The Numerous Benefits Of Coconut Water
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.