Editors Note: Some of you may have noted that I have been educating myself on health and wellness. In addition to learning more, I want to open it up for those who know in detail about matters of nutrition. To bring you further information about being healthy, read this interesting guest blog post from Christina Fletcher. -M.P.
The Extraordinary Health Benefits of Coconut Water
By Christina Fletcher
Summer 2012 is all set to be one of the hottest summers on record. Record high temperatures across the U.S. are causing deadly and dangerous heat waves. It is so vitally important that you stay adequately hydrated during these brutal summertime days. This is exactly why you should consider stocking up on and drinking coconut water, as it equips you with the ability to beat the heat.
What exactly is coconut water? It is the liquid component found inside young coconuts before they reach maturation. The commercial coconut water that you may see in your local grocery stores is pasteurized and may have some added pulp. A serving of coconut water contains roughly the same amount of potassium as a banana and it also contains various nutrients, vitamins, amino acids, antioxidants, enzymes and minerals.
Let’s take a look at all the extraordinary health benefits of associated with drinking coconut water. Read on, health enthusiast…
Electrolytes and Rehydration
The fact that coconut water is a significant source of electrolytes, including potassium, makes it an ideal drink for when the heat rises or after you’ve completed a tough workout. By drinking coconut water, you will rehydrate quickly. Electrolytes produce a compound that controls fluid progress across cells. The body gets dehydrated if the amount of electrolytes and the water of the cell reduce. As a result, it is important that your body is receiving a sufficient supply of electrolytes. The bottom line is that you should add coconut water to your diet to enjoy amazing rehydration benefits.
Lower Cholesterol and Blood Pressure
While the research and findings are still very preliminary, animal studies have suggested that coconut water can help reduce cholesterol and blood pressure, according to the American Institute for Cancer Research. A study featured in the Journal of Cell & Tissue Research found that after feeding rats coconut water for three weeks, the rats had significantly lower blood pressure and cholesterol and lipid markers were much improved. Keep an eye out on further studies pertaining to coconut water that may confirm the link between consumption and reduction in cholesterol and blood pressure.
Enjoy Clear, Radiant Skin
If you want to enjoy clear, radiant skin that you can obtain from the inside out, you will absolutely want to stock up on coconut water. Coconut water has phenomenal detoxifying properties that can help flush your body and oxidize cells, resulting in better circulation, healthier organs and clearer skin. Coconut water will help keep your blood cleaner and maintain hormonal balance, which results in clear, radiant skin. Give it a try for yourself!
You have nothing to lose by sipping on coconut water but many health benefits to gain. Coconut water is an extraordinary source of electrolytes, which helps in rehydration. It may also help lower cholesterol and blood pressure. Finally, you can enjoy beautiful, clear skin by drinking this tasty beverage. You could even enjoy it as part of a mango-coconut water smoothie, which is my favorite summertime drink!
Christina Fletcher is a proud wife and mother of two, web content coordinator for BabyChangingStation.com. Christina has gotten her entire family to start sipping on coconut water after researching its many health benefits.
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