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Ever wondered what the benefits of coconut water are? Of course, it’s tasty and thirst-quenching, but there are many other reasons to go drink coconut water right away!
A totally sterile liquid containing 95% water with no cholesterol, has high vitamin B, cytokinins and is rich in amino acids. It is low in calories, possesses minerals like manganese, potassium and magnesium! Yes, we are talking about the ever humble coconut water or the tender coconut water. Coconut water is packed with several important nutrients that contribute to good health in a natural way.
Nicknamed ‘Mother Nature’s sports drink,’ there is a huge demand for this drink. A drink that has the powers to keep the body hydrated and assist it in a whole lot of conditions from kidney stones to hangovers, this thirst quencher is a tasty substitute for water. It can also be considered a healthy alternative to soft drinks to beat the summer heat!
Here are a few benefits ascribed to it that explain why it is such popular and a sought after drink:
Cytokinins are plant hormones. Researches have shown that cytokinins found in coconuts have significant anti ageing, anti carcinogenic and anti thrombotic effects. It has the richest source of naturally found cytokinins.
This being a fat free and no cholesterol drink, some findings prove that the HDL level in our body increases when we consuming it. Sports drinks contain less potassium, more sodium and even more calories as compared to coconut water. Potassium content in coconut water is twice as much in bananas. It is also high in vitamins and low in fat.
No other naturally found beverage, other than coconut water contain the three most important electrolytes found in the body: sodium, phosphorous, magnesium. Due to this special composition, it can be enjoyed by almost all individuals, both, healthy and those who have various health issues.
Consuming it also helps in weight reduction. We can drink it without the fear of adding on the extra kilos! Owing to the presence of various important nutrients, it makes you feel full and reduces hunger pangs.
The use of coconut water is recommended for effective short term alternative usage of intravenous drip for keeping a person hydrated. Also for resuscitation of crucially sick patients in far off regions.
It is generally recommended during pregnancy as it helps in constipation, heart burn and slow digestion. The lauric acid present in it has anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties. These boost the body’s immune system.
Potassium and magnesium in coconut water is highly beneficial to people with kidney stones. It is recommended by several urologists as it has the potential of decreasing the size of the kidney stones and may even eliminate them. The production of urine and subsequently its flow increases as it plays the role of a diuretic.
It has been said to help improve digestion, which would help in eliminating body waste and in releasing of toxins. A sluggish digestive system leads to lethargy and mental fog, and there are chances that it could develop into more serious issues later on. Because of its high concentration of fibre, this ‘wonder water’ aids in the prevention of indigestion and reduces the occurrence of acid reflux.
We see several tender coconut vendors in hot summer as the body gets dehydrated easily owing to perspiration and sweat.
Want a soothing food to comfort you in the heat? Nothing as good as coconut water as it is considered to be one of the most refreshing drinks owing to its low content of sugar and carbohydrate; and abundance of electrolytes.
Either have it as it is or mix it with lime juice for a healthy and refreshing drink. The efficacy of the ingredients at hydrating the human body is far more than those of energy and sports drinks.
During rigorous exercise or extended periods of physical activity, the human body loses mineral-rich fluids. It is an excellent replacement medium, containing 5 mg of natural sugar and 295 mg of potassium per glass; whereas sports drinks contain only 50% of potassium content and five times more of processed sugar.
Hangover caused due to severe dehydration is the result of excessive consumption of alcohol which results in the loss of several essential nutrients and vitamins. Coconut water can help replenish the same and is the ultimate hangover remedy.
When a person experiences bouts of vomiting and frequent urination caused by the loss of essential electrolytes exiting the body, coconut water replaces those electrolytes.
Coconut water helps in getting rid of or prevention of migraines. Thanks to the magnesium it contains. Consumption of natural sources of magnesium may not be all that interesting but this drinking of this is a delicious way of providing more magnesium to your body. Usage of magnesium supplements is not all that feasible as there are chances that it may not be fully absorbed by the body. Hence drinking this is a better and natural way of acquiring the required amount of magnesium to meet the bodily needs.
The magnesium found in it has been clinically proven to help treat the symptoms of depression as well and thus aids in maintaining a healthy state of mind. There is the possibility of the mood getting uplifted, which in turn helps the mind to think positively and frees the mind of unwanted stress and tension.
I am sure you would like to your skin to glow always. Am I correct? Fresh coconut water makes the skin soft and brings a glow to it and rejuvenates the skin. Wash your face and hands twice daily with it and see your glowing face in the mirror and feel your soft skin. We already know that the cytokinins found in coconut water have anti-aging effects. It also moisturises the skin and expels excessive oil from within the skin if consumed orally. This is why several beauty aids like face creams, lotions, shampoos, conditioners contain coconut extract as one of the ingredients.
Coconut water, when applied over skin affected by wrinkles, stretch marks, acne, cellulite and eczema, clears the skin; tones it and gives an unblemished and youthful –looking smooth.
It significantly lowers hypertension as it helps in increasing the water excretion from the body. Significant lowering of hypertension decreases the chances of heart attacks. In many instances, a disproportionate level of electrolytes can result in high blood pressure. It acts as a balancing mechanism and it is recommended that consuming coconut water at the beginning of the day maintains the balance of electrolytes.
Coconut water is one beverage which can be taken as a stand-alone drink or in combination with some other liquid product. An eight ounce serving of it contains 50 to 70 calories. Thus, there is no hard and fast rule regarding the amount to be consumed. It helps in maintaining an active lifestyle.
As an alternative for fresh coconut water we find several stores selling it in cans, tetra packs and bottles.
So, raise a toast to this miraculous drink!
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