Onhealthmeup.com - As refreshing as that soda might be, how is it helping you?. Truth is, if it's the sugar cane kind, you're just consuming empty calories, and it's probably not making you feel any better. Not even quenching your thirst for long. If it's the 'diet' kind, what you're consuming is far, far worse. You might as well go back to smoking.
However, as it always does, the planet has supplied us with an amazingly healthy way of hydrating, complete with its own packaging, and even a corresponding snack, just in case you're hungry.
Obviously, I'm talking about coconut water, found in abundant supply throughout most of the tropical regions of the world. This life-saving and life-enhancing liquid has been the savior of many cultures for literally thousands of years. In fact, as far back in history as there are records. It can be consumed in vast quantities (just be considerate while on a low-sodium diet) and carried in its nut for days and days without any fear of spoilage, regardless of heat, as it is a natural preservative.
The health benefits of coconut water are practically identical to that of coconut oil, with no ill effects coming from its consumption. In fact, many athletes are now using this all-natural alternative to the chemical production-line products that have been misleadingly described as 'healthy'.
The difference is coconut water, like its oil, is a medium-chain fatty acid, and as such, is converted directly into energy, instead of needing to pass through the liver, and receive the pancreatic enzymes to result in the same energy production. Not only does this reduce organ stress, but it also increases the metabolic rate without delay, thus adding in immediate energetic returns and increasing weight loss, regardless of what else is being consumed. In fact, coconut products, because of their tendency to naturally increase the body's metabolic rate, is one of the best ways to lose weight, other than eating proper foods at proper times, in the right combinations, and getting plenty of exercise and sleep.
Nutritional Value Of Coconut Water
An average green coconut provides about 0.5-1 cups of coconut water. One cup (240 grams) contains 46 calories, as well as (2):
- Carbs: 9 grams.
- Fiber: 3 grams.
- Protein: 2 grams.
- Vitamin C: 10% of the RDI.
- Magnesium: 15% of the RDI.
- Manganese: 17% of the RDI.
- Potassium: 17% of the RDI.
- Sodium: 11% of the RDI.
- Calcium: 6% of the RDI.
Health Benefits Of Coconut Water
Some amazing health benefits of drinking coconut water include:
Coconut water contains anti-microbial powerhouse called lauric acid that helps protect against skin infections. It also contains protein called cytokines that are responsible for encouraging cell growth and cell activation. They regulate signals in response to inflammation caused by acne and also have an anti-aging effect on the skin. Both external and internal use can improve wrinkles, fine lines, and dark spots.
2. Weight Loss
When you are trying to lose weight, being able to have healthy snacks and drinks can make a big difference. Coconut water plies you with nutrients you need without loading on a lot of calories, Its also fiber content keeps you full longer and low in fat.
3. Hair Treatments
Unruly and frizzy hair can get a healthy boost by massaging with coconut water. Coconut oil can be a little heavy, but coconut water is light and works as a hydration serum for dry unmanageable hair. It makes your hair smooth, shiny and stronger.
With rich Of Vitamin K and Iron, it is also essential to promote healthy hair growth and stop hair fall.
Similarly Iron carries the oxygen to the roots making them stronger and reducing hair fall. Just massage your hair with coconut water and leave it in for stronger hair.
Coconut water also works as a deep moisturizer and hydrates dry scalp to effectively treat dandruff. It is anti-fungal in nature, helping you to get rid of dandruff.
4. Antioxidant properties
Free radicals are unstable molecules that are produced in your cells during metabolism. Their production increases in response to stress or injury. When there are too many free radicals, the body is said to be in a state of oxidative stress, which can damage cells and increase the risk of disease. Research on animals exposed to toxins has shown that coconut water contains antioxidants, modifying free radicals so they no longer cause harm. One study found that rats with liver damage showed significant improvement in oxidative stress when they were treated with coconut water, compared to rats that received no treatment. In another study, rats were fed a high-fructose diet and then treated with coconut water. Free radical activity decreased, as well as blood pressure, triglycerides and insulin levels.
5. Promotes Healthy Skin
Coconut contains high levels of vitamin E, which is necessary to keep skin healthy by encouraging cell signaling—a communication system in the cells that promotes repair, elimination of free radicals, homeostasis, and immunity. In simpler terms, vitamin E keeps your skin youthful, healthy and glowing. And when your skin is healthy and looking good, you feel more confident and ready to bare it all.
6. Improve Prostate function
The prostate is the male exocrine gland that secretes an alkaline fluid that, along with spermatozoa and seminal vesicle fluid, makes up semen. This alkaline fluid helps protect the sperm and ensures a proper level of fluidity in semen. The prostate also functions as a direct sexual organ when stimulated.
To properly function, the prostate needs plenty of zinc for DNA repair, defense against free radicals, and hormonal regulation. (In fact, the prostate uses more zinc than any other organ in the body.) Coconut meat, milk, and water all have incredibly high concentrations of zinc. Some research shows that zinc is important for the prevention of prostate cancer.
Not all coconut water products taste the same, as there are quite a variety of coconuts around the world. Additionally, although preparing coconut products is one of the most natural processes of all foods (amazingly simply while not using any preservatives), there are slight variations in these processes. Some companies do mix in additional coconut sugars to sweeten the water, supposedly to make it more attractive to consumers, but most athletes will tell you that the sweeter a liquid, the less it will actually quench your thirst, so consider what your intent is.
After all, is said and done, the only reason you're so hooked on that soda is probably only because you're used to drinking it. If you're really concerned about your health, trying to lose weight, or are just looking for something more appropriate to your lifestyle, find out more about the wonders of coconut water, and start using it. Stop hurting yourself. Remember, charity begins at home, and a better life begins with better health.