Often referred to as Mother Nature’s natural sports drink, coconut water is the clear liquid inside a green coconut fruit. Coconut water is loaded with electrolytes and sugars from quickly digested carbohydrates. It has also gained popularity among health buffs because it contains extremely low calories, loaded with potassium value of four bananas, free of fat and cholesterol. Compared to popular commercial sports drinks in the market today, this liquid from coconut has lesser calories, sugar, potassium and sodium (5.45 calories, 1.3 grams sugar, 61 milligrams (mg) of potassium, and 5.45 mg of sodium) compared to Gatorade, which has 6.25 calories, 1.75 grams of sugar, 3.75 mg of potassium, and 13.75 mg of sodium.
Since the early times, coconut water has been a valuable fruit especially for people situated in tropical regions where coconut trees are easily grown. Today, this liquid from coconut is commercially produced in cartoons and plastic bottles. Millions of people have discovered the nutritional value of this amazing drink which gives amino acids, enzymes, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. One regular sized coconut contains approximately 100 milliliters or 4 cups of coconut water.
Health Benefits of Coconut Water
1. Natural Hydration
One way to naturally quench your thirst and hydrate the body is drinking coconut water, which is packed with electrolytes. After light or heavy exercises, one glass of coconut water is more than enough to replace all the lost body fluids. Recent studies stated that coconut water is in fact a better choice than regular sports drinks because it hydrates the body faster and brings back all the minerals and vitamins more efficiently.
Aside from providing hydration, coconut water is also effective against dehydration caused by diarrhea, vomiting and consuming too much alcohol. In addition, this wonderful water is also packed with carbohydrates, which makes it an energy booster after tiring activities.
2. Lowers Blood Pressure
Potassium, which is an effective substance in lowering blood pressure by minimizing the negative effects of sodium, is also plentiful in coconut water. It is recommended to drink 1 cup of natural coconut water to control blood pressure. Avoid commercially bottled coconut water as it may contain traces of sodium. In addition, coconut water is also potent against hypertension due to its high potassium and magnesium content.
3. Promotes Healthy Heart
Being cholesterol and fat free make coconut water the best drink for people with heart ailments and issues. Furthermore, this liquid from coconut works by limiting low-density lipoprotein or often called “bad cholesterol” while efficiently increasing the number of high-density lipoprotein or “good cholesterol”. The Journal of Medicinal Food published a study which states that coconut water contained in both young and matured coconuts effectively decreases the negative effects whenever the body has high cholesterol levels. The study also showed that coconut oil reduces the possibility of plaque formation in the artier, thus lowering the probability of heart attack.
4. Cures Hangover
Too much alcohol intake causes hangover, which occurs when the body is dehydrated. One glass of this liquid from coconut provides lots of electrolytes which boost hydration. Coconut water also contains antioxidants that fight oxidative stress which is also caused by having too much alcohol. A recommended drink to cure hangover is blended coconut water, ripe banana and lemon.
5. Cures Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)
In many countries especially those from tropical regions, coconut water is used to treat UTI. Coconut water is a natural diuretic, which means that it can flush out toxins and bacteria from the body specifically the urinary tract. The most common bacteria that causes UTI is E. coli, which is easily removed from the walls of the urinary tract by drinking coconut oil. One glass of this liquid from coconut daily is the recommended consumption to cure and prevent this infection.
6. Prevents Cancer
Cytokinins, which are powerful compounds that help minimize cancer cell formation, is also a main ingredient of coconut water. Furthermore, Cytokinins have been proven to fight existing cancer cells and prevent development of cancer symptoms, Aside from cancer, this liquid from coconut is also effective in renewing old cells, thus slowing down the aging process of the whole body and its organs. Drinking a glass of this wonder water will make your feel refreshed and look younger in the long run.
7. Reduces Free Radicals
Free radicals are naturally produced by the body in the process of metabolism. There is really no scientific method to stop the formation of these harmful cells. Fortunately, by regularly drinking this liquid from coconut which is loaded with antioxidants that fight free radicals, you can minimize the damage in the body. By making coconut water a part of your daily diet, developing various medical conditions caused by these free radicals is minimized.
8. Provides Copper
Another important mineral that the body must have on a daily basis is copper, which is also found in coconut water. Copper acts like a valuable oil that lubricates body organs to make sure they work like a well-oiled machine. Without the daily recommended intake of copper, one organ may not work effectively, thus affecting the process of the whole body. One glass of coconut water is enough to meet the body’s recommended daily copper consumption which is 11%.
9. Source of Magnesium
Another very important substance that our body needs on a daily basis is Magnesium. Unfortunately, studies reveal that only 30% of the whole human population consume the recommended daily magnesium intake. A common negative effect of magnesium deficiency is low energy or fatigue. Aside from hydrating the body, the high-level magnesium content of coconut water provides instant boost of energy specially after a tiring activity. Other serious medical issues that can also develop from magnesium deficiency include asthma, osteoporosis, and diabetes. A glass of coconut water provides an average of 14% of your total daily magnesium needs.
10. Regulates Bowel Movement
Coconut water also has effective laxative properties, which means that it can regulate bowel movement. For people experiencing chronic constipation, regular intake of this liquid from coconut can loosen the stools and promote regular bowel movement. On the other hand, minimized consumption is recommended for people experiencing diarrhea. The main idea is to use this liquid from coconut to promote healthy bowel movement while preventing loose stools. In the end, the best outcome from regular drinking is an increase in bowel tolerance.
11. Healthy Skin
Coconut water contains essential oils that came from coconut meat. These essential oils are packed with cytokinins, which are substances known to be skin friendly and prevent wrinkle formation for younger looking skin. In addition, the antibacterial elements of coconut oil are also potent against a number of skin conditions like allergies, cuts, wound, infections, and fungi formation. To cure skin issues, you can either drink coconut water at a regular basis or apply coconut water to the affected area three times daily. Although this liquid from coconut will have some healing effects, using concentrated coconut oil that contains higher amount of antibacterial substances is recommended.
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