Random Thoughts: #51 Healthy Benefits of Coconut Water

The Health Benefits of Coconut Water

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The next time you’ve got to quench your thirst, consider reaching for coconut water. The trendy beverage is full of natural vitamins and minerals that aid in hydration and is frequently found in smoothies and other recipes such as salad dressings.

But while some people swear by the benefits of drinking coconut water, is that really the best option when you’re thirsty?

What is coconut water?

Coconut water, which is the clear fluid found inside coconuts, differs from coconut milk, which combines coconut water with grated coconut. Coconut water has a slightly sweet, nutty flavor, and is low in sugar and calories.

However, it also boasts electrolytes such as potassium, sodium and magnesium, all of which help to replenish lost nutrients. What that means is it’s something good to drink after exercise or during a mild illness — although, it may not be any better than water.

What are the benefits of drinking coconut water?

Drinking coconut water can be a part of a healthy diet as it helps you stay hydrated while being low in calories and being free of fats and cholesterol. Before you crack open a bottle of coconut water, make sure you are aware of how it might affect those with high blood pressure and other conditions. 

Aids in hydration

While comparable to sports drinks, which can be loaded with added sugars and flavorings, coconut water is low in calories and carbs. Those electrolytes of potassium, sodium and magnesium play a major role in coconut water’s appeal. 

High in potassium

Most people don’t get enough potassium in their diet. The mineral helps remove extra sodium from your body through your urine. Coconut water can even help lower blood pressure.

Preliminary research indicates that coconut water may lower blood pressure in those with high blood pressure. However, if you are on blood pressure medication, it may be best to avoid coconut water as it could lower it too much. It’s best to discuss this with your doctor.

It’s also recommended that you shouldn’t drink coconut water two weeks before any surgery as it can affect your blood pressure due to its high levels of potassium.

Low in calories

Other fruit juices can be high in added sugar, calories and carbs. Coconut water, on the other hand, is lower in calories, making it a good option for those who like sweet beverages.

Tips For drinking coconut water

While there are many options when you’re looking for coconut water in grocery stores, here are a few things to note before trying it out.

  • Read the label. Go for options that are 100% coconut water and contain no added sugars or preservatives.
  • Drink after exercise to boost hydration.
  • Enjoy any time of day. Coconut water can be enjoyed on an empty stomach or with a meal.
  • Mix it with other drinks. If you don’t like the taste of coconut water, try adding it to sparkling water or use it in smoothies.
  • Use caution if you have chronic kidney disease or take ACE inhibitors as those individuals need to limit their potassium.
  • Avoid if you are pregnant. Smith says there is just not enough research on how coconut water affects pregnant individuals. To be on the safe side, it is best to avoid.

It is always good to do a research on your own regarding coconut water, it may even save a life!

3 responses to “Random Thoughts: #51 Healthy Benefits of Coconut Water”

  1. I LOVE coconut water. Wonderful post. Thanks so much for sharing.💕

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