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Give Coconut Water a Try

By on October 4, 2013

Drinking water has always been an incredible challenge for me. Most view water as a refreshing drink, sustenance for our bodies, but to me its tasteless essence leaves me feeling like I’m drinking my own saliva. This has been going on since my childhood.

Ironically, I sweat profusely with the slightly physical activity lacking A/C so you would think that I would naturally gravitate towards  water. I have to admit, I’m not proud of the fact that I don’t consume enough water being that our bodies are made up of a great percentage of water. I typically turn to sport drinks as they do replenish electrolytes but the high sugar content makes feeling thirsty all over again. My thirst could only be quenched by something cold AND it had to have some kind of taste to it.

People suggested that if I just added some lemon to my water that I would eventually love the taste of water. It turns out that I only ended up tolerating the taste because I knew it was the same water just with a citrus lace. I’m literally FORCING myself to drink the stuff.

A while ago, I observed a co-worker pull out a strange looking drink box to quench his thirst. I thought this couldn’t have been a kid’s drink box. He’s a grown ass man! He passed the ice cold box to me and said, “drink some of this.”

“Well, what the hell is this?” I replied laughing. He replied, “Ice cold coconut water!” “You mean Coconut Milk, right?” I asked. “No, coconut WATER.” he exclaimed.

To my surprise it was THE most refreshing thing that I had ever drank in my life. I felt like I was being renewed on the inside: like my body was saying ‘This is what I’ve been waiting for!’ Now I realize that there is NO substitute for just plain water, this discovery could at least get me going in the right direction towards my body’s need for liquid hydration. Coconut water is the liquid inside the coconut before it matures. Curious to know more, I discovered a few other facts about nature’s sport drink.

  1. Coconut water is packed with electrolytes.
  2. One of the best benefits of drinking coconut water is its electrolyte content.
  3. The electrolytes in coconut water, especially potassium and sodium, make it a super hydrating beverage. Coconut water contains about 600 mg of potassium and 252 mg of sodium per serving, making it an excellent post exercise recovery drink.

Coconut water also contains a healthy amount of other essential electrolytes, including calcium, 57.2 mg, magnesium, 60 mg, and phosphorus, 48 mg. Because coconut water is naturally fat-free and low in calories, it’s a good beverage for athletes and anyone trying to maintain a healthy diet low in calories and artificial sweeteners. A serving size of coconut water contains about 46 calories while other super hydrating beverages can contain hundreds of calories per serving.

It might be that in the end you may NOT be fond of the taste. In fact, I can’t drink coconut water at room temperature (for me, it MUST be cold). Try it and see if you like it. I did.


Anthony Charles Williams II is B.Slade™ and Contributor to healthyblackmen.org. He can be contacted at bsladetv@me.com, www.bsladenow.com, or via Tumblr: www.Openminded2040.tumblr.com.


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  2. Staff Contributor

    December 13, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    I hear that ice cold is the only way to try it. I’ve had it once (ice cold) and liked it. Is it popular where you are?

  3. BangkokTrainer

    December 12, 2011 at 3:35 am

    Living in Southeast Asia, I have the opportunity to pick up a fresh, ice cold coconut after every workout right on the street at a very inexpensive price. It is delicious. It is good for you (in its natural form) I have read some reports that coconut water in the US is often loaded with preservatives and refined sugar. Also that some are simply coconut flavor with sugars added. I would say do your homework on coconut water as like most processed goods, it’s not good for you. You’d be better off finding a place that sells coconuts and busting them open yourself. Remember that the closer to nature, the better.

    Love this site. Just stumbled onto it from a Twitter connect.

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    November 27, 2011 at 9:32 pm

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  5. B.Slade

    November 24, 2011 at 2:52 am

    Trust me it’s only good when it is “ice cold”. Then it taste bomb.com

  6. Staff Contributor

    November 21, 2011 at 11:59 pm

    I am new to coconut water and will seek out a sample because Mr. Williams writes so credibly about it. Who else has tried it…let me hear from you!

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