If there is a characteristic tropical food characteristic of summer, that is the coconut , from which we can take advantage of not only its delicious meat of whole form (for example to pieces), but also crushed, elaborate coconut oil or the nutritious coconut milk . But if there is an ideal liquid to rehydrate and to enjoy all its nutritional qualities that is without a doubt the coconut water .
Coconut water is the almost transparent liquid that we find naturally in the interior hollow of the coconut . Sometimes it presents an opaque color, and is surrounded by the wonderful pulp of the coconut. Its flavor is very characteristic, which depends not only on the state of the coconut (if for example it is fresh or dry), and on the land where the coconut palm is located. It is probably one of the most well-known and traditional coconut drinks, becoming in fact a popular drink in many tropical areas, especially Brazil, Colombia, the Caribbean islands, the Dominican Republic, India or Cote d'Ivoire.
Obtaining it is extremely simple: we just have to make a hole in the coconut and get the liquid inside. As we can see, it is much simpler than preparing coconut milk or coconut oil, since in order to obtain coconut milk, it is necessary to crush its pulp. However, it is true that if we want pure coconut water, it is best to opt for green coconut only.
The incredible benefits of coconut water
High content of essential nutrients
Coconut water is a natural liquid extremely rich in essential nutrients , among which we can mention B vitamins, minerals (such as potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, calcium and sodium) and trace elements (selenium, zinc, sulfur and iodine), amino acids, antioxidants and phytonutrients.
Useful to prevent dehydration
Coconut water is a natural beverage with a high content of potassium and other mineral salts (as for example is the case of magnesium, phosphorus, sodium and calcium), which make it an isotonic drink very useful to prevent dehydration, quench our thirst or rehydrate in case of certain diseases.
Strengthens our defenses
Being a drink rich in phosphorus, potassium, calcium, iron and magnesium It becomes an ideal drink to increase our defenses and strengthen the immune system , being in turn ideal to give us energy and reduce fatigue.
It is very useful for stimulate the immune system while helping to fight infections , acting as antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal.
Good regulator of the thyroid
In case of hypothyroidism regularly drinking coconut water becomes a good natural adjuvant, given that its natural enzymes help stimulate the underactive thyroid , especially in case of hypothyroidism. However, this quality is also observed in case of hyperthyroidism , when the thyroid is very stimulated.
An excellent digestive
Coconut water is a wonderful digestive , useful to regulate in a very positive way the different functions both intestinal and digestive. In fact it is an excellent digestive tonic , improving digestion thanks to its content and contribution in bioactive enzymes.
Useful in case of mild constipation
If you suffer from occasional mild constipation the coconut water acts as a mild laxative , although its effect will depend on the amount consumed. Therefore, the more coconut water we drink, the effect will obviously be much greater.
Good for the heart
For its richness in natural antioxidants and potassium It is an especially good drink to take care of the health of our heart , being ideal in the prevention of heart attacks . Therefore, it is also useful when it comes to reduce and regulate blood pressure .