Coconut water: The Elixir of LifeWednesday, December 21, 2016
The only thing that comes close to water in regards to quenching thirst is coconut water. And while water is of course great, coconut water is more beneficial in a number of ways. Here are just a few of them, and why you should drink more of this 'elixir of life'!
Aids Digestion and Boosts Weight Loss
Coconut water has a high fibre content. This means it's capable of aiding the digestion process, can help to reduce blood pressure and leave you feeling satiated which is ideal if you're trying to lose weight. In addition, the fat content in coconut water is very low. So you can consume coconut water generously without the worry of weight gain. If you suffer with acid reflux, drinking coconut water along with your food can help.
Those who take part in sports and heavy exercise especially benefit from having a glass of coconut water instead of fizzy drinks. In addition to quenching thirst, coconut water can hydrate the body perfectly and replace lost electrolytes. Unlike plain water, it contains an abundant supply of potassium and other minerals which are needed for good health.
Prevents a Hangover
Just like lime, coconut water can help to prevent a hangover (useful to know at this time of year when the alcohol is flowing!) So next time you know you're having a boozy night, have a bottle of coconut water in the fridge ready to drink first thing in the morning. It hydrates and replaces electrolytes, the loss of water and minerals is responsible for most symptoms of a hangover.
Great For Skin
As well as being great for you on the inside, research has suggested that topical application of coconut water directly over the flared skin and spots can help to bring it down. And of course, drinking a it too will help to purify and hydrate the skin from within, helping to prevent acne and flare ups.
Nourishes The Body
A glass of coconut water is rich in five essential nutrients, namely sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus. No other beverage contains all these five nutrients together. The biggest advantage of coconut water is its compatibility with human plasma. Surprisingly, it makes for an excellent intravenous drip solution. In fact, many countries administer pure coconut water intravenously to their patients.