What has more potassium than a banana, more electrolytes than most sports drink, and is 99% fat free?
One cup of coconut water!
Coconut water is an amazing way to re-hydrate your body. This is especially important during exercise and recovery from a workout. Coconut water is the purest liquid second only to water and full of nutrients: calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, protein and vitamins. Unlike many sports drinks – it is low in naturally occurring sugars and does not contain any of the artificial colors and flavors found in sport drinks, making it an ideal natural beverage.
In some developing countries where medical saline is unavailable coconut water is used as an intravenous hydration fluid. Furthermore, given that coconut water is almost identical to blood plasma, it has been used for blood transfusions. Apparently, during World War II soldiers were saved in the Pacific because of emergency transfusions using coconut water in lieu of plasma.
Coconut water is also well known for its calming and cooling properties. It can calm and settle the stomach – reducing acidity by balancing the PH, reducing pain, spasms and vomiting. Coconut water can also calm inflamed intestines and prevent intestinal gas. This aids detoxification – which increases the digestive tracts ability to absorb nutrients. The regular consumption of coconut water can also reduce urinary problems such as kidney and urethral stones.
Coconut water boasts anti-viral and antibacterial properties. The lauric acid in coconut water is a medium chain fatty acid, which has the additional beneficial function of being formed into monolaurin. Monolaurin acts as antiviral monoglyceride and has the ability to kill an assortment of lipid coated viruses such as influenza, herpes and pathogenic bacterias – including listeria.
Coconut water is a unique product – that can naturally fight fatigue with its energy giving properties but can also increase your metabolism and help you lose weight.
Fortunately, we have a plentiful and inexpensive supply of coconuts down here!