Coconut water is one of my favourite healthy drinks, and I am definitely excited to be blogging about it today! I love drinking coconut water, it’s refreshing, hydrating, and energizing. It also comes in different forms and flavours. Buddha Brands Co. Thirsty Buddha Sparkling Coconut Water, Natural Coconut Water with Aloe Vera, and Natural Coconut Water with Watermelon are a few of my favourites!
Coconuts are a fruit, rather than a nut, that grow on large palm trees. Coconut water is the clear liquid found in a young green coconut. As a young coconut matures, coconut meat replaces coconut water. We reap more nutrients from the water of the young coconut, in comparison to the mature coconut milk. Coconut milk is made up of water and grated coconut meat.
When we sweat or lose fluid from our body, we lose electrolytes. Electrolytes are free ions that carry an electrical charge. Essentially, they are minerals naturally found in your body fluids. These important minerals are responsible for fluid balance, nerve function, blood pressure, and proper muscle function. When our body lacks electrolytes we can become dehydrated, fatigued and dizzy, our muscles can begin to spasm, and our blood pressure can change. This is why replacing electrolytes is crucial! Coconut water naturally contains electrolytes; potassium, magnesium, calcium, sodium, and phosphorus, which is why I love hydrating with it post workout! It’s the perfect way to replenish and bring my body back to balance.
Coconut water contains mostly water and very little fat, in addition, it’s a good source of vitamins and minerals that are ideal for our health, which is why it’s one of my favourite health drinks. One of the primary nutrients in coconut water is potassium, it also contains other nutrients such as calcium, magnesium, a small amount of sodium, vitamin C, riboflavin, and dietary fiber to name a few! I like to add coconut water to my smoothie blends for extra hydration and nutrients. Tropical smoothie blends with coconut water are amazing! Try one of my favourite tropical smoothie blends:
- 1 cup coconut water
- 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 cup frozen pineapple
- 1 scoop of vanilla plant protein powder
- 1/2 an avocado, or banana
- 1 tbsp ground flaxseed
- 2 tbsp hemp hearts
- Sprinkles of Hungry Buddha Coconut Chips
Blend everything together until smooth. Pour into your favourite smoothie glass, sprinkle with coconut chips and enjoy!
Adequate hydration is key for helping the body detox. Without adequate hydration, our kidneys and other detox organs, like the liver, are unable to function optimally. When we become dehydrated, this can lead to a build-up of toxins in our body. Dehydration occurs when our water and electrolyte loss leads us to feel a need to quench our thirst, dizziness, confusion, and fatigue. The kidney has a difficult time flushing toxins out when we are dehydrated. Drinking an adequate amount of water and replenishing with coconut water after breaking a sweat is a way I prevent dehydration and maintain my body’s natural detox processes. When the weather is hot, I up my water intake as well as my electrolyte intake with coconut water. Sometimes we need a little more than just plain water on those hot summer days, especially if you’re exercising in the heat!
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Coconut water contains important minerals, like calcium! A lot of people lack this mineral, and the best way to get more of it is through our diet. Calcium is a macromineral, meaning it is needed in large amounts. Sipping on coconut water is an easy way I like to add more calcium into my diet, it’s a mineral that is important for many bodily functions, like muscle relaxation which can ease tension, along with other important functions; building strong bones and teeth, and slowing down bone loss as we age.
Coconut water is naturally sweet and has a bit of a nutty flavour. It’s absolutely delicious when you drink it straight from the coconut with a straw. When we vacationed in Hawaii and in Mexico, sipping water straight out of the coconut was one of my favourite things to do! You can find coconut water in various flavours and forms at most grocery stores and health food stores. Some coconut water contains added sugars and flavour additives, always read the ingredients to be sure what you are getting is 100% coconut water and 100% real ingredients. After opening any bottled, boxed, or canned coconut water, be sure to keep it stored it in the refrigerator and consume it within a few days for optimal freshness. If you’re looking for an amazing coconut water to try, I highly recommended Buddha Brands Co. Thirsty Buddha coconut waters, especially the Pineapple or the Grapefruit flavoured Sparkling Coconut Water!
Have you tried coconut water? Do you love it as much as I do? What is your favourite way to sip on this health drink? Comment below!