Coconut water is often called “nature’s Gatorade” and there are several reasons why.
If you are thirsty, there is no better quencher than coconut water.
And the best part is, unlike plain water, coconut water is actually a tasty beverage.
What I must warn you, despite the benefits of coconut water is not to overdrink it.
You still want that one glass of plain water in the morning to kick start your day.
What you can use coconut water is a healthy alternative to sports drinks.
Packed with a number of health and nutritional benefits, coconut water is the new “it” drink.
Here are some of the benefits of coconut water.
Helps with Weight Loss
Now, the first thing you need to know is that coconut water is not calorie free.
However, at 40-45 calories per serving, it is still one of the lowest-calorie drinks.
The low calorie of coconut water makes it an awesome alternative to some of the sports drinks packed with sugars and much more calories.
Even if your goal is not to lose weight per se, drinking coconut water carries a lot of benefits.
One of the biggest benefits of coconut water is the nutritional value of the beverage.
One serving provides you with tons of magnesium, copper, and potassium, three of the five most important minerals (zinc and iron are the other two).
When it comes to daily needs, one serving of coconut water provides you with 13% of your potassium needs, 14% of your magnesium needs, and 11% of your copper needs.
And do you know how important these minerals are?
Potassium is vital for your brain health and nervous system, magnesium is part of almost every enzyme process in your body and helps with diabetes and osteoporosis, and copper helps your metabolism work like a well-oiled machine.
One of the reasons why coconut water is beneficial for your skin is the richness with antioxidants.
As you know (or not), antioxidants are vital for elasticity and smoothens of the skin.
Antioxidants fight free radicals, and by doing that, they keep your skin clean, eliminate excess amounts of oils and moisturize it in the same time.
There is no other way to neutralize the damage from free radicals than antioxidants since our body produces free radicals all the time.
You can also use coconut water as a skin tonic, applying on your face.
Digestion is one of the most common problems nowadays.
I know at least three friends of mine that are trying hard to improve their digestion, and to all of them, I’ve recommended coconut water.
Thanks to its richness with fiber, coconut water can provide you with a source of relief for your constant constipation.
Let’s try and compare coconut water with sports drinks, the most common source for hydration among athletes.
One serving of coconut water contains two times the potassium, five times less sugar, and two times less sodium.
While it doesn’t provide the hydration value of plain water, coconut water does provide you with some nutrients that the plain water simply doesn’t have.
Regulates Blood Pressure
For those with high blood pressure, one of the most important benefits of coconut water is the ability of the beverage to reduce and regulate your blood pressure.
Coconut water contains just the right amount of electrolytes.
Therefore, if you are having problems with your high blood pressure, you can substitute one glass of plain water with coconut water in the morning.
How Much Coconut Water is Too Much?
Truth be told, there is no limit on how much coconut water you should and can drink in a day.
However, since unlike plain water, coconut water is not calorie-free, so you cannot completely substitute coconut water for plain water.
Drinking 8 glasses of coconut water per day is definitely much more than you can handle.
Therefore, for those of you keeping count, eight ounces of coconut water (or one glass) contains approximately 200 grams and between 45 and 60 calories.