Face it, plain old bottled water is just that—plain and old. Not to mention, it often contains nothing more than purified tap water, and not the natural spring water we expect.
Coconut water is an all natural alternative to water, and it offers even more benefits to your bodies. And of course, coconut water doesn’t come from a tap, so you can rest assured you’re drinking the real thing from its natural source, a coconut palm.
Read on to learn about 10 excellent reasons to put down your water, sports drink or soda, and drink coconut water.
1. It’s Super Hydrating
Coconut water is considered a super hydrating beverage because it is rich in electrolytes, including:
Our bodies require these electrolytes, but when we sweat, we begin to lose them. In order to replenish, most people turn to sports drinks or electrolyte-enhanced water. However, sports drinks are flooded with tons of sugar and high levels of sodium, which coconut water naturally avoids.
2. It’s All Natural
Unlike sports drinks and sodas that contain lots of additives, coconut water has one simple, all natural ingredient: coconut water. Coconut water is the clear liquid inside of young, green coconuts. It is consumed raw, which allows it to maintain all of its nutritional value.
For thousands of years, coconut water has been enjoyed throughout South East Asia, Africa, and the Pacific Islands. Today, we can bottle and ship coconut water safely from its natural source, so we can enjoy it fresh almost anywhere.
3. It’s Fat-Free and Low-Calorie
Comprised mainly of water, coconut water is naturally fat-free and low in calories. This alone makes coconut water an excellent alternative to the many fatty, highly caloric juice blends, sodas and sports drinks available to us.
4. It’s Cholesterol-Free
Sodas and sports drinks can contain between 15 mg and 30 mg (5-10% of your daily value) of cholesterol per serving.
If you’re looking to lower your cholesterol or keep bad cholesterol out of your body, it may be a good idea to switch your beverage of choice to cholesterol-free coconut water.
5. It’s Naturally Sweetened
Slightly more refreshing than ordinary water, yet not as overwhelmingly, make-you-gag sweet as soda, coconut water offers a subtle, naturally sweetened fruit flavor.
And don’t worry, coconut water is not as coconut-y as its name suggests. The slight sweet flavor is complemented by a bit of tart and just a dash of coconut, making it very hard to confuse the taste of coconut water with any other coconut product.
6. It’s Low in Sodium
Though our bodies require sodium to recover from electrolyte loss through sweating, too much sodium can cause health problems like high blood pressure. Since 90% of Americans get too much sodium, drinking low-sodium coconut water, as opposed to salty sports drinks or sodas, may help keep your sodium intake down.
7. It Promotes Healthy Skin and Hair
Coconut water can be used as a light moisturizer that decreases oiliness and promotes healthy hair, skin, and even nails. Coconut water can also be added to moisturizers, shampoos, conditioners, and baths.
8. It Aids Digestion and Promotes Weight-Loss
Coconut water is a natural diuretic and a good source of dietary fiber. As a diuretic, coconut water increases urine flow. In addition, the dietary fiber in coconut water helps shorten transit time through the intestinal tract.
9. It Boosts Circulation
Because it’s so rich in electrolytes, drinking coconut water can help balance your body’s pH levels. In addition, coconut water has the same electrolyte range levels as your blood. When you drink coconut water, it enters your bloodstream giving your already present electrolytes an extra burst of energy.
10. It Helps You Rehydrate When You Have a Hangover
Because of coconut water’s super hydrating power (among all of its other aforementioned good looks and charm), it’s an excellent way to rehydrate, motivate and re-energize your body after night of drinking.
Why do you drink coconut water? Comment below!