I have been drinking coconut water now for two years. There is a lot of fans out there and there are certain medical sites who agree with some of the claims, but rubbish the rest. Here is what I believe after drinking over this extended period. I buy Innocent which is about the best I have found in taste and I buy from Tesco where they often to two for about 25% off.
I find it is usually more expensive in the health food shops and certainly it is not economical to buy the small cartons. I don’t buy the ones that are flavoured or have other additives. As an alternative to fizzy drinks it has less sugar and you can also dilute with water 50/50 so that you can drink it all day if you are out of working in a warmer environment.
I drink a glass first thing in the morning and I find that I wake up faster and can get on with work without having to drink tea or coffee. My skin is more hydrated and my hair is in better condition. I find a glass dulls my appetite and I don’t need to take a bunch of supplements as the coconut water contains B-complex vitamins, vitamin C and minerals such calcium, potassium, magnesium, manganese and zinc.
There has been some research into the properties in coconut water that can help maintain a healthy blood pressure balance and also to reduce the unhealthy cholesterol (LDL – Low Density Lipoprotein) that has small particles and clogs arteries.
It treats the side effects of dehydration including headaches and fatigue. And better for you than hair of the dog after a party, to hydrate and replenish essential nutrients in your system.
I also use coconut oil for cooking and a small amount goes a long way. At first I just used for meats but I recently began cooking salmon with a little coconut oil and salt and it was delicious. I get my extra virgin oil from Holland and Barrett because they often do Penny offers… buy one and get one for a penny, which makes the more expensive items much more economical.
The oil has a number of health benefits including some of the above but here is a post that gives you 50 reasons to use coconut oil.
50 of the Best Use of Coconut Oil by Charlie Pulsipher of the Sun Warrior Blog
Coconut oil has a bit of a craze surrounding it lately. People have put together hundreds of different uses for this beneficial oil and it’s found its way into pantries, medicine cupboards, and even first aid kits. Some of the uses may seem bizarre at first, but coconut oil has garnered this newfound fame for good reason. It works.
For years, coconut oil has had a bad name, lumped in with unhealthy saturated fats. People steered away from it and other high fat foods. The problem with throwing coconut oil in the same category as butter, margarine, and shortening is this oil is far healthier than it appears. The saturated fats in coconut oil come from medium chain triglycerides. These shorter fat chains are easily put to use by the body and are not simply stored away as fat.
This means coconut oil boosts energy levels, raises good cholesterol, and balances out blood sugar without the weight gain, cholesterol, and other health risks that come from other saturated or trans fats. Coconut oil doesn’t stop there. It’s antimicrobial, antioxidant, antifungal, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-parasitic, and antiviral. It also aids in the absorption of vitamins and minerals. These immune boosting properties make it the perfect oil to use in a million ways.
Here are 50 of our favorites.
Coconut oil soothes tired and sore muscles. Add a few drops of essential oils for more effect.
The powerful antifungal properties of coconut oil make it perfect for any fungal infection. Add a few drops of oregano or tea tree oil for more antifungal power.
Coconut oil gently fights the bacteria that cause acne. Dab it directly on the offending pimples and watch them shrink.
Coconut oil makes an effective and gentle cleanser to remove the grime of the day.
Coconut oil kills and removes this pesky problem.
Prevent and soften stretch marks from pregnancy with coconut oil for soft and supple skin.
Warts and Moles
Rub oil into area and cover with a bandage. Rub in fresh oil and place a new bandage each day.
Head over to Charlie’s blog and read the other 43 uses of coconut oil and I think you will be surprised at how versatile it is: https://sunwarrior.com/healthhub/50-of-the-best-uses-for-coconut-oil?utm_source=healthhub&utm_medium=blog&utm_campaign=article_ad
Thank you for heading over today and I am just off to put some coconut oil to good use on my wrinkles…. Please feel free to share… Sally