Dehydrated? Coconut water to the rescue! When I hit the gym to workout, I sweat more than any man, so much that I can ring-out my pony tail like a wet wash cloth afterwords. While good old fashioned H2O is usually my drink of choice, I’ve also been sipping coconut water to combat electrolyte imbalances before and/or after a mean date with the spin bike. I’ve read so many reviews and articles on this stuff, I thought I’d sum up all of its potential benefits for you:
- All natural, sterile isotonic beverage with naturally occurring electrolytes – the ultimate rehydrating machine. Apparently, it is used as IV fluid in third world countries and was used for emergency plasma transfusions during the Pacific War. Today it is consumed by college students worldwide to combat hangovers. It also has the potassium of two bananas.
- Boosts your metabolism, promotes weight loss, and aids digestion. It contains natural anti-viral, anti-microbial, and anti-fungal properties.
- Low in carbs, low in calories, low in fat, and low in naturally occurring sugar.
- Promotes healthy skin and hair.
- Promotes healthy thyroid function. It is also used as an aid for kidney stones, gallbladder disease, and yeast infections.
Now i’ve read conflicting reports, many singing the praise of coconuts, but some are remaining skeptical. Some reports state that coconut water is not the best drink after strenuous exercise because it does not replenish enough sodium, which we know is lost when you sweat. Going off of how I feel, however, I would say that coconut water has really helped me feel better and energized after exercise. If you are really worried about the sodium, you can munch on some salty pretzels while you drink your coconuts. As for the taste, I am a fan (wouldn’t describe the taste as “sock-like”). It is a little sweet with a little tartness somewhere in there, and yay, you get to drink out of a box.