Coconuts are amazing tropical fruits. Not only do they bring images of tanned bodies and beaches, but they also taste fantastic and are extremely healthy! The meat is tender and tasty; it can be blended into smoothies to make them creamier. Coconut milk is an amazing dairy-free substitute. Coconut oil has hundreds of uses and benefits.
Coconut water is a health drink that has been gaining popularity in the US over the past few years, and by no mistake. Coconuts considered one of Earth’s super foods; helping with hydration, weight-loss, and overall health and energy. Check out your local supermarket for fresh young coconuts to reap the full benefits, or indulge in some pre-harvested, pure, organic coconut water. But remember, the fresher the coconut water, the better.
1. Aids Weight Loss 有助於減肥
Coconut water is low calorie containing only 46 calories per cup. It’s cholesterol free, 99% fat free, and low in carbohydrates. For someone looking to trim up it can be the perfect beverage replacement next to water and plain tea. Also, studies have shown that coconut water even helps metabolism because during dehydration, your metabolism is affected negatively.
2. Improves Digestion and Absorption 促進消化和吸收
Coconut water pairs perfect with smoothies and juices because the bioactive enzymes actually improve digestion and facilitate nutrient uptake. Therefore you will maximize the benefits from the other healthy goodies you are putting into your body!
3. Unsweetened, Yet Tasty 可口的無糖飲料
Unlike most drinks on the market, pure coconut water is neither sweetened nor loaded with artificial junk. It makes a great base in smoothies and is refreshing on a hot day.
4. Naturally Hydrating 天然保濕
Being 94% pure, naturally filtered water, coconut water does a fantastic job rehydrating the body. Not only is it high in water but it also contains electrolytes which help the body hydrate even quicker. The electrolytes improve nervous system functioning and nerve transmission.
5. The Perfect Sports Drink 完美的運動飲料
In addition to water and electrolytes, coconut water is a good source of B vitamins and potassium. It is a natural isotonic drink that provides calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, and sodium, but in their natural form. It also contains various plant hormones, enzymes, and amino acids which are readily used to make energy and rebuild after exercise. Plus, it has been proven effective at preventing cramps and spasms in the muscles.
除了含豐富的水份和電解質，椰子水提供維生素B 和鉀。椰子水是一種天然的等滲透飲品（isotonic drink），亦提供了天然的鈣，鎂，磷，鈉。椰子亦包含了植物激素、酶和氨基酸，在運動後能為身體製造能量。另外，椰子水亦被證實有效防子肌肉抽筋和痙攣。
6. Keeps You Youthful 保持年輕
Coconut water has antioxidants, which help reduce the risk of age-related diseases. It contains cytokinins (plant hormones) shown to slow the aging process and protect cells from free radical damage and cancer. Not only will these antioxidants keep you young and radiant but so will the extra hydration. It can help balance pH levels, and strengthen and hydrate connective tissues.
7. Other Potential Health Implications 其他健康功效
One study suggested that drinking coconut water might be associated with a lower rate of heart attacks and strokes.
It’s a natural diuretic and is said to prevent urinary tract infections (UTIs) and helps prevent or resolve kidney stones.
椰子水有效利尿，據說可以防止泌尿道感染 (UTIs） 和解決／改善腎結石問題。
Another small study found that coconut water significantly lowered systolic blood pressure in 71% of people with hypertension.
It is anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-viral, boosting the immune system in fighting infection whilst helping to eradicate intestinal worms and candida.
Coconut water has even been used as an emergency substitute for IV solutions.
All-in-all, every part of coconut is pretty fantastic. So why not put the lime in the coconut and drink it all up?