoxifying periodically, like every 3 months is a necessity if we must maintain a healthy state of health.

Some illnesses we suffer everyday is because of complete neglect of the power of detoxification to our body. Unexplained headaches or back pain, memory failing, brittle nails and hair, frequent allergies, exposure to cleansing solvents, pesticides, diuretics and certain drugs are a result of not taking the time to have a detox periodically.

When we detoxify, it simply means we are deliberately doing an internal body cleansing aimed at flushing out all the poisonous toxins that could otherwise deplete our health and help it to return to optimal function and health.

Other Health Benefits of Internal Body Cleansing

One benefit of regular detoxification is that, the liver, kidney, and blood purification takes place. This phenomenon will not happen under a regular eating pattern. Other benefits include:

  • Stimulation of the immune system
  • Less desire to consume foods rich in sugar, caffeine, nicotine or alcohol
  • Less craving for foods that are processed

How Long Should A Detoxification Last?

Usually, a detoxification should be 1-day, 3-day, or even 7-day detoxification. However, it is always healthier not to exceed a 7 day
detoxification plan as this can have adverse effect on one’s health.

When done within a 1 – 7 day interval every 3 – 6 months, then optimum health is enjoyed.

How To Proceed With Detoxification

Step 1: Use Lemon Water Every Morningdetoxify

One way to cleanse or detoxify your body is to start each day with a lemon water.

Every morning, get a glass of water, get a ball of lemon, slice into two and squeeze the two halves of the lemon into the glass of water, drink 10 – 15 minutes before breakfast.

Lemon as a Citrus fruit, has citric acids and this acid helps in the cleansing process. It works like the effect of bleach on fat. When
taken, it goes to work to penetrate fat molecules and break them down, thus making fat loss and free flow of blood enhanced.

Step 2: Use A 3-Day Fruit Detox Meal Plan

deoxify2You will need to get fruits, and vegetables and plan your meal around it for 3 good days.

If you don’t know how to do it, The 4-Week Detox Diet has a 3-day meal plan full of uncooked fruits and vegetables that you can eat raw 5 times a day to get a good detoxification results.

Once your body is properly detoxified, fat burning will become speedy and all efforts at losing weight will be opened.

When you detoxify your body, you will feel lighter and healthier and be more agile, have more strength because the living enzymes in your body has been replenished by live giving enzymes from fruits and vegetables.

It should be noted that when you start a detoxification process, you MUST not eat any type of processed foods or cooked food of any kind, just raw fruits of vegetables and fruits, and when done well, you will continue to live without falling sick from time to time.

If you want to start a full 3-day detoxification process that leads to weight loss, then I suggest you start with the 4-Week Detox Diet Here.

This program will help you live a healthier, satisfying life full of vitality and also help you to burn off excess weight as it has done
for over 1,000 Nigerians.

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Top 7 Foods That Fight Belly Fat!

One of the most difficult fat to lose is belly fat. This is so for even people who are not overweight.

The reason is, belly fat is one of the most stubborn fat in the body. If you want to effectively lose belly fat, you need to identify the causes of belly fat and stop doing those things that causes belly fat to grow overtime.

Research has proven that one of the top culprit for belly fat is from the foods we eat.

In today’s article, I’m going to discuss 7 foods that many people overlook and eat in very tiny proportions. These foods should make up at least 50% of the daily food intake for every individual.

Here they are:

1. Avocados

avocado-butterI know many people already know that Avocado is a good fruit for weight loss. I’m going to give you more reasons why eating Avocados more often can help to target fat around the belly region.

Avocados contain a compound called “Glutathione”. The function of this compound when eaten is to block the body’s absorption of certain bad fats that causes the storage of these in the belly and to stop this from causing damage to the body.

Additionally, the fruit Avocado has in great quantity 2 major components that helps to fight belly fat.

The first one is a hunger controlling fibre element which depresses the hunger hormone when eating and the second one is Monounsaturated fats, which has been proven by science to target belly fat.

So when you prepare your vegetable salad, instead of adding Mayonaise, “Bama” or salad cream, a better alternative and healthier alternative is to add plenty slices of fresh avocados to the mix to give it the creamy and delicious taste it deserves.

2. Natural Nuts

Nuts have a healthy combination of protein and healthy fat. My reference to nuts here is not limited to Peanuts (groundnuts) alone. But also other nuts such as Almonds, Wanuts, and Cashew nuts.

Nuts in general have the ability to keep you full and satisfied for long periods of time as they are packed with lots of nutrients that helps in burning belly fat. 57422040 Mixed nuts

Other benefits of eating regularly is, nuts have a high level of zinc, especially in Cashews which specifically help in combating high levels of stress, anxiety, and depression. All of these health challenges elevates everyone’s chances of becoming overweight when these health challenges are not controlled.

Nuts are also good sources of Omega-3 fatty acids which helps in reducing inflammation caused by other toxic food substances that causes the growth of fat tissues in the blood vessels and every other place in the body.

3. Cruciferous Vegetables

There is a special group of vegetables that are called Cruciferous. Why are these vegetables special?

Because they have special properties that helps fight deadly sickness in the body such as fighting cancer cells and preventing its growth altogether.

These special vegetables contain a special compound called “Isothiocyanates” which stimulate the body to effectively breakdown Carcinogens (The growth of cancerous cells).

Some good examples of these vegetables are:

  • Turnips
  • Cabbage
  • Broccoli
  • Raddishes
  • Cauliflower

crucifers-licensedIn Nigeria, the most common cruciferous vegetables is the cabbage, and we use it for vegetable salads. Recent research studies suggests that people who consume cruciferous vegetables on a weekly basis are 50% LESS likely to develop colorectal cancer (Colon cancer), prostate, breast, and ovarian cancer than those who never eat them at all.

So if you hate cabbage, it’s time to include it in your weekly meals because it’s health benefits can not be ruled out to help you.

Above all, these vegetables are good in burning fat tissue within the body.

4. Free Range Eggs

Free range eggs are eggs laid by free range chickens. These eggs are the best type of eggs to eat as far as health is concerned. Irrespective of what you may have heard about eggs, Eggs are one of the best foods on earth to burn belly fat. And it should always be eaten whole including the yolk.

Disregard anybody telling you not to eat the Yolk of the egg because that person is NOT well informed about the health benefits of eating eggs whole.

Eggs are loaded with nutrients that helps in battling belly fat. Some of those nutrients are Protein, Vitamins B6, B12, A, D, E, and K, Folate, Choline, Lutein, Calcium, Iron, Phosphorous, Zinc, and the best type of Omega-3 fatty acids. Free-Range-Eggs1

If you don’t eat the yolk of the egg, you’re missing out on the most nutrient dense part of the egg. The Yolk in the eggs contains an important component called “Choline”. The Egg yolk is among the foods in the world that contains the second highest amount of Choline, following the first, which is Shrimps.

According to WebMD, an authoritative online resource on health, here are the various uses of choline in the body:

  • It lowers cholesterol build up
  • It decreases swelling and inflammation
  • It is a component used in curing liver diseases and chronic Hepatitis
  • It is also used in treatment of depression, memory loss, and certain types of seizures
  • It is used by pregnant women to prevent neural tube defects in the babies
  • It is used as supplements in infant food formulas

So let whole eggs become part of your full diet. For women, 2 or 3 eggs per day is okay, and men can eat 3 or 4 eggs daily.

Eggs are best eaten cooked, or fried with Olive oil or Coconut oil.

5. Beans

beansBeans is among the classes of foods that helps to burn belly fat. And it comes in different colours, black, brown, white, red etc. The main nutrient in beans that helps belly fat is the fibre content of beans.

How does fibre help in weight loss?

Fibre helps one to eat lesser amounts of food, and cleans up toxic build up that causes belly bulge overtime. Besides that, beans is another rich source of protein which helps in toning the Muscles and aids in fat burning.

6. Chilli Peppers

Peppers are wonderful food spices that also have the capacity to burn belly fat.

How? you ask!

Peppers have an important ingredient called Capsaicin, and this ingredient heats up the body and increases the body’s metabolism. When the metabolism of the body is increased, fat-burn takes place at the same time. Variety of chili peppers

Other health benefits of Capsaicin in peppers is controlling of blood sugar levels and decrease in storage of fat in the body.

So the next time you have your lean meat, ensure you sprinkle some peppers into it, and immediately release the terrific antioxidant properties of peppers along with its other benefits to help you in burning those stubborn belly fats hanging down your mid section.

7. Green Tea

Green tea is a healthy food for weight loss. It is always a better choice to replace your normal chocolate and milk tea with drinking Green tea.

Green tea contains a substance called Theanine, and this has been responsible in protecting individuals from certain cancers, improve mental alertness and performance as well as brain functions.

green-teaGreen tea also has powerful antioxidants that helps in boosting the body metabolism, thereby increasing the fat burning rate of the body.

Studies have shown that Green tea fights aging, and boosts metabolism to as much as 250% after exercise.

If you have access to a Green tea, drinking two or three cups per day yields the best results.

So if you want to lose your belly fat quickly, try to include all of these foods in your meal.

And if you want a more effective way to organize these foods in form of daily meal plans for the next one month to give you faster result that will help you to see results and lose as much as 2 – 5 inches off your waist line or lose  10kg- 12kg of body fat your first month, then get the The Flat Belly Miracle Here

That product is excellent and has a proven track record of efficiency, has helped hundreds of Nigerians, and will surely help you meet your goal of a flatter belly within the next few weeks if you decide to start today.

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Alcohol And Liver Damage, How?

beerToday’s article is one of the most important article I have ever written.

Why? You ask

It’s because we are going to talk about mankind’s favourite drink – alcohol, and the depressing effect it has on the liver, the largest internal organ that processes and detoxifies everything that goes into the body.

Alcohol on its own is a central nervous system depressant. The danger is when taken in larger amounts, as you may already know, does the following:

  • Slows down mental function
  • Causes memory loss
  • Induces poor judgement
  • Induces dizziness
  • Poor co-ordination
  • Slurring of speech
  • Induces vomiting
  • Blurred vision

And overtime, a more serious health condition including heart disease, cancer, nervous system disorder, pancreas damage, and liver damage.

Now I expect that a lot of people will come forward in defense of this beverage. Take note that the above consequences results when huge amounts of alcohol is consumed on a regular basis.

One of the healthiest alcohol available is red wine and 1 glass a day is all you need, nothing more. However, when it comes to consuming other alcoholic beverages like Beer and the rest fermented alcoholic beverages, apart from the alcoholic content, Beer contains yeast which upset the balance of bacteria in the colon.

But the real issue with alcohol intake is its toxic impact on your liver.

What Is The “Job” of The Liver?

The liver is located just under the ribs at the upper right hand side of the abdomen. It is the largest internal organ weighing about 1.5kg in fully grown adults. http://www.dreamstime.com/-image23090587

The liver basically acts as a filter in the body. Like a filter does, it traps all the dust, particles, debris and pollution out of the air and sends out a cleaner air. However, overtime, as more pollution builds up, the filtering cells of the air gets blocked as a result of trapped debris which could not get through the filter, thus making the job of the filter becomes ineffective as more air is required to get purified.

If you have ever cleaned out a real filter, I’m sure you will understand the type of dirt you will clean out. In the same vein, the liver is a filter to humans, the more pollution and toxins it has to deal with (i.e chemicals, alcohol, processed foods, medicines etc), the more
“dirty” it becomes.

And that is why there is a need for constant detoxification to take place once in a while because the liver is the most important organ when it comes to detoxifying the system.

Here are the duties of the liver. It performs over 500 functions, among which are:

  • Regulation of blood sugar levels
  • Processing nutrients from all the foods entering the body
  • Maintenance of over 2,000 enzyme systems found in the body
  • It produces over 13,000 different chemicals for metabolism
  • It stores energy after conversion from foods
  • It’s a filter for dangerous chemicals and bacteria
  • It helps with blood clotting
  • It processes all the medicines
  • It helps in bile production which enables digestion of dietary fats.

The above is just a short list of the functions of the liver out of the 500 duties. The role of the liver in the detoxification process is to change and convert harmful toxins into safe substances that can be eliminated from the body through urine and faeces.

Above all, the liver is the primary arena where all alcoholic substances are broken down.

What Happens After You Drink Alcohol?

Here is exactly what happens when you drink alcohol. After you take alcohol, 25% of it is absorbed straight to your blood stream, the rest 75% is absorbed by your small intestines.

The absorption of this alcohol depends on the following factors:

  • The volume or concentraion of alcohol in your drink (More concentration, quicker absorption)
  • Whether it is carbonated or not
  • If your stomach is full or empty (Full stomach means slower absorption)
  • Your liver’s ability to breakdown and metabolize alcohol

About 90% of the alcohol you drink is broken down in your liver. The rest is removed via your urine, sweat, and breath.

Under normal circumstances, when alcohol is broken down, through complex metabolical processes using the liver as the medium of this transaction, the end product is carbon-dioxide and water and this is passed out from the body.

However, when there is plenty of alcohol in the body, the liver’s ability to process all the alcohol is tasked. The remaining alcohol that can not be processed is passed through another medium using a different set of enzymes known as “microsomonal ethanol-oxidizing system” (MEOS).

MEOS is induced when regular drinking of alcohol becomes a habit. The danger is that this secondary alcohol breakdown pathway in the liver results in the generation of highly reactive oxygen–containing molecules known as oxygen radicals.

The overall effect of oxygen radicals and MEOS is that they impede the function of the original enzymes and proteins participating in the liver’s metabolism of alcohol. This further creates harmful immune responses which results to alcoholic liver diseases from damaged liver.

Symptoms of Liver Damage

When the liver’s ability to process or filter substances entering the body is altered or impaired, the body suffers from lack of nutrients and excess toxins and waste will be present in the body.How Alcohol Attacks The Brain

This excess toxins can build up quickly and cause inflammation in the body. The consequence of this is that your body becomes gradually damaged at the cellular level from free radicals which is a by product of inflammation.

The free radicals are actually toxins that will “idle away” and move to places they ought not to. They circulate and gets stored up in fat tissues (including the brain and the central nervous system).

The slow release of these toxins into the bloodstream is a major factor in the development of chronic liver disease!

Symptoms arising from liver damage include, but not limited to:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Skin problems
  • Jaundice (Yellowing of the eyes and skin)
  • Lowered resistance to infections
  • Mood swings
  • Headaches
  • Pain at the right side
  • Constipation
  • Swelling of the abdomen
  • Internal bleeding
  • Kidney failure

The bad news is that you may not notice any of these symptoms till the liver is 75% damaged and when that happens, it is usually very late to do anything about it.

However, the good news is that if you start early enough, minimal liver damage can be reversed if you can abstain completely from drinking alcohol and provide nutritional support for your liver.

When there is no alcohol in the bloodstream, and proper nutrients are provided, the liver cells will be able to return to normal because the liver has a tremendous capacity to regenerate itself.

Learn From The Experiences of Others

I’m going to relate two life experiences here, that of myself and that of a popular music director who suffered kidney problems due to liver damage.

In my own case, it is the experience I had while my mother was still alive and on admission in the hospital, she had a ward mate who was suffering from Kidney failure.

She was required to travel abroad for a kidney transplant which will cost the family about N5million in India.

Unfortunately for this woman, her husband doesn’t have that type of money. So she was subjected to Dialysis every week. And this weekly dialysis was costing the family N25,000 per week , beside the cost of medicines, just to keep her alive.

Dialysis is the processes of passing out the entire blood in a person, and passing it through a machine filter to separate all the toxins and dangerous chemicals in the body, while passing back the filtered “now clean” blood into the body of the patient.

It’s a very expensive procedure and it does the work of the kidney, for those who have failed kidneys.

Unfortunately, for this woman, even the N25k that was used for dialysis every week for her ran out and after staying in the hospital for 9 months, she passed on right in front of my mother after an agonizing painful cries for help.

This event severely affected my mother that I had to move her to another ward, as she was thinking it was her own turn next.

Stories of this woman had it that she loved alcoholic beverages a lot, and most likely, she took way too much and destroyed her kidney in the process.

Do you remember the story of the popular Nigerian music producer who had similar problem and who was required to travel out for a kidney transplant? (I’m not calling names)

Celebrity, clubbing, partying goes hand in hand. No doubt this also affected this producer so much so that he “enjoyed” himself with lots of booze and overtime, the end result was a kidney transplant.

Luckily for him, he has the financial capability and from donations of well wishers, he had a successful kidney transplant.

Truth is, some people who drink a lot of alcohol may seem to escape the liver/kidney disease problem that is induced by excess alcohol, it’s always a matter of time before the symptoms start manifesting.

So if you are in the habit of drinking alcoholic beverages daily, you may well review that habit now and limit it greatly. If you have a healthy kidney now, it’s always a good thing to detoxify it periodically because it does you a lot of good.

You may start that this month with The 4 Week Detox Diet, It will go along way in helping you maintain the health of your kidney. You’ll also learn EXACTLY how to detoxify your liver and restore its optimal function – without supplements or special detox kits!

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What Is The Normal Blood Pressure?

blood-pressure2If I ask you, “What is the normal blood pressure”?, would you be able to answer that question?

No doubt, health professionals and high blood pressure patients would readily give me the right answer to that question.

If you do not belong to the above group, it’s important that you know the answer to that question. Even the people in the above group would be surprised if they are not abreast of recent information that what was considered a normal blood pressure may no longer be so.

I’m talking about high blood pressure today because I discovered that a lot of people are going online and typing that sentence which forms the headline of today’s article: “What is normal blood pressure”.

So I figured, a lot more people on my newsletter may have the same question on their minds. Moreover, as a weight watcher, it’s important that you are familiar with this concept especially as obesity and being over weight cause this health condition known as High Blood Pressure (HBP) eventually.

What Is Blood Pressure?

Before we find out what the normal blood pressure is, I want us to first understand what blood pressure is all about. blood-pressure

Blood pressure is the pressure exerted on the walls of blood vessels during the heart’s contraction and relaxation. In other words, it is the pressure felt on the blood vessels when the heart is pumping blood to the various parts of the body.

Each time your heart beats, it pumps blood to the largest artery of the body, the aorta, and from there, other blood vessels receive it down to the cells of your body.

Blood pressure is categorized into two types of pressures, the Systolic pressure and the Diastolic pressure.

The Systolic pressure is the maximum force or pressure exerted on the walls of the blood vessels when the heart pumps blood, or when the heart contrasts. It is the number at the top of blood pressure readings.

The Diastolic pressure is the minimum force felt on the walls of the blood vessels as the heart relaxes before the next contraction. That is before the next pumping action or heart beat. It is the number at the bottom of the blood pressure readings.
blood_vesselTo put it in a lay man’s understanding so you understand what blood pressure is. Let’s assume you want to water your garden. You have a hose attached to a pump. To water your garden, all you need to do is just to open your tap and the water flows through the hose to water your garden.

However, if you want the water to travel a longer distance to get further down if the hose is not long enough, you will need to open the tap more so that there would be more pressure on the hose. It is that pressure on the walls of the hose that makes the water able to travel far than when the tap is not opened to the full.

The pressure felt on the walls of the hose is similar to the pressure on the human blood vessels. Now this pressure has a normal rating and an abnormal rating. When it becomes too much (abnormal), it turns to high blood pressure.

Normal Blood Pressure for many years has been known to be 120/80. That is the Systolic is 120 and the Diastolic is 80 mmhg (millimeter mercury).

High Blood Pressure or Hypertension is 140/90.

Now on the low side of it, there are people who suffer from low blood pressure and their reading is around 90/60mmhg.

However, I came across a recent study that said that today, people that have 120/80mmhg which is considered normal are actually pre-hypertensive. To be normal, that reading should be lower. Now don’t get me wrong, I think that study is ridiculous. I have not taken my time to research further to find out reasons why these conclusion is made.

However, I feel having a blood pressure reading slightly lower than the normal 120/80mmhg is healthier and it is now recommended for individuals to use lifestyle habits to maintain this blood pressure reading.

The Condition Called High Blood Pressure

Just as I have identified above, people who have blood pressure readings in the neighbourhood of 140/90mmhg and above are considered Hypertensive or people living with High Blood Pressure.

So Why Is HBP A Problem?

It is a problem because having it  is a license to having cardiovascular disease in the nearest future, that is heart related diseases.

Now imagine this scenario.

You are filling up a balloon with air or water. When the balloon gets full, the skin becomes so strong. What happens when you try to add more air or water?

The pressure exerted on the walls or skin of the balloon becomes too much for it to bear, and it will simply burst or explode.

Now, I’m not saying your arteries are going to explode. However, inside your body, when the blood vessels receive excessive amounts of pressure, the heart will be forced to do more work, and this will become problematic overtime as the heart is not given enough time to relax between each heart beats. It becomes a fatigued heart which is constantly under pressure to work 24/7/365 days. That can be very catastrophic at the end of the day.

When the heart is subjected to this type of high pressure, for many years, the heart tends to start getting weak overtime. That is what happens to someone who is Hypertensive.

This is the very reason why people living with HBP are advised to reduce salt intake. In fact that is the first thing a doctor or any heart organisation will tell you to do if you are pre-hypertensive or if you are hypertensive.

Why Are HBP Patients Advised To Limit Salt Intake?

Many people love the taste of salt in foods. However, the presence of salt allows for more absorption of water into the body. control_HBP

For people living with HBP, they are already battling a condition, and that is excess pressure on the blood vessels of their body. When more of salt is eaten, it forces more water to be retained in the body, and remember my earlier analogy of using a hose to pump water to your garden. Increasing salt intake to absorb more water in the body is just like opening the tap more to increase the volume of water in the body and this worsens the case of a hypertensive person.

When there is too much water in the body of a HBP patient, there will be a higher amount of pressure in the arteries, bloodstreams and the overall water volume of the body will be increased thereby forcing the heart which already has an overdose of work to do, to increase that workload the more. If you ask me, that is suicidal.

For a hypertensive person, should he always rely on blood pressure medications 100% of the time to control this condition?

Firstly, the hypertensive person has to drastically reduce salt intake to about half teaspoonful per day. A normal person should take between one teaspoonful to one and half teaspoonful of salt in foods per day.

Secondly, he has to change his eating habits and eat more fruits and vegetables. This should form more than 50% of his daily meal.

Thirdly, he should get active. The body activity levels has been proven time and again to reduce blood pressure, give the heart more strength, and help you lose weight so that the heart will have lesser workload, thereby prolonging the lifespan of the individual.

Now this person should get a BP monitor and check his progress as he does this.

Fourthly, this person should control or manage his stress level. This is because repeated stressed lifestyle causes a huge increase in the pressure level of the heart and arteries and this can cause Hypertension or worsen it for those who are living with it.

Now, it’s always a better option to use a natural means to control this as drugs have long term and prolong health hazards while treating HBP.

I would always advise that you learn as much as possible on how to use natural methods to lower your blood pressure. If you lack that knowledge, the book, “How To Lower Your HBP Naturally” can be a lifesaver for many who crave this knowledge.

Use the link here to get the natural remedies to HPB and enjoy a normal life.

In closing and as a point of reference and definition, anyone who is hypertensive has a blood pressure reading of 140/90mmgh and a normal blood pressure is 120/80mmhg (Though lower reading is better)

For those who are hypertensive, using the above tips, I have outlined will help tremendously. While I will not discourage you from taking medications as directed by your doctor, it is always a better option to make an attempt through lifestyle changes because they are natural and void of life threatening side effects.

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Lemon Vs Lime (Which Is Better?)

lemonvslimeWhen I wrote an earlier article on how to detoxify the body with a glass of fresh lemon water every morning, I got overwhelming questions in my inbox asking these two questions.

1. Can Lime be substituted For Lemon?

2. Does taking lemon water affect fertility in young women?

These questions will require a longer answer, hence I decided not to answer any of the questions in the comments section of my blog since it will require a whole article devoted to this very important subject.

I shall answer these questions, but first, I want us to look at the comparisons between these two important citrus fruits, Lemon and Lime.

We are looking at the comparisons based on their nutritional contents.

  • An average sized Lemon has 29 calories, while Lime has 30 calories
  • Lemons contain 53mg of Vitamin C per 100g, while lime has 29mg of Vit. C per 100g.
  • Lemons contain 22IU of Vitamin A per 100g, while Lime has 50IU per 100g
  • Lemons contain 26mg of Calcium per 100g, while Lime has 33mg per 100g
  • Lemon has 11mcg of Folate per 100g while Lime has 8mcg of Folate per 100g
  • Note: The presence of Folate is important during pregnancy for child bearing women and Lemon has more of it than Lime.

Other components that are both present in Lemon and lime, but in varying quantities are:

  • Potassium (138mg in Lemon, 102mg in Lime),
  • Magnesium (8mg in Lemon, 6mg in Lime),
  • Phosphorous (16mg in Lemon, 18mg in Lime), etc.

So basically, both Lemon and Lime come from the same plant family, specie, and class. They are all Citrus fruits.

Now to answer the questions,

Question 1:

Can Lime be used instead of Lemon?

The difference between Lemon and Lime is just there nutritional values, there are more of these micro-nutrients in Lemon, than there is in Lime, however, you basically get all the nutrients, but in lesser quantity in Lime.

So yes, Lime can be used instead of Lemon where you don’t have access to any. However, it will be better to use 2 balls of Lime each time to add to your water as against using one of Lemon each morning.

Question 2.

Can taking Lemon or Lime juice affect fertility in women? 11-lime-lemon-400x400

Now pay careful attention to this answer.

When it comes to women preparing to get pregnant, it matters which of these Citrus fruits they take its water in the morning.

Here are my findings on the effect of Lime on fertility.

Here in Nigeria, it is a common practice for some women to use Lime juice as a post-coital douche or as a contraceptive after sex with the belief that this Lime juice will prevent conception from taking place. Additionally, drinking lime juice is used by women to prevent conception.

I guess that is why I got a lot of questions on my blog on the effect of Lime juice on women fertility.

Not long ago, scientists from the University of Lagos, Nigeria performed an experiment which proves that Lime juice do indeed have an anti-fertility properties in rats. The experiment was not performed with humans, but rats.

So we are saying, if Lime water can prevent conception in rats, there is a chance that it can do the same to humans since the estrous cycle of rats is similar to that of humans. However, these findings is not yet conclusive since no human has been used so far for this experiment.

So it will be a course of wisdom for any woman who is preparing to get pregnant to avoid the use of lime juice entirely.

What About Lemon Juice On Fertility?

For Lemon juice, it’s entirely a different story.

Instead of preventing conception, Lemon juice does the opposite, it enhances fertility, along with it’s incredible ability to treat and prevent some diseases.

Lemon has a special component in higher quantity which is necessary for fertility to take place in women, and that nutrient is called Folate. Additionally, lemon is loaded with more of Vitamin C, Potasium, Magnesium, Phosphorous, etc, all these are important micro-nutrients needed and which enhances fertility in women.

When Lemon water is taken in the morning along with its other health benefits, for a woman, it helps in increasing the flow of cervical fluids which is very important in conception. Without cervical fluid, the sperm won’t be able to reach the egg. Furthermore, if the cervical fluid is of good quality and quantity, it can help the sperm stay alive for several days while waiting ovulation.

The human bodies are bombarded everyday with harmful free radicals which comes from the foods we eat, water we drink, the air we breathe and from pollution in other forms, all of these can have an adverse effect on the sperm quality, egg, and reproductive organs. However, when Lemon water is taken in the morning, it helps in purifying the body, and destroying all the poisonous free radicals and toxins, hence increasing the likelihood of getting pregnant many times over.

Interestingly, Lemon water has no side effects whatsoever, since it’s purely natural and you can continue drinking it even if you are pregnant. You can also continue taking it even if you are on fertility drugs, you will still gain a lot of health benefits.

Take Home Points

I have been able to tackle the 2 questions asked at the beginning of this article and feel I should add a summary so that you will get a clearer answer.

From the above, we understand that drinking lemon water in the morning is good for everybody male or female.

But, if you DO NOT have access to Lemon, you can substitute it with Lime. However, for a young woman who is still a child bearing person, She CAN NOT SUBSTITUTE Lemon with Lime. It must be Lemon juice or nothing. Unless you have passed the child bearing age or if you are not ready to get pregnant anytime soon, then go for Lime juice as a substitute for Lemon.

The men can also go for Lime as a substitute for Lemon. However, as much as possible do your best to get Lemon. If you have any Shoprite outlet around you, you can get Lemon from there or ask fruit sellers in the market, sometimes, they DO NOT display it, unless you ask them.

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