By Claire Diab and Dennis Boyle
Dehydration occurs when the cells in our body do not have as much fluids as they should. Water is the most vital fluid our body depends on to maintain proper function. The most common ways water loss occurs in the body are from urination and sweating. In addition to losing water when we sweat, we also lose sodium, or salt. This is the reason that if you have ever tasted sweat trickle on your lips it may taste salty. When the excretion of fluids exceeds the intake of fluids, dehydration can result. When severe dehydration occurs, tears and sweating may stop. Some signs and symptoms of dehydration are thirst and decreased urine output. Dry mouth, lightheadedness, heart palpitations, confusion, and weakness may occur as the brain and heart try to compensate for this decrease in fluids. Replenishment of fluids and sodium become necessary to maintain homeostasis, which is the body’s natural ability to prevent overheating.
Let’s remember what “yoga” means. It is a Sanskrit word that means “union.” Yoga is the union of your body, mind, and spirit. Being in union, “yoga” means making choices that will nourish your body, mind, and spirit. A nourishing alternative to sugary sports drinks that will rehydrate the body is coconut water. Coconut water is celebrated for its health benefits and all-natural appeal. The trend is new to America, but Latin Americans have been drinking it for centuries.
Coconut water not only hydrates but also helps replenish electrolytes like potassium, sodium, and magnesium. Coconut water is the liquid that is found inside young coconuts before they mature. It has high potassium content and contains antioxidants linked to a variety of health benefits. A serving has about the same amount of potassium as a banana and is low in sodium. The high potassium and low sodium content of coconut water has a nutrient profile shown to help lower high blood pressure. Cytokinins in coconut water may be among the most beneficial components. Coconut water’s electrolyte (aid in a number of vital bodily processes) content is very similar to human plasma, making it a fantastic sports drink, giving you oral rehydration. Coconut water does not contain any preservatives and is naturally low in calories and fat-free. People who drink coconut water on a regular basis usually have a smooth and lovely complexion. So remember to always choose the most nourishing choice. Rehydrate the yoga way, and enjoy the many benefits of coconut water!
Other Health Benefits of Coconut Water include the following:
• Helps promote weight loss.
• Boosts your immune system.
• Fights viruses.
• Boosts poor circulation.
• Aids digestion by removing toxins.
• Boosts thyroid health.
• Keeps the body at proper temperature.
• Carries nutrients and oxygen to cells.
• Helps break up kidney stones.
• Great for liver problems such as hepatitis.
• Reduces urinary problems.
• Helps eliminate swelling in hands and feet.
• Good for burns.
• Good for hangovers.
Claire Diab is an internationally recognized Yoga therapist. She is the director of the Yoga Program for the Chopra Center founded by Dr. Deepak Chopra and Dr. David Simon. She is an adjunct professor of Asian Studies at Seton Hall University. She is the author of several books and DVDs on Yoga including “Yoga For Firefighters.”
Dennis Boyle is a retired fire director and acting chief with the West Orange (NJ) Fire Department. He was the recipient of the 1999 New Jersey Deputy Fire Chiefs “Fire Officer of the Year” award.