It is half the name: coconut water. It is made up of over 90% water and is just as hydrating as plain water for your body. Coconut water is definitely more effective at hydrating your body than any sports drink or energy drink. It is a smart beverage choice after a workout. Coconut water contains 294 mg of potassium with only 5mg of natural sugar per serving as well as 25mg of sodium.
While not totally devoid of calories, coconut water has relatively low calories at 42 per serving. Swapping sodas and other sugary beverages for coconut water can help promote weight loss and decrease the risk of type 2 diabetes. Due to its rich texture, it will also leave you feeling more full than other beverages would.
After a night out on the town, you wake up finding that you have had a few too many, grab a coconut water! Not only will it help to settle your upset stomach, but it will also replace any essential electrolytes that you may be losing due to any vomiting or frequent urination.
Having an unbalanced level of essential electrolytes in your body can result in elevation of your blood pressure. Coconut water contains a perfectly balanced level of the essential electrolytes needed in the body. For some, it is actually recommended that they start their day off with a serving of coconut water to help balance out their electrolytes and keep their blood pressure lowered.
If you find that you are having issues with your digestion, coconut water may be the solution for you. It has a high concentration of fiber which can help to reduce acid reflux and work to prevention of indigestion.
If you take a close look at your beauty products, you may notice that many of them contain coconut extract. That is because coconut is effective in clearing up many types of skin conditions. It can be used as either a topical application or ingested orally to clear up acne, blemishes, help tone, moisturize, and eliminate oils on the skin.
As strange as this one may sound, coconut water is isotonic to human plasma. In the case of the most extreme of emergencies, it can be used intravenously to rehydrate a person. This practice is more commonly seen in third-world countries to save lives.
Throughout these above benefits it has been repeatedly mentioned that coconut water is rich in essential electrolytes. The five essential electrolytes that it contains, which are not found in any other beverage, are: phosphorous, potassium, sodium, calcium, and magnesium. One serving of coconut water contains 13% of your daily recommended intake of potassium as well as 14% of your daily recommended magnesium intake.
It is also rich in antioxidants which help to fight free radicals in the body.