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When you think about coconut, in all its forms, you are likely to think of an island, a beach, a tropical climate, or some other exotic scenario. While a coconut is all that, it is so much more. It is used for health and beauty. In Ayurvedic medicine, coconut water is known as a carminative, which means it detoxifies the gut, prevents bloating and gas, and increases the ability of the gut to absorb nutrients. The lauric acid in coconuts is thought to heal leaky gut syndrome, a prevalent problem in America today. Ayurvedic medicine touts coconut water as a natural stress-reliever. The cooling and tranquil effects of the coconut are thought to balance hormones and improve hot flashes and emotional stability in menopause. It is also believed to clean the liver. It promotes healthy skin and hair, whether ingested or used topically.
Aloe, Coconut Water, and Healthy Drinks Around the World (Slideshow)
Coconuts have anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and even anti-inflammatory properties. Coconut water is Mother Nature's sports drink, without any harmful colorings or chemicals or additives. It is a natural isotonic beverage which means that the electrolytes, minerals, and salts contained in coconut water are the same as what is in your blood. In fact, coconut water was used as an IV treatment in the second World War and Vietnam, due to a blood shortage. Every athlete should drink coconut water instead of a dyed sports drink. There is more harm than benefit from sports drink consumption but that’s another story (The 8 Best Ways to Rehydrate After a Workout).
Aloe vera juice has recently come into the light as a wonder drink. Aloe is a cactus-like plant and was considered to be the plant of immortality by the ancient Egyptians. It is a powerhouse of anti-oxidants and is known to have potent regenerative properties, helping stimulate cell growth and repair wounds. Like coconut water, it can be of immense benefit when used internally or externally and is widely used for health and beauty purposes.
Studies have shown that aloe juice maintains good oral health and also controls blood sugar. It has anti-carcinogenic properties and helps treat sinus infections, eye infections, allergies, heals sunburns and treats acne. It also promotes hair growth and reduces dandruff. Aloe juice is a great detoxifying agent for the gut. All in all, it’s uses are multifaceted, like coconut water.
Want to know more about healthy, hydrating options? Take a look at our slideshow of natural drinks from around the world.