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The coconut is one of the greatest gifts of this planet. The coconut is a natural water filter that takes almost nine months to filter a liter of water. The water travels through many fibers being purified where it is stored away “sterile” in the nut. This water is pure, clean and one of the best sources of electrolytes know to man.
Some make the claim that coconut water is identical to human plasma and can be injected directly into the human bloodstream. The story has its origins in World War II, when British and Japanese soldiers were given coconut water intravenously because saline solution was in short supply.
Coconut water is usually sterile and when mixed with plasma can act very much like saline. However, doctors say its sodium content isn’t high enough to stay in the bloodstream for very long. And an infusion of coconut water could cause the levels of another electrolyte, potassium, to become too high.
However, doctors do agree that coconut water is a very good drink for hydration. Those electrolytes are the salts that play a major role in the biochemistry and physiological processes of the human body. In severe cases of dehydration, the electrolyte balance is thrown out of whack and can create serious problems.
People have traditionally turned to sports drinks such as Gatorade to replenish electrolytes. But coconut water is better because it doesn’t contain the citric acid or sugar found in some beverages. Do something nice for your body today, and crack open a young Thai coconut and DRINK UP!
Read more about coconut water truths and myths in this blog post from National Public Radio.

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