Tender coconut water a natural, nutrient rich isotonic drink.
It is high in electrolytes, chlorides, potassium, and magnesium and has a moderate amount of sugar, sodium and protein. It's also a good source of dietary fibre, manganese, calcium, riboflavin and vitamin C.
Coconut water helps prevent dehydration and also relieves tiredness and fatigue by replenishing the natural salts lost by the body when you sweat.
There is some evidence that coconut water may help build up immunity, improve kidney function, prevent urinary tract infections (UTI) and lower high blood pressure, but more research is needed before we can say for certain.
Some mums find that drinking coconut water helps relieve morning sickness, constipation and acidity that are common problems during pregnancy.
In traditional medicine or Ayurveda, tender coconut water is used as a laxative, it is cooling believed to ward off vomiting and bilious fever. Water from a ripe coconut, on the other hand, is believed to cause constipation, and indigestion.
When you are looking for something other than water to quench your thirst, you can try tender coconut water instead of aerated drinks or packaged fruit juices that may contain preservatives and artificial flavouring. Many of these drinks just add empty calories to your body without any nutrients.
Coconut water is also a good alternative to caffeinated drinks, such as coffee, tea and colas.
There are many benefits of drinking coconut water but do keep a few things in mind:
• Always remember that moderation is the key. Clean, filtered water should always be your main drink. Don't substitute it with coconut water or other drinks at all times.
• Always pick fresh, clean, green coconuts and make sure they are cut in front of you.
• Drink the coconut water as soon as the coconut is cut so that it is fresh and nutrient rich. Use a clean straw or pour the coconut water into a clean glass.
• Skip drinking coconut water if you feel you don't like the taste or if it doesn't agree with you.
If you're running out of drink choices check out our slideshow on healthy and refreshing drinks for pregnancy. You're bound to find plenty of alcohol-free and nutritious options!
Baby Center Editorial Team. . What are the benefits of drinking coconut water during pregnancy? In Baby Center [Online]. Available: http://www.babycenter.in/x1019315/what-are-the-benefits-of-drinking-coconut-water-during-pregnancy. [2013, July 13]