Water is the elixir of life. Our bodies need it to survive, animals need it, plants need it, grass needs it. Every living thing needs water for survival.
Our bodies are mostly water….the brain, heart, lungs, muscles, kidneys, skin are all high in water. Even our cells are mostly water.
Regular day to day body function, digestion, perspiration, breathing etc. expels water to the tune of about 1 litre or more of water each day. That is why it is most important for us to drink plenty of water each day to keep our organs and cells happy and hydrated. Regular water works just fine.
Dehydration is a common, and dangerous state that 3/4 of the population live with. It can be damaging to your kidneys, urinary system, can cause seizures and low blood volume shock. Many people live in chronic dehydration and don’t know it until something serious comes up. Even if you are drinking the required 8 glasses of water per day, if you consume coffee or other caffeinated drinks and alcohol you are offsetting the water benefits. Consuming lots of sodium also contributes to dehydration and the Standard North American Diet contains lots of sodium. Some pharmaceutical medicines also contribute to dehydration.
WATER OF LIFE, coconut water is another option for hydration. Not only will it keep you hydrated, it also provides your body with electrolytes and essential minerals.
Adding coconut water to your daily regime has many benefits. Coconut water is naturally sweet, refreshing and nutritious. Coconut water comes from the fruit and is not processed. It contains very little fat but the fat it does contain is healthy fat. Coconut water is 95% water and perfect as part of your daily water quota.
According to the USDA the following nutrients are in one cup of coconut water:
- 9 g carbs
- 3 g fiber
- 9 g protein
- 10% of the RDI of vitamin C
- 8% of the RDI of Riboflavin (Vitamin B2)
- 5% of the RDI of Thiamin (Vitamin B1)
- 4% of the RDI of Pyridoxine (Vitamin B6)
- 17% of the RDI of Potassium
- 17% of the RDI of Manganese
- 15% of the RDI of Magnesium
- 11% of the RDI of Sodium
- 6% of the RDI of Calcium
- 5% RDI of Copper
- 5% of Phosphorus RDI
- 4% RDI of Iron
And that is in one cup. Can you imagine the nutrition you will get if you add many cups of coconut water throughout your day. The abundance of nutrients make coconut water a good choice for rehydration. The electrolytes in this water….particularly sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium and phosphate are excellent minerals for your body.
Drinking coconut water is good for your digestive system, being rich in magnesium which promotes healthy digestion. Magnesium helps the body convert fats, protein and carbs into energy. It’s good for metabolism.
Coconut water has undergone many studies and has proven time and again that it is very nutritious and supports heart health and muscle health. Regular consumption can help with cholesterol control.
Reach for coconut water and know you are boosting your hydration, heart health, metabolism, digestive health and weight management.
I add coconut water to my smoothies. It ups the nutrition quotient of my super juice!