This tropical treat is the summer’s hot new health drink. Find out why we should all be drinking it.
Coconut Water – It swept through Hollywood almost overnight; Madonna, Kim Kardashian, Blake Lively, Miranda Kerr and countless others are often photographed downing the miracle drink. But is coconut water just another fad, or is there more substance to this tasty tropical tonic? We have found four amazing coconut water benefits that will improve your health and well being – read on!
Coconut Water Electrolytes
Coconut water has been hugely popular in countries like Brazil and Jamaica for decades, where it is revered for its health benefits. Coconut water has been dubbed “Nature’s Gatorade” due to its naturally high level of electrolytes, the same mineral that is found in popular isotonic sports drinks (the ones you see professional athletes drinking during a game or competition). Electrolytes are a salt based substance that carries electrical charges throughout the body. Our body uses electrical charges to communicate, and control our muscles and organs. More electrolytes in our body results in better control and better function of our organs and muscles.
Coconut water also contains a long list of other minerals that are also commonly found in sports drinks; calcium, potassium, sodium, magnesium and phosphorus, just to name a few. These minerals are vital to a healthy, strong and fit body. Unlike refined, high sugar sports drinks, coconut water is 100% natural. A great way to keep your body running at peak performance.
Great skin with Coconut Water
Coconut water is a naturally rich source of ‘cytokinins’, a plant growth hormone that normalizes cell ageing. This mineral works directly on your skin to rejuvenate prematurely aged cells. The result is firmer, younger appearing skin. Most drinkers of coconut water report seeing visible results within two to four weeks. Another awesome coconut water benefit!
Research from Dr Bruce Fife has shown that coconut water can lower high blood pressure, reduce the risk of stroke and heart attack, and improve overall circulation. It also contains good cholesterols, that will work to combat the levels of bad cholesterols in your body. All of these properties result in greatly reduced stress on the heart.
Coconut water has long been used in tropical and developing countries as a cure for digestive and urinary problems. Research from the Phillippines has found that coconut water can be used to treat, indigestion, constipation, infected kidneys, bladder infections, and urinary tract infections.
Buying Coconut Water
Due to its burgeoning popularity, many stores are pricing coconut water at a premium, and charging upwards of $3 per drink.
I buy a 12 pack of Vita Coco online for under $20 (60 cents per drink).