10 health benefits of coconut water
Drinking coconut water is a great way to cool off on a hot day or replace minerals lost through sweat in physical activity. It has few calories and virtually no fat and cholesterol, having more potassium than 4 bananas.
Coconut water is especially suitable for drinking during physical activity, but it is a good choice to cool off on the beach. Because it is a natural sports drink it can be consumed by people of all ages, including babies and has no contraindications, being great for curing a hangover and getting rid of kidney stones.
The main benefits of coconut water are:
1. Hydrate the body
Coconut water replenishes mineral salts, having a slightly sweet flavor and is very tasty in ice. Because it has a pleasant taste, you can enjoy coconut water when you are thirsty to ensure hydration of the body, skin and hair.
2. Fight the hangover
Drinking coconut water is a great strategy to fight a hangover faster. It contains calories and the naturally present sugar raises blood glucose, fighting symptoms such as malaise and abdominal bloating because it helps to purify the liver.
3. Improves kidney function
As it is water, when it crosses the entire digestive tube and finally reaches the blood, it helps to remove toxins and stimulates the functioning of the kidneys, producing more urine. The more urine produced, the greater is the mobilization of the small crystals that form giving rise to kidney stones, in which case it acts in the prevention and treatment.
4. Does not put on weight
Each 200 ml of coconut water has only 38 calories and therefore it does not put on weight, in addition the taste is delicious and helps to hydrate the body, as it has carbohydrates it perfectly replaces any juice, being a great option for snacks. You can accompany it with a brown bread and a slice of white cheese and tomato with oregano, for example.
5. Cleans the skin
In addition to purifying the body from the inside out because it detoxifies the liver and intestine, which already improves skin health, you can also spray some coconut water on your face when you are practicing physical activity in the sun, for example. It cleans and refreshes the skin without causing any aggression.
6. Improves digestion
Coconut water combats indigestion, heartburn and reflux and is a great strategy for those who are pregnant but it is also a good strategy for those who are suffering from constant vomiting because it cleans and hydrates the esophagus, calming the irritation caused by the acidity of the stomach contents .
7. Helps control pressure
The potassium present in coconut water helps to lower high blood pressure, lowering the risk of heart disease in the future because potassium neutralizes the effect of sodium on the body.
8. Fight cholesterol
Regular consumption of coconut water contributes to the reduction of atheroma plaques inside the arteries, in addition to helping to regulate blood cholesterol levels, because it is composed of lauric acid, potassium and sodium, acting directly on the atheroma plaque, promoting heart health.
However, in order to have this effect you still need to follow all the doctor's guidelines to lower cholesterol, being just another extra treatment aid.
9. Fight the cramps
Coconut water contains calcium and magnesium which help in the health of the muscles, being efficient in preventing and combating the cramps of those who practice physical activity. It also reduces tension, promoting muscle relaxation and also contributes to serotonin, the hormone related to pleasure and well-being.
10. Improves intestinal transit
Coconut water is great for the intestine because it is useful both for those suffering from constipation, as well as in case of diarrhea or loose stools. The amount needed for each case can vary from one person to another and that is why it is good to check daily and if the feces are too loose, just reduce the consumption of coconut water.
There is no recommended amount of coconut water that can be consumed per day but it is good not to overdo it because it contains electrolytes that can unbalance the body. So people with diabetes or kidney problems should not drink more than 3 glasses of coconut water per day.
If in your city it is not easy to find green or ripe coconut to be able to drink your coconut water, you can drink industrialized coconut water, because it has the same effects, being a healthier option than powdered or concentrated juices.
See also all the benefits of coconut and how to make homemade coconut milk.
The following table contains the nutritional information for 100 mL of coconut water:
|Nutritional components||Coconut water|
|Vitamin C||2.4 mg|