(N.Morgan) People by the droves are claiming that coconut water has magical effects on our health. You may have heard about coconut oil and some of the benefits it offers. In this article you will learn about the impressive benefits of coconut water of which you may not be aware.
This claim arose because coconut water was reportedly given intravenously to people during World War II when regular IV saline solution was in short supply. And one tiny study – of just one person – noted that it had been used successfully on a man in an emergency situation in the Solomon Islands when nothing else was available.
Coconut water is used all over the world and you can find it in many markets and health food stores. The taste of coconut water tastes delicious according to some people and its detoxification power and other health benefits are becoming more widely known.
Here are 8 benefits attributed to the consumption of coconut water:
1. Aids in Weight-loss Efforts.
The fat content in coconut water is extremely low, so generous quantities can be consumed without the fear of packing on extra pounds. It also a great appetite suppressant and makes you feel full because of its rich nature.
2. Picture-Perfect Skin.
For those who suffer with acne or other blemishes on the surface of the skin, topical application of coconut water can go a long way to clear up and subsequently tone the skin. It also moisturizes the skin from within if ingested orally and eliminates large amounts of oil. This explains why products such as facial creams, shampoos, conditioners and lotions that contain traces of coconut extract are more effective.
3. The Ultimate Hangover Remedy.
Next time you over indulge and drink more alcohol than your tummy can handle, drink coconut water to settle your stomach. It will also replace those essential electrolytes that exit the body if you experience bouts of frequent urination and vomiting and helps prevent dehydration.
4. Aids in Digestion.
If you constantly suffer with difficulties during the digestion process, coconut water may provide a source of relief. Because of its high concentration of fiber, it aids in the prevention of indigestion and reduces the occurrence of acid reflux.
5. Boosts Hydration.
The ingredients found in coconut water are more effective at hydrating the human body than those of sugary sports and energy drinks. During rigorous exercise or extended periods of physical activity, the human body loses mineral-rich fluids. However, coconut water serves as an excellent replacement medium with 294 mg of potassium and 5 mg of natural sugar per glass, unlike your favorite sports drink that only contains half of the potassium content and five times the amount of processed sugar. In addition, the sodium count is only 25 mg, which is relatively low compared to the 41 and 20 mg found in sports drinks and energy drinks respectively.
6. May Help to Reduce Blood Pressure.
In some cases, a disproportionate level of electrolytes can result in high blood pressure. Because coconut water contains an adequate supply of each, it can be used as a balancing mechanism. In some instances it is recommended that coconut water be consumed at the start of each day to foster the balance of these electrolytes.
7. Rich in Nutrients.
Unlike many other beverages on the market, coconut water contains five essential electrolytes that are present in the human body. These include: calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium and sodium. Because of its unique composition, coconut water can be enjoyed by individuals with varying medical conditions.
8. Compatible with Human Blood.
As we touched on briefly above, coconut water is isotonic to human plasma and can be used in extreme emergencies to quickly re hydrate the human body if administered intravenously. It is not uncommon for the drink to be used in poorer, third-world countries to save human lives.
How Much Coconut Water Should You Consume?
Coconut water can be enjoyed as a stand-alone beverage or combined with another liquids. There are no set rules regarding the amount that should be consumed on a daily basis, but experts from the Mayo Clinic strongly suggest that you consider maintaining an active lifestyle if consuming large amounts of coconut water since each eight ounce serving is accompanied by 45 to 60 calories.
When searching for the perfect fresh coconut to enjoy, be sure to steer clear of those that have a hard brown shell as this is an indication that it is mature. Instead, look for those that are young and green on the exterior as they usually contain a large supply of the actual coconut water substance. To test it out, simply shake the coconut up and down to gauge how much liquid it contains.