Did you know that coconut water is a natural source of electrolytes?
This means you can drink coconut water to rehydrate after a hot yoga class, a hard work out or on a really hot summer day. Or, if you love coconuts, drink it daily!
Many people suffer from dehydration and don’t even know it! Most people are not drinking enough water and suffer from symptoms of dehydration like fatigue, mind fog, headaches, dry skin, constipation, dizziness and dry mouth. If this sounds like you, try drinking more fluids like water, herbal teas and coconut water. Sometimes, our natural thirst mechanism, which informs our body that we are thirsty, is confused for feelings of hunger.
So next time you feel hungry, try drinking fluids to see if the hunger sensation goes away. Coconut water is mother nature’s perfect drink because it contains all the electrolytes our bodies need to function properly. So next time you think of reaching for a gatorade, try coconut water instead and you’ll avoid all the additives that make gatorade brightly coloured.
So how does coconut water work? Coconut water is the thin liquid inside immature coconuts that eventually dries up and is replaced with coconut meat as the coconut matures. Coconut water is different from coconut milk because coconut milk is made from the emulsion of the meat of the coconut. Coconut water is comparable to other sports drinks because it naturally contains carbohydrates and electrolytes. It’s a source of potassium, sodium, chloride, magnesium and glucose, which are all needed for rehydration.
You can use it after strenuous exercise, mild illness and diarrhea. It’s important to know that coconut water should not be used as a rehydration formula for serious dehydration because there is too much variability in electrolyte levels in coconut water, which fluctuates as the coconut matures.
There is no known optimal dosage for coconut water, but is safe to use daily. Use coconut water to replace fluids lost from exercise and be sure to drink it slowly over one hour after exercise.
Coconut water is easy to add to your diet, especially if you like the taste of coconut. Coconut water has a light, mild taste and can be drunk alone or you can add it to smoothies as a low calorie option to dairy or nut milks.
Doctors practicing complimentary medicine recommend coconut water for mild dehydration.
Coconut water is available in cans, tetra packs and sometimes you’ll find the green immature coconuts in the grocery store that you can crack open yourself.
So remember, coconut water is an excellent remedy for dehydration. It’s a natural source of glucose and electrolytes, which are lost after exercise and sweating. Use coconut water to replace fluids lost after exercise or use it as a low calorie options in smoothies. It tastes great on it’s own, especially served ice cold. Yum!