Natural beauty products are all the rage with DIY projects and homemade concoctions becoming increasingly esteemed by beauty gurus and health professionals alike, and unless you’ve been living under a rock the past several years, you’ve undoubtedly witnessed the rise in popularity of coconut byproducts. The coconut is by no means, however, a recent discovery and has been praised by various cultures for thousands of years. Known as the “tree of life” and “tree of a thousand uses” by Filipino and Malaysian traditions, and with new discoveries as to its intrinsic healing properties seemingly arising every day, we can see how the coconut has warranted its fame. So here are some health benefits you can see from drinking coconut water this summer.
WHAT IS COCONUT WATER?
Coconut water is the clear liquid found inside young, green coconuts (mature coconuts have less water and fewer nutrients). This healthy treat has a sweet, nutty taste and only 46 calories per cup, making it a great substitution for sugary alternatives like soda. Not to be confused with coconut milk, which is opaque and has a much higher fat content, coconut water is naturally free of cholesterol, has negligible fat content, and is a great source of nutrients:
- 9g carbs
- 3g fiber
- 2g protein
- 10% DV vitamin C
- 15% DV Magnesium
- 17% DV manganese
- 17% DV potassium
- 11% DV sodium
- 6% DV calcium
COCONUT WATER HEALTH BENEFITS
Hydrate or diedrate – Coconut water has been long hailed as a powerful hydrator due to its high water content, and with an electrolyte count competitive to those of sports drinks, in addition to having fewer calories and less sodium, you’re gonna want to make it your new workout buddy. Studies also have found that coconut water may be better at replacing lost fluids and can be drunk at larger amounts without causing nausea and fullness than sports drinks and even water! Watch out when performing longer workouts since coconut water’s low carb count won’t replenish you long-term.
One Word: Potassium – Beyond functioning as a killer cramp reliever, potassium is important for balancing fluid levels, maintaining your nervous system, protecting against heart disease, and much more. Only 2% of Americans, however, get their daily recommended amount of potassium. Coconut water can help with that. One cup of coconut water has more potassium than one large banana with less than half the calories! It does take more time to peel though.
Antioxidants – Coconut water is a powerhouse for antioxidants! We hear this word all the time, but does anyone really know what antioxidants are or why we need them? Basically, they neutralize unstable molecules in our body that could potentially harm cellular structures and prevent us from performing the necessary chemical reactions… which would be a big no no.
Cup of coconut water a day – Other health benefits of coconut water are still being studied, but it may be tied to advantages like lowering blood pressure, kickstarting weight loss, boosting energy, reducing cellulite, lowering cholesterol, and more. So raise a glass (of coconut water) and toast to keeping the doctor away.
Skincare – When it comes to skincare, there’s nothing coconut water CAN’T do. Its power as a gentle antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory makes coconut water a perfect natural remedy to acne-prone skin, and the host of vitamins and minerals in coconut water gives it antiaging properties. Apply it directly onto your skin for a natural makeup remover, toner, cleanser, hydrator, and moisturizer all in one!
Long Lasting Hair – Coconut water has long been touted as a miracle worker for your hair, and it’s really no wonder why. Its function as a hydrator makes it a perfect solution for taming frizzy, dry hair. As an antimicrobial, coconut water protects against and treats dandruff and dry scalp. Your hair will feel stronger, smoother and shinier while you feel a newfound confidence. Overall, if you want a cheap solution for any problem your flowing locks are facing, coconut water has got your back.
Coconut water is a great way to keep you feeling beautiful on the inside while also looking beautiful on the outside. When it comes to buying coconut water, however, keep in mind that not all coconut water is created equal. If possible, buy a real coconut instead of electing for a packaged bottle. Opening a coconut may be tough, but trust me, it’s worth the effort. If you must buy prepackaged coconut water, look for brands that are unpasteurized and sugar free to ensure you’re receiving all of coconut water’s potential benefits!