Why Personal Trainer Larysa DiDio Swears by Coconut Water
I love coconut water. But when I first heard about it, I thought it was a scam.
Six years ago, one of my clients told me, “You have to drink coconut water! It’s new and it’s supposed to be good for you.” I’ve always been really particular about what I put in my body, and at the time, I brushed coconut water off as what I thought would be yet another short-lived nutrition trend. My client even brought me a bottle once, and I didn’t even drink it.
Not too longer after, I was experiencing horrible acid reflux. It runs in my family, and I had already tried everything, including heartburn medication. Nothing was helping, so I looked up homeopathic cures. One recommendation I saw was coconut water, which some people think might reduce acid reflux thanks to its pH-balancing electrolytes. I reluctantly gave it a try—and immediately, my belly felt so much better.
It was just the first of many benefits of coconut water I discovered. As I continued to drink it for acid reflux, I noticed a ton of other amazing things were happening to my body: For one, I felt way less bloated. My rings were even falling off my fingers thanks to the de-puffing effects. Coconut water is packed with potassium, which helps your body release water. That’s important because the typical American diet has too much water-trapping sodium in it, which leads to bloat.
Coconut water also helped me avoid needless munching because I was drinking it in place of a morning snack (each 8-oz serving is 45 calories, so remember that it shouldn’t be your main source of hydration; nothing beats regular water for that!). As an added bonus, my body started to recover much faster after exercising. In addition to potassium, coconut water is filled with other electrolytes, making it a great drink to help balance your fluid levels after a sweaty workout—with way less sugar than the typical sports drink.
If you want to test out the health benefits of coconut water for yourself, these are my top tips: First, make sure you opt for a brand that is just coconut water with no extra, iffy stuff in it. That means no added sugar, no flavoring, no juice—zilch. Drink one serving after your morning coffee to settle your stomach, or enjoy it as a mid-morning snack. Have a second serving in the afternoon (I love adding it to smoothies!) or after a workout as a recovery booster.
And of course, remember to slurp up plenty of plain H2O throughout the rest of the day. As much as I love it, coconut water is not a panacea, but it can be a great supplement to your regular healthy diet.
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