Saturday, October 15, 2011

Coconut Water

I've recently been introduced to coconut water. I've been super impressed with the health benefits thus far. I usually drink it after a super intense workout or an extra long run. I've also given it to our boys when they were sick and it seemed to help fight whatever they were sick with. I'm not a fan of the flavor yet so I either put a ton of ice in a cup and drink it through a straw or I put it in my protein shake in place of almond milk, which makes it taste much better! Also, I was watching Dr.Oz the other night and apparently you need to be selective in choosing what brand of coconut water. Some of the brands didn't get great reviews. The brand that DID get GREAT reviews was ZICO, so that's the kind I purchase now.

Some of the key nutrients in Coconut Water include, Iron, Chloride, Lauric acid, Potassium, Calcium, Sodium, Magnesium, and Phosphorous. The Potassium in Coconut Water is almost two times the amount in a banana. A good balance of electrolytes are important for the optimal health of our muscular, cardiovascular, nervous and immune systems, as well as to assist in the absorption and balance of the body's internal fluids.

Many studies have shown that the antiviral, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant activity of Coconut Water may help with a number of minor to severe health conditions. This nutrient rich drink has been used to regulate blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol levels, and it has been found to boost energy levels and increase metabolism in the human body. Other conditions that it has been found to be effective at treating include stomach flu, dysentery, indigestion, constipation, intestinal worms, cholera, urinary abnormalities, urethral stone, malfunctioning kidneys, dry and itchy skin, age spots, and wrinkles. (

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