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February 12, 2011

Coconut Water Craze

Filed under: Nutrition — Tags: , , — sgordon @ 12:50 am

Coconut Water, “Natures Energy Drink” is becoming quite a popular health drink that we see more and more people experimenting with. Celebrities too are becoming quite accepting of this new drink, as well as supporting to its multimillion dollar industry now.

Coconut water, found in an immature green coconut is abundant with minerals and nutritional traits. Coconut liquid is the purest of all waters and is fat free, low in calories(46 calories), excellent in hydration ( 600 mg of Carbohydrates), so no wonder its becoming high in demand.

Coconut liquid contains more electrolytes (conducts electricity) than in any fruit, vegetables juices or sports drinks available in stores, and contains salts, sugars and vitamins needed for a healthy athlete. It provides athletes with a quick nutrition source for quick energy needed. It is made up of copper, sulfur and phosphorus which are necessary to correct any electrolyte imbalances in the body. A proper amount of electrolytes is necessary for appropriate heart and nerve functions, coordination, absorption of fluids, and muscle control. Cocunut fluids also contain the proper amount of vitamin c to meet the bodies daily requirement in the body, as well as other vitamins such as niacin, pantothenic acid, biotin, riboflavin, folic acid and thiamin. It even contains 600mg of potassium per serving! Coconut fluids contain an abundant amount of vitamins and minerals.

Drinking coconut water improves digestion, improves calcium amount, and absorption of magnesium. Magnesium absorption is needed to support the development of strong bones and teeth, and protects the body against chance of developing osteoporosis . Osteoporosis is a disease in which the bones are brittle and can fracture easily. Drinking coconut water boosts the immune system, stops fatigue, controls diabetes, eases stomach pain, assists in proper circulation, improves intestinal health and prevents hypertension (elevated high blood pressure).

Could this new health drink offer you anything better? Well, for those who enjoy drinking, you may be ecstatic that it can cure hangovers too! Remember those unpleasant symptoms after drinking a lot of alcohol? Symptoms such as headaches, nausea, body aches, dizziness, loss of appetite, sensitivity to light, and thirst? Well, that unpleasant feeling can be avoided by drinking a good amount of coconut juice. It’s hard to function properly when your body is hurting all over, but with coconut water you can function much better. The key to cure hangovers has always been hydration, and with the extensive amount of hydration offered through drinking coconut water, it might be worth to try. Drinking coconut water  rehydrates the body, as well as offers lots of potassium, which alcohol depletes your body of. So next time you are suffering from a hangover, resort to drinking coconut water; it can help!

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