5 Reasons to Drink Coconut Water

coconut-waterHave you noticed coconut water popping up everywhere around you? It seems more and more brands are coming onto the market, but do you know why you should add coconut water into your diet?

If you’re not familiar with coconut water, it’s the clear liquid from the inside of a coconut. It is fat free and lower in calories than coconut milk or flesh, but it has many health benefits.

Here are the top 5 reasons you should drink coconut water.

Potassium Boost

You’ve probably heard that bananas are a great source of potassium. But did you know that coconut water has more potassium than four bananas? Since potassium is important for heart health and regulating blood pressure, consider grabbing a glass of coconut water.

Natural Hydration

Most sports drinks aren’t a healthy choice as they contain artificial colors, GMOs and more. But what do you do when you need extra hydration? How about drinking coconut water. It’s a great source of electrolytes, calcium and magnesium.

Low Glycemic Beverage

If you’re on a low glycemic diet, coconut water is a nice substitute for drinks with added sugar that could cause your blood sugar to spike. It has an estimated glycemic load of only three if you’re keeping count.

Increase Metabolic Rate

There is some evidence that drinking pure coconut water can help increase your metabolic rate. By increasing your metabolic rate, you can lose undesired weight.

Antibacterial, Antiviral, Antioxidant and Anti-inflammatory

Coconut water has many qualities to help keep your body strong. These properties enable coconut water to help with certain health conditions such as indigestion, stomach flu, constipation, dysentery, cholera, urinary abnormalities, failing kidneys, age spots and wrinkles.

thirsty-buddhaWhere to Buy Coconut Water

You can always buy some young, fresh coconuts and drink the coconut water right from the source! But if you don’t have access to coconuts, or would rather stock up so you always have some on hand, your local health food store will carry a variety of brands of coconut water. Healthy Planet carries Thirty Buddha coconut water, and this month until August 31, 2013 Healthy Planet has one liter bottles on sale for just $4.99 – that’s 17% off the regular price!

Have you tried coconut water yet?

Sources

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/06/25/coconut-water_n_3492350.html?just_reloaded=1

http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/features/truth-about-coconut-water

http://voices.yahoo.com/5-health-reasons-drink-fresh-coconut-water-8181823.html?cat=5

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2012/06/18/155115477/is-the-coconut-water-craze-all-its-cracked-up-to-be

http://www.happy-mothering.com/04/household/recipes/natural-homemade-gatorade-recipe/

Coconut image courtesy of Victor Habbick / FreeDigitalPhotos.net


About the Author:

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Chrystal Johnson, publisher of Happy Mothering and founder of Green Moms Media, is a mother of two sweet girls who believes in living a simple, natural lifestyle. A former marketing manager, Chrystal spends her time researching green and eco-friendly alternatives to improve her family’s life. She enjoys sharing those discoveries with anyone who’s willing to listen. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest.

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