I just have to say it! I’m not a health care professional, just sharing my thoughts, experiences and information I’ve come across on my journey. Please consult with your health care professional before making any changes to your health care decisions.
There isn’t a day that goes by where someone hasn’t shared what’s helped them in the chronic illness communities. It’s one of the reasons I’m there! My eyes are always peeled for that little tweak that will make a difference for the better. Recently someone was raving about coconut water. If I’m to be completely honest with you, years ago I had tried coconut water. It was long before chronic illness. That taste hit my tongue and my tongue went – nope. So, I hadn’t tried it again, until recently. A few weeks ago, my son was ordering me a smoothie and the only liquid base they had that wasn’t juice (I’m leery of added refined sugar in fruit juices.) was coconut water so he went with it. To my surprise, not only could I not really taste it, maybe a hint, but my body went bananas with craving it after the smoothie was long gone. Turns out now I love it! So, we bought a few, just to test the waters, and I cannot get enough.
Here are a few fun facts I’ve learned since embarking on this coconut water journey. The water comes from younger coconuts. Coconut milk is not the same thing, it comes from adding the water to shredded coconut. Coconut water is produced naturally in the fruit and is 94% water and very little fat. It turns pink when it’s oxygenated but is clear when inside the fruit. But wait, there’s more…
Health Benefits of Coconut Water
According to the Medical Medium:
Coconut water is a highly nutritious, cleansing, and refreshing juice that is lightly sweet and packed with B-complex vitamins and minerals such as calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, zinc, and manganese. Coconut water is one of the highest sources of electrolytes known. It’s a natural isotonic beverage with the same level of electrolytic balance that we have in our blood. In our body, plasma is what makes up 55% of human blood and coconut water is identical to human plasma, which makes it a universal donor.
Some claim that drinking coconut water gives a person an instant blood transfusion. During the Pacific War of 1941-1945, both sides in the conflict regularly used coconut water-siphoned directly from the nut-to give emergency plasma transfusions to wounded soldiers. Coconut water has also shown significant anti-cancer, anti-thrombotic, and anti-aging benefits due to its high cytokinin content. It’s bioactive enzymes help to significantly support digestion and metabolism.
This article, 8 Science-Based Health Benefits of Coconut Water, also shares some great health benefits, which I won’t list out here…I know you have a life to get back to 😁, but feel free to click in to see them. Included in that link are the following impressive nutritional facts:
One cup (240 grams) contains 46 calories, as well as:
- Carbs: 9 grams.
- Fiber: 3 grams.
- Protein: 2 grams.
- Vitamin C: 10% of the RDI.
- Magnesium: 15% of the RDI.
- Manganese: 17% of the RDI.
- Potassium: 17% of the RDI.
- Sodium: 11% of the RDI.
- Calcium: 6% of the RDI.
Dr. Axe also recommends coconut water for helping with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome as it has magnesium and potassium, which as I understand it are commonly depleted in MECFS. You can see his other CFS tips here.
For me personally, whereas years ago I didn’t enjoy it, I now love the taste. And as I said above, my body craves it like crazy. Thankfully you can buy it pre-porportioned so I know I’m not drinking too much. It’s too soon to say if it makes a big difference but I do feel hydrated for the first time in about four years! I also feel better, not ‘better, better’, but a little happier, a little more of that peaceful easy feeling that other countries probably have a word for, but we don’t here in the US. 😉 The only downfall is it’s a little pricey but it looks like you can buy it in bulk on Amazon. Just make sure and get the type with no additives.
So that’s it folks. Since people are always sharing what’s helped them I thought I’d chime in today and share what’s helping me a little bit. Thank you for stopping by and hoping today is especially kind to you!🌸
Oh, and one last thing! This month is World Watercolor Month for the Instagram group I follow for daily watercolor prompts. You can read a little more about it here or below are a couple of quotes from them.
“World Watercolor Month is a charitable global event where artists around the world come together to help raise awareness for arts education and spread the good word about The Dreaming Zebra Foundation and their goal to get arts supplies for underprivileged kids across the globe.”
“The Dreaming Zebra Foundation is unique in that they provide an art recycling program that is free to the public. Reusable art & music supplies that would otherwise be discarded, along with new or unsold materials, are donated by individuals and businesses and matched to recipients who have requested those materials for arts education purposes in communities around the world. Please consider making a donation! (Just $10 ships art supplies to a child!) Your donation is tax deductible and supports access to art and music supplies for underprivileged young artists.”