Food, Health and Wellness

The Facts: Coconut Water vs Sports Drink

Whew!  Just finished my work out.  I need a drink. I am going to have some water with a little citric acid, salt, and some artificial flavoring. 

But I need some electrolytes!  I will put in some mono-potassium phosphate, magnesium chloride and calcium chloride.  And for my health, some niacinamide (B3), pyridoxine hydrochloride (B6), and cyanocobalamin (B12).  For something fun, how about some sucralose, acesulfame potassium, calcium disodium edta. I am almost done, but it needs a mystery ingredient.  For that I choose coloring–Red 40 and Blue 1.

I have just made a zero calorie sports drink.  Yes, there are no calories, but I don’t want to drink THAT.  Even without the added sugar of most sports drinks, this doesn’t sound good for me.   I won’t introduce that chemical cocktail into my beautiful, healthy body! And what about all that that citric acid? I have heard it is made from black mold.  Yech!

Sports drinks all add some combination of manufactured sweeteners, such as sucralose, aspartame or acesulfame potassium, all of which contain hidden dangers to our health.  Our body’s ability to digest these substitutes is relatively unknown, and the long term effects of these laboratory creations is uncertain. Chemical sugar substitutes are known to reduce beneficial gut flora need for good digestion,  and contribute to insulin resistance.

The so-called “natural” sweeteners are no better for our bodies.  They are usually made from beets and corn that are non-GMO. You may reach for a sports drink to replenish your body after exercise, but you get harmful, unnatural food products as a result.  

I have a better idea.  COCONUT WATER!

Everyone is talking about the benefits of coconut water!  For only 40 calories in an 8 ounce serving, you get these fabulously healthy nutrients–fiber, protein, Vitamin C, magnesium, manganese, potassium, sodium and calcium.  The very things needed to replenish your body after exercise. In fact, these nutrients are in the natural proportion of those found in a healthy human body, making it a most excellent isotonic beverage.  Eight ounces of pure, healthy coconut water has the precise proportions of sodium, potassium and calcium for muscle relaxation and contraction to support my workout.

Coconut water is the clear liquid found inside immature coconuts.  Fresh coconuts are harvested while they are green, then sold as fresh, bottled or canned.  The best coconut water is packaged using the cold filtration process, preserving its most natural state.  It is delicious! Without adding anything from the lab, Coconut water is great just as it is. I drink coconut water, alternating with filtered H2O, to support my body during exertion.

I am no scientist, but I can guess that nutrients made by nature and found inside little baby coconuts MUST BE BETTER for us than anything invented in the laboratory of large food corporation.  Coconut water is a win-win strategy for human health. And the same natural nutrients found in this health elixir provide more support to our bodies than just electrolytes. Studies indicate that coconut water may have antioxidant properties.  It can support heart health, reduce blood pressure, and provide benefits to those with diabetes.

I am thirsty, but I don’t want a sports drink.  I need a good swallow of nature’s own coconut water.  


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