Just about every new year, we take the time to reflect on our lives and think about what we can do better. Like many people, health is on our mind in this New Year. Some people are starting to go to the gym and others are just trying to eat a little healthier.
One major problem in the United States is acid reflux. On the heels of Super Bowl Sunday which is practically a national holiday, there is also the tradition of having an array of appetizers with overindulgence. It seems like a perfect time to discuss acid reflux.
There are many natural remedies to acid reflux that people swear by from the simple idea of drinking a full glass of water to more esoteric practices like drinking Apple Cider Vinegar or Kefir (a yogurt-like beverage long prized in the Ural Mountains for its tremendous health benefits).
However, the most cutting edge remedy may be the amazing coconut. As you might have noticed, coconuts have been getting a lot of press in the last year or so for their multiple health benefits. Well, one of the most underrated is the ability of the coconut to soothe the stomach.
The natural fibers in coconuts help break down food, aiding the digestion process. Moreover,the medium chain fatty acids in coconut oil have been shown to help reduce inflammation in the stomach and, therefore, cut down on acid that is shot back up into the esophagus.
You might be thinking, “why is a publishing company so fired up about health and coconuts?” Well, we are excited because this month we are publishing a book on coconuts by our new author Morgan H. Bishop. His book is a groundbreaking piece that approaches coconuts with a sense of humor and then puts all the facts into easy-to-digest top ten lists. Here is a sneak peak of what you can expect from his book entitled Coconut Top Ten. This is from the section on the benefits of coconut water.
Ten Facts About Coconut Water
1. Coconut Water Is Super Water
Even though doctors are always haranguing me, I almost never drink water straight. But I make an exception for coconut water. Coconut water is about 95 percent water, which makes it a great hydration drink. During workouts or extended periods of physical activity, the body loses fluids rich in essential minerals. Coconut water is an amazing source of potassium and electrolytes, so it helps you keep your body hydrated. Unlike many other hydrating drinks, it is very low in sugar and doesn’t contain nasty preservatives and chemicals.
Coconut water is an amazing source of five electrolytes that are found in the body: magnesium, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, and sodium. Potassium is essential for the nervous system and brain to function properly. And if you feel that your energy level is low, that may be an indication that your body is running low on magnesium. Coconut water has all the rejuvenation powers you need.
2. Hangover Remedy
I have extensive experience with hangovers and have tried numerous ways to get rid of them. I can say with confidence that coconut water is one of the best remedies. If you have drunk more than you should have, you should consume coconut water to help you out. Hangovers are often accompanied by vomiting or frequent urination, and this is where coconut water is particularly helpful, because it replaces all those electrolytes that have left your body.
3. It’s Low in Calories
Coconut water can be an ally in your efforts to lose weight. Since coconut water is low in fat, it can be consumed in large quantities without any fear that you will gain weight, which is not the case with all those sugary drinks. Also, coconut water has been shown to suppress the appetite, which means that it can help in weight-loss efforts.
4. Used Instead of Human Plasma
Amazingly, coconut water can be used in emergencies to save people’s lives in cases of severe dehydration. It works in place of human plasma if administered intravenously.
5. Skin Care
Coconut water is not only super hydrating; it’s antibacterial as well. It can alleviate skin blemishes and acne, as it has been shown to moisturize the skin and eliminate excess oil. The cosmetics industry has recognized this property of coconut water, and it can be found in a number of creams and lotions.
Coconut oil may be all the rage when it comes to cooking, but don’t overlook coconut water. Since it is a good source of fiber, it goes really well in smoothies. But basically, it can be used in any dish where plain water is used, including doughs, oatmeal, soups, and steamed vegetables.
7. Choosing the Right Coconut
The amount of coconut water in coconuts may vary from 200 to 1,000 milliliters. Young coconuts are the best, because they contain a large amount of water. They are ideally used when they are five months old. Younger coconuts may not only be bitter in taste, but also devoid of nutrients. Although mature coconuts contain less water, they are much more sophisticated and responsible.
Choose coconuts that are young and green. Shake the coconut to test how much liquid it contains. (This is a fine art that is coveted in the islands.)
8. Aids in Digestion
Since coconut water is a good source of fiber, it can aid in digestion and prevent acid reflux.
9. It Contains Cytokinins
Cytokinins are plant growth substances that are plentiful in coconut water. According to recent research, cytokinins can slow the aging process and delay the development of cancerous cells.
10. It’s Rich in Antioxidants
Coconut water contains plenty of antioxidants, which are known for protecting our bodies from free radicals. Free radicals are the products of our own bodies, which means that there is no other way to fight them unless we consume food rich in antioxidants.
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