First coconut water experience
Now that the outdoor temperatures and humidity are climbing and I am continuing to run in spite of them, I have to consider drinks other than just plain water to replenish myself after a workout. Since the warmer temperatures mean I will be sweating more, it is essential that I replace the sodium I’ve lost and maintain a balance of electrolytes.
Plus I think they can be overused or used when they aren’t even needed: if you aren’t exercising in extreme heat or cold, or for a long period of time, then you really don’t need these drinks at all.
You’d be better off doing this:
However, I’ve been intrigued by coconut water for some time. It’s still as expensive (if not moreso) than the sugary sports drinks, but it does appear to be a more “natural” alternative.
For my first coconut water experience, I tried a few selections from the O.N.E. brand.
Disclaimer: I did not receive any free samples, I purchased these with my own money. I was not paid to review these products.
According to their website:
- O.N.E.™ Coconut Water is excellent for replacing lost electrolytes from exercise or illness
- O.N.E.™ Coconut Water is an all-natural sports/energy drink
- O.N.E.™ Coconut Water is a natural isotonic beverage – contains a similar level of electrolytes found in human blood.
- O.N.E.™ Coconut Water may help promote smoother, more hydrated skin
- O.N.E.™ Coconut Water is non-allergenic
- O.N.E.™ Coconut Water is rich in potassium. Potassium helps regulate blood pressure and heart function.
- O.N.E.™ Coconut Water is an effective oral rehydration medium and keeps the body cool.
The first one I tried (since I wasn’t brave enough to try just “plain” first) was Coconut Water with a splash of Pink Guava.
I was not a big fan of this one, but I believe it was the pink guava. Also, the consistency threw me off a bit (it’s quite thick) and I think I needed to shake it up better before I drank it next time. But I decided to still try the others!
I’m so glad I tried this one, I loved it! Passion fruit tasted way better than guava, so I was glad I didn’t let that one ruin it for me. I was also starting to notice how I didn’t drag as much when I drank something besides plain water after a run (I did drink water before and during though, just to be clear).
I’m almost convinced that anything mango is good, as far as I’m concerned. I love mango! This was my favorite of the three.
I still need to try plain coconut water (plus the other flavors I haven’t had yet, like the pineapple in that first picture) and perhaps sample some of the other brands on the market. I would like to buy these more often, but frankly they are a little pricey (these were ON SALE for $1.79 each and they are tiny).
I also try not to buy too many VitaminWater Zero’s, even though they are $1/each and you get way more liquid for that amount. Yet I think as the summer endures, I will make it a priority to drink electrolyte beverages but make it a combination of a coconut water here, an electrolyte powder there (33 cents each!), and some VitaminWater thrown in.
Have you tried coconut water? What did you think?