Coconut water is a popular drink for many fitness enthusiasts, and has even been dubbed ‘Mother Nature’s sports drink’ due to its many benefits.
From celebrities to athletes, coconut water is a growing trend – this article will detail what exactly coconut water is, and some of the benefits which is can provide you with.
What is Coconut Water?
Coconut water is naturally sweet, refreshing and has a slightly nutty taste. The taste has been compared to simply water infused with coconut (believe it or not!) It contains lots of electrolytes (more potassium), which can help promote enhanced muscle strength, in addition to replenishing lost fluids after intense workouts; one of the reasons it is so popular among athletes.
Coconut water should not be confused with coconut milk or oil, both of which are high in fat. These come from the juice and flesh of fully grown coconuts, whereas coconut water is a clear liquid found in the centre of young, green coconuts.
It also contains less calories and sodium than your average energy drink!
What are the benefits of Coconut Water?
There are many benefits to coconut water, which is why it has recently grown in popularity.
✔ Efficient sports drink
Coconut water contains less sugar sports drinks do, and even less than some fizzy drinks and fruit juices. You should be mindful though that since coconut water does have a caloric index you shouldn’t drink it like you would drink water, as the calories could add up. However, coconut water can replenish lost fluids during intense exercise (potassium and sodium).
✔ Can help aid weight loss
Drinking coconut water can help to suppresses your appetite and makes you feel more full. This means that you will not eat as much and so can help you to drop those extra pounds. It’s also popular among bodybuilders who are cutting down or preparing for a show for the same reason.
✔ Good for your skin
Application of coconut water may benefit those with acne or blemishes on the surface of the skin which they wish to get rid of. It helps to moisturise the skin and prevents your pores from producing large amounts of oil, which helps to prevent spots and breakouts.
✔ Aids digestion
Coconut water has been found to be beneficial for those who have trouble with digestion, since it contains a large amount of fibre.
✔ Can help your hangover
If you find yourself stumbling in after a heavy drinking session, it might be a good idea to drink some coconut water to settle your stomach and help to replenish some of the electrolytes (potassium) that your body has lost. Many report that this replenishment of electrolytes can help prevent a hangover, or soften the blow.
✔ Lowers blood pressure
Low levels of electrolytes can lead to an increase in blood pressure. Since coconut water provides you with plenty of the electrolytes that you need it may help to lower your blood pressure.
✔ Full of nutrients
Coconut water contains five essential electrolytes which our body’s need, something no other beverage on the market can offer. Because of this, coconut can be enjoyed as a part of a healthy, nutritious and balanced diet!
✔ It is ‘compatible with human blood’
This may sound a bit odd, but its quite straightforward. Coconut water is isotonic to human plasma, so can be used quickly in emergencies to rehydrate our bodies, especially after intense exercise.
Where can I find coconut water?
You can get coconut water from several sources.
✓ The Coconut
The first being a young coconut itself. If you find a fresh, young, green coconut, then you should try to crack it open and drink the healthy goodness which is inside!
This isn’t practical or sustainable though, so you should probably look for other ways to consume it if you want to incorporate it into your diet.
✓ Cartons of coconut water
You can buy coconut drinks in cartons from a variety of shops, but must make sure they’re refrigerated.
With this, you mix it into regular water yourself, recreating coconut water. This way you can buy it in bulk, saving some pennies and ensuring you won’t need to restock for a while.
Some supplements contain coconut water powder, such as MYAMINO COMPLEX – an amino-acid blend specifically designed to replenish, hydrate and energise.
The formula fuses 22 amino acids with coconut water powder, D-Aspartic Acid, Beta Alanine, Citrulline, BCAA 2:1:1 peptides and N-Acetyl L-Tyrosine and Chromium to help stabilise blood glucose levels and Choline which contributes to normal lipid metabolism.
Ways to consume coconut water?
Of course, you can just go ahead and drink coconut water like any other beverage, but that’s pretty boring, right?
✓ Try mixing it up every now and then by adding some to your protein shake, or making a healthy smoothie using ingredients such as lime, cucumber, mint, kiwi, celery and spinach.
✓ You could also add coconut water powder to recipes such as for cookies, cakes or even stews and casseroles.
When should I consume coconut water?
You can drink coconut water at any point throughout the day to reap its benefits. However, since you’re probably not going to drinking gallons of it every day you may want to drink it a specific times to optimise the benefits.
✓ It would be ideal to consume right after an intense workout as a post workout electrolyte replenisher.
✓ Furthermore, you should drink it when you come in from a night out and as soon as you wake up to reduce the effects of a hangover.
Take Home Message
Coconut water is delicious and healthy as part of a balanced diet – whilst boasting many benefits.
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