7 Benefits of Coconut Water
By Amanda Ennett
Coconuts are amazing tropical fruits. Not only do they bring images of tanned bodies and beaches, but they also taste fantastic and are extremely healthy! The meat is tender and tasty; it can be blended into smoothies to make them creamier. Coconut milk is an amazing dairy-free substitute. Coconut oil has hundreds of uses and benefits. Read more Benefits of Coconut Oil here.
Coconut is even doctor recommended for bellyaches… as the famous song goes:
Put the lime in the coconut and drink ’em both together
Put the lime in the coconut and then you’ll feel better
Put the lime in the coconut and drink it all up
Say hello to nature’s most refreshing drink –
Coconut water is a health drink that has been gaining popularity in the US over the past few years, and by no mistake. Coconuts considered one of Earth’s super foods; helping with hydration, weight-loss, and overall health and energy. Check out your local supermarket for fresh young coconuts to reap the full benefits, or indulge in some pre-harvested, pure, organic coconut water. But remember, the fresher the coconut water, the better.
1. Aids Weight Loss
Coconut water is low calorie containing only 46 calories per cup. It’s cholesterol free, 99% fat free, and low in carbohydrates. For someone looking to trim up it can be the perfect beverage replacement next to water and plain tea. Also, studies have shown that coconut water even helps metabolism because during dehydration, your metabolism is affected negatively.
2. Improves Digestion and Absorption
Coconut water pairs perfect with smoothies and juices because the bioactive enzymes actually improve digestion and facilitate nutrient uptake. Therefore you will maximize the benefits from the other healthy goodies you are putting into your body!
3. Unsweetened, Yet Tasty
Unlike most drinks on the market, pure coconut water is neither sweetened nor loaded with artificial junk. It makes a great base in smoothies and is refreshing on a hot day.
4. Naturally Hydrating
Being 94% pure, naturally filtered water, coconut water does a fantastic job rehydrating the body. Not only is it high in water but it also contains electrolytes which help the body hydrate even quicker. The electrolytes improve nervous system functioning and nerve transmission.
5. The Perfect Sports Drink
In addition to water and electrolytes, coconut water is a good source of B vitamins and potassium. It is a natural isotonic drink that provides calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, and sodium, but in their natural form. It also contains various plant hormones, enzymes, and amino acids which are readily used to make energy and rebuild after exercise. Plus, it has been proven effective at preventing cramps and spasms in the muscles.
6. Keeps You Youthful
Coconut water has antioxidants, which help reduce the risk of age-related diseases. It contains cytokinins (plant hormones) shown to slow the aging process and protect cells from free radical damage and cancer. Not only will these antioxidants keep you young and radiant but so will the extra hydration. It can help balance pH levels, and strengthen and hydrate connective tissues.
7. Other Potential Health Implications
- One study suggested that drinking coconut water might be associated with a lower rate of heart attacks and strokes.
- It’s a natural diuretic and is said to prevent urinary tract infections (UTIs) and helps prevent or resolve kidney stones.
- Another small study found that coconut water significantly lowered systolic blood pressure in 71% of people with hypertension.
- It is anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-viral, boosting the immune system in fighting infection whilst helping to eradicate intestinal worms and candida.
- Coconut water has even been used as an emergency substitute for IV solutions.
All-in-all, every part of coconut is pretty fantastic. So why not put the lime in the coconut and drink it all up?
About the Author
At home, this mom and busy wife doesn’t let daily stress stop her from eating clean and training hard. On the job, Amanda uses her BS in Exercise Science to aide physical therapy patients and transform her personal training clients. On her off time, she loves to write about her main passions: nutrition and healthy living. Amanda considers herself a self-proclaimed health fanatic living by the mantra “let thy food be thy medicine.”
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