Every health junkie is obsessed with this wonder fruit and models can’t have enough of it! The health benefits are endless and many patients suffering from chronic heart disease are asked to make coconut water an integral part of their diet. That’s just one of the many reasons why you and I and all of us, should definitely swear it. Here’s more-
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1. IT’S ‘CLEANER’ THAN SPORTS DRINKS
First thing’s first: Unless you’re exercising for more than an hour, you really don’t need to rehydrate with anything but water. Your body simply doesn’t need the extra nutrients or sugar. That said, if you’ve got a long workout ahead of you, bringing along an electrolyte-infused beverage (like coconut water) can help you stay on your A-game. While conventional sports drink like Gatorade and Powerade are among the most popular options for athletes, you’re better off skipping them. Not only are they overflowing with calories and sugar, some of the flavors are made with icky chemicals and additives like brominated vegetable oil, a flame retardant that just so happens to also make a handy beverage emulsifier. BVO may negatively affect thyroid hormones and contribute to internal inflammation, which has been linked to obesity. (Um, OMG!) Conventional sports drinks also contain high-fructose corn syrup, a high-glycemic-index sweetener that can spike blood sugar levels and promote body fat storage. Coconut water, on the other hand, doesn’t contain any of that and is a far better choice for your long, hardcore workouts.
2. IT’S PACKED WITH POTASSIUM
Potassium (which is found abundantly in bananas) is crucial for the kidneys and other body organs to function normally—and most Americans don’t get enough of it. In fact, a recent study found that only 0.3 percent of the population, or 3 in every 1,000 Americans, consume the recommended 3,510 milligrams of daily potassium. While sipping a cup of coconut water won’t fulfill your daily allotment, it does have 470 milligrams per cup. Upping your potassium intake can help ward off stroke and high blood pressure–and even early death in women, according to a study in the journal Stroke. What’s more, electrolytes like potassium are crucial for muscle health and recovery. The faster you recover, the more quickly you’ll be able to get back in the gym to continue sculpting the body of your dreams.
3. IT’S BEST FOR YOUR HEART
Get this: A study published in the Journal of Cell & Tissue Research found that coconut water helped reduce blood pressure and cholesterol in rats, suggesting that the drink is perfect for your ticker because it keeps the dreaded cardiac problems at bay. Sounds like a solid reason to sip the stuff from time to time!
4. FILLED WITH CALCIUM & MAGNESIUM
Coconut water’s big three minerals are potassium, magnesium, and calcium, a nutrient that plays a leading role in bone health. While a cup of the stuff only contains 4 percent of the day’s recommended intake of the latter two nutrients, that’s still more than a regular bottle of water can claim. Wondering why you should worry about magnesium? While it’s not often talked about, magnesium is paramount to a healthy diet, as it helps with muscle contraction and relaxation, and also helps boost lipolysis, a process by which your body releases fat from its stores.
5. IT EXCITES YOUR TASTE BUDS!
While all of the health perks mentioned above are great and all, there’s no denying that the biggest benefit of coconut water is the taste. Sometimes you just need to drink something besides regular ol’ water, and it isn’t always possible to whip up a batch of detox water when you’re away from home. In short, coconut water is one of the best-flavored hydrators for those who are constantly on the go.
-In association with Detox Pri for Socio Martini.