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It’s fun living in a tropical country, especially in a tropical island paradise called Penang. Everything is so casual. It all boils down to the very warm weather and the very casual clothes that we wear. Everyday is like a holiday, and if I happened to be at the beach, it’s like paradise! A typical relaxing scenery will be the swaying coconut trees. They're dubbed the "tree of life," because every part of the coconut tree can be used for everything from food and cookies, to medicine and household utensils, and even for roofing and for bridges. Here I would like to identify one of the most useful elements of the tree: coconut water.
What Is Coconut Water?
For those not very familiar with coconut water, let me explain a little bit. Coconut water is different from coconut milk. Coconut water is from the young coconut, which have very little flesh but plenty of coconut water. The latter has a refreshing taste, but isn't too sweet. When the coconut is old or ripe, the water gets absorbed into the pulp and what's left tastes more sour. The milk comes from the thick flesh or kernel of the old coconut when grated and squeezed. The water is clear like water, whereas the milk looks like milk. Coconut water is for drinking straight, and coconut milk is mainly for cooking.
Where Do Coconuts Come From?
Coconut trees are found everywhere in tropical countries. They are usually found in low-lying areas, especially along the sea coasts. You can find coconut trees in all tropical locations, particularly in India, Sri Lanka, the Southeast Asian countries, the Caribbean Islands, South America, Florida, and of course, Hawaii.
What Are the Benefits of Coconut Water?
Coconut water has antiviral, antibacterial, and antioxidant properties. It also contains natural sugar and is high in potassium, chloride, calcium, and magnesium. It also has good amount of sodium and protein.
Here are a few more of the potential benefits of coconut water:
- Relieves headaches.
- Relieves cough.
- Kills bacteria.
- Hydrates the body. (In times of emergency, coconut water has been
used as an intravenous hydration fluid instead of the standard IV fluid. Coconut water has also been used for blood transfusion, as it is similar to blood plasma.)
- Treats urinary problems.
- Reduces vomiting.
- Acts as an isotonic solution. (It's not only good for athletes but also for the elderly. In cases of diarrhea, some drink pure coconut water to prevent dehydration.)
- Helps kill intestinal worms.
- Helps break up kidney stones.
- Keeps the body cool.
- Helps lower cholesterol.
Cooling Down With Coconut Water
Nothing is more satisfying than sitting around the coconut trees in a tropical island with one right in front of you. With the very warm and humid weather here in Penang, what a better companion than having a coconut as a thirst quencher and body cooler!
Drinking coconut water after a feast of durians is the best way to cool down your body. For those who don't know what are durians, feel free to check out my article: Durian: The King of Fruits
Disclaimer About the Above Information
The information provided in this article is sourced from the Internet, from friends and contacts, and from personal experience. As I cautioned in my article, not every remedy will work on everyone. It very much depends on the constituents of the person and the conditions peculiar to that person.
Whatever the reasons, this article does not claim the information provided is totally accurate and reliable and will cure everyone. The purpose of this article is merely to inform visitors that there are alternative cures for all ailments.
You are therefore advised to consult your registered medical physicians as a matter of due diligence.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
Louise Powles from Norfolk, England on August 31, 2018:
I like coconut water. I don't drink enough of it though.
Lucia on August 30, 2013:
I have really learned so much just by reading your hub. Thank you for takinv the time to inform us.
I live in the west of Texas, U.S. but originate from north Mexico, nowhere near coconuts. But this is a juice that I manage to find and buy often for me and my family. But now that I have learned of the benefits!!, we will not go without it.. Thank you!
Monica on July 20, 2012:
I love coconut water! I wonder if the water of old coconuts has still all the nutrients and benefits.
Scot Nyman from Indonesia on December 10, 2011:
Wow! I never knew this. I'm going to get some coconuts and start drinking it. I'm in South China now, so they shouldn't be too hard to find.
Thank you. I follow a few of your other hubs too. Great stuff! Keep them coming.
Justin Choo (author) from Malaysia on December 28, 2010:
Yes, I wonder what India would become if there were no more coconuts!
Shalini Kagal from India on December 28, 2010:
What would we do without it? We all love it and I believe there's nothing as refreshing!
Justin Choo (author) from Malaysia on December 26, 2010:
Thanks for dropping by. Hope you are still enjoying yourself in the Land of Smiles.
Peter Dickinson from South East Asia on December 26, 2010:
Thank You, I love the stuff and will drink it most days. I knew it did me good but was unaware of in so many ways. Thanks again.
Justin Choo (author) from Malaysia on December 22, 2010:
Thanks for visiting and rating. I can imagine the price of a fresh coconut in NY City!
BkCreative from Brooklyn, New York City on December 22, 2010:
So true - coconut water is amazing. During the hottest days here in New York City, a few sips of coconut water and I am good to go. It is the only thing that keeps me hydrated and works much better than water.
My father uses to bring home coconuts when we were children and use a machete to chop it open after we drank the water. Ah, such good healthy memories.
Great hub (I write about coconut water and milk too because I am a believer)! Rated up.
Thanks a lot!
Justin Choo (author) from Malaysia on December 21, 2010:
Thanks for reading and encouragement.
richtwf on December 21, 2010:
A very interesting and useful hub my friend. I love coconut, love it as a drink, in soups and sprinkled on curries too. I've heard about coconuts being used as IV fluids. This nut is so versatile!
Great hub and voted up and useful! Cheers and God bless you!