Coconut water is everywhere! I remember the first time I saw it was post race and literally I asked what is that? And then I got the long talk about how much better coconut water was for me than my regular plain water.
So if you have jumped on the coconut water band wagon is it worth it?
Here is the good, bad and ugly:
Coconut water has an amazing amount of potassium and is generally low is sodium. It is also a great way to stay hydrated. Many people don't like the taste of plain water so this is a great alternative to sugary sports drinks that can raise your blood sugar unnecessarily. Most of us don't eat enough fruit and vegetables each day so any gaps you have in your potassium levels can be filled by the coconut water.
Coconut water may also help lower A1C levels. This is REALLY new research and more needs to be done to determine if this is practical but with coconut waters low carbohydrate levels this seems reasonable.
Coconut water also seems to have an effective on the formation of crystals in the kidneys and urinary tract leading to a reduction in kidney stones.
Due to its low sodium content, coconut water is not going to replenish sodium lost if you are a heavy sweater.
Therefore you need to buy coconut water supplemented with sodium or simply eat some pretzels or a bagel with peanut butter.
For MOST athletes plain, boring water is going to serve you just fine. You don't need anything fancy or special post race or workout. (side note: I train for triathlons and don't use anything but water as my beverage)
You can go too far. Like everything, there is too much of a good thing. Too much potassium can hurt you. You can develop abnormal heart rhythms and lose consciences. Remember that coconut water should be enjoyed in small amounts.
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