Coconut water for athletes
Staying properly hydrated is one of the basic determinants of success in sport. It is particularly important in endurance sports, including long distance running. Research shows that loss of approximately 4% of fluids from your body (with respect to the athlete’s body weight) might decrease endurance up to 30%!
On the market there are many isotonic drinks for athletes. Their purpose is to hydrate the body and replenish the minerals (mostly sodium), vitamins and glucose lost during physical activity. Unfortunately many have fundamental drawback: as they contain artificial additives such as colorings, flavorings, stabilizers and sweeteners (e.g. aspartame, acesulfame K).
Sport is associated with health – so why most athletes choose drinks full of preservatives? Yes, advertisements help increasing sales, but why choosing expensive and not healthy sports drinks? Excessive consumption of preservatives and artificial sweeteners might lead to abdominal pain, diarrhoea and allergic reactions.
Drink water? Yes, water is vital for your health, natural, safe and you should drink it. However, providing your cells with water is not enough. There is a better choice. 100% coconut water turns out to be a perfect alternative to isotonic drinks made for athletes. It is natural, does not contain artificial colorings, flavorings or stabilizers. It only provides you with naturally occurring sugars. It contains sodium, magnesium, potassium, manganese and vitamin C. Some types of coconut water even contain calcium and iron. Some proponents of drinking coconut water claim that it hydrates your body even 10 times better than other isotonic drinks.
Given its average carbohydrate and sodium content it is highly recommended for medium intensity sports and moderate duration of physical effort. After prolonged effort, where you lose a considerable amount of electrolytes and glucose, you can add a little bit of salt to your coconut water and eat a handful of raisins.
Try out our new three variations of Livity coconut water: natural, fizzy and with watermelon.
Recommended by Aneta Korzeniecka, nutritionist