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Should you drink coconut water after exercise?

Healthista’s Nutritional Director Rick Hay explains the benefits of coconut water powder and how to get it

Healthy foods, snacks and drinks have exploded on to the market and it’s left us feeling spoilt for choice when it comes to deciding what non-artificial energy bar or detox tea we are going to try next.

But do we actually know the true goodness that are in these guilt free products? We have decided to call upon the expert advice of Healthista’s Nutritional Director Rick Hay to fill in the blanks and keep us up to speed on these trendy nutrients.Today, he’s covering coconut water powder.

Rick Hay says: ‘Coconut water powder is great for rebalancing electrolytes after a strong workout.

‘Electrolytes are minerals in your body that help level out the amount of water in your body, balance the nervous system and make sure that your muscles, heart and brain are working properly.

‘Potassium, calcium and magnesium are key electrolytes found in coconut water powder. They are particularly beneficial after exercise if you’ve been sweating, as they help restore electrolyte balance.

‘Coconut water powder is also rich in vitamin C and iron, both of which aid in energy production. On top of that, coconut water powder can help replenish glycogen stores after exercise – glycogen is fuelled from food which is stored in your muscles and it’s used up when you workout.

‘So if you’re feeling a bit tired, it can give you a post-workout energy boost.’

Looking for a nutrient powder that contains coconut water powder? Try the Healthista ‘Body Food’ Powder

Coconut water powder has a natural coconut flavour, free from artificial flavours and colourings. Add it to a smoothie, juice, shake or desserts for an electrolyte fix.

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Rick Hay is an Anti-Ageing and Fitness Nutritionist with many years clinical experience in nutrition, naturopathy, botanical medicine and iridology. He specializes in obesity treatment and weight management. He writes a regular Natural Health and Fitness Blog for Healthista. Find out more at rickhay.co.uk. Follow Rick on Twitter @rickhayuk

 

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Rick Hays book the Anti Ageing Food and Fitness Plan is available to buy on Amazon. 

 

More from Rick Hay:

Anti Ageing Fitness Plan: Week 6

5 foods to keep your body young

10 rules of weight loss

5 foods to eat when you’re frantic

10 pre-exercise snacks that WON’T ruin your diet

FOOD is seven a day the new five a day?

HOW TO Choose a protein powder

What to eat if you exercise

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