The summer heat is kickin’ and so are your legs while trying to stay in beach body shape so you can rock that itsy bitsy bikini. Working out and getting your sweat on during the summer can cause dehydration and overheating. It is super important to make sure your body is hydrated and full of those awesome molecules called electrolytes aka sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorous and so on. Without getting too scientific, electrolytes are charged particles that help maintain voltage and send electrical impulses between the cells. Think of your body as a battery, your heart, muscles, kidneys and nerves communicate and operate via these electrical impulses. Electrolytes give the charge to keep your battery running. When you exercise and sweat you lose electrolytes, or your charge. Without them you are like a dead battery, 0% on the charge bar.
Coconut water is a great way to stay hydrated and replenish electrolytes. Below are a few facts, so study up and stay hydrated.
It’s Juice! That’s right it’s not water, it’s juice that lives inside a coconut. If you were to go to a beautiful tropical island hack open a coconut with a machete you would find liquid inside, that’s the juice. In the big city we just run to the deli and grab a bottle. Look out for added sugars and from concentrate, keep it real.
More Potassium Than a Banana: One small bottle (about 9.5 fl oz) of coconut water can have up to 600mg of potassium, more than a banana which contains around 400mg. Great if you experience leg cramping before, during, after your workout or to recover from one too many margaritas.
No Dyes or Preservatives: Unlike other sports drinks coconut water does not contain any harmful dyes. You won’t see any color in coconut water unless it’s raw and pink. This is simply anti-oxidants interacting with light. If it’s pink it’s good! Be sure your “go to” brand does not contain preservatives, read the label.
Moisturizes: Dermatologists have found that drinking coconut water will hydrate your skin form the inside out without producing excess oil. For even more moisture use a coconut mask – sit back, relax and hydrate.
Beyond Potassium: The tropical juice also contains sodium, magnesium and calcium to help replenish those depleted electrolytes we discussed above.
No, Low, Healthy Fat: If you’re drinking coconut water without the pulp, there’s no fat, if you prefer a little coconut meat you’ll be getting low amounts of fat. Don’t be scared of a little fat, it’s great for your brain and can help settle a queasy dehydrated stomach and give you some energy. If you are afraid of fat choose the no pulp option.
Coconut water will help you stay charged and hydrated through these hot summer months so you can keep on sweating. Remember to drink good ole regular H2O as well, the classic hydrator.
Abbey Matson~Health and Nutrition Counselor
After a decade working in several different industries spanning fashion, mental health, finance and clinical research, I recognized how often general wellness is ignored. We have become accustomed to feeling sub-par and eating anything convenient, regardless of the negative repercussions on our health and life force. I founded Mind to Body Health so I may support others in creating a life that allows the individual to feel well and function at full potential. I work with clients as a Holistic Health and Nutrition Counselor to help individuals understand their mind to body connection and determine what works best for their bio-individuality. Contact me today to learn more.