Coconut water has become a poplar item, both at the local health food store and now also in most large grocery stores.   It tastes great and many health-conscious people prefer it to sugary soft drinks or other sports drinks that often contain sugar.   Certainly another plus is that coconut water is chock full of vitamins and minerals.  It’s a healthy way to re-hydrate and re-activate all those muscles.  I doesn’t spoil easily and it can be kept in a cupboard without taking up refrigerator space.  According to Chris and Kara Mohr writing for Fitness Magazine,

Coconut water is a great alternative to the high-calorie, high-sugar options you see on beverage shelves.  It is lower in calories than many sports drinks and high in potassium, one of the important electrolytes that is lost in sweat.  The average gym-goer who’s hitting the weights a few times a week, maybe adding in some cardio or intervals, doesn’t really need the extra calories or sodium that you find in some sports drinks.

The Best Time to Drink Coconut Water for Sports Training

So when should you drink coconut water for optimal performance?  It’s a good idea to drink some before you exercise in order to prepare your body, especially your muscles.  Then carry some with you, especially during hot weather. Lastly, finish your workout with a few more sips at least. While coconut water can be soothing to your stomach, it also provides a pick-me-up.

Which brand is best? I prefer CocosPure because there is no added sugar or additives. The processing method saves as much of the natural vitamins and minerals as possible. It’s not made from concentrate either.  I think it tastes the best when it’s cold, but after a vigorous workout, it tastes good cold or warm. What a great alternative to the usual sugary sports drinks! Now if they would just sell it in all those vending machines that are so convenient. Please try it soon.