At this time of year, when the weather is heating up quickly, it’s a good idea to have a litre or 2 of coconut water on hand, for those days when water just doesn’t cut it.
Dehydration can sneak up on us, even when we think we’re drinking enough.
Headaches, tiredness, trouble concentrating, loss of appetite, muscle cramps, dizziness can be signs of dehydration.
Staying hydrated isn’t just about how much water is in your body – your electrolyte levels are equally important.
Electrolytes are minerals such as potassium, magnesium, sodium that help maintain fluid levels in the body, and regulate muscle function.
Electrolytes are lost from the body (along with fluids) through prolonged sweating, vomiting or diarrhoea.
Coconut water naturally contains electrolytes, and other minerals, and it doesn’t contain any of the nasties that sports drinks do – refined sugar, artificial colours/flavours, and other additives.
If, like me, you can’t stomach the taste of coconut water on its own, try adding it to smoothies, or blending it with pineapple to make Pina Colada-inspired ice blocks.