Ever put coconut water in your smoothies? Or chug coconut water after a tough workout?
If so, you know it’s a delicious way to quench your thirst.
But did you know that it’s also one of the healthiest drinks around? Check this out, coconut water:
- is heart healthy
- reduces blood pressure
- helps you lose weight
- fights diabetes
Here are 8 more reasons you should sip some coconut water today.
1. It’s nutritious.
You may think it’s a nut, but the coconut is actually a fruit. The liquid that forms inside when it’s young turns into delicious white meat and one cup of coconut water is loaded with nutrients. They’re high in potassium, manganese, magnesium and vitamin C.
2. It tastes rich and has 2 grams of protein.
This helps fight hunger pangs and keep you feeling full longer.
3. It really quenches thirst.
Its high levels of electrolytes help you recover after exercise faster than water. Coconut water boasts more than double the electrolytes of traditional sports drinks with only half of the carbs.
4. It’s high in fiber.
One cup has three grams of fiber, and that helps digestion and fights acid reflux.
5. It's gives you antioxidants.
In one study, rats with liver damage were given coconut water and got better. They had less oxidative stress. Coconut water could very well have a similar impact for stress or injury in humans.
6. It fights diabetes.
It’s been shown to lower blood sugar levels in animals. If you're on a special meal plan for diabetes, then coconut water’s a great addition.
It has 3 grams of fiber and 6 grams of digestible carbs. Plus, it's rich in magnesium, which can improve insulin sensitivity.
7. Studies on coconut water are promising.
It's been used to successfully lower cholesterol, triglycerides, and liver fat in lab animals. Pretty impressive!
8. You need the potassium.
One cup of coconut water has 600 milligrams of potassium. That's 1/3 more potassium than a banana (less sugar too).Tweet
So Where Can I Get Some Coconut Water?
If you’re living in a tropical paradise, having a cup of coconut water is easy. You can just pick a young coconut off of the closest tree and stick a straw through its green shell.
If you live anywhere else, it's as easy as grabbing some from your local supermarket.
Coconut water is sold in easy-to-store cartons that should be kept in the fridge after you open them.
Just be careful – a lot of coconut water companies add sugar and flavoring. These won't do your body any favors. Steer clear.
Coconut water is easy to add to your diet. You can drink it plain or add it to a smoothie. Or try this Coconut and Chia Cooler recipe.
It’s loaded with Omega-3 antioxidants and potassium, and is the perfect cooling drink for when you’ve finished a work out!
Coconut and Chia Cooler
cup coconut water
2 tablespoons fresh squeezed pineapple juice
1 tablespoon chia seeds
Briefly blend all ingredients in a blender or shake well in a closed container and let sit for 15 minutes. (Give those chia seeds time to expand.)
Yours in health,
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