There’s no denying the fact that summers are a big pain considering the fact that the scorching heat can get the better of us. And that’s why there’s no denying the fact that summers are also for coolers and drinks that can keep the heat off.
Surely the juices, colas, and the good-old nimbu paani are the go-to summer drinks but coconut water, better known as nariyal paani, is a magic potion of sorts. What’s more, coconut water in itself is a powerhouse of nutrition and goodness of health!
If you don’t believe us, check out these 5 science-backed benefits of coconut water:
1. It’s weight-loss friendly
According to Self Nutrition Data, one cup of coconut water contains around 46 calories along with a healthy dose of vitamin C, fibre, and minerals such as magnesium, calcium, potassium, manganese, and sodium.
Hence, a glass of coconut water is any day a great choice for all the fitness lovers, who crave for a cool drink in the scorching summer heat.
2. Actually, it’s the best post-workout drink
From an exhilarating workout to a prolonged outdoor exposure in the summer heat, whatever it is that has made you sweat like a pig—can be tackled with coconut water.
According to several studies including the one published in the Journal of Physiological Anthropology and Applied Human Science, it is the perfect beverage to restore hydration by replenishing the lost electrolytes in the body due to sweating. In fact, it is as powerful as a high-electrolyte sports drink as per the study.
3. It can strengthen your immunity
A 2013 study states that coconut water is rich in antioxidants that can effectively fight off the free radicals—the same enemies that end up attacking the healthy cells of your body. This, in turn, can strengthen your immunity, protecting you against several infections and diseases.
4. It can help you fight off the lifestyle disorders as well
A 2003-study published in the journal Diabetes Care found that coconut water can help combat type 2 diabetes and prediabetes as the magnesium present in it can effectively lower blood sugar levels and increase insulin sensitivity.
Additionally, a 2006 study showed that the potassium present in coconut water can lower blood pressure in people with high-normal blood pressure as well as prevented the formation of blood clots in the body.
In fact, several animal studies on the benefits of coconut water have found the drink to effectively lower cholesterol levels. This, along with the blood-pressure regulating powers of the coconut water make it the perfect heart-health-boosting elixir.
5. It’s a blessing for your kidneys
Sometimes, calcium, oxalate, and other compounds in the body combine to form crystals in your urine, which can further solidify into kidney stones. The result? Unbearable stomach aches (which get better only once the stones are surgically removed) and chances of the stones turning into carcinogenic tumours (if left untreated).
Now, doctors suggest adequate water intake to prevent the accumulation of these compounds in the kidney in the first place, so that one can urinate more often and get rid of these toxins from time to time.
However, according to a study published in the International Brazilian Journal of Urology, coconut water is better than regular water when it comes to prevention of kidney stones as it reduces the number of stones formed as well as discourages them to stick to the kidney and other parts of the urinary tract.
So, you see, coconut water is the elixir you need to get through this hot season! And you know the benefits of coconut water, we hope you will start sipping.