If you are serious about being healthy it is no good just to eat healthily, you have to also drink healthy things. Alcohol is a mild poison. Coffee and tea are not only draining the world of water resources they also contain caffeine. Water is what your body needs most – after all, we are mostly composed of water.
Perhaps the next best thing after water to drink is coconut water and coconut milk. Millions of people around the world have the coconut as a staple. It is remarkable that people who regularly drink coconut water and coconut milk are often deprived of decent medical facilities and yet they have much lower rates per capita of heart disease, obesity and diabetes than Western developed countries. It is a shame for many people in Africa, the Caribbean, South Asia, the Philippines and Polynesia that people are abandoning their traditional diets and being persuaded by media marketing to add western junk food and coke cola to their diets.
Coconut water is from young green coconuts. You can either buy a fresh coconut in a food market or you can buy coconut water in a Tetra Pak. The leading sellers of coconut water are Zico, O.N.E and Vita Coco. Coconut water contains a higher percentage of vital electrolytes than any sports drink. It also helps to treat urethra and kidney stones.
As with coconut milk, coconut water contains lauric acid. This is a remarkable fatty acid that is antimicrobial and thus helps the body to fight infection. Lauric acid has also been shown to be effective in preventing lipid disorders and balancing the PH in the body.
Coconut milk is the ideal substitute for cow’s milk. It is a drink free of lactose that can supply you with protein and calcium like milk as well as vitamins B1, B5, C and E. Coconut milk is also a good source of phosphorous, selenium, magnesium and potassium.
The Indians refer to the coconut as the ‘Tree of Life’. When you start to look into the many health benefits of coconut water and coconut milk it is easy to understand why.