Coconut Water: A Must-Add to Every Grocery List

Coconut water health benefitsA good friend of mine recommended that I try drinking coconut water after finishing up an intense workout last month. I am not a huge fan of water and I don’t trust all the artificial additives in sports drinks. However, I just couldn’t seem to detach myself from an image of lounging off on a beach in the Caribbean while sipping straight from the coconut out of a neon pink straw, the drink appropriately topped with a festive paper umbrella.

It’s easy to write off coconut water as an exotic drink but this elixir definitely deserves more credit. Few people know it but the electrolytes and natural benefits in each serving make coconut water the purest liquid next to H20.

Coconut water is the clear liquid inside of unripe coconuts. As the coconut ripens, the liquid is replaced with coconut meat and air. By cracking the coconut when it is still young, you gain access to all the rich nutrients packed inside.

The good news is that you don’t need to book a tropical vacation to get the benefits of coconut water today. Coconut water is sold in many grocery and health food stores, bottled and canned.  Coconut water can be consumed at either room temperature or chilled. If you like giving your taste buds some extra tang, try adding some cinnamon or ginger into the mix.

Health Benefits of Coconut Water

Who would have guessed that a clear liquid could hold so much potential? Coconut water is rich in potassium, magnesium and vitamin C. A natural way to boost your electrolyte count, coconut water comes in handy after a long workout or during the hot summer months. Many athletes use coconut water as an energy drink because of its proven ability to replace vital fluids lost during exercise.

Not only is it a great way to re-hydrate the body, coconut water allows you to leave the guilt behind. Many sport drinks and fruit juices can be packed with high amounts of sugar. Virtually fat free and low in sugar and carbohydrates, coconut water promises to pump up without plumping. In fact, coconut water is known to help speed up the metabolism and assist in weight loss. Coconut water will allow you to soak up the nutritional value of whole milk without the excess fat or a single ounce of that dreaded word: cholesterol.

Coconut water is versatile, ready to call both the pantry and the medicine cabinet “home.” It is believed that coconut is a natural stress-reliever and a reliable aid in soothing digestive problems. Lauric acid, present in coconut water, helps to ward off intestinal worms, parasites and other intestinal infections in the body. Drinking a glass of coconut water twice daily helps to relieve constipation, diarrhea and other digestive issues.

It’s obvious that coconut water does some great work on our insides but it can also work some magic on the outside as well. Coconut water contains cytokinins; a plant hormone that keeps skin cells from aging and hydrates the flesh. Applying coconut water to the face has shown to help with acne, eczema, wrinkles, age spots and other skin problems.

Coconut water has no known side effects. It is safe for children, pregnant women and women who are breast-feeding to consume. With just a single sip you will be soaking up the many benefits that coconut water has to offer.

All the benefits packed into a single serving make its hard to resist adding coconut water to the weekly grocery list. As an energy drink after a good sweat or to pack in some extra nutrients, coconut water is more than just a buzzword in the realm of healthy eating. It has certainly proven itself to be worth the buzz, going beyond what most health drinks on the shelf offer consumers today.

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