The Virtues of Coconut Water

Coconut Water

What is coconut water?

You probably already know a lot about the uses and benefits of coconut oil–but what about coconut water?  Coconut “water” is the sweet, translucent liquid inside young green coconuts. It takes 9 months to draw the water up from the earth through the trunk, into the nut and develop.

Interestingly, it has the same osmotic pressure as that of blood plasma, and has even been 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.

Why drink coconut water?

Drinking Coconut WaterIt’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’s a power food, giving me fantastic energy.  And it has the benefit of tasting lovely.

It’s a natural sports drink that stands apart from the blue-dye, chemical-sweetener-added competition. Incredibly hydrating, it is isotonic and contains an excellent balance of electrolytes.

One of its most abundant electrolytes is potassium, which makes coconut water a great kidney cleanser. It also helps the body fight water retention, muscle cramps, and heart irregularities.

An extensive study on coconut water also found compounds that fight aging, mop up free radicals, and potentially ward off neural diseases like Alzheimer’s and dementia.

The best source of coconut water is from young coconuts themselves. Since that’s not the most convenient source, look for packaged commercial sources that are organic and not from concentrate, with no additives.

Hot Pink Breakfast Smoothie made with Coconut WaterCoconut water is a perfect choice for an energetic breakfast–which is why it’s the foundation liquid in my Hot Pink Breakfast Smoothie every morning! And one of the reasons why that recipe is the most-requested recipe of all time at GSG!

Watch the recipe video here, or I’ve got a printable recipe for Hot Pink for you–put the ingredients on your shopping list and make it tomorrow!

18 thoughts on “The Virtues of Coconut Water

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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: BodyEcology.com

  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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