3 Major Benefits of Sipping on Coconut Water—Besides All the Tropical Vibes

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Ah, coconut water. It’s refreshing, delicious, super hydrating, and makes for a spa-worthy coconut cucumber cocktail or healthy sports drink alternative. Coconut water also provides some prime health benefits.

Not to be confused with coconut milk, coconut water is the juice found inside a coconut. It’s mostly water along with some nutrients and electrolytes. On the other hand, coconut milk “is made by blending coconut meat with water,” says Serena Poon, CN, a chef, certified nutritionist, and Reiki master. “This mixture is of a much thicker consistency and contains much more fat and calories.”

Here’s the nutrition you’ll find in a 1-cup serving of coconut water:

  • Calories: 49
  • Carbohydrates: 12 g
  • Sugar: 11 g
  • Calcium: 60 g
  • Potassium: 559 mg
  • Sodium: 34 mg

Thanks to its explosion in popularity in recent years, coconut water is relatively affordable. You can easily find it for just a few dollars at many stores.

Keep reading to learn about the benefits of coconut water, with tips for adding a tropical (and ultra-hydrating) twist to your daily routine.

7 reasons to try coconut water

1. Coconut water is hydrating

Hydration is one of coconut water’s most well-known benefits, thanks to its electrolytes such as sodium, potassium, and magnesium. Electrolytes are great for everyday consumption—they help regulate your pH, keep you hydrated, and control muscle contractions—but they’re especially helpful in certain situations. “Coconut water could be a good choice for rehydration after a long or intense workout, an illness during which you experience vomiting or diarrhea, or after a day out in the sun,” says Poon.

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This content is strictly the opinion of Chef Serena Poon and is for informational and educational purposes only. It is not intended to provide medical advice or to take the place of medical advice or treatment from a personal physician. All readers/viewers of this content are advised to consult their doctors or qualified health professionals regarding specific health questions. Neither Serena nor the publisher of this content takes responsibility for possible health consequences of any person or persons reading or following the information in this educational content. All viewers of this content, especially those taking prescription or over-the-counter medications, should consult their physicians before beginning any nutrition, supplement or lifestyle program.

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