Friday, July 18, 2014

10 Reasons to Drink Coconut Water That You Probably Didn’t Know About

Coconut water, coconut milk and coconut oil are the products we often associate with palm trees and tropical climate. Coconut water is packed with nutrients that yield an array of health benefits. It is 95 percent water and is extracted from young coconuts. There is usually some soft meat on the inside walls of the coconut which you can happily spoon out and enjoy the jelly-like treat. Coconut milk is what is used in Asian cuisine to thicken all those yummi curries. To get coconut milk, coconut meat is grinded and diluted with water. Coconut oil is also made out of coconut meat, which is shredded and then squeezed to obtain this supper- healthy oil. You can apply it on your skin and hair, or use it for cooking. For extra health benefits, go for the cold pressed unrefined oil. Coconut oil has an array of health benefits which you can read about in my previous article about the health benefits of coconut oil.
1. Prevents dehydration
Coconut water is great for rehydration: it’s refreshing, contains essential electrolytes, and is as close to sterile as you’ll get. It’s also ecological and a good alternative to bottled water, especially in places where you can’t drink tap water. Coconut water is a source of five important minerals: potassium, magnesium, calcium, sodium and phosphorus. It can be a particularly suitable drink after you’ve done some strenuous exercise. If you’ve sweated a lot, add a pinch of Himalayan salt to coconut water and make it even more worthwhile.

2. Fuels the brain and muscles
Coconut water contains 295 mg of potassium, which means that one cup of this tropical drink has more potassium than a banana. Potassium regulates heartbeat and muscle function. The electrolytes facilitate nervous system functioning and nerve transmission as well as better cognitive functioning. You can find here more tips on how to improve your brain function naturally.

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