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Coconut water for weight loss: Five reasons to add this detoxifying drink to your summer diet



New Delhi: Heat wave conditions continued to intensify in many parts of India, particularly in the northern areas, with temperature touching nearly 49 degrees Celsius in places like Rajasthan. As the mercury rises in summers, more and more cases of deaths caused by heat-related problems such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke, have been reported every year. This causes a condition where people need to take certain precautionary measures to combat heat and stay safe. These measures should not be limited to using a good sunscreen or wearing appropriate clothes and hats. To protect your body from the harsh summer heat, you must eat right and drink plenty of fluids and water to stay well-hydrated besides taking those necessary measures.

Incorporating foods and drinks that help cool down your system can keep you active throughout the day. One such food is coconut water, the life enhancer. This water is a refreshing summer drink that has many health benefits, including weight loss. What makes coconut water healthier is that it is suitable for all people, including pregnant women and children. However, experts recommend that for children, it’s best to give it after one year, starting with a few spoonfuls a day. Here are five reasons why you should include this refreshing drink in your summer diet:

Prevents dehydration

Coconut water keeps you hydrated and active due to the natural electrolytes present in it. That’s one reason why many athletes use it as a post-workout drink. Coconut water is rich in nutrients and can help replenish your body.

Aids in weight loss

Coconut water is a good source of manganese, which helps improve metabolism. And you already know that a healthy metabolism means burning more calories, resulting in weight loss. Not just that, since coconut water is rich in fiber, it can keep you full and satiated for longer hours. Interestingly, coconut water has zero fat content and few calories which is why it is safe for obese or overweight people.

Improves digestion

Summer can not only cause dehydration but also take a toll on your digestive health. Coconut, being a rich source of fiber, can perk up your sluggish digestion and keep your system in tip-top shape. Moreover, the bioactive enzymes found in coconut water help flush toxins out from your system and acts as a detoxifier.

Heart healthy

Studies have shown that coconut water is packed with nutrients that are good for your cardiovascular system. The compounds in coconut water have been shown to reduce bad cholesterol levels and improve good cholesterol levels, lowering your risk of heart attack and high blood pressure.

Prevents kidney stones

Since coconut water is diuretic in nature, it is beneficial for your urinary system. Research has shown that coconut water lowers the risk of crystal deposition in the kidneys, which reduces the occurrence of kidney stones. Kidney stones happen as a result of crystal accumulation within your kidneys what should have been flushed out through urine. Hence, proper urination can result in healthy kidneys, which help remove toxins, waste materials from your body. Although coconut water is safe for most people, people with kidney dysfunction should consult their doctor about the intake before including coconut water in their diet. This is important because coconut water contains significant levels of potassium, sodium and other minerals.

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