Much Ado about Coconut Water
I have recently been invited by the Greenpoint Gazette to contribute health and lifestyle education and tidbits through my column “Life in Balance”. Below is my inaugural article detailing the history and benefits of coconut water – the ultimate summer refresher.. Enjoy!
Life in Balance: Much Ado About Coconut Water
Aug 04, 2011by Alana Kessler
The Greenpoint Gazette welcomes Alana Kessler’s monthly nutrition and lifestyle column
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few years, you have come across some version of coconut water. And with good reason.
Although coconut palms can be found in a wide variety of places, most brands use the water from early coconuts native to Malaysia, Polynesia, and southern Asia.
I have been an advocate of coconut water for years as a natural sports drink, hydration source and beauty aid. Nutritionally, coconut water is low in fat, calories and naturally occurring sugar. It has no added sugar, no cholesterol and boasts a natural balance of sodium, potassium, calcium and magnesium- making it a healthy electrolyte drink. Coconut water can also act as a natural digestive aid for feeding infants (it contains organic growth promoting compounds), reducing intestinal disturbances.
In addition to being delicious and refreshing, coconuts are anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-microbial, helping to prevent intestinal gas while removing toxins and increasing the digestive tract’s ability to absorb nutrients. Coconut balances acid levels due to its alkaline nature creating a serene internal physical environment. This makes it a perfect beverage for the hot summer months when we tend to overheat both physically and emotionally.
The calming and cooling benefits of coconut water also offer relief for a variety of clinical complaints in postmenopausal women, including burning sensations and hot flashes. These benefits also makes it an excellent choice for liver and cardiovascular problems, hepatitis or inflammation and due to its diuretic, arterial and fluid balance properties and has received a reputation for being a natural stress buster.
Since it helps regulate the functioning of the intestine by removing toxins expressed through the skin, coconut water promotes a smoother and clearer essence to the skin as well.
All in all, you really can’t go wrong with fresh coconut water as your beverage of choice for summer!
Summer Coco Cooler
2 cups tender coconut water
1 cup coconut meat
1 cup watermelon
1 tbsp lemon juice
Blend the coconut scrapings and melon
Add coconut water, lime juice and blend again. Chill well.