Pfff! Bam! I just finished my crossfit training. I am thirsty and therefore need a drink. I’m going to drink some water with a little citric acid, salt and some artificial flavors.
Hooo wait! Just rewind … I just need some electrolytes! I will put some mono potassium phosphate, magnesium chloride and calcium chloride in it. And for my health, some niacinamide (B3), pyridoxine hydrochloride (B6) and cyanocobalamin (B12). For something extra and distinctive, I opt for sucralose, acesulfame potassium, calcium disodium edta. I’m almost done, because it still needs a magical “finishing touch” ingredient. For that I choose the colors – Red 40 and Blue 1.
I have just made a sports drink without calories. Yes, there are no calories, but I do n’t want to drink that. Even without the added sugar of most sports drinks, this doesn’t sound good to me. I will not pour that chemical cocktail for my beautiful, healthy body! And what about that citric acid? I heard it is made from black mold. Gatver!
Sports drinks usually add a combination of manufactured sweeteners, such as sucralose, aspartame or acesulfame potassium, all of which contain hidden dangers to our health. The capacity of our bodies to digest these substitutes is relatively unknown and the long-term effects of these laboratory invents are uncertain. It is now known that chemical sugar substitutes reduce the beneficial intestinal flora requirement for good digestion and contribute to insulin resistance.
The so-called “natural” sweeteners are no better for our body. They are usually made from beets and maize that are not genetically modified (GMO). You can choose a sports drink to replenish your body after exercise, but you will get harmful, unnatural food products.
I have a better idea. You probably guessed it: COCONUT WATER!
Everyone is talking about the benefits of coconut water! For only 40 calories in a 240 ml portion, you get these healthy nutrients – fiber, protein, vitamin C, magnesium, manganese, potassium, sodium and calcium. The things you need to replenish your body after exercise. In fact, these nutrients are already present in a healthy body, making it a very excellent isotonic drink. A 240 ml portion of pure coconut water has the precise proportions of sodium, potassium, and calcium for proper muscle relaxation and contraction after training.
Where does the fabulous water actually come from? Coconut water is the clear liquid that is found in unripe coconuts. Fresh coconuts are harvested while they are green and are then bottled or canned from the nut. The best coconut water is extracted using a cold filtration process to maintain its most natural state. It’s delicious! Without adding anything in the laboratory, coconut water is perfect as it is. I drink coconut water, interspersed with filtered H2O, to support my body during and after exercise.
I’m not a scientist, but I can guess that nutrients made by nature and found inside young coconuts should be better for us than something that was invented in the laboratory of a large food company. Coconut water is nutritious and healing for human health. The same natural nutrients that are present in this health elixir offer more support to our body than just electrolytes. Studies show that coconut water can have antioxidant properties. It can support heart health, lower blood pressure and provide benefits to people with diabetes.
I’m thirsty, but I don’t want a sports drink. I need a good sip of coconut water fresh from nature.