Spotlight on Coconut Water
Coconut water is produced naturally in the coconut fruit, it contains 94% water and is comprised of easily digested carbohydrates in the form of sugar and electrolytes and is fairly low in calories and carbs.
Not only is coconut water delicious and refreshing, it also delivers vitamins that aid in recovery. Coconut water contains Vitamin C which boosts your immune system; folate (B9) which helps your body to create new cells; and vitamin B6 which helps build muscle by producing amino acids.
When we exercise, sweat rids the body of certain electrolytes, which we require to maintain proper hydration status and nerve, heart and muscle function. Coconut water contains a high concentration of electrolytes and includes less than one percent natural sugar, instead of the refined sugar or high fructose that is commonly found in energy or sports drinks.
Coconut water is freshest when it comes directly from the coconut, however you can also buy bottled coconut water at most grocery stores. Be sure to read the ingredients as some bottled brands contain added sugar or flavoring agents.