There’s nothing quite like pregnancy to sharpen our focus on healthy living and healthy eating. Even though pregnancy comes with a range of physical discomforts, we want to be in the best form possible as we nurture the new life within. When it comes to our nutrition, we make many of our day to day decisions based on the lists of food and drink we are advised to avoid and we’re constantly on the lookout for healthy alternatives.
Coconut water is fast-becoming a drink of choice for the modern pregnant or breastfeeding western woman, although it has been coveted and drunk by locals in the tropics for centuries who tapped into the nutritional value of coconut water long before the rest of us realised the extent of the nutritional benefits packed inside. Today, research confirms what past generations of tropical islanders knew intrinsically; that coconut water is incredibly full of goodness and electrolytes like potassium, magnesium, calcium, sodium and phosphorus that help restore our energy after a strenuous day or a tiring workout.
Coconut water also makes a positive contribution to your daily vitamin intake. It is rich in vitamins, especially the B vitamins that are important in pregnancy, as well as trace elements such as zinc, selenium and manganese. It is also packed full of amino acids, enzymes, antioxidants and cytokinins, which are plant hormones that are thought to have anti-ageing and anti-thrombotic effects. Like coconut milk and coconut oil, coconut water contains lauric acid, which is a known immune booster that will be present in your breast milk to help protect your baby while you are breastfeeding
Most of us strive to regulate our weight gain during pregnancy, and coconut water is a fantastic low calorie drink option. It is fat free, caffeine free and contains only 2.2 grams of natural sugar per 100mls, making it far lower in natural sugar than other fruit juices such as apple or grape.
Apart from playing an overall role in helping you to keep fit and healthy during your pregnancy and providing important nutrients to your baby while you breastfeed, you can also use coconut water as therapy to combat many of those typical pregnancy discomforts. Fatigue and dehydration; muscle spasms and cramps; poor blood circulation, swelling and blood pressure fluctuations are all common issues experienced by pregnant women that regular consumption of coconut water can help to address. It also has the benefit of being particularly soothing along the entire digestive tract and is used to relieve morning sickness, acid reflux, heartburn and constipation.
Coconut water is the liquid extracted only from young, green coconuts. When shopping for coconut water, it is important to check the label and be aware of the source of a product, so that you get the true benefits of this elixir from nature while you are pregnant. Avoid products that are derived from concentrate, and those that have any additives such refined sugars and preservatives. Recently launched in South Africa, CocoZone is a 100% pure coconut water which is tetra-packed for freshness at the source. CocoZone coconut water comes from a single plantation that is reliant on natural rainfall and contains no added sugar or preservatives, so you know that goodness is all you’re going to get.
Author: Positive Dialogue Communications