1. Pure Coconut Water is a natural source of Electrolytes. While sweating is good, the body loses potassium and sodium during the process especially when you live a highly active lifestyle. Coconut water replenishes what’s lost from the body while re-hydrating it. Forget about sugar-laden sports drinks, this is low in calories and provides all the hydration you need during physical activity, during illness (such as vomiting and diarrhea) and even when on a cleansing diet. Go for fresh, pure and straight out of the shell as much as possible. Most packed beverages come with sweeteners and preservatives to extend shelf life.
2. Coconuts are optimal sources of fat. Whether it’s the juice, the meat, or oil, adding coconut to your diet fuels your body with saturated fat (the good kind). This is known to lower cholesterol levels, keeping the heart healthy. The saturated fat from coconuts are called MCTs or Medium-Chain Triglycerides, which are different from the form of saturated fats found in other food sources. MCTs work to provide the body with a quick source of energy making them great boosters for your workouts.
Added Tip: Include 2-4 tablespoons of VCO to your daily diet and notice your skin give off that healthy glow.
3. Coconut Oil has Anti-Microbial properties. Virgin coconut oil contains Lauric, Capric and Caprylic Acids that give it antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties.
Ayurveda, the traditional system of medicine from India, promotes an age-old practice called Oil Pulling. Many still stand by this habit of swishing or gargling cold-pressed, virgin coconut oil around the mouth for 15-20 minutes first thing every morning to clear out the toxins. Pulling with coconut oil helps keep teeth and gums healthy, relieves sore throat, prevents chapped lips and keeps dryness in the mouth and throat at bay. Learn more about the benefits of oil pulling here.