The Skin Benefits of DRINKing COCONUT WATER
My avid appreciation for coconut water began a few years ago while I was in Puerto Rico on a particularly steamy September Caribbean day, strolling through Old San Juan. The heat and humidity was intense. Although I had consumed multiple bottles of water, I still felt thirsty. Drinking the water from one fresh coconut, however, left me feeling truly hydrated. That wasn’t the first time I drank coconut water, but it was the first time I experienced such an undeniable demonstration of its benefits.
From that point on, I increased my coconut water intake to about six ounces daily. I can truly feel a difference in my body and skin – which is why I recommend you drink coconut water regularly too.
Coconut water is a great youth-preserver for your skin. Its well-known potassium and electrolyte content prevents dehydration and helps hydrate your skin from the inside. Interestingly, coconut water has the same level of electrolytes as human blood.
Coconut water also boosts circulation. Great circulation is necessary for the health of the skin as well as the body overall, moving toxins out and oxygen around.
Coconut water is also the richest natural dietary source of cytokinins. Cytokinins have an anti-aging effect on human cells and tissues – so much so that researchers suggest consuming a rich source of cytokinins, such as coconut water, may produce an anti-aging effect on the body and reduce the risk of developing age-related diseases.
One of my favorite brands is Koh Organic. It tastes as close to the freshly tapped coconut I had in Puerto Rico as I’ve been able to find. When I need to satisfy a sweet craving, Zico Chocolate is my first choice; so delicious!
If you’d like try something a bit different, make coconut water popsicles with your favorite fruits, coconut water ice cubes with mint leaves for a variety of beverages or blended with greens and frozen to use in smoothies. Nourishing your skin from the inside is just as important as using quality topicals on the outside.
Perfecting your skin is my passion!