The benefits of coconut water

Endorsed by celebrities, fitness personals and commercials, coconut water has made a huge impact on the American food supply demands due to its health benefit claims. Coconut water is low in calories, fat, cholesterol free and has more potassium than four bananas, in addition of being super hydrating. From hangover fixes to ailments in kidney stones, is coconut water is just hype or the next big thing with all of its promises? Naturally refreshing clear liquid from the young green coconuts, coconut water has a sweet nutty taste and contains plenty of electrolytes. They are not to be confused with coconut milk, which are high in fat and derived from older coconuts.
Getting the right balance of electrolytes could replenish your energy, help lower your blood pressure and help rebuild lean muscle, for those who often work out. Compared to sugary drinks such as soda, sport drinks and fruit juices, coconut water have much less sugar and can be a better alternative for children.  As for the adults who consume alcohol, coconut water helps settle the stomach and replace essential when experiencing frequent vomiting and urination.  No one likes to wake up with nasty headaches.
“Unlike any other beverage on the market, coconut water contains five essential electrolytes that are present in the human body. These include: calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium and sodium. Because of its unique composition, coconut water can be enjoyed by individuals with varying medical conditions.” according to Lifehack. In addition, coconut oil has been featured in many hair and beauty products such as facial creams, lotions and shampoos. For those with facial imperfections such as acne and blemishes, coconut water has the ability to clear up and successively tone the skin. It can eliminate large amounts of oil in the skin and provides a good source of moisture, when consumed orally.

According to Dr. Oz, here are some great tips in choosing the right coconut water:

  1. Check labels to make sure there are no added sugars
  2. Choose plain, unflavored coconut water
  3. Make sure it has no more than 50 calories per serving
  4. Limit yourself to two servings a day
  5. Drink it in the morning for some extra energy or to rehydrate you after a long night’s sleep
  6. Drink it in the afternoon to get you out of a slump or after working out to replenish lost electrolytes
  7. Talk about a hype worthy to stick around for the long run.

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The First Annual Queens Health, Beauty and Financial Expo

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The First Annual Health, Beauty and Financial Expo was held on Sept 14 from 11 a.m.-4 the New York Hall of Science, which provided local Queens residents and their families a chance to venture new ways to health, beauty and finance. Among the expo were free blood pressure tests, health screenings, samples and demonstrations of different fitness and wellness organizations, such as The Fitness Detective. This was a perfect chance for residents to take advantage of services (requires insurance card) that may not be presented in the past.

Raffle tickets were given from each vendor demonstration and bought in order to win tons of great prizes including gift certificates for massages, dinner at UnoGrill, and most importantly a grand trip prize to Cancun, Mexico. Everyone who came out to the expo was given a free goody bag that had a few thoughtful gifts such as a hardcover notebook and Colgate toothpaste with toothbrush. Hosted by the Queens Courier Newspaper, the purpose of this expo is “learn how to look and feel good, with information about healthy eating options for the whole family and a variety of interactive demonstrations, including how to prepare a healthy salad by Saladmaster.”

Families get to take home investment tips, information about health insurance options, current New York public health information and senior living. The Queens community also got to interact with local experts. The event is perfect for the whole family, with offerings for everyone from kids to senior citizens as you can “pamper yourself without spending a cent with sample psychic readings, body wraps, hairstyling by Giorgio’s Salon & Spa, 10-minute massages by Healing Hands, and henna tattoos with a purchase of special priced eyebrow threading by ASHA Threading.”  Children also got free face painting and ID cards from NY Life Insurance.

Overall this event gets five stars for overall presentation, mood, organization and timeliness. Fitness Detective and Giorgio’s Salon and Spa had the most impressive overall presentations as they both went beyond their scope of means to really express passion in their respected fields and had clients that showed actual results from utilizing their services, including a woman named Carol Black who chose to workout at Fitness Detective because it’s a smaller gym where it “allows you to work out without feeling scared or intimidated”.

The event is sponsored by The Queens Courier, National Grid, AgeWell New York, AdvantageCare Physicians, Adirondack Oral Maxillofacial Surgery, Advanced Cardiovascular Diagnostics, Giorgio’s Salon and Spa, Frankie’s Carnival Time, Parker Jewish Institute for Healthcare & Rehabilitation, Zwanger-Pesiri Radiology, Saladmaster and New York Life.