A few years back, if you were in need of coconut water, you had to make a trip to the nearest beach or fresh foods market to get a taste of it straight from the premature green coconut source. Nowadays, you only need to make a simple walk to the nearest grocery store and you will have your favorite drink.
Everyone seems to be swearing by this drink, from top athletes, superstars, nutrition experts as well as the common man. The big question here is why has this drink become so popular?
A lot of the benefits of coconut water have now been realised, hence making it very popular and as a result, leading to its ready availability on every corner you turn. For instance, this super drink has become the go-to drink for many people to quench their thirst under the smouldering heat found in the region. Most of them know why, while others just love the ‘miracle water’ because of how it tastes and makes them feel.
As the summer heat starts reigning down on us this month, we have compiled several reasons why you should reach for coconut water instead of any carbonated sweet drinks to quench your thirst.
Rehydration: We have to start with this particular reason because it is very important for our health and wellbeing. Coconut water is considered a super hydrator for our bodies because it is excellent at replacing lost potassium as well as natural sugar compared with the usual sweet drinks. Also when exercising, it is advisable to reach for a bottle or glass of coconut water instead of an energy drink. This way you will be able to restore the mineral-rich fluids you have lost, without compromising your system.
Weight Loss: For centuries, coconut water has been used as medium for losing weight the world over. This is because it is an all-natural drink that contains very little calories and zero added chemicals. One can relish it anytime and anywhere in addition to using it to suppress weight and keep yourself satiated.
Helps in digestion: Since coconut water is rich in fiber, it facilitates in digestion and helps alleviate constipation. It also helps in cases of slow digestion, as well as heart burn or acid reflux as it is commonly known.
Skin Perfection: Coconut water, when applied on the skin, helps in clearing away acne and other blemishes. This is due to its repairing nature. In addition, it tones up the skin, making it look younger and more subtle. If ingested frequently, it helps in hydrating the skin, hence maintaining its youthfulness.
Energy Booster: If you are working out and you are looking for an energy booster drink that does not carry all those calories and leave you bloated, then coconut water is the drink for you. What better drink with less sugar and sodium than coconut water is there to keep you going?
So, how much coconut water should you drink? Well, according to a number of researches, there is no particular amount for you to watch out. It is less in sugar, fats and sodium and very rich in vitamins, electrolytes and minerals.
Some of the nutrients found in coconut water include folic acid, manganese and calcium. The amount of electrolytes found in coconut water is almost close to twice the amount in a banana, which is also another super food.