Abundance of Coconut Water in Costa Rica
Coconut water has caught on and become trendy over the last few years while people in countries like Costa Rica have been drinking the stuff forever. “Agua de pipa”, as it is called here in Costa Rica is not to be confused with coconut milk. Coconut milk is a combination of the coconut water and the meat of the coconut. The water is a slightly sweet liquid which contains enzymes that aid in detoxifying and repairing cells in the body. It is great for replenishing electrolytes and hydrating you.
Of all the energy and sports drinks on the market there is nothing that can even come close to natural coconut water. Most of the commercially sold drinks are full of sugar and caffeine, not to mention the many other chemicals added. If you want a serious sports drink add a bit of fresh orange juice to your coconut water. The fructose sugar is more easily assimilated into the blood and doesn’t cause the crash that the store bought energy drinks do. I haven’t experimented with this yet but some even add a pinch of natural Himalayan salt to their “agua de pipa” if they have had a particularly sweaty workout.
If you are into juicing, as I am, you also might want to try mixing coconut water with your juices. It feels like it goes straight to your blood as if you have had a blood transfusion. And it makes sense because coconut water is very similar in composition to human blood plasma when it is fresh out of the coconut. Doctors have actually used coconut water as an IV fluid, especially in remote areas of the planet.
The health benefits of coconut water are endless. It is high in potassium and contains multiple antioxidants. It has many vitamins, minerals and trace elements. It is especially rich in the B vitamins. The liquid also provides amino acids, phytonutrients and cytokins, which are plant hormones that fight aging and cancer. It is also very powerful for alkalizing the body which is important for people that eat a standard diet which is made up highly of acidifying foods. We will get into alkalinity and acidity at another time.
Here in Costa Rica this wonderful elixir is everywhere! It is always a delight to watch the locals with their machetes open one right before your eyes. I generally pay about the equivalent of 80 cents US for one from my local juice guy. When I’m at the beach I just find them and cut them open myself. I have to smile a little when I go back to the States and see the prices on the bottled stuff in the store. But not everybody can live in the tropics so it is definitely better than nothing! We use lots of coconut water in our Detoxes and Juice Cleanses as well as with our Fitness packages. Give it a try; I’m sure you’ll like it. And your body will thank you for it.
This entry was posted on Wednesday, May 15th, 2013 at 4:48 pm
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