The term coconut can refer to the entire coconut palm, the seed, or fruit which botanically is a drupe not a nut. According to Wikipedia, the spelling cocoanut is an archaic of the word and is derived from the 16th century Portuguese and Spanish “coco” meaning head or skull from the three small holes on the coconut shell that resemble human facial features.
Because coconut can be found throughout the country of Belize, here are five reasons why you should be drinking coconut water now:
Coconut water can help fight skin problems
Coconut water contains cytokinins and lauric acid which can reduce the aging of skin cells, balance PH levels and hold the connective tissues strong and hydrated. According to researchers, simply applying coconut water onto affected skin areas can help with acne, age spots, wrinkles and eczema.
Coconut Water can boost your energy level
Coconut water contains an abundant of vitamins and minerals that can help boost your energy level. It has less sugar and sodium content and is rich in potassium, calcium and chloride and is a better choice to rehydrate, replenish and boost the body’s energy levels compared to Gatorade and other sports drink.
Coconut water can help with your cardiovascular health
Individuals who have high blood pressure and drink coconut water on a regular basis can regulate their blood pressure because coconut water contains a high concentration of potassium and lauric acid – two important ingredients that can help balance blood pressure. In addition, coconut water is an amazing treatment for keeping a good cardiovascular health because it can help increase HDL (good) cholesterol.
Coconut water can replenish and rehydrate the body
Coconut water is rich in potassium and other minerals that can help to regulate internal fluids and replenish the body. It can also be used to treat dehydration caused by dysentery, cholera, diarrhea and stomach flu. According to researchers, drinking one cup of coconut water twice daily during digestive tract abnormalities, hot temperatures, and after strenuous workouts can help rehydrate the body quickly.
Coconut water can help eradicate digestive problems
Lauric acid can be found in coconut water which our body converts into monolaurin – a physiologic anti-microbial agent that protects the immune system from a range of infectious agents such as intestinal worms, parasites, lipid-coated viruses and other gastrointestinal tract infections. If you want to get rid of intestinal worms, all you have to do is mix one teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil into a cup of coconut water and drink it daily for at least three days, and for constipation, diarrhea and other common digestive problems drink one cup of coconut water twice daily.
Coconut water can help you reduce weight
Coconut water is an isotonic beverage and natural electrolyte that can help increase the body’s metabolism. Hence, it can greatly benefit people who are struggling with weight issues.
In this video, Joy Bauer, the resident nutrition expert for NBC’s Today Show will tell you more about Coconut water:
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