The coconut water is a very popular drink in the summer, especially in tropical countries. As it has few calories and many nutrients, it is widely sought after by runners and exercisers in general.
This drink, which contains more than 80% in its composition, is found inside a young, green fruit.
Also in this panorama, coconut water, being natural, is a great suggestion for hot days at the beach. Furthermore, it can be part of the routine of people of all age groups.
BENEFITS OF COCONUT WATER
Note the benefits of coconut water below:
1. Helps reduce tiredness
When we are dehydrated, the process of slowing down some functions in our body begins, as well as brain activities. In turn, mental fatigue does not allow us to assimilate what is happening around us, and muscle functions do not respond quickly either. In such cases, coconut water is highly recommended. The minerals in this drink rehydrate the body and help lower stress and fatigue levels.
2. Fight the hangover
When we drink alcoholic beverages, such as beer, for example, we eliminate water through the urine. This dehydration can trigger signs of a hangover, such as nausea, dizziness, and headache. Once coconut water is ingested, fluid and electrolyte replacement will occur. The amount of coconut water to be consumed will depend on each organism.
3 . Helps in kidney health
Coconut water is seen as a natural diuretic. Thus, the more it is ingested, the lower the chances of an individual developing the formation of kidney stones.
4. Helps to lose weight
As coconut water is a low-calorie drink, it exponentially helps individuals who want to control their weight. In addition, this drink does not contain coloring and is a source of nutrients. Therefore, it can be included in the diet for both dietary re-education and weight maintenance. It should be added that coconut water by itself is not miraculous. It is essential that it be associated with a balanced diet and regular physical activity.
5. Helps control blood pressure
Coconut water contains potassium, which has the ability to neutralize the effect of sodium in the body. In this sense, this drink helps to lower blood pressure and decreases the chances of developing heart disease.
COCONUT WATER PROPERTIES
Note the properties of coconut water below:
1. Improves the digestion process;
2. Decreases the incidence of cramps;
3. Improves blood circulation;
4. Purifies the body;
5. Attenuates the signs of aging.
COCONUT WATER NUTRIENTS
Note the nutrients contained in coconut water below:
7. Vitamin C; and
8. B-complex vitamins.
It is worth mentioning that, in addition to the nutrients listed above, the drink is essentially composed of mineral salts and water.
COCONUT WATER FOR SEASICKNESS
Drinking fluid is essential for the body to function fully. When a woman becomes pregnant, fluid intake becomes even more important because, in addition to helping blood circulation, it stabilizes amniotic fluid levels and reduces the risk of urinary tract infection.
In this perspective, many doctors suggest that pregnant women drink coconut water. This is due to the abundance of nutrients and minerals, which, in turn, minimize nausea and heartburn. Coconut water works as a natural isotonic and therefore, balances the liquid in the body.
COCONUT WATER FOR A HANGOVER
A hangover is the exacerbated consumption of alcoholic beverages, which are a diuretic. That said, the person urinates more often and increases the concentration of alcohol in blood vessels. The next day, the person may suffer from headache and nausea. It is worth mentioning that these symptoms may also appear between four to six hours after drinking. The intensity of nausea varies from body to body and the amount of alcohol ingested.
Too much alcohol causes the body to become dehydrated, and the liver overworks to expel it from the blood.
For these cases, coconut water is very effective, given the presence of electrolytes, which, in turn, accelerates the hydration process. In addition, the natural sugar present in coconut water raises blood glucose and helps reduce discomfort. So, hydrate yourself with coconut water and rest.
COCONUT WATER HARM
Considering that coconut water has a high concentration of sodium, the ingestion of this drink is not advisable for people with hypertension, diabetes and kidney deficiency. Additionally, coconut water contains sodium, potassium and other substances. Therefore, it is not good for people listed in this group.
As for healthy individuals, doctors recommend that up to three glasses be ingested daily.
It is advised that the baby is not given coconut water until the sixth month of life. Until that time, breast milk is enough.
REASONS TO DRINK COCONUT WATER
Here are some reasons to drink coconut water:
1. Nourishes the skin and hair;
2. Helps in weight reduction;
3. Controls cholesterol;
4. Helps in the detox process;
5. Reduces muscle tension;
6. Prevents diseases;
7. Improves the functioning of the nervous system;
8. Helps in the treatment of candidiasis;
9. Prevents diseases; and
10. Helps to lessen the effects of a hangover.
COCONUT WATER IS FATTENING
Coconut water is not fattening and does not promote a feeling of satiety, like chestnuts, for example. This is because coconut water has no fiber.
Furthermore, coconut water does not have thermogenic properties, so it is incapable of speeding up metabolism.
If you want to combine this drink with the weight loss process, just use it in the preparation of detox juices, for example.
Ideally, coconut water is consumed directly from the fruit. Although the industrialized options are pleasant, the nutrients can change, such as the addition of preservatives, for example.
Robert Asprin, APD is a non-dieting Accredited Practicing Dietitian passionate about inspiring positive changes in eating and lifestyle behaviors to help improve health while nurturing relationships with food and body.