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Issue # 008 - Coconut Water Benefits - Healthy Hydration from the Tropics
I love that coconut water benefits offer healthy hydration in the heat of the summer, it is truly one of the best drinks to enjoy when it's hot out or after a good work out.
One of my favorite winter destinations has always been Costa Rica. The people are warm, the sound of the language delights the ears and the weather is sunny and warm.
But one of the things I enjoyed the most when travelling to any tropical country is the fresh coconut water you can buy from local street vendors.
There they would be with a cart of fresh coconuts, a handy machete, straws and a welcoming smile.
So what are coconut water benefits?
Naturally hydrates the body
Offers electrolytes such as calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, sodium and potassium
Offers a small amount of natural sugar
Contains lots of potassium (much more than a banana)
So really the biggest benefits come from all the potassium this beverage offer.
Potassium is important and helps with all kinds of important body functions such as:
• Regulates blood pressure
• Blood sugar maintenance
• Muscle function (helps prevent muscle cramping)
• Nervous system
• Heart function
• Kidney function
• Adrenal functions
• Bone mass and strength (helps prevent osteoporosis)
• Needed for proper muscle growth
Some signs of potassium deficiency may include dry skin, acne, constipation and depression, fluctuations in heartbeat, muscular fatigue, weakness, headaches, chills, cognitive impairment and unquenchable thirst.
What does coconut water taste like?
Well, it kind of taste both sweet and salty at the same time, though there is a tad more sweetness than salty (at least that's how it tastes to me).
Does Coconut Water benefit Really Live Up To All The Hype?
I see lots of celebrities enjoying coconut water in all kinds of ads lately, along with athletes who are also promoting this natural beverage.
Claims have been made that this drink hydrates better than sports drinks, can help cure a hangover, is low in calories and can even help with disease prevention, but is any of this true?
What we know it can do:
We know this beverage does help hydrate the body, provides important electrolytes and lots of potassium.
Regarding all the other claims that are being said to help sell coconut water, I don't think enough studies have been done yet to know anything for sure.
But it is a good healthy drink to enjoy.
Things to be aware of when drinking this wonderful beverage.
So far I've been drinking the coconut water called Vita Coco which has 60 calories in 330 ml or 11 oz.
Now personally I do not consider that to be super low in calories. So be aware that calories can add up quickly if you want to drink lots of this stuff.
Coconut water can be quite pricey, so you may want to shop around before purchasing some.
Depending on one's budget, you can enjoy this beverage daily or just occasionally as a treat.
Coconut water is the clear liquid that comes from young green coconuts which is not the same as coconut milk, which is made from the white meat of the coconut.
Best place to buy?
You can purchase coconut water on the internet from several companies including Amazon, but I find my local Costco offers the best price (so far) and sometimes they even have it on sale (that's when I like to stalk up on the stuff).
Which brand is the best to buy?
I don't particularly look at brands per say, but it is important to try and buy coconut water that is "never from concentrate" and avoid ones that have added sugar. The more natural the better.
So in a nutshell, if you would like to expand your choices of beverages and don't mind trying something a little different this is a nice healthy choice.
Mainly because it helps hydrate the body so well, offers needed electrolytes and lots of potassium.
Wishing you health and happiness as always.
Until next time
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