Thursday, February 28, 2013

Fruit Juice Recipes - How to Make a Delicious Coconut Water Drink

COCONUT TREES
There is so much you can do with coconut fruit and also the coconut water tapped from the interior of the fruit. However, today I would like to share with you wonderful thirst quencher, using just plain coconut and pineapple.

Introducing to you, a cool and delicious fruit drink for the summer, that's right around the corner. In fact, you can make this recipe just about any time of the year.

COOL RECIPE: 

PINEAPPLE COCONUT DRINK:
  • Coconut water 
  • Fresh Pineapple
  • Fresh Lemon

METHOD:
  • Blend or extract juice from 1/4 fresh pineapple
  • Strain if necessary 
  • Add one 16 ounce can of coconut water
  • Cut and squeeze one fresh lemon juice into  mixture

PIECES OF RIPE PINEAPPLE

Note:
You can keep the viscosity(thickness) of the
blended pineapple if you want to make a nice frozen slush or smoothie. Just add a little sweetener if needed, and freeze or blend further with ice.

If you are interested in knowing about the benefits of coconut water or where to buy coconut water, in this article, I will be providing you with a few health benefits of this sweet nutty water and I will also tell you where you can actually purchase various brands.

What is Coconut Water
Coconut water is a clear liquid found in the fruit's center of young, green coconuts, and should not be confused with coconut milk or oil, which are both high in fat and are both used mostly for cooking. The fact that it's low in calories, naturally fat- and cholesterol free, has more potassium than four bananas, and super hydrating, there is definitely some health benefits to consuming coconut water.

It's a all-natural way to hydrate, reduce sodium, and add potassium to your diet. Potassium especially, is important for the health of the heart -- it's very important in regulating blood pressure and other body systems.

What Was Discovered About Coconut Water

Studies have shown that disturbance in body water and electrolytes(sodium and potassium) balance can negatively affect cellular as well as systemic function, which may lead to a reduction in the ability of humans to tolerate prolonged exercise. Based on findings, water lost during exercise-induced sweating may result in dehydration of both intracellular and extracellular fluid compartments of the body.

According to American College of Sports Medicine, even a small amount of dehydration(1% body weight) can increase cardiovascular strain as indicated by a disproportionate elevation of heart rate during exercise, and disrupt the ability of the body to transfer heat from contracting muscles to the skin surface where heat can be dispersed to the environment. Therefore, consequences of body water deficiency can increase the likelihood of impairing exercise performance, success in competitions and may also lead to heat injury.

Any strenuous physical exercise such as training to increase muscular strength, improve speed or endurance and boost performance, will certainly drain the body of water, electrolytes(sodium and potassium) and minerals(magnesium, calcium, zinc) through sweating, depletes stored sugar or glycogen in muscles, and breaks down muscle. The ability to quickly replenish these nutrients and rebuild muscle is of paramount importance to an individual's ability to train hard on a daily basis and perform well in competitive sports.

Although sports drink, coconut water, or plain water, all work alike to keep the body hydrated, when you exercise sub-maximally -- contrarily, when individuals exercise strenuously in the heat for more than three hours,they tend to lose a lot more body fluid from sweating. As a result, they are going to need easily absorbed carbohydrates for the return of quick energy and also to replace electrolytes lost, such as sodium and potassium.

The water that's tapped from the interior of a green coconut is naturally refreshing and contains easily digested carbohydrate in the form of sugar and electrolytes. It's certainly a nutritious and relatively low-income way to add potassium to your diet and keep you well-hydrated.

The American College of Sports Medicine (ASCM) Views On Hydration

Because sweating during physical activities depletes the body of water and electrolytes(sodium and potassium), and other important minerals, the American College of Sports Medicine(ACSM) advise all individuals to properly hydrate before, during, and after exercising. Although water, and sports drinks are good enough to hydrate individuals exercising sub-maximally. For those who participate in more strenuous exercise may benefit more from the consumption of coconut water.

In regards to exercising and hydration, the following are just a few of the recommendations of the ACSM:
 It is recommended that individuals eat a nutritionally balance diet and drink enough fluids during the 24 hr period before an event, in particularly during the period that includes the meal before exercise, so as to promote proper hydration and allow enough time for the excretion of excess ingested water.
It's recommended that individuals consume about 500ml(approximately 17 ounces) of fluid about 2hrs prior to exercise in order to promote adequate hydration and allow enough time for the excretion of excess ingested water.

During exercise, athletes should begin drinking early and at regular intervals in an attempt to ingest fluids at a reasonable rate to replace all the water lost through sweating(i.e, body weight loss), or drink the maximal amount that can be tolerated.

Where Can You Buy Coconut Water

If you would like to know where to buy coconut water, or is currently living at a location where it is not being sold, you can order cans, bottles, or cartons of coconut water online at Amazon.com

Copyright© 2013 I.W. McFarlane

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