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    Top 10 Reasons Why You Should Drink Coconut Water Daily

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    Coconut water has seen an exponential growth in its popularity in recent years, thanks to its amazing list of health and beauty benefits.

    Read about coconut water benefits for weight loss detoxification here.

    Fresh coconut water has a little sweet and nutty taste. It has a subtle taste and can therefore act as a healthy liquid base for your smoothies and health drinks. It is fat free, low in calories, and loaded with essential nutrients, minerals, electrolytes and poly-nutrients. What more can you ask for from a drink!

    Take a look at some of the health and beauty benefits it offers:


    1. Aids in weight management and detoxification – Coconut water is a low calorie drink often recommended as a post workout drink to improve hydration and restore the lost nutrients. It is also shown to improve metabolism due to its hydration capabilities, enabling to body to burn fat and reduce fat easily. A good source of dietary fiber, coconut water helps cleanse the body and reduces hunger pangs, making it easier to lose weight.
    2. Fights cholesterol – A study conducted on animals shows that coconut water consumption significantly lowers bad cholesterol like triglycerides and improves the level of good cholesterol. Though an extensive study on humans is still due, the results certainly give us a good reason to believe.
    3. Helps in detoxification – Coconut water is a natural diuretic and laxative, making it popular choice for people fasting as a way to cleanse body toxins. When you are trying to get rid of harmful toxins from your body, you need to give your body a break from calories without robbing it off essential nutrients needed for physiological processes. Coconut water does exactly that. It is low in calories yet nourishes the body with right nutrients, electrolytes and minerals making you feel energetic and focused.
    4. Lowers Blood Pressure – A research conducted on a small group of people for two weeks found that individuals ingested with coconut water depicted considerable reduction in blood pressure. High level of Potassium found in coconut water is responsible for effectively regulating blood pressure and improving body functioning.
    5. Improves hydration – Since coconut water composition resembles human plasma, it was administered intravenously in war zones and medical emergencies to rehydrate patients quickly. Its nutritional profile also makes it a preferred choice among athletes, for restoring depleting nutrients and electrolytes without additional calories. Drinking coconut water regularly hydrates skin and hair too, making it soft and smooth.
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    Beauty Benefits


    1. Fights acne and reduces blemishes. Due to its natural anti-microbial and anti-fungal properties, coconut water is widely used to reduce acne and fight pimples. Topical application of coconut water is known to reduce dark spots, acne, blemishes and marks. It is also a gentle cleaner and toner used to reduce pores, moisturize it and regulates its pH.
    2. Effective against sun damage – Natural coconut water has the capabilities to reverse sun damage, reduce tan and patchiness. Its anti-oxidant properties and Vitamin C are mainly credited for reducing sun tan effects on skin.
    3. Anti-ageing properties – Coconut water is increasing being used in beauty products. It contains lauric acid and cytokines that encourages cell re-growth and reduce inflammation caused by microbial infection. Coconut water is also a powerful anti-oxidant, helpful in reducing the damage done by free radicals and toxins, making the skin healthy and looking younger. Dab some cotton in coconut water and gently apply it all over the skin. Leave it to dry for 15-20 minutes before washing off. It will reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and dark spots.
    4. Fights dandruff and dry scalp – Its hydrating effect on the hair helps moisturize the scalp, while its anti-microbial and anti-fungal properties reduce dandruff. Coconut has found its right place in hair industry for being mild, effective and easy to use.
    5. Reduces hair fall – Coconut water unlike coconut oil, is light and can be left in the hair as a smoothening and nourishing serum. Its proteins and vitamins help strengthen the roots and revitalize them to reduce hair fall. Massaging hair with coconut water keeps your hair smooth, shiny and strong.

    The healing and disease curing benefits of coconut water, claimed by marketers, are yet to be researched extensively. But coconut water has been around for ages, especially in the tropical areas, where people swear by its benefits.

    Coconut water is best consumed fresh, unadulterated and natural. Packaged varieties are altered and contain flavor enhancers, additional sugar and preservatives. Be sure to read the ingredients carefully. Also limit your intake to a glass or two to avoid excess sodium, potassium and calories.

    It is generally considered safe and has no serious side effects. But if you are taking prescribed medications for blood pressure, diabetes or sensitive to tree nuts, talk to you doctor first.

    Author Bio

    Namrata Kothari is software engineer by education and a food and fitness blogger by passion. She is a lover of yoga and satire and has always been fascinated about nutrition and healthy living, but the real journey of research started after giving birth to two kids. She wanted to pass on good eating habits and balanced diet for their holistic growth, and started writing as a resource for others interested in the same.

    If you're interested in working with her either in person or remotely, please email her at namrata.kothari@gmail.com.

    Namrata currently lives inBangalore. She is also a contributing health writer for superfoodliving.com. Read more of her articles here: http://www.superfoodliving.com/author/namrata-kothari

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