Hydrate naturally, not with Gatorade
Coconut water is another super product that has been gaining speed on the market and for good reason. It is an excellent electrolyte replacement, containing potassium, magnesium, sodium, calcium and phosphorus, with healthy sweetness. Coconut water is also identical in content to human blood plasma, so it will not cause an electrolyte imbalance with consumption. It is always amazing to me how many things grow in nature that we need that we don’t have to produce in a factory.
Gatorade and other electrolyte drinks contain electrolytes, but they are also packed full of sweeteners, artificial colors and flavors that you would be best to avoid.
Coconut water is taken from the middle of young green coconuts, not the hard, brown counterparts you might be thinking of. The water of young coconuts is much different than the mature coconut because the nutrients in the liquid have not yet been utilized by the coconut to create the meat. Drinking coconut milk from a mature coconut will not yield the same health benefits.
Zico Coconut Water is 100% Non-GMO Project Verified and they offer a variety of coconut water beverages. Look for these flavors of Zico and the best prices on Amazon.
Vita Coco has created a few unique flavors that differ from Zico that you might enjoy that are also Non-GMO Project verified that you can find on Amazon as well. I can attest that they are tasty!
I am a fan of having a little coconut pulp in my coconut water, I think it keeps up the flavor of the water and gives it a little boost. C2O Coconut Water adds pulp to their coconut water drinks and I have to say they have been my favorite up to this point. Put it in the fridge and drink it cold, it feels like a visit to the beach 🙂 Look for their plain coconut water or find it in chocolate, pineapple and tropical punch juices.
If you are looking for something truly unique, Taste Nirvana has two unique flavors that stand out from all others. Try their Coco Aloe with aloe pulp added for a little fiber, or their Coconut Water with Thai Chili extract for a truly one-of-a-kind taste.
And if that isn’t enough for you…Thirsty Buddha makes, along with plain coconut water, a mango flavored variety that is sure to quench your thirst.
With all of these choices, who would ever need to drink Gatorade again?