Since I can only dream of living in a tropical place where coconuts grow freely, I’ve found a healthy and refreshing coconut beverage I can buy at health stores right here in Michigan. This Harvest Bay Coconut Water I am sipping at the moment has a mild sweet taste and only one ingredient: 100% pure coconut water.
Coconut water is the liquid inside an unripened coconut which contains calcium, electrolytes, magnesium, and potassium. Once the coconut is ripe, the liquid inside will have become a part of the white “meat” of the coconut which is used for making coconut milk. The coconut water; however, is an isotonic drink, meaning it replaces the minerals and fluids that are lost during physical activity. For athletes and those who work out, it’s a great drink to help rehydrate and replenish minerals.
Drinking coconut water regularly can also help to increase metabolism, detoxify the digestive system, improve blood circulation, and battle viral infections such as the flu. It can also assist with heart burn, digestion, diabetes, and destroying intestinal worms. Coconut water even helps to break down kidney stones, making them easier to push out.
According to Meghan Telpner, Certified Nutritionist and Holistic Lifestyle Consultant, coconut water is “the ultimate in rehydrating beverages. Some even refer to it as nature’s Gatorade (but without all the scary fluorescent colouring, sugar, vegetable oil, and high fructose corn syrup)”. She offers additional details on the health benefits of coconut water as well as a recipe for a Coconut Lemon Quench drink to keep you hydrated this summer.