There are many great reasons to drink coconut water. It’s a low-calorie drink packed with vitamins and minerals. It has electrolytes, and tastes great! Besides the fact that it’s so refreshing, there are other reasons to drink coconut water, so keep reading!
Get to know Coconut Water
Who doesn’t love something delicious that is also low in calories, at around 50 calories a cup? It’s mostly water but has electrolytes: potassium, magnesium, and sodium. It’s very hydrating, think Gatorade, but 1000 times better for you and without the sugar. The fluid and electrolytes that coconut water provides will help replenish your needs better than plain water. If you happen to be breastfeeding, not only does it quench that undying thirst, but it may boost milk production. I’m not saying plain water isn’t great, it is, and water is what you should mostly be drinking. But sometimes, you need a bit more.
Do you know the age-old saying that once you feel thirsty, you are already dehydrated?
Our body has a “water lag,” so once thirst kicks in, you’ve already lost fluid and if it goes too long, you will become dehydrated. Dehydration, which can occur with as little as 2% loss of your body weight, can affect your mental and physical performance. Are you experiencing brain fog and fatigue? It could be exhaustion from lack of sleep and all the other nuances of being a mom, but it could also be from dehydration. One way or another, make sure you’re consuming adequate water and other fluids. I started drinking coconut water instead of coffee in the afternoon for a pick-me-up a few years ago and it works. (check my blog about kicking the caffeine habit)!
If you’re breastfeeding or breast pumping, coconut water is awesome for milk production! I’m not going to tell you that it has some secret ingredient that will make you produce 10 ounces in five minutes. But proper hydration, as well as nutrition, are keys to increasing milk production. For more info, check out my book here!
The next time you want something to drink and you need a boost, pick up some coconut water, rather than Gatorade or coffee. I promise you will be amazed at how great you feel!
Guest Writer: Heather de Paulo