Coconut water rejuvenates

Temperatures are beginning their summer climb, and staying hydrated is very important.

Water is essential to life. Experts recommend at least eight glasses of water per day, and here in Cayman, we require more.

For those who work outside, it is essential that they drink enough fluid during the day to avoid heat exhaustion, dehydration and their related symptoms. Not all beverages, in spite of fancy labels and statements, are healthy or beneficial. A recent purchase of a well-known beverage, marketed especially for rehydration after exercise, revealed preservatives and dyes, ingredients that are harmful. I was shocked to read the ingredients. Let your drink of choice be water. And, if possible, make it coconut water. Coconut water is low in calories, about 50 calories per 8 ounce glass, and cholesterol free.

It contains potassium and lately has been dubbed “Mother Nature’s sport drink.” Fresh, sweet, locally grown coconuts make for a refreshing and restorative beverage. Find them sold at road-side stalls, and taking time to stop and sip brings back a reminder of the simplicity of Cayman life.

However, readers should beware of commercially-produced coconut water sold in markets. They need to read the label carefully.

Many canned coconut water brands contain preservatives, chemicals and sugar, so be sure to read the labels and ask your store representative to import purer brands of coconut water. There are canned coconut water brands available on island that are 100 percent natural.

Donna Mitchell is a lifestyle consultant specializing in weight management and self-help. She can be contacted on [email protected]