Coconut water is Heaven sent! I drink coconut water like it’s water and not just because I love how it tastes! There are so many health and beauty benefits of coconut water!
In this post, I will share all the reasons why you should be drinking coconut water and even some topical uses for coconut water you may have never heard of!
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Coconut Milk Vs. Coconut Water
What’s the difference between coconut milk and coconut water?
As we dive into this article about the benefits of coconut water, it’s important to note that coconut water is not the same as coconut milk.
While both coconut milk and coconut water are derived from coconuts, coconut milk is made by straining coconut cream through cheesecloth or a fine mesh.
Coconut water is simply extracted from the fresh meat of a young coconut without any further processing.
Coconut water also contains less fat than coconut milk does and is therefore much lighter in texture.
Health and beauty benefits of coconut water
- Excellent source of nutrients (Calcium, Magnesium, Phosphorus and Potassium!)
- Lowers blood pressure
- Helps with weight loss
- Increased athletic performance
- Boosted energy
- Lowered cholesterol
- Can lower blood sugar
- Great for skin!
- Reduced cellulite
- Relax muscle tension
- May help reduce kidney stones
1. Coconut Water for Hydration
Is coconut better than water for hydration?
The short answer is YES! But, I’m 100% honest-Water can get a bit BORING. And while water is excellent for you-coconut water is pretty BA too! It’s like nature’s magic drink.
2. Coconut for Stress and Muscle Tension
Can coconut water help reduce stress?
Do you get stressed out? I know I sure do. When I’m stressed, I tend to hold a lot of tension in my body. Mostly in my neck and shoulders. Can you relate?
Coconut water is full of electrolytes.
And many of the electrolytes found in coconut water, specifically calcium and magnesium, help stress and muscle tension. (source)
3. Coconut Water for Headaches
Try Coconut water for headaches.
Raise your hand if you get headaches?! What about migraines and headaches?! Me too!
If you’ve suffered from headaches, as I have-then, you understand just how terrible they can be. They can be debilitating!
Staying hydrated helps to keep those good old mineral levels in check. So staying well hydrated should be the number one priority on everyone’s to-do list!
Coconut water helps to balance minerals in your body. You know, potassium, magnesium, calcium, etc.
Bottom Line: Well-hydrated + proper balance of potassium, magnesium, calcium, etc. = fewer HEADACHES
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4. Coconut Water to Cleanse and Detox
Can coconut water flush out toxins and detox?
Our bodies have a unique natural ability to cleanse and detox on their own! With the right nutrients and proper hydration, that is.
Coconut water contains an electrolyte profile similar to human blood, making it the perfect choice to replace lost fluids and remove toxins from the body.
The electrolyte potassium can help counteract some of the adverse effects of a high sodium processed diet and helps to replace all necessary.
5. Coconut Water can Lower Cholesterol and Triglycerides
I heard that drinking coconut water helps lower cholesterol. Is that true?
If there is heart disease in your family tree, you want to make sure your cholesterol and triglycerides levels stay in line.
Coconut water helps decrease total cholesterol triglyceride levels and LDL cholesterol, specifically the heart’s cholesterol.
The magic cholesterol-lowering ingredients are potassium, calcium, and magnesium. Just another reason to become coconut water obsessed!
6. Coconut Water for Weight Loss
I drink coconut water for weight loss!
I don’t know about you, but my weight fluctuates. So when I increase my water and my coconut water intake, I can see the difference on the scale!
That’s because coconut water is an ideal drink for weight loss! It’s low in calories. And it helps keep my tummy happy! Why?
Coconut water can help weight loss because coconut water contains bioactive enzymes that aid digestion and boost fat metabolism.
7. Coconut Water for Hangover (and to avoid a hangover)
Should I drink coconut water for a hangover? In my personal and very humble opinion-YES!
Ah, the morning after! What’s worst than a hangover?
When I have a hangover (which thankfully is only once in a blue moon), I tend to reach for coconut water instead of Gateraide. It’s just better.
As I’ve said, coconut water is naturally rich in electrolytes—there are over 500 mg of potassium in just one serving, making it more hydrating than plain old water.
I also find that coconut water is easy on my stomach, which is a bonus. Another trick to avoid a hangover is to use coconut water as a mixer. It’s yummy with rum too. (just sayin’)
8. Coconut Water for Water Retention
What about water retention and water weight gain? Can coconut water help with that?
As we all know…excess sodium in the body causes that dreaded water retention, which leads to water weight. And who needs extra water weight?!
Coconut water helps flush out excess water and toxins from your body. AGAIN with the flushing toxins out of the body!! THE BEST THING EVER.
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9. Benefits of Coconut Water for Your Skin!
Coconut water has so many beauty benefits.
Coconut water contains vitamins, like vitamin B2, vitamin B3, and vitamin C, as well as other ingredients that may be beneficial to the skin. (source)
- Drinking coconut water can reduce wrinkles and fine lines.
- Coconut water can increase skin hydration and elasticity.
- Consuming coconurt water can increase collagen production.
- Coconut water gives skin a visible “glow”
- Coconut water can decrease incidences of acne.
There are quite a few ways you can add coconut water to your skin care regimen to get the most of its benefits.
How to use Coconut Water for Your Skin
- Drink coconut water to keep your skin healthy. Use it in cocktails, and other recipes.
- Coconut water is a great facial mist! Put in a spray bottle and spray it directly to the skin
- Use cosmetic and skin care products containing coconut water extract.
- Include coconut water in your daily skincare routine. Apply coconut water adirectly to your skin before serums and moisturizer.
- Mix coconut water with ingredients like honey and aloe vera and use it as a face mask.
- Use it as a base for homemade cleansers and toners.
Whether you consume it or apply it to your skin, coconut water can benefit your skin in many ways. (source)
10. Coconut Water for Dogs and Cats!
We have already gone over the health and beauty benefits of coconut water and we know that coconut water is for people, but can we say the same for dogs and cats?
Can my dog drink coconut water?
Yes! Coconut water is safe for both both dogs and cats.
While there’s no substitute for water, coconut water can be a nice treat for your dog or cat.
Coconut water is full of electrolytes that can help keep your dog hydrated and even give them a boost of energy as it’s full of nutrients like potassium, calcium and vitamin C.
Coconut water includes triglycerides, which are beneficial to pets with digestive issues such as bloating, stomach pains, and so on. (source)
The health + beauty benefits of drinking coconut water!
In summary, coconut water is a delicious drink with many health and beauty benefits!
It’s full of electrolytes that may benefit your heart, helps keep your blood sugar low, helps to improve kidney function and keep you well hydrated.
Sounds like a pretty great deal to me.
Do you like coconut water? Have you ever tried coconut water?
I am always shocked to hear that so many people have never tried it. Let me know in the comments below.
Until next time!-