Coconut water is found within the centre of the coconut fruit, which is usually harvested at around 5-7 months of growth. As the coconut matures, the liquid is replaced with coconut “meat”, but the water that comes from within a young coconut is very high in nutrients.
Water from coconuts has been consumed for centuries within hot climates to stay hydrated, as well to treat a range of ailments. More recently, coconut water has become a popular trend within the beauty industry for its cool hydration and benefits for the skin and hair.
The primary nutrient within coconut water is potassium, containing around 600mg, making it a high electrolyte beverage. Coconut water also contains a small amount of sodium, 40mg of calcium and traces of magnesium.
Coconut water contains anti-microbial properties called lauric acid that helps to protect against skin infections and encourages cell growth and cell activation. The anti-inflammatory properties reduce redness on the skin and reduce both external and internal issues, such as fine lines, wrinkles and blemishes.
As well as helping with anti-ageing, coconut water is a natural way to get rid of acne blemishes. It has anti-microbial and anti-fungal properties that reduce the risk of acne-causing microbial infection, helping to produce clear skin.
Dehydration from water or electrolyte loss can lead to fatigue and irritability. These symptoms result from the inability for the kidneys to flush out toxins. Coconut water contains a similar electrolyte profile to human blood, making it an ideal beverage to replace fluids and remove toxins from the body. Potassium specifically can also counteract some negative effects of a high-sodium processed diet.
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