Move Over H20! Drink Coconut Water for Exercise Recovery

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Your body needs water, particularly when you break a sweat. But you don’t need to sip from the tap to satisfy your hydration replenishment needs, especially if you’re looking for something tasty and nourishing.

Instead, look to coconut water for exercise recovery. Why? A few small studies by researchers in Malaysia suggest that coconut water can rehydrate the body a little better than plain water, reports the LA Times. Read on to find out more.

  • Why coconut water for exercise recovery?
  • Where does coconut water come from?
  • How is PHENOM™ different?



Why coconut water for exercise recovery?
 In about one hour of physical exercise, the body can lose up to 3 quarts of water through perspiration. Therefore, you can’t deny your body needs water after a workout, and coconut water is about 95% water. Plus, some research has found coconut water can rehydrate better than water.

How? Electrolytes in coconut water facilitate the body’s water uptake. And did you know coconut water is a natural isotonic beverage with the same level of electrolytic balance as we have in our blood? Besides water, coconut water contains the following electrolytes:

  • Sodium
  • Potassium
  • Magnesium
  • Calcium
  • Phosphate

It also has small amounts of essential amino acids. Because of its composition that helps replenish the minerals and electrolytes lost in sweat, coconut water has become a popular, natural alternative to sports drinks for exercise recovery.

In fact, compared to sports drinks coconut water contains:

  • More potassium (equivalent to about two bananas’ worth)
  • More chloride
  • Natural sugars, instead of altered sugars

However, the benefits of coconut water are nothing new; people who live where coconut palms grow have long-sipped coconut water.



Where does coconut water come from?
It’s name gives away its origin somewhat, but specifically, coconut water is the juice found in young, green coconuts. Coconut water differs from coconut milk in that it’s the liquid that comes straight out of a cracked coconut; coconut milk, on the other hand, is a thick liquid made by extracting high-fat, grated, mature coconut meat.

Coconuts are the fruit of the coconut palm, native to Malaysia, Polynesia, and southern Asia. Because of the coconut’s ability to drift across the sea, coconut palms are also prolific in South America, India, the Pacific Islands, Hawaii, and Florida.

And while coconut water has been enjoyed for centuries by natives, a switch to PHENOM™ coconut water will prove beneficial.



How is PHENOM™ coconut water better for exercise recovery?
The #1 reasons consumers are reluctant to try coconut water is the belief that it will taste like coconut. In actuality, coconut water doesn’t taste like coconut at all, rather it has a refreshing, mildly sweet flavor, and doesn’t taste anything like coconut.

Still worried about the taste? The flavor experts at PepsiCo have come up with delicious, natural flavors that are part of the PHENOM™  coconut water line. Flavors include Pineapple Punch, Lemon Mojito, Orange Guava Passion, and others. Each variety is formulated with 100% natural coconut water.

The PHENOM™ line takes things further thanks to the nutrition experts from GNC. Previous studies conducted on other GNC products were analyzed to determine which key ingredients should be added to provide that extra exercise recovery “boost” – such as antioxidants, electrolytes, caffeine, and more – to carefully craft the most enhanced coconut water.

The 7 different varieties are in 4 distinct families to be tailored to your unique needs:

  1. PHENOM™ Hydro – simply pure, natural, and unflavored
  2. PHENOM™ Mega V (3 flavors) – contains electrolytes and multivitamins
  3. PHENOM™ Antiox – contains electrolytes, multivitamins, and Vitamin C
  4. PHENOM™ Energy (2 flavors) – contains electrolytes, multivitamins, and energizing ingredients

Next time you break a sweat, which PHENOM™ coconut water variety will you grab for exercise recovery?

31 Responses to “Move Over H20! Drink Coconut Water for Exercise Recovery”

  1. Jonathan says:

    I normally drink coconut water to replenish all the water I sweat out after a martial arts class. It is low in calories, refreshing and has loads of potassium. Drink it cold!

  2. rick says:

    I workout almost everyday and would like to see how coconut water compares to what I drink now.

  3. Suzanne E Shark says:

    Sounds interesting. Hope it tastes as good as it sounds!

  4. Deidra Wood says:

    I hate water so I drink Coconut Water several times a day. It has a great flavor! I’ve been on a personal quest to find the best coconut water so I can’t wait to try this particular brand. So far I’ve tried: Zico, O.N.E, Amy & Brian, Vita Coco, and Goya

  5. Eric says:

    I’ve used coconut water in the past for exercise recovery, and found it definitely worked better than standard water. I like that unlike Gatorade and similar, the sugar is all-natural and it feels great after the treadmill, too.

  6. R. Howard says:

    awesome stuff!

  7. Marina Chekhovskiy says:

    I would love to try Phenom coconut water! i’ve recently started buying coconut milk products and am obsessed. i’m also always looking for new health and nutrition tips and how to take proper care of my body.

  8. Wes says:

    This stuff looks amazing…can’t wait to try it.

  9. Sarah says:

    What would be the benefits of coconut water for consumption for an endurance athlete during exercise, such as a marathon?

  10. Megs says:

    Excited to try this brand and compare to Vito and Pure! Coconut water is so much better than gatorade especially after a run!

  11. Alyssa says:

    After a long run I always refuel and rehydrate with coconut water. After having sweat so much my hydration levels definitely need to be boosted and while water could do the trick, there are some things that plain water doesn’t fulfill for me after a hard run. The, albeit small amount, of sugar gives me a little boost that water can’t. Also my stomach is very sensitive to a lot of foods after a run so when I need to refuel immediately coconut water has been a good source of energy and replenishment that doesn’t upset my stomach.

  12. Mayumi says:

    I’m always looking for recovery food/drink within 30-60 minutes after my workout. It’s a little tricky for me to eat food after I exercise, because I usually don’t feel hungry. This coconut water sounds great! It covers lots of my needs and comes with my favorite flavor, pineapple. I cannot wait to try it!

  13. Elizabeth Theiss says:

    I love that there aren’t any artificial sugars or colors in Phenom coconut water! Every time I refuel with a sport’s energy drink, I feel like my insides are going to light up and be radioactive. They’re gross. I would like to try Phenom Antiox!!!

  14. AMC says:

    I used to drink tons of gatorade after a long run, and while it helped it also left me feeling like i may go into a sugar comma. I now use coconut water because it is natures Gatorade!

  15. Sarah @ The Pajama Chef says:

    I’d love to try coconut water. I’m running a marathon on May 15 & this seems like a great recovery product! Thanks!

  16. Candice b says:

    I truly believe that finding more natural choices for recovery drinks will make you a better athlete. I am a huge fan of a greenish banana and 6oz of pure tart cherry juice after a hard workout! My go to recovery drink is 8oz (partially frozen) fat free milk and 3 tablespoons of Ovaltine, shaken not stirred.

  17. Natalie K. says:

    I had no idea that you can lose that much water in just one hour of exercise. Makes me want to drink more water. I am excited to try the coconut water!

  18. Lester says:

    Quality tips! I have been browsing for something like this for a time now. Excellent!

  19. Joey S says:

    This seems like a better alternative to corn syrup laden sports drinks. I’m looking forward to trying it out.

  20. elia says:

    i can’t wait to try it out.

  21. emilee says:

    I love how good coconut water Is for you. I drink It after my workouts when I get home and I feel rejuvenated. It has a great flavor and the price is reasonable. I recommend it! :)

  22. Melissa says:

    I always drink coconut water after races! LOVE IT!

  23. Kristen says:

    I haven’t tried phenomwater yet. I have tried vita coco. I swear coconut water is so much better than sports drink or the hydration tablets I have been using. It is way more refreshing and doesnt leave your mouth with that dry feeling.

  24. jeremy w says:

    looks amazin!!!!!!!!!can’t wait to try it.

  25. Caleb Newell says:

    I’m tired of drinking Gatorade, Powerade, and other sugar, salt, and calorie dense drinks after burning all the calories within my workout. It never made sense to me why you need to drink these after working out to lose most of these. I thinking this coconut water is a much better alternative

  26. mary says:

    I was one of the people who was hesitant to try coconut water because I HATE coconut. I have tried different brands – some good and some not so good and am anxious to try this one from GNC because of the added benefits.

  27. Tina B says:

    I’ve never tried coconut water, but I’m very interested!!

  28. Greta says:

    Coconut water sounds good! It sounds like Gatorade or Powerade without the altered sugar. Anything that is natural is going to be better for you. I can’t wait to try it.

  29. Jaimee says:

    This is looks very yummy, and on the plus side, packs a whole bunch of the good stuff! Can’t wait to try it, looks like this will be one of my favorite drinks for a very long time :)

  30. Geoff says:

    Its petty good, i wonder if I can use it in food.

  31. Lyndsey says:

    I love coconut water! I’m a dancer and now swear by drinking coconut water during strenuous shows. I always hated drinking gatorade because of how overly sweet tasting it is, but coconut water is so light and refreshing! I’m curious to try this specific brand.

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