Zico Pure Coconut Water - A Review
What would be the perfect workout drink? The answer to that question may
come to you floating on tropical breezes: it turns out it's hard to beat coconut water
as an exercise restorer and replenisher. Coconut water is completely natural in
the sense that it is a food that has been consumed for centuries and has got
just what you need when it comes to post-workout recovery.
What makes coconut water so remarkable is that it is low calorie and filled with an almost perfect blend of
minerals that lower blood pressure. As I document in my link on How to
Lower Blood Pressure, these minerals are key in the fight against hypertension
and are associated with lower blood pressure. For example, the
19%, 6% and 4% of the RDA for Potassium, Magnesium and Calcium, respectively.
Furthermore, it has a reasonable amount of sodium (60 mg) and calories (60) to
replenish lost reserves.
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Remember that sodium, magnesium and potassium
are all lost in sweat and all present in significant quanitites in coconut
water. Furthermore, magnesium and potassium are actively involved in muscle
contraction reactions. And coconut water such as
Zico has one of the highest potassium to sodium ratios, which is a good thing of
course and is representative of the ratio of most real foods and a strong contrast to the artificial sports drinks that
have a very low potassium count.
Gatorade, for example, has almost four times as much salt as potassium
and no significant magnesium or calcium. Plus, Gatorade has food dyes and
high fructose corn syrup just to ensure that it is as artificial as possible we
suppose. Remember: Mother Nature knows best.
EXTREME CAUTION: If you're trying to put on weight, you'll want to consume
protein before and after your workouts, ideally with egg whites. A lot of
guys down whey protein shakes, but that is very risky. Almost all whey proteins
come from isolates or concentrates, which means they have been hydrolyzed.
The hydrolyzation process frees up excitotoxins as I
discuss in my link, No
Whey! However, there is an alternative, undenatured or biologically active
whey, which I document in my link called Yes
Whey if you want more
1) Sports Med, 1984 Sep-Oct, 1(5):350-89, "Nutrition and sports performance"