COCONUT WATER IS everywhere …. So what is the go with The blue cartons have cropped up all over the place? (even at our gym)
edge that coconut water has over traditional sports drinks is that it packs
fifteen times more potassium—it contains about 470 milligrams per 8 ounces—than
Gatorade or Powerade. To put things into perspective, a medium banana has 422
milligrams of potassium. Potassium is a key player in rehydration because,
along with sodium, magnesium and calcium, the electrolyte helps maintain fluid
balance in the body. Potassium is also crucial to smooth and skeletal muscle
contraction, and can help prevent muscle cramps. Water is still best post a lighter workout or if trying to lose weight, however if you need that boost then coconut water is a reasonable option.
Coconut water does have some natural sugar, but most brands don’t add additional sugar, making it a great pick. That's something many traditional sports drink brands can't say.
Top Benefits of Coconut Water for Athletes
High Intensity Workouts Require More. Sweat rids the body of certain electrolytes, which are needed to maintain proper hydration status and nerve, heart and muscle function. Coconut water and other sports drinks deliver a higher concentration of these electrolytes. However, coconut water, like some sports drinks, may not contain enough sodium to replenish the amount lost through sweat. If you have a high sweat rate, you may need to pair it with some pretzels.
Go Natural. Coconut water includes less than one percent natural sugar, instead of the refined sugar or high fructose corn syrup commonly found in energy or sports drinks. Natural sugar is as important as carbohydrates for athletic endeavors—without overdoing it, of course. It's low in calories, and it might help prevent you from feeling too full, so you can also have a post-workout snack.
Vitamins for Recovery. Coconut water is great post-workout, because it delivers vitamins that aid in recovery, including C and B vitamins. Vitamin C boosts your immune system; folate (B9) helps your body create new cells; and vitamin B6 helps build muscle by producing amino acids.
Coconut Water Is for Everyone. Since
it is pasteurized, vegan and gluten-free, coconut water has universal appeal as
a hydration solution.