What does coconut water do for you?
1. The fat content in coconut water is extremely low; it also suppresses the appetite and makes you feel full because of its rich nature.
2. We know that coconut water can be used in extreme emergencies to quickly rehydrate the human body if administered intravenously. It is not uncommon for the drink to be used in poorer, third-world countries to save human lives.
3. Coconut water contains five essential electrolytes that are present in the human body. These include calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium and sodium. Because of its unique composition, individuals with varying medical conditions can enjoy coconut water.
4. Coconut water is much more effective at hydrating the human body than those of sports and energy drinks. During rigorous exercise or extended periods of physical activity, the human body loses mineral-rich fluids. However, coconut water serves as an excellent replacement medium with 294 mg of potassium and 5 mg of natural sugar per glass.
5. Consume coconut water to settle your stomach. It will also replace those essential electrolytes that exit the body if you experience bouts of frequent urination and vomiting.
7. There are primary nutrients in coconut water is potassium. It contains approximately 600 mg (12% DV) making it a high electrolyte beverage. Coconut water also contains a small amount of sodium, about 40mg and up to 10% of your daily calcium and magnesium needs.
8. Coconut water is a safe, healthy beverage for most people. However, those with kidney disease should limit consumption foods that are too high in potassium, including coconut water.
9. In a study that compared water vs coconut water vs standard sports beverages to determine which beverage was best for post-exercise hydration. The eight subjects exercised in the heat and then were rehydrated with either water, coconut water, or a sports drink. Coconut water was just as good for rehydration as the other options. It was not better nor was it worse.
Healthy Hydration Habits
1. Before a long run, a race, or a training workout, drink some water. The day before an event, drink extra water, 100 percent juice and/or other nutrient-rich fluids such as nonfat or 1 percent milk. Monitor the color of your urine. The goal is pale yellow, not clear.
2. By weighing yourself before and after exercise, you can estimate the volume of fluid your body requires to remain hydrated during exercise.
3. For each pound lost during activity, drink an additional 16 oz. of fluid. For example, if you drank 8 oz. while exercising for 60 minutes and lost one pound, your goal is to drink an additional 16 oz. during your next workout. We would need to drink a total of 24 oz. to ensure proper hydration. This would equate to 6 oz. of fluid every 15 minutes.