Do you go “COCO” for Coconut Water!?

As a competitive athlete who for years struggled with balancing energy, alertness, control, and blood sugar while unsuccessfully trying to minimize the jitters of caffeine from coffee, tea, carbonated beverages, and so called “energy drinks” and the at times uncontrollable hyperactivity of the many sugars from “healthy” fruit juices, sweetened iced teas, and so called “sports drinks”, I know first-hand how frustrating and debilitating it can be to your performance to fuel up with the wrong grade of gasoline before the big race.

 

 

Slogging Through Self Sabotage

You feel out of control, like someone has snuck in and sabotaged your vehicle when you weren’t looking–taken a knife and slashed the air out of your tires. You press your foot down on the gas pedal but nothing happens. At best you are stuck in neutral, more often you’re sliding into reverse as your own body becomes the biggest obstacle to your performance and success.

My friends, I know how you are feeling. I’ve been there- many times. It’s not a fun place. It feels like everyone else is halfway down the track driving turbo charged Lamborghinis while you’re toiling to get off the starting line in a Yugo.

 

Trade in your Yugo for a Supersonic Jet

What does all this have to do with Coconut Water you might ask? Well, combined with another secret performance booster (to be revealed in a future blog-post on Water and what types you should be drinking to optimize your health and performance), you will soon have all the know-how required to trade in your decrepit Yugo for a Supersonic Jet and zoom over and past the comparatively snail-paced Lambos of your competition at Mach speed.

It’s really simple, actually– you see most of the Lambos driven by your friends, peers, and competitors are powered by caffeine and sugar. This gives them a huge boost in energy (not sustained) and a marked increase in alertness and focus (also short lived) in exchange for a large crash later. It also plays havoc with their blood sugar and causes them to be in control one minute and out of control the next, a recipe for long term disaster- and disease.

 

“There’s got to be a better way!!”

When I finally decided once and for all it was time to get off that potentially deadly blood sugar teeter-totter, I searched around for a better way. Like many Shark Tank and Dragon’s Den investment pitching hopefuls, I said to myself: “There’s got to be a better way!” and I went to work on finding it.

First I learned all I could about Water and hydration but before I tell you all about that side of the equation (in a not-to-be-missed blog-post coming soon where you’ll learn about what being hydrated REALLY means and why people travel all over the world to visit certain “healing” springs that seem to suggest water is not just water- Hint: It’s not the pH or the filtration method), I want to let you in on a secret that Sports and Energy drink manufacturers don’t want you to know about:

“All sugars are NOT created equally” (More on that soon in a blog-post on SUGAR–and what it all means to your body’s engine).

First off, a quick definition. “Glycemic Index” is a ranking of foods/carbohydrates (or beverages) that measures how fast and how much a particular input raises your blood glucose levels (Hint: Slow and steady wins the race here too.)

 

Yes, there’s a “better way” and this is it 

Most sports and energy drinks quickly skyrocket your blood sugar and then crash it (and you) to a halt when the boost is used up. Coconut Water, more specifically- Organic Raw Unpasteurized Coconut Water with no added sugar or other ingredients that is sourced from Young Green/White Coconuts is one of Mother Nature’s best answers to that problem. All natural coconut sugars combine with large quantities of essential performance and replenishment minerals (that most people don’t get enough of in their diets) like Potassium, Magnesium, and Calcium to get you launched off the ground solidly and keep you in orbit for a sustained period of unmatched performance.

 

The Necessity of Electrolytes in Hydration 

You see to run properly your body needs more than just basic general hydration from Water. It requires something called Electrolytes too. Electrolytes are substances that become electrically conductive ions when they break apart. These ions regulate the flow of water molecules across cell membranes (Note: More on Electricity and your body running like a battery in a future blog-post). In other words, to get Water inside and hydrate your cells, you require more than just the right Water. You require electrolytes too.

 

All Electrolyte enhanced beverages are NOT created equal

This brings us to the unprecedented explosion of electrolyte beverages flooding the market in the last decade or so. How do they stack up to “Good Old Fashioned Raw Unpasteurized Young Coconut Water”? Well, look at the label and ingredients/nutrition summary on the back of the product and if it has sugar or caffeine or an unnatural sugar substitute (More on The Deadly Dangers of Faux Sugars in an upcoming blog-post) listed, they don’t stack up at all and you’re settling for at best a used Lambo when you have your choice of the latest and greatest fighter jets and rocket ships laid out in front of you.

 

When can I drink Coconut Water?

Coconut water (or other natural electrolyte replacers) should be consumed mainly before, during, and after physical exertion/exercise. It is safe enough to consume regularly but does not act as a sole replacement for the proper Water consumption/hydration (More on that soon…). In fact it is so safe that in times of War, it has even been used as an IV and hooked right into the bloodstream to replenish dehydrated and/or injured/sick people. The reason for this is that the electrolyte balance in these waters (which are tapped from the center of Fresh Young Coconuts) is similar enough to the electrolyte balance in your blood stream that the body can actually utilize it to replenish lost storages of those essential minerals.

 

How do I choose a Coconut Water to drink?

Ok! Ok! You got me. I’m sold!

I’m going Coco for Coconut Waters! But there’s so many brands, where do I even start!?

Don’t worry. I got you covered there and will give you all the details and rate some of the most popular brands for you (In a future blog-post) as I spent a few months researching this exact dilemma for myself. But for now, I’ll give you a couple of quick pointers before I sign off because I want you to soar past your competition and blood sugar battles starting today…

 

What to look for when selecting Coconut Water

1. Look for Coconut Water with higher quantities of Potassium (500-1000 mg per 350 ml) and no added sugar or flavors.

2. Ensure it is labeled Organic Raw and Unpasteurized (Frozen is ideal for maximum retention of minerals/nutrients).

3. Check for comments/reviews/testimonials (in person or online) that state it is sourced from Young Green/White Coconuts, not mature older Coconuts.

4. Choose glass bottles over plastic whenever possible (Ensure plastic is BPA and/or BPS free if possible- More on what that means to your health in an upcoming blog-post on what you don’t know about plastic that could kill you and your family).

5. When available, choose actual Organic Young Coconuts over bottled Coconut Waters and extract and drink the Water (and eat the flesh) yourself.

 

Now, drink up and start your engines….and I’ll see you on the finish line.

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