I was a little apprehensive about trying coconut water, it seems like a love or hate thing with my friends, but I love it! To be honest I think the copious benefits from the thirst quenching water swayed me towards loving it and I thought I’d share eight of them:
1. Can Aid Your Weight-loss Efforts
It suppresses the appetite and makes you feel full because of its rich nature, plus the fat content in coconut water is very low, so generous quantities can be consumed without the fear of immediately piling on the pounds (unlike other water alternatives).
2. Picture-Perfect Skin
Drinking coconut water moisturises the skin from within and helps to eliminates large amounts of oil. Also the water can be applied directly to the skin to help tone and refresh, which explains why products such as facial creams, shampoos, conditioners and lotions that contain traces of coconut extract are more effective.
3. The Ultimate Hangover Remedy
Next time you overdo it and drink more than you should have (we’ve all been there), consume coconut water to settle your stomach. It will also replace those essential electrolytes that exit the body if you experience bouts of frequent urination and vomiting (again, all been there).
4. Encourages Better Digestion
If you constantly encounter difficulty during the digestion process, coconut water may provide a source of relief. Because of its high concentration of fibre, it aids in the prevention of indigestion and reduces the occurrence of acid reflux.
5. Boosts Hydration
The ingredients in coconut water are way more effective at hydrating the human body than those chemical infused, sugar ridden sports and energy drinks. During rigorous exercise or extended periods of physical activity, the human body loses mineral-rich fluids. However, coconut water serves as an excellent replacement medium with 294 mg of potassium and 5 mg of natural sugar per glass, unlike your favorite sports drink that only contains half of the potassium content and five times the amount of processed sugar.
6. Can Reduce Blood Pressure
In many instances, a disproportionate level of electrolytes can result in high blood pressure. Because coconut water contains an adequate supply of each, it can be used as a balancing mechanism. Try a glass of coconut water in the morning to kick start the balance of these electrolytes.
7. Rich in Nutrients
Unlike any other beverage on the market, coconut water contains five essential nutrients that are present in the human body. These include: calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium and sodium, and magnesium has been proven to help debloat when consumed daily, do you need any more reasons?
8. Great for Smoothies
OK, so this isn’t so much a benefit but more of a tip, but using coconut water to make a refreshing smoothie for breakfast or a snack is a super alternative to milk or plain old water! Check out some quick and easy smoothie recipes here.