Coconut water has been regarded as a miracle drink by many. It is one of the best drinks to combat summer heat and also serves as a powerful natural sports drink for an instant boost of energy. It is low in calories and contains natural enzymes and minerals like potassium that make it a super drink. While it is good to sip on fresh coconut water anytime of the day, drinking it at the right time can definitely double the health benefits that you can derive. Now if you have decided to live your life the 'healthy way' why not be doubly sure, right?
Here's everything you need to know about the best time to drink coconut water to reap the maximum benefits.
The best time to have coconut water
Unlike other drinks, there's no one best time to have coconut water. You can enjoy it during the day and even at night, but drinking it at some specific times does certainly help.
Drink it early morning on an empty stomach: Drinking coconut water first thing in the morning on an empty stomach can help in many ways. Coconut water contains lauric acid, which helps in boosting your immunity, kick-starting your metabolism and facilitating weight loss. Pregnant women are often recommended to have coconut water to fight dehydration and constipation. It also helps relieve morning sickness and heartburn, which are common symptoms of pregnancy.
Before or after a workout: As shared earlier, coconut water is a great natural sports drink that helps in hydrating your body and boosting energy before a workout. Whereas after a workout, coconut water helps in replenishing the lost electrolytes during the intense session. Drinking coconut water helps in fighting fatigue and exhaustion and is one of the best energy boosting drinks.
(Also read: 6 Benefits of Drinking Coconut Water)
Drinking coconut water helps in fighting fatigue and exhaustion.Pre and post meals:
Drinking a refreshing glass of coconut water before a meal, makes you full and thus, prevents overeating. It is low in calories and easy on the stomach. Drinking coconut water acts as a digestive. It helps in quick digestion and prevents bloating after meals
. Regular consumption of coconut water also helps in maintaining the electrolyte balance in your body and thus, keeps your blood pressure in control and improves digestive functions.
Before going to bed: The sweet and pleasant fragrance of coconut is known to have a psychological effect that helps diminish anxiety and slows our heart rate. Sip some coconut water before hitting the bed to fight stress and calm your mind. Moreover, drinking coconut water at bedtime may help in flushing out all the toxins and cleansing your urinary tract, thus preventing infections and kidney problems.
Great hangover cure: Did you know that a glass of coconut water is one of the best home remedies to get rid of a hangover? Alcohol causes dehydration which may lead to a headache and a nauseous feeling the next morning. Coconut water helps in fighting both and also restores the lost electrolytes making your feel better.
Coconut water is packed with essential nutrients like potassium, manganese, Vitamin C, calcium and dietary fibers that make it a very healthy and refreshing drink.
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