Considered by many as miracle water, there are many reasons why we all should drink coconut water every day.
Having grown up in Brazil, as a teenager, coconut water was my first choice to quench the thirst without putting on weight. As a matter of fact, my friends and I used to love sipping the ice-cold drink with a straw straight from the coconut while sunbathing at the beach. And once finished, we would have the fruit cut open to eat the jelly-like white flesh that it contains—the greener the coconut, the gooier the flesh. But don’t get me wrong, not only does this tender meat taste good but also it’s packed with nutrients.
Keep scrolling to know more about the refreshing drink that has so many benefits.
Are coconut water and coconut milk the same?
Coconut is a fruit that grows on palms in tropical regions of the world. Inside the unripe fruit, there is an almost clear liquid, the coconut water, that can be drunk pure and has a slightly sweet and nutty taste. On the other hand, coconut milk is made by grinding the meat of ripe coconuts and mixing it with water. Coconut milk is very fat and high in calories and is used for cooking, for example, in curries.
The water forms naturally inside the coconut, it is 94% H2O and contains very little sugar and fat. 100 ml of coconut water has only 18 calories, which makes it the perfect alternative to other sweet drinks. If you cannot drink it fresh from the fruit, you can get it at the supermarket but make sure you buy 100% natural product.
Coconut water is rich in sodium, potassium and magnesium. These electrolytes are excellent to maintain you hydrated, and they regulate your PH. The natural isotonic drink may be used to restore fluid loss during intense exercise or too much sun.
As we told before, water is crucial to keep skin and hair healthy and glowing. But coconut water is even better than H2O as it contains Vitamin C, which helps collagen production. Additionally, the zinc, copper, selenium and manganese in the coconut boost the body’s natural antioxidant defence against cellular damage.
Improves heart health
The powerful drink can help lower blood cholesterol and triglycerides. Also, it may reduce blood sugar and insulin levels. The 600mg of potassium contained in one glass of coconut water lower blood pressure.
The bio-active enzymes present boost fat metabolism. Additionally, the magnesium and fibre contained in this natural drink help your digestive system work smoothly and thus clean you from the inside. Magnesium also promotes muscle relaxation.
If you’ve been partying all night, the natural drink will save you from a hangover. It restores the electrolytes in your body and, being super hydrating and antioxidant, combats the harmful effects of too much alcohol.
How much is too much?
You should drink one or two cups of coconut water a day. Remember that, although it contains little fat and sugar, a glass has around 50 to 60 calories. Also, too much potassium can be harmful to you, so don’t overdo it. As with everything in life, balance is the key. In other words; besides drinking the fantastic coconut water, keep your regular H2O consumption too.
Coconut is also a super beauty ingredient, check here how coconut oil works wonders from head to toe.