Homemade Sports Drinks with Coconut Water

CoCos_464x467pxRecently we’ve become aware of the dangers of many popular sports drinks. Here are these drinks promising good health and rejuvenation from workouts and races. First, there are the artificial colors, guaranteed to be bad for you and maybe even cancer-causing. One of the top brands still contains BVO (brominated vegetable oil) which is patented as a flame retardant. Then there is the sugar, disguised by various names. Is it needed to replenish your body? While sugar gives you quick energy during exercise, it doesn’t help replenish after you are finished. Unsweetened coconut water, full of vitamins, minerals and electrolytes (potassium and sodium) is definitely superior.

Homemade Sports Drinks Are Easy to Make

Making your own tasty sports drinks is easier than you might think. Just mix, pour into a portable bottle, cool in the frig and you’re ready to go. Below are some great recipes, adapted from Heather from her blog, Mommypotamus.com to include coconut water.

1.Orange Twist Sports Drink

  • 3-4 cups coconut water (depending on the concentration you prefer)
  • 3/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice (about 2-3 oranges)
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon celtic sea salt or real salt
  • 2 tablespoons raw honey or maple syrup (or more to taste)
  • a few drops of Concentrace minerals drops (optional)

It’s best to have freshly squeezed juice but frozen juice can be substituted. If you make the drink in batches it should keep in the frig for a week.  Heather says we are all deficient in trace minerals so she adds them to all unheated food and drinks.

2. Lemon Sports Drink

3. Herbal Cooler

We would love to hear from others who make their own sports drinks. Please let us know and we will be sure to share with other readers.

Coconut Water Discoveries in the Lab

Cocos Pure coconut water is all natural
Cocos Pure coconut water is all natural

There have been a number of medical studies of coconut water in the past 5 years. While there are testimonials about the benefits of coconut water, there needs to be controlled studies to back up this reported evidence. Several studies were done at the Biochemistry Department of India’s University of Kerala using lab rats.

The Department of Biochemistry at India’s University of Kerala has repeatedly examined the effect of coconut water on lab rats and done so from multiple angles. In one study, they reported that coconut water reduced blood sugar and oxidative stress in diabetic rats. [2] Another study found that coconut water reduced high blood pressure and improved antioxidant activity. [3] Further research revealed a beneficial effect on cholesterol. [4] Read more here. 

Dr. Edward Group, writing online for Global Healing Center states that coconut water is also known as the best way to rehydrate after exercise. There are a number of reasons that it is better for you than the flashy sports drinks. It’s natural, full of vitamins and minerals and also electrolytes. When you have been exercising and sweating you lose more than just water.  Coconut water helps you rehydrate without the sugar, acidity or calories of soft drinks or sports drinks.

When researchers in Malaysia compared the rehydration efficacy of plain water, sports drinks, and coconut water, coconut water was the shining star. A study that included ten healthy males, each exercising for 90 minutes, determined that not only was sodium-enriched coconut water extremely effective for whole body rehydration, it was also better tolerated- no nausea or upset stomach. [5]

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Not all coconut water products are created equally. Be sure to find one with no additives and a low heat processing. Cocos Pure has a great selection of all-natural coconut water with or without the pulp. Click on the button below to order yours today.

 

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Coconut Water as a Sports Training Drink

CoconutsVery recently coconut water has taken the world by storm, appearing in health food stores as well as grocery stores, even in coolers for yoga training and of course along with other sports drinks in the sport training drink sections. What’s all the publicity about coconut water?

First, let’s clear up the difference between various coconut products. Coconut water is the liquid found in immature coconuts. Coconut milk is a mixture of the coconut pulp and coconut water. This is not to be confused with coconut cream, a thick, sweet paste used for cooking and some cocktails. It’s totally different from shredded and often sweetened coconut we find on top of cakes and in cookies. Coconut water is the purest form and full of vitamins and minerals.

Sports Training Drinks

Which leads us back to sports training. According to Pamela Nisevich Bede writing for Runner’s World, coconut water is definitely superior to other sports drinks as a replacement for electrolytes and other nutrients depleted during a tough sports workout.

That said, coconut water does offer some benefits. It’s a natural way to replenish electrolytes after hard workouts. Unsweetened varieties are free of the sugar, artificial sweeteners, or dyes contained in many conventional sports drinks. And it’s high in potassium and magnesium, two nutrients the body needs for general health and good performance.

An 8-ounce carton of unsweetened coconut water has approximately 40 calories and nine grams of sugar, compared with approximately 50 calories and 14 grams of sugar for the same serving of Gatorade. Read more here.

It’s important to find unsweetened coconut water without any additives. Cocos Pure coconut water is completely natural and processed with minimal heat to save as much of the vitamins and minerals as possible. To order some today, just click on the button below. Here is another article about sports training and coconut water.

 

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Replace Your Sports Drink with CocosPure Coconut Water

CocosPure Coconut WaterCoconut water has become popular in the past 10 years as a nutritious energy drink. While it should not totally replace water for hydration, it is definitely superior to energy drinks that are full of sugar or caffeine, even chemical additives. Such energy drinks might provide quick energy but then they let you down quickly. What is the cost to your health to use them? It’s best to replace your sports drink.

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On the other hand, coconut water, the juice from young coconuts, is high in potassium. One 12 oz. can of coconut water contains 690 mg of potassium, more potassium than a banana and certainly more than popular sports drinks which contain 140 mg. Our western diet is low in potassium and it is important to athletes as it prevents muscle cramps.

While most commercial coconut water products are pure coconut water, it’s important to read the labels as some contain sugar, fruit juices or other additives. One of the best coconut water products on the market is by The Cocos Pure Beverage Corp and is available in health food stores and by special order. Why not try some today? You can easily order it by clicking the button below.

 

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Health Benefits of Coconut Water

Coconut water means healthy skinThere are countless benefits of this great drink, coconut water. However, here are some that you might not know about, thanks to “Top Ten Home Remedies“, a great website to check out.

  • Boost to the Immune System – People living in modern cities often have compromised immune systems and need a concentrated food to replace the lacking vitamins and minerals. Coconut water is a delicious, low fat drink that is packed with nutrients such as “antioxidants, amino acids, enzymes, B-complex vitamins, vitamin C and minerals like iron, calcium, potassium, magnesium, manganese and zinc……  Plus the plant hormones called cytokinins in this health drink exhibit anti-aging, antithrombotic and anticancer effects.”
  • Relief from Hangovers – Did you know coconut water is a better remedy than bloody marys or even anti-acid medicines? It is easy on the stomach and provides much-needed nutrients. The antioxidants in coconut water help deal with the oxidative stress caused by over-indulgence in alcohol.
  • Relief from Headaches, Stomach Aches and even Heart Problems – The gentle nature with high nutrient content of coconut water works magic with these problems. “Plus, coconut water has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antiplatelet properties and helps improve circulation. Thus, it helps reduce plaque formation in the arteries and lowers the risk of heart attacks and strokes.” If used regularly, coconut water has been known to aid in lowering blood pressure as well.
  • Promotes Weight Loss – this low fat drink is a much better choice than the usual soft drinks which are full of sugar or artificial sweeteners. Here’s a popular drink that is good for you.
  • Rehydrates the Body and Slows Down Aging – By putting moisture back into the skin, coconut water provides its users with youthful skin and bodies. Why not drink something that is good for you during your next sports event or road trip?

Cocos Pure is here to help you realize the great effects of coconut water so you achieve that perfect body or at least recover from your over-indulgences!

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Using Coconut Water for Detox

CoCos-Pure_464x467pxCoconut water is just perfect for a detox fast since it is full of all kinds of nutrients such as “Vitamin C (5.8 mg), Choline(2.6 mg), Niacin (0.2 mg), Riboflavin (0.1 mg), Thiamin (0.1 mg), etc. 1 cup of coconut water can provide 10% of the daily requirement of vitamin C, 8% of Riboflavin, 5% of Thiamin and 4% of Vitamin B6. All these vitamins are vital for health of our body.”
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It is also full of necessary minerals. One cup of coconut water contains “17% of the daily requirement of both potassium and manganese, 15% of magnesium, 11% of sodium and 6% of calcium. Most of these minerals are very important for bone health, immunity and other functions in our body. Presence of these minerals make it an ideal candidate for being used as an electrolyte.”
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Here are the benefits of using coconut water for a detox:

  • Coconut water supplies a wide variety of vitamins and minerals, necessary during a detox when the diet is limited.
  • Coconut water supplies energy to the person fasting so that he/she can continue daily schedules.
  • If you drink coconut water right from the coconut, it is one of the purest forms of water available to us today.
  • Coconut water is very alkaline and good for cleansing your body.

You can see why coconut water has been termed a “wonder food”.

How to Fast with Coconut Water

Drink 2 liters of water per day. The amount depends on you body type, age and season you are fasting. It’s better not to drink more than this amount as it can have a diuretic effect. Just sip it when you feel dehydrated or hungry. You can of course drink regular water as well.  Continue for at least 3 days and you will feel like a new person by the end.

While it is best to drink right from the coconut, not everyone has access for green coconuts with lots of water inside. CocosPure, a Canadian-based company, has produced a very pure version of coconut water using a cold-press method to minimize the reduction of nutrients. The product, Cocos Pure is the purest and one of the least processed. Why not try it today?
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Benefits of Coconut Water for Sports

p1120526We know coconut water is chock full of vitamins and minerals, but did you know how beneficial it is for extreme exercise such as the top athletes practice? Here is a testimonial of a sports figure who swears by coconut water to not only get him through the most grueling workouts but also for recovery after sports matches.

What exactly is coconut water?  It is the juice from a young green coconut.  If you were to open this type of coconut you would find it full of liquid.  You could also spoon out the coconut pulp which will soon turn into the coconut meat.  It’s the consistency of pudding and just as delicious.  The clear coconut water should not be confused with coconut meat or coconut oil.  It has more potassium than 3 bananas, low in calories, fat and cholesterol.

Here’s what tennis star, John Isner had to say about using coconut water after his 11-hour marathon Wimbledon win.  “It is super hydrating and has kept me going in long matches and prevented me from cramping even in the hottest and most humid conditions,” Isner says.  He mixed it with protein powder for his post-match recovery.

A number of studies have found that while coconut water is adequate for recreational athletes, professional athletes and those who sweat excessively need still more carbohydrates and sodium, and it is necessary for these athletes to supplement coconut water by adding more salt and eating snacks such as raisins or pretzels.  Even John Isner drank coconut water with added salt the night before his matches.

Another benefit of coconut water is that it causes less nausea, bloating or stomach upsets for athletes who are under extreme pressure to preform.  It is easier to digest than the usual sports drinks. I can attest to this remedy as I once found myself suffering from stomach upset in a third world country without good medical care nearby. Coconut water was what got me through it.

Remember that not all brands of coconut water are created equal.  Be sure to find one that is processed with little or no heat and does not contain additives or sugar.  Also, coconut trees can be sprayed just as any other crop, so search for one that is organic.  CocosPure meets all of these criteria, so why not try it today and taste the difference?  Better yet, take some with you next time you hit the gym or the trail.

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