Coconut Water is the Natural Sports Drink
by Margie King
intravenous hydration and for emergency plasma transfusions. Wasn't that also an
episode on Lost?

It may also be very interesting to anyone who enjoys a few cocktails, even those
who only imbibe in moderation, that coconut water's ability to rehydrate the body is
also helpful for hangover relief.

A proper balance of electrolytes is necessary for regulating blood pressure and for
muscle coordination, heart and nerve function and concentration. Coconut water
contains all of the essential electrolytes including magnesium, sodium, phosphorus
and calcium, and is higher in potassium than most sports drinks and higher even than
bananas. It has about 15 grams of natural sugar per serving but no added processed
sugars, unlike most sports drinks which can have as much as 14 grams of processed
sugars including high fructose corn syrup.

The funny thing about coconut water is that it doesn't taste like coconut. Some say it
has an almond flavor or a mineral taste. Drink it plain or you can mix it with orange
juice or your daily pomegranate juice, or use it in smoothies instead of water.
Vendors are also producing flavored versions including tangerine, pineapple, acai and
passion fruit, which might be a good way to begin experimenting.

Coconut water is best served chilled and it might take a little getting used to, but it's
worth weaning yourself and especially your children off sugary sports drinks, and
substituting an all natural alternative.


About The Author

Margie King is a certified holistic health coach, Wharton M.B.A. and former corporate
attorney. She received her training at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and is
certified by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. Margie leads
workshops on nutrition, conducts healthy cooking classes, and offers individual and
group health and nutrition coaching to women and busy professionals. For more
information and to receive her free report "Bread: What You Need To Know Before
Buying Your Next Loaf," check out Margie's website:
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If you crack open a coconut, the
clear juice that runs out is coconut
water (not to be confused with
coconut milk) and it's the latest rage
in sports drinks.

Coconut water has the same
electrolyte balance as our blood,
making it a better choice than other
sports drinks for re-hydrating after a
strenuous workout in hot weather or
during an illness involving vomiting or
diarrhea. In fact, coconut water is so
naturally aligned with our bodies'
composition, that during World War II
in the Pacific, it was used as
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