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Coconut Water – 8 Benefits You Didn’t Know

There are hundreds of companies that produce energy and sports drinks, but in health and hydration, none can overcome nature. Learn about the benefits of coconut water and check them out for yourself.

  1. coconutWATERyumIf you can’t get it fresh from the tropics NO PROBLEM: Packaged coconut water is invading supermarkets. (Not to be confused with milk or coconut oil) Its popularity has grown thanks to high performance athletes and celebrities recommending it as the best remedy for a hangover, long workouts and malnutrition problems.
  2. Natural hydration. Coconut water has electrolytes and carbohydrates that are easily assimilated. It’s like a sports drink but with many more advantages. For example, in one ounce of coconut water has 61 mg of potassium, whereas in an average sports drink there is only 3.75 mg. What’s more, coconut water contains no dyes or preservatives objectionable.
  3. Nutritional based sugar. Children and adults with special diets can consume coconut water without worry, as well as being a good source of vitamin B and ascorbic acid. It contains only 60 calories (three times less sugar than fruit juice, and nine times less a gas). To avoid surprises always read the label and check that the juice has no added sugars or syrups.
  4. Ideal for extreme situations. High performance have proven the benefits of coconut water. Mixed with 50% water and enriched with protein supplements it helps regulate temperature, energy and minerals lost in long hours of exercise, extreme heat and humidity.
  5. Antinausea Juice. Coconut water is the best remedy for sensitive travelers and pregnant women. Its mineral helps combat nausea and prevents fluid retention.
  6. Kills parasites, balances and strengthens the body.Coconut water strengthens the immune system, facilitates the absorption of nutrients in the blood and combat acidification of cells [one of the causes of cancer]. Since ancient times, it was given to children to kill intestinal parasites.
  7. Better than cow’s milk. Coconut water contains higher protein concentration (alanine, arginine, cystine, lysine, tyrosine and serene) than commercial milk, so it is recommended for those suffering from lactose intolerance drink or deficiency calcium and magnesium.
  8. Burns and dryness. Coconut water is moisturizing and relaxing, so is used to relieve mild sun burn and skin dryness.

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5 Ways to Consume Coconut for Good Health

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Like coconut? Then you’re gonna LOVE these 5 ways to  enjoy this fabulous fruit!

1) Oil: This new kitchen essential gets a workout for dinner and dessert. It’s great for sautéing, and the subtle aroma of virgin oil makes it perfect with tropical cuisines like Thai or Jamaican. It’s best with light ingredients, such as seafood or veggies. On the sweet side, it’s wonderful for baking. Just like butter, coconut oil is solid at room temperature and liquid when warm, so try it in place of some of the butter in cake recipes-it’ll lighten them up and lend a little nuttiness.

2) Water: Surely you got the memo that coconut water is hydrating. But it’s good for more than just replacing lost potassium after a workout. Coconut water can lend a hint of flavor.

3) Dried Flakes: Think of them as your new nut. Toast, then add to granola, or sprinkle atop yogurt or a pot of grains for a tasty finish. Always buy unsweetened; the sweetened stuff is a sugar bomb.

4) Sugar: Sugar made from the coconut palm is less refined than white, so it retains a good amount of potassium and iron. And it’s a blessing for any baker more interested in alternative sugars than math: It’s an equal substitute for white sugar. Find it in natural food stores and some supermarkets.

5) Milk: We’ve long been using coconut milk in curries, but recently we’ve found it indispensable at breakfast as a creamy addition to herbal teas, oatmeal, or smoothies in place of dairy.

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The Health Benefits of Coconut Water

The Health Benefits of Coconut Water

Coconut water benefits are pretty amazing, it is a very pure liquid second to water, so it is no wonder it will benefit you in your quest for looking younger.

This is definitely one of mother natures best drinks, it is a powerhouse of anti aging properties, and many celebrities are drinking it by the dozen, one in particular I have read about is Madonna.

The coconuts are picked unripe, so there is still liquid in them otherwise if they are allowed to ripen, the liquid inside will become part of the white flesh of the coconut.

The white part is used to make coconut milk; this is not the same as coconut water!

Coconut water’s electrolyte (aid in a number of vital bodily processes) content is very similar to human plasma, and therefore making it a fantastic sports drink, giving you oral re hydration.  This is a far better sports drink then the commercial one’s available.

Over the years, pure coconut water has also been used by doctors as an intravenous fluid, because it is completely compatible with the human body.

Coconut water can do so much for you it is absolutely amazing!  Combine this with the health benefits of water, and you are on a winning streak for looking younger.

It is rich in minerals such as; sodium, calcium, magnesium, iron, copper phosphorus, potassium, proteins, vitamins C and B, glucose (a type of sugar found in the blood),  contains no fat, and despite its sweet taste it has no sugar.

Those who drink coconut water on a regular basis usually have a smooth and lovely complexion, and considering how good this stuff is for you, it is no wonder!

Coconut Water Health Benefits

  • helps promote weight loss
  • boost your immune system
  • fight viruses
  • boost poor circulation
  • aids digestion by removing toxins
  • boost thyroid health
  • keep body at proper temperature
  • carry nutrients and oxygen to cells
  • help break up kidney stones
  • great for liver problems such as hepatitis
  • reduce urinary problems
  • helps eliminate swelling in hands and feet
  • good for burns
  • good for hangovers

Drinking pure coconut water on a regular basis will help to reduce wrinkles and sagging skin, giving strength and elasticity to the skin.  Something we all want as we get older.

History and folklore (circulated by word of mouth, beliefs, and legends) say coconut water has incredible healing powers, which is now being confirmed by medical research and clinical observation.

Coconut water is a common ingredient in beauty products used for hair and skin.

Other Health Benefits of Coconut Water

  • Coconut Water is an Antibacterial. Coconut water contains monolaurin, an antiviral, antibacterial and antiprozoal monoglyceride that is used to kill lipid-coated viruses such as HIV, Herpes, cytomegalovirus, flu and various pathogenic bacteria.
  • Coconut water is great at reducing vomiting. People who have typhoid, malaria, fevers or other ailments that are known to induce vomiting drink coconut water to settle the stomach. As such, coconut water is also a good thing to drink during a hangover.
  • Coconut helps in keeping check over urinary infections. It is very effective in treating kidney and urethral stones.
  • Coconut water is very effective in treating intestinal disturbances in infants. It kills intestinal worms.
  • Making coconut a part of the daily diet is recommended for those who have been troubled by kidney stones. When taken along with mediation, it helps break up the stones, making it easier for the body to push them out.
  • For all those people who are trying to lose weight, drinking coconut water would prove quite useful. This is because the drink increases the rate of metabolism, thus aiding weight loss.

Where to Buy Coconut Water

You can purchase coconut water from your local organic grocery store, health food store or online. Coconut water health benefits are definitely worth it.

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Akilah M. El, N.D. is a Naturopathic Doctor and certified Master Herbalist with a private practice in Atlanta Georgia and Berlin Germany. Join Dr Akilah El on Facebook and Twitter

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