When you’re training for endurance sports, you might as well have a downspout attached to your ankle. (Wouldn’t that be better than all-over-body sweating?) As your body loses water at an alarming rate, it calls out for re-hydration. You drink several glasses of water, but notice that doesn’t do the trick. You do your research and learn that you need potassium for hydration and you remember that bananas have lots of the nutrient. But how many bananas can you eat? You have probably also consumed your fair share of sports drinks, but maybe you worry about how good they are for you. In any case, you’re always open to learning about better ways to hydrate. What if that better way has been around for thousands of years and comes straight from nature? Coconut water may be the new wonder health drink, but accounts of its ability to hydrate and heal go way back.
1. What is Coconut Water?
Coconuts grow on trees in tropical and subtropical locations and are part of the daily diet of many people there. They are not actual nuts; rather, they are drupes: a fruit in which an outer fleshy part surrounds a shell of hardened endocarp with a seed inside (according to Wikipedia). When immature, they contain a lot of water and may be harvested for drinking. Coconuts have been sold in North American grocery stores for years, yet haven’t gained prominence in our diets. But in recent years, their water has become incredibly popular, suddenly recognized here for the variety of nutritional benefits that many societies have known about for eons.