Coconuts Are One of Our Best Allies

Did you know that the coconut is one of our best allies?  Well, it is!!! Coconuts are one of those simple blessings that many of us have come to overlook and perhaps fail to appreciate.

COCONUT MILK vs. COCONUT WATER

First, let me point out that coconut milk and coconut water are very different things.  Coconut milk is extracted from the matured meat of a coconut and coconut water is an naturally occurring liquid inside young coconuts, but is replaced in time by coconut meat and air.  A very young coconut has very little meat, the gel-like substance inside the fruit that eventually becomes firm as it whitens and matures.

WHAT KIND OF A NUT IS A COCONUT?

The term coconut is very misleading since a coconut it is not a nut at all. I’m not kidding, it’s a fruit! To be more precise it is a drupe, like that of a peach, cherry, plum, nectarine, olive,  date, or mango. Another term for a drupe is stone fruit.

Now that you have a better understanding about what a coconut is (some of you already knew  this and I thank you for your patience) and how its water is distinguished from its milk, let’s talk about the benefits of drinking coconut water, since that is the true focus of this article. You know I had to give you nuts and bolts of  it before I got to the point, right? *Awkward Grin* Yes, I realize that was corny. Hence, my attempt now to move on. I wanted to share some information with you all about a great new product that I’ve come across…

O.N.E (One Natural Experience) 100% Coconut Water!

Are you looking for a great refreshing drink that will restore your electrolytes? Are you looking for a drink with a nominal amount of sugar but still tastes great and doesn’t have an after taste?  Well look no further, O.N.E. is a phenomenal product and once you’ve tried it, you’ll be hooked, just like me. Of course, after spending a lot of time in Kauai, Hi I’ve become accustomed to drinking lots of pure coconut water straight from the fruit and now that I don’t have access to my green friends, O.N.E has been a great substitute. Yes, it really is that good and by good, I also mean good for you.  I have not been this excited about anything in a long time, but O.N.E. Coconut Water gets my vote, HANDS DOWN!

More Info For Those Who Like Detail: It is also an excellent source of naturally occurring potassium, which helps to regulate blood pressure and heart function as well as balances your pH levels, amongst other things. (1)  According to O.N.E it’s “the perfect isotonic beverage and optimum hydrator.” They also tout that O.N.E “optimally contains all five electrolytes found in the blood: calcium, sodium, phosphorus, potassium and magnesium.” (2) It’s true!  In fact, during World War II, the water of fresh young coconuts were used as intravenous drips to rehydrate the body. There was also a recent case of a man receiving a Coconut IV in the Solomon Islands for Intravenous Hydration.(3) Chemically speaking, some experts say that young coconuts are more closely related to our intracellular fluids than blood plasma and has been used in intravenous therapies in Cuba. (4)

Do your body a favor and treat it with this wonderful alternative or complement your favorite sports drinks with it for electrolyte replacement.

More Info: If you would like more information on the benefits noted by O.N.E. Coconut Water and you didn’t notice the link provided above (O.N.E. (One Natural Experience) 100% Coconut Water!) – Then scroll back up to the link and hover your cursor above it and it will provide a preview window option off to the right or you click on the link and hyperlink to O.N.E. site’s benefits page.

I would love to hear your thoughts and experiences with O.N.E. Coconut water or any other coconut water experiences that you would like to share.  And if you liked the article, please take a moment to rate it and, or comment. I look forward to hearing from you.

Thanks for reading, enjoy and replenish!

References:

1. The Treatment and Support of Cancer: Potassium

2. Conis, Elena, Coconut Water: a health drink that’s all it’s cracked up to be?LA Times (Special) Mar (2011)

3. Campbell-Falk, D et al. The intravenous use of coconut water. Am J Emerg Med 2000 Jan;18(1):108-11

4. Goldsmith, H.S. (1962) Coco-nut water for intravenous therapy. British Journal of Surgery, pp.42-422

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