An Ode Lime Water and Its Benefits

I’ve always been a lemon water kind of gal. One reason why I'm a lemon water believer is because I've enjoyed real benefits by simply adding freshly squeezed lemon juice to room temperature water.  Aside from apple cider vinegar, and green tea, I can't think of another single ingredient beverage that offers as many benefits. 

I don't think that anything could top lemon water, but I may have found a formidable alternative. Some of my most favorite mixed drinks include lime as the main character ingredient.  If I'm not sipping on a mojito, I'll opt for a margarita or a Moscow mule.  There's something about limes that seem to draw me in. You can imagine my excitement when I learned that limes might actually be competition for our beloved lemon water.  

I often wondered if I was drawn to lime drinks, not just for the taste, but also because of the benefits?  One day, curiosity got the best of me so I searched the nutritional contents of lemon water compared to limes and was pleased with what I found. 

When it comes to vitamin C, lemon does contain slightly more than lime.  Vitamin C is a powerful nutrient that we should all prioritize.  As a reminder, vitamin C has the power to boost your immune system, transform your skin, and keep you slim.  Let's not forget how critical a role vitamin C plays in collagen formation.  Vitamin C isn't widely recognized as a beauty vitamin but it absolutely should be.  
Since lemons contain slightly more vitamin C, it kinda seemed like the more obvious choice.  That's until I realized that limes naturally have a higher vitamin A content than almost 3x as much (does my body crave limes so it can have access to more vitamin A?)
When I hear the word "vitamin A" the first thought that comes to mind is retinol...the anti-aging, anti-acne powerhouse that's prescribed topically.  Then I wondered what other ways the body utilizes vitamin A. 

After a little digging, I learned that vitamin A helps improve eyesight and plays a critical role in strengthening our immune system.  That's cool and all but I really wanted to know if retinol had a positive effect on the skin when it's taken orally instead of applied as a cream.  

According to this research, retinoids regulate the growth and differentiation of various cell types in the skin.  Its stimulates cell turnover while increasing the rate that the skin rebuilds and repairs itself.  This is a key benefit if you suffer from breakouts.  In my personal experience, I've had acne lessions and subsequent scars that took forever to heal and go away.    Other times when I breakout but, once the pimples are gone, my skin looks relatively unscathed.  I wonder if my diet plays a role in how quickly my skin returns to normal.  

I like lemon water but I drink it more out of obligation.  I actually love the taste of limes.   If you're not a fan of lemon water,  give lime water a try.  Or, maybe try toggling between the two options.  If you enjoy the taste of lime beverages you might find it easier to maintain a daily lime water habit versus lemon water. 

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