the virtues of coconut water

Stacy S., organizer of my San Diego event last week (I will blog about it this week, just waiting for photos), that I should write more about coconut oil. How about the liquid, or water, of the coconut? Thanks for the help on this, Jenny Cook:

It’s an amazing alternative to water – low in calories, zero fat, and lots of naturally occurring nutrition including potassium, magnesium and calcium, fiber, proteins, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. It rehydrates you 3 times faster than water itself.

It’s a natural sports drink that stands apart from the blue-dye, chemical-sweetener-added competition. It is isotonic and contains more potassium than a banana and the perfect balance of electrolytes.

It has the same osmotic pressure as that of blood plasma, which means it can be safely administered as an intravenous fluid. In fact, it was used during WWII in emergency transfusions to replace blood plasma and save the lives of many wounded soldiers in the Pacific. Coconut water has also been used to treat cholera because of its electrolyte properties. Think of it as your own natural blood transfusion.

Secondly, it’s a very clever, wholly natural sports drink that knocks spots off the factory-created competition. It is isotonic and with more potassium than a banana and the perfect balance of electrolytes. Its just a natural and far more healthy alternative to mainstream sports drinks.

But the benefits don’t stop there. Coconut water is a natural diuretic that helps to dissolve kidney stones. It has oodles of potassium, which helps the body to fight water retention, muscle cramps and heart irregularities.

The calcium in coconut water is an important mineral for bones and teeth. It also plays a role as an electrical conductor in nerves and muscles.

Sodium is also needed in the body to maintain life. This vital electrolyte plays a number of roles to support health and wellness. Potassium and sodium interact electrically within the cells and outside the cells in the blood plasma and this is required for cardiac contractions, skeletal muscle movement and nerve impulses.

Coconut water helps dissolve kidney stones. It’s a natural diuretic, with lots of potassium, which helps the body fight water retention, muscle cramps, and heart irregularities.

It’s calcium rich, supporting strong bones and teeth. The highly bioavailable calcium plays an important role as an electrical conductor in nerves and muscles.

Sodium is an important electrolyte supporting wellness. Potassium and sodium interact electrically within and without cells in the blood plasma, aiding cardiac contractions, skeletal muscle movement and nerve impulses.

Coconut water also has fiber, protein, antioxidants and dozens of other nutrients. It takes 9 months to draw the water up from the earth through the trunk, into the nut and develop. We should appreciate the miracle that is the young coconut.

As more is known in the mainstream about coconut water, it will become harder to obtain. I am already having a hard time buying young coconuts–which are sold as a drink all over Asia, the Pacific, and many other places in the world I have been in the past several years.

I recommend buying cases of canned coconut water and keeping it in your long-term storage for emergencies. It’s a power food. And it has the benefit of tasting lovely. Coconut water is in my Hot Pink Breakfast Smoothie every morning (Ch. 10 of 12 Steps), which may be part of why I suffer from no chronic health conditions at age 44.

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  1. I’m a little confusing on your wording. Is coconut milk the same thing as coconut water or are they different?

  2. I tried ‘Naked Juice’ brand coconut water. Horrid. Then I tried Trader Joes ‘Zico’ brand and loved it, and it’s cheaper than other brands I’ve seen. So shop around until you found one you like – don’t give up if you don’t like the first one. I throw a generous splash into my morning smoothie, and a few splashes in iced green tea makes it MUCH more palatable, with no sugar.

  3. somehing weird is going on with the article.repeated paragraphs etc. is it just my computer?? or did you just choose to repeat yourself?

  4. We are unable to replicate the problem of paragraphs repeating. Mine doesn’t….neither does Chris’s (my webmaster).

  5. I have noticed a low supply of coconut water at my local grocer. I have really been enjoying it in my hot pink smoothies…especially after exercising. I recently began the couch to 5k running program and I know the hot pink smoothies with the coconut water has been instrumental in not having so much aches and pains from the new workout routine.Thanks!!!

  6. I enjoy coconut water from fresh coconuts here in TX. I like to ferment it with my kefir grains. Donna Gates sells excellent quality coconut water and coconut meat on her website. Maybe Robyn will have some here eventually….hint, hint… 🙂

    Oh, by the way Donna’s site is:

  7. Robyn, is the Amy and Brian Coconut juice the product you are referring to? so is coconut juice the same as coconut water? I see the label says pur young coconut water.

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