You can try coconut water for the ultimate hang over cure. Fat free, cholesterol free, and with only 45-60 calories in an 11 oz. serving, coconut water with it’s long list of bodily benefits, is changing the way people view the term “sports drink.”
Coconut water is water that comes from a green, young coconut (not the aged, brown, fuzzy kind you find in the grocery store). And it’s fat free, unlike it’s aged sisters, whose water has hardened to a sweet meat that is high in fat. Did you know that as little as 11 fluid ounces of coconut water contains more potassium than a banana? And the same size serving of coconut water contains more than 15 times the potassium found in the average sports drink!
Ten reasons why coconut water is worth adding to your diet:
1. It contains the five essential electrolytes: potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, sodium, and calcium.
2. It replenishes the body’s fluids after a workout .
3. It provides immune support and detoxification .
4. It cleanses the kidneys and eases stomach aches.
5. It regulates function of the intestine .
6. It improves muscle performance and allows for quicker muscle recovery after a workout .
7. It promotes smoother skin and healthier hair and nails .
8. It boosts circulation by carrying oxygen and nutrients to cells.
9. It promotes heart health, weight loss and mental acuity.
10. It reinforces proper alkaline balance .
What’s out there and where to buy it.
With it’s increasing popularity, you’ve probably seen people enjoying the beverage at the office, on the train, or at your yoga studio.
Here’s where to get it:
Many health food stores have juice bars where the juicer will crack open a fresh young coconut for you right before your eyes. Just grab a straw and you’re ready to go! Neighborhood natural markets and Whole Foods also stock the two major prepackaged brands, Zico and Vita Coco (which are slightly more convenient and taste just as fresh). If you live in a large city, it’s likely that your corner deli or grocery carries the tasty, good-for-you treat as well. Many ethnic markets also carry young coconuts that you can bring home and pop open with a hatchet.