Happy, happy Friday friends! The weather is going to be absolutely gorgeous this coming weekend and, as I mentioned yesterday, we’re going to see a ballet tomorrow. I couldn’t be more excited! :-)
To finish out the week though, I thought I’d talk about my new favorite drink…coconut water. Typically my go-to drink to hydrate during the day is simply water, sometimes water with a slice of lemon; however, lately I’ve needed to drink a lot more than I used too. I noticed that if I wasn’t drinking enough liquids during the day, I’d started to feel dizzy, light-head and a bit fuzzy. At a check-up, I talked to my doctor about it and he associated those issues with dehydration. He suggested I drink something with electrolytes instead of plain water, like Gatorade. I didn’t like the idea of drinking Gatorade because, firstly, I’m not a fan and secondly, I had no interest in drinking something that wasn’t natural, had added sugar, dyes, etc. So I asked my doctor about drinking coconut water instead and he thought that was a great idea.
That very same day I made a purchase and have been drinking a carton of coconut water a day. I’ve noticed that when I drink it, I definitely feel more hydrated and those symptoms of dehydration seem to disappear, so long as I make a point to drink plenty of fluids during the day. I’ve tried a number of different brands over the past few years, but Vita Coco Pure Coconut Water is by far my favorite.
Over the years, I had always heard that coconut water had a number of great health benefits. In fact, I’m not sure where I heard this, but I was told (or read) that sometimes hospitals use coconut water in patients’ IVs because it restored those important electrolytes and is supposed to be so hydrating. So, based on this and my own experience, I decided to do a little research to find out, once and for all, the health benefits of coconut water. Take a look:
Pretty amazing, huh!?! Now, I’m not going to lie, if you’ve never tried coconut water before, it does have a different kind of taste. Honestly, I’m not really even quite sure how to describe it – it obviously has a coconut flavor, but it doesn’t necessarily taste like the actual coconut meat. It takes some time to get used and may not be for everyone, but I’ve come to enjoy the taste and find it to be refreshing and not only that, the health benefits are definitely worth it whether you like the taste or not.
Have you ever tried coconut water before?
What’s your favorite way to hydrate?
Any fun weekend plans?