Since publishing the 14 Super Healthy Super Foods a.k.a. endurance foods for athletes, I’ve found another super foods that athletes need.
Coconut Water vs Coconut Milk
Coconut water is the liquid that pours out when you crack open the fruit. Older coconuts (the ones that are brown and hairy) generally provide better coconut milk, but younger green coconuts produce better coconut water.1
Coconut Water Facts
There’s a lot of marketing hype surrounding coconut water. Is it really an ideal way to proper hydration for athletes? Many of you have asked me if it is truly all that the marketing and advertising claims to be.
Let’s take a look at the facts:
Drinking coconut water has many benefits. Coconut Water is naturally
• Low in Carbs
• 99% Fat Free
• Low in sugars
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The water of tender coconuts is a clear liquid, sweet, and sterile and composed of unique chemicals such as sugars, vitamins, minerals, electrolytes, enzymes, amino acids, cytokine, and phyto-hormones. 2
These organic compounds possess healthy growth promoting properties that have been known to help:
1. Keep the body cool and at the proper temperature.
2. Orally re-hydrate your body, it is an all natural isotonic beverage.
3. Carry nutrients and oxygen to cells.
4. Naturally replenish your body’s fluids after exercising.
5. Raise your metabolism.
6. Promote weight loss.
7. Boost your immune system.
8. Detoxify and fight viruses.
9. Cleanse your digestive tract.
10. Control diabetes.
11. Aid your body in fighting viruses that cause the flu, herpes, and AIDS.
12. Balance your PH and reduce risk of cancer.
13. Treat kidney and urethral stones.
14. Boost poor circulation.
Coconut Water Benefits
Coconut water is incredibly healthy and one of the best drinks to hydrate the body. Besides helping to remove toxins from the body and aiding digestion, coconuts have amazing anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-microbial properties that help to cure the disease.
Research studies suggest that cytokinins (e.g., kinetin and trans-zeatin) in coconut water found to have significant anti-ageing, anti-carcinogenic, and anti-thrombotic (anti-clot formation) effects.3
Coconut water is composed of many naturally occurring bioactive enzymes that help in digestion and metabolism.
Coconut water has a proportionally better composition of minerals like calcium, iron, manganese, magnesium, and zinc than many other fruit juices. It is also a an excellent source of the B-complex vitamins such as riboflavin, niacin, thiamin, pyridoxine, and folates. These vitamins are essential in the sense that the human body requires them from external sources to replenish.
Hint from Janet: Coconut water is naturally high in electrolyte potassium and 105 mg of sodium .Together, these electrolytes help replenish electrolyte deficiency in the body due to diarrhea (loose stools).
Sounds to me like it may be well worth trying, especially as the warmer weather sets in .
I caution you though, try it on a practice run similar to your competitive run first. For some athletes it causes major GI distress!
Next week: Hemp Protein Powder.