Amazingly, coconut water is bursting with many health benefits you may not be aware of. If you grew up in the West Indies, you probably drank water from coconuts often as they were freely available. Or perhaps you just enjoyed the drink as a normal part of your everyday diet – unaware of the essential nourishment you were taking into your body.
Not only is it delicious, refreshing and healthy, but you can also use it as a base for smoothies.
Let’s dive in and look at how coconut water should be a must-have drink as part of your healthy daily liquid intake.
The best source comes from green baby coconuts which produces 94% water. For hydration and to quench your thirst, simply push a straw through the soft part of the coconut and enjoy. Also, it’s low in calories, fat, carbohydrate and sugar. What is more, it’s loaded with B-complex vitamins, antioxidants, vitamin C, calcium, potassium, magnesium, minerals like iron and zinc. And it flushes out excess water and toxins from your body.
Here are some of the benefits of drinking coconut water…
- Lowers your blood pressure
This wonder drink contains high doses of potassium. In fact, it has more potassium than four bananas. This is good news for people with high blood pressure. According to studies, 71% of people who drank coconut water saw a reduction in their blood pressure. On top of that, it also helps prevent blood clots from forming in your arteries.
- Contains vital magnesium
When our body is low in magnesium, you’ll feel tired and won’t have a lot of energy. Even worse, you could develop asthma, diabetes or osteoporosis. Including coconut water as part of your daily liquid intake will give you 14% of the magnesium your body needs.
- Loaded with antioxidants
Your metabolism produces free radicals, which can damage your body. Too many free radicals may cause your body to go into a state of oxidative stress. This increases the chance of your cells getting damaged and can cause diseases. Antioxidants stop free radicals from damaging your body. And you can get your daily dose from drinking coconut water as it counteracts the harm caused by free radicals.
- Takes care of hangovers
A hangover is the after effects of drinking too much alcohol, which dehydrates your body. Drinking coconut water restores the electrolytes in your body and makes it hydrated. In addition, the water works against oxidative stress, which occurs after too much alcohol intake. And it also settles down the acid in your stomach.
- Balances pH Levels
A diet of processed junk food is packed with acid-forming foods. This, along with stress and toxic loads causes acidic pH levels in your body. The result is a loss of energy and your body will find it difficult to absorb vitamins and minerals. Not only that, but when you have an acidic pH, it can promote stressed liver function, osteoporosis, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, high blood pressure and low immune system. The alkalizing effect of coconut water re-establishes a strong pH, reduces acidity and heartburn.
- Keeps you looking young
If your body lacks sodium or potassium this could cause water retention and may affect your looks, such as bags under your eyes and puffy face. Because coconut water is full of minerals, essential nutrients and vitamins, it replenishes and hydrates. In addition, it cleanses your body by removing hyper-acidic toxins (responsible for age spots and dry skin) leaving your skin more radiant and youthful looking. Moreover, this wonder drink is a natural laxative, detoxing your internal organs and releasing a build up of waste. For an anti-ageing detox drink, include coconut water as part of your daily intake.
- Fantastic as a moisturiser
Skin loves hydration, but the sun, pollution, harsh cleansers or soaps can dry your skin. Making your own facial mask is great for keeping your skin hydrated, regardless of your skin type.
All you need are two tablespoons of coconut water, half a teaspoon of lemon juice and one teaspoon of honey (optional).
To make your face mask do this…
- Put the coconut water in a bowl with the lemon juice. For dry skin add the honey. Stir the ingredients together.
- Soak two cotton wool balls in the mixture. With a circular motion, gently massage it into your skin.
- Leave it on for 30 minutes, then rinse with cold water.
Tip: Use the face mask every other day. If you have oily skin the lemon juice will control the oil. For dry and normal skin, use less lemon juice and include the honey for added moisture.
In conclusion, the benefits of drinking coconut water are essential for your overall health and well being. Besides nourishing you from the inside out, it’s ideal to use for beauty purposes. Look out for fresh, baby green coconuts in your supermarkets as they are the best options. If you choose to buy the ones in bottles or cartons, avoid those with added sugar or preservatives.
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