by Catherine Madsen
Bliss Crafter, Austin Yoga Tree
The kids are back in school, fall is just around the corner, and yet it is STILL 100 degrees outside. That is Texas for you. These last few weeks in August can be some of the hottest of the year and for that reason, hydration is crucial! This week’s Foodie Friday post is all about hydration and how to step up your water game! One word: COCONUT!
Some days, no matter how much water you drink, you still feel dehydrated and thirsty. One possible explanation is that your body is lacking electrolytes. Electrolytes are compounds found in minerals that conduct electricity in our bodies. They are important for healthy functioning of our cells and organs. Minerals like sodium, calcium, and potassium are often good sources of electrolytes. When we sweat (which happens frequently during the month of August in Texas) we are loosing electrolytes, which explains why if you ever accidentally taste your sweat, it tastes salty!
The problem stems from the fact that we sweat profusely throughout the day and replenish with simple water. Drinking water is evidently very important, however; water does not have added electrolytes to make up for the ones that were lost. Sure, you could drink a Gatorade or add a packet of electrolytes to your water. These are effective solutions but not the healthiest. Gatorade, and other sports drinks, has lots of added sugars and chemicals. Electrolyte packets provide some replenishment but not enough. A better, healthy, natural, and organic solution to an electrolyte shortage is coconut water!
Coconut, in any form, is an extremely nourishing food. It helps to boost the immune system and also eases digestion. Coconuts have high electrolyte content and are a good source of fiber, protein, antioxidants, and healthy fats. All in all, coconut hydrates, detoxes, and revitalizes the entire body.
Coconut water has an especially high content of electrolytes because it is full of minerals. Potassium, magnesium, sodium, zinc, copper, and selenium abound coconut water. Restoring our electrolyte balance will help with hydration and hopefully rid us of the feeling of being dehydrated and thirsty. In addition, a proper balance of electrolytes means our heart can deliver oxygenated blood effectively throughout our bodies. This oxygenated blood will give our skin a lovely, youthful glow.
Next time you feel as though the Texas heat may have bested you, think again and grab a large, refreshing glass of coconut water. Your body will thank you for it!
Coconut water is fairly easy to come by. There are plenty of different brands to choose from, all tasting slightly different from each other. My recommendation would be to try out different brands until you find one that suits your fancy. Below are some brands that I love and they can all be found at your nearest grocery store.
ZICO coconut water http://zico.com
Vita Coco http://vitacoco.com
Drink up yogis! And stay cool out there 😎