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Coconut Water And Its Benefits


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Coconuts are one of the richest sources of electrolytes, chlorides, potassium and magnesium with some amount of sugar, sodium and protein. Coconut water has the highest concentration of electrolytes than anything else found in nature. This makes it an excellent source of hydration. The potassium content benefits blood pressure and heart function. Coconut water is also found to have dietary fiber, manganese, calcium, riboflavin and vitamin C. Some research has shown coconuts to have cytokinins which have significant anti aging, anti carcinogenic and anti thrombotic effects.

The water of fresh green coconuts is actually fat free and has zero cholesterol and some studies even go as far as to say that it increases the HDL levels in the body. It is low in fat though rich in vitamins and the potassium level is twice the amount found in bananas. Drinking coconut water helps a person to lose weight as it is low in fat and it keeps a person feeling full and reduces food cravings. It is a storehouse of important nutrients, B-complex vitamins like riboflavin, niacin, thiamin and pyridoxine, and folates. It has anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties. These help when a person has flu or herpes, both of which are due to viral infections.

Many athletes may want to consider adding coconut water to their post-workout nutrition regime. On a macronutrient level 1 cup of coconut water contains 46 calories, 2 grams of protein, 9 grams of carbs and 1 gram of fat, but the micronutrients give this beverage its health power. It also boasts 252 milligrams of sodium, 600 milligrams of potassium, 60 milligrams of magnesium and 58 milligrams of calcium. Sodium and potassium are critical electrolytes that must be replaced after workouts. Coconut water appears to be more of an effective post-workout recovery drink than Gatorade and other sports drinks.

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A study published in the Journal of Physiology Anthropology and Applied Human Science reported subjects consumed coconut water after working out in a heated room and achieving a state of dehydration. The coconut water rehydrated them just as well as a carbohydrate-electrolyte beverage, but was easier to drink and caused no stomach upset. Because it contains fewer calories than sports beverages, try mixing your post-workout protein(s) with coconut water to improve recovery.

Coconut water is generally recommended during pregnancy as it helps in constipation, heart burn and slow digestion. The lauric acid present in coconut water has anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties, which boost the body’s immune system.

Tender coconut water is very beneficial to a person with kidney stones due to its minerals, potassium and magnesium content. This water also acts as a diuretic as it increases the flow and production of urine. Most urologists recommend coconut water every alternate day as it can reduce the size of kidney stones and even help eliminate them.

Also coconut water is wonderful for the skin. When coconut water is applied to affected skin areas with acne, spots, wrinkles, stretch marks, cellulite and eczema and left overnight for two to three weeks, it clears up the skin and gives you a youthful-looking smooth skin. It can be applied to hands and nails for its smoothening and repairing properties.


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Preventing The Cold and Flu


When the weather is cold outside, people tend to spend more time indoors. This makes it easier for viruses to spread from one person to another. The most common cold/flu viruses survive better when the humidity is low, which is during the colder months. Cold weather may make the inside lining of your nose drier and more vulnerable to viral infection. If you’re going to cover anything when going out in cold weather, it’s perhaps best to cover your nose/mouth. Lack of sunlight helps the common cold/flu viruses survive longer. The winter months typically have less sunlight than the spring/summer months.

 

As winter is fast approaching don’t get stuck with a cold. Here are seven ways to help prevent a cold this season.

1)      Drink water

Water flushes your system, helping you stay hydrated and healthy.

2)      Avoid touching your face.

The cold and flu viruses easily enter through the mucous membranes of your body such as the eyes, nose or mouth.

3)      Wash your hands

Most cold and flu viruses are spread by direct contact such as through a handshake or by sneezing into your hand, then touching an object, and thus infecting it.

4)      Exercise

Exercise (especially aerobic exercise) increases your heart rate, rate of breathing and core body temperature. Collectively, this can help boost the white blood cell count of your body (white blood cells fight off infections)

5)      Eat your fruit and veg

Foods that come from plants (especially dark green, red and yellow types) are rich in antioxidants that can help boost your immune system.

6)      Minimise alcohol

Alcohol has been shown to suppress your immune system. Additionally alcohol can dehydrate your body.

7)      Don’t over-train

While exercise is good, it can be too much of a good thing. Ensure you incorporate adequate recovery, rest and relaxation into your training programme to keep your immune system strong.