Coconut Water; The Natural Sports Drink

April 22, 2012 at 17:34

Little Miss Sicky Poo

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Looking for an all natural sports drink that has the ability to rehydrate and replenish electrolytes after a tough workout?  Well, if you haven’t heard about the wonders of coconut water by now, I’m here to give you the scoop.

Coconut water is the clear liquid that is harvested from young or green coconuts and it naturally has a very high mineral content including Potassium, Sodium, Calcium and Magnesium.  These are the same minerals that need to be replaced after a moderate workout.  In fact, coconut water has the same level of electrolyte balance that is found in our own blood which makes it the perfect post workout recovery drink.  It also supercharges your metabolism and promotes weight loss.  Can Gatorade or PowerAde do that?  I think not.

If you’ve been drinking conventional sports drinks to replace lost electrolytes and give your body an energy boost, you may want to consider trading up to coconut water.  A study from the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition found that consuming coconut water after workouts rehydrated athletes just as well as typical carbohydrate-electrolyte beverages.  At first glance you may think that this just makes them equal but there are quite a few factors that favor coconut water vs. other sports drinks.  Although sports drinks do a good job of replacing electrolytes, they don’t do much else.  They also have plenty of additives that you may want to avoid.

A Few Reasons to Choose Coconut Water vs. Sports Beverages

  • Contains fewer calories
  • Does not cause upset stomach that sometimes comes with conventional sports drinks
  • Has no added dyes
  • Has no added sugar
  • Does not contain brominated vegetable oil…gross
  • Lower in carbohydrates
  • Boosts metabolism and weight loss
  • Rich in vitamins; Vitamin C, vitamin B6, Riboflavin (B2), Thiamin (B1) and Folate (B9)
  • It has protein
  • It can be mixed with your favorite whey protein isolate shake
  • It is a natural diuretic
  • It has large amounts of dietary fiber

Coconut water has a very mild and slightly sweet taste to it.  My 3 year old thinks it the best stuff ever which is great because I prefer to give this to him over juice.  I drink it because it gives me exactly what I need after a hard workout without all of the other garbage that I would get in a sports drink.  And for me, that’s been enough to make the switch.

I was also surprised to find that you can often get coconut water at the dollar store.  This is a bonus because they are about $2.50 each at regular grocery stores.  It’s worth checking out to see if there is one near you that sells it.

The brands that I like the most are Naked,  Vita Coco and O.N.E.   Each of these brands has different flavors such as mango and pineapple in case you get bored easily :)

Resources:                                                                                                                                      

http://www.jissn.com/content/9/1/1/abstract

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