[4/9, 20:57] Mario: Coconuts grow in abundance in tropical countries, and coconut water has been consumed for centuries as it is known to have medicinal properties. Coconut water is often recommended to both the sick and the able; the drink has a natural, soothing effect. It is beneficial for pregnant women as well – it helps regulate the digestive tract, relieves morning sickness, constipation, and more. Health-conscious individuals also prefer coconut water as it does not contain cholesterol. Coconut water can be had anytime.
The health benefits of coconut water for pregnant women are immense. Some include:
It increases the expectant mother’s immunity levels and protects her and the baby as it is rich in vital vitamins and antioxidants.
It helps relieve constipation due to its high fibre content.
As it is a natural diuretic, it balances the uric acid levels in the body, flushes out toxins and clears out the urinary tract.
The presence of magnesium, potassium and other minerals helps in the increased output of urine which is vital during pregnancy. This reduces the risk of kidney stone formation.
It also provides the necessary electrolytes to prevent dehydration that is caused due to diarrhoea and vomiting, the two symptoms of morning sickness.
The presence of potassium and phosphorous enhances energy levels.
It is low in cholesterol. It also helps in eradicating the bad cholesterol from the body by preventing the accumulation of fat in the body. Hence, it is an ideal replacement for sugary drinks.
Hormonal changes during pregnancy can cause heartburn, which can be regulated with coconut water.
The lauric acid content in coconut water helps in the production of anti-virus that kills harmful bacteria.
The low sugar content in coconut water lowers the risk of gestational diabetes.
Coconut water hydrates the body, which increases the elasticity of the skin and thus reduces stretch marks that are caused during pregnancy.
To enjoy the benefits of this drink, it should be consumed immediately after it is cut.
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