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Health Matters

Coconut Water Benefits: 6 Reasons to Add this Wonder Drink to Your Diet



Sarika Rana

Tropical fruits are known to be healthy and delicious, out of which coconuts top the list. Not only it has numerous uses in our kitchen, but also otherwise. We all love to relish this versatile fruit in the form of oil, savoury, snacks and drink. Coconut water makes for a naturally refreshing drink that consists of easily digested carbohydrates in the form of sugar and electrolytes. This water is actually the juice present inside the endosperm, which is the interior cavity of the young and green coloured coconuts.

According to Bangalore-based Nutritionist Dr. Anju Sood, “Coconut water consists of various vitamins and minerals that help replenish the electrolytes in the body. It hydrates your body and keeps you fresh through the day.”

According to the book Healing Foods by DK Publishing, a pure and perfect balance of electrolytes, coconut water was given intravenously to soldiers during the Second World War when regular IV saline solution would run out.

1. Aids in Weight Loss

For all those looking to lose weight can have coconut water, why? It is low in calories and easy on the stomach. It also consists of bio-active enzymes that aid digestion and boost fat metabolism. Drinking coconut water at least 3-4 times a day may help in losing those extra kilos.

2. An Ingenious Alternative to Sports Drinks

As per the book Healing Foods, hydrating coconut water from the immature fruit is a superior drink for restoring electrolyte balance during and after sports. You can easily drink before and after playing any sport to stay fresh. The excess amount of potassium present in it also makes it better than any sports drink.

3. Facilitates Digestion

Due to the presence of bio-active compounds and its high concentration of fiber, it aids indigestion and reduces the occurrence of acid reflux. The moment you feel bloated or face acidity, gulp down a glass of coconut water to reduce the burning sensation.

4. Boosts Hydration

Its hydrating properties helps keep the body full of required fluids. It is refreshing as well as has a slightly sweet and nutty flavour that you would not want to miss. It is also due to the electrolyte composition that keeps the body rehydrated.

5. Lowers Blood pressure

Thanks to the presence of vitamin C, magnesium and potassium content, coconut water makes for a great drink that helps reduce blood pressure levels. Drinking a glass of coconut water daily may actually help get the desired results. According to the study published in the journal West Indian Medical in the year 2005, coconut water helps control hypertension.

6. A Perfect Remedy for Hangover

If you have been drinking all night, keep coconut water handy as it makes for an amazing hangover remedy. It replenishes the electrolytes in the body and boosts hydration along with preventing from vomiting and headache. The antioxidants in coconut water combat oxidative stress caused by too much alcohol.

Go ahead and enjoy some wonderful coconut water and keep yourself healthy and hearty!

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