One of the best ways to replenish our bodies is by drinking coconut water fresh from the fruit. It is refreshing, delicious and very nutritious. The trick is to get them young and fresh for the sweetest and most nutritious water.
We know what you are thinking, ‘How do I get through the tough coconut shell without spilling all the water?’ The best method is by piercing the ‘eye’ on the bottom of the coconut. You can use a pestle and a screwdriver then drink it up with a straw. After that, use the blunt end of a large knife or anything strong enough to break the fruit to access the flesh.
Here are 5 reasons coconut water is great for you:
1. Boosts Energy
The electrolytes in fresh coconut water have been shown to help athletes recover energy, call it the perfect sports drink. The minerals and natural sugars in this nature’s health drink help with energy boosting so it is a great thing especially to recover energy after a work-out.
2. Assists in weight loss
The nutrients in coconut water will help you feel full for longer periods of time, meaning you will probably eat less of the ‘bad stuff’ and control your calorie intake.This amazing health drink has also been shown to boost your metabolism, meaning you will burn fat faster.
3. Lowers blood pressure
A study published in the West Indian Medical Journal proved that patients who had coconut water everyday showed significant reduction in blood pressure, which unfortunately is a common problem here in Kenya. Coconut water is not a cure in itself, but it does help people suffering from hypertension.
4. Improves skin health
Coconut water gives you vital nutrients and helps in detoxification, building great skin from the inside. Most skin ailments and conditions are caused by toxins and/or drinking too little water. Pimples and acne can also be controlled by washing your face with coconut water.
5. Strengthens teeth & bones
Coconut water contains a good amount of calcium which helps to build and maintain strong bones and teeth.
We care what you eat!
One of the most common new year’s resolutions is weight loss. Here are a few very effective weight loss tips.
1. Fruits & Vegetables
Increased consumption of raw fresh fruit and veg is great for any weight loss goal. Vegetables can also be filling, removing the need binge on excess carbohydrates (like potatoes or bread) which contribute to weight gain.
Vegetables are also the most nutrient dense and nutrient diverse foods. Other than salads, smoothies are a unique way of having your fruit and veg. An easy and TASTY smoothie recipe is 1 bunch kale, 1 banana, 1 green apple, 1 slice pineapple, 1 slice watermelon, 1/2 liter of water and 1 cup of cashew nuts. Blend for about 2 minutes and drink up.
This quintessential liquid is key to losing weight. First of all, it helps with curbing your food cravings and making you feel full. Secondly, drinking water regularly has been proven to boost metabolism.
The source of water is equally important, boiling water is good but if you can afford it, spring water is best. Alternatively, invest in a water filter and use it to purify ordinary tap water.
If you are one of those that find water boring or tasteless, add slices of lemon or fresh coconut water. They not only add taste but also contain electrolytes that replenish your body cells.#
3. Lower your sugar intake
Excessive refined sugar encourage weight gain. Use healthy alternatives like honey, stevia, unrefined cane sugar, xylitol, real maple syrup and also molasses. Avoiding sodas and even diet sodas which also have artificial sweeteners is ideal.
Another way to avoid sugar is to avoid food and drinks that may contain it, e.g. replace your morning coffee with a smoothie or natural juice. For dessert you can replace the pastries with fresh or dried fruit which will also help you sleep better. You can also use substitute snacks like chocolate and candy with dried fruit like raisins and sultanas which are easily available at supermarkets (also coming soon to Mboga Masters).
You don’t have to quit sugar 100% on day one, the key is moderation and small improvements, if you had 1 liter of soda, you can lower by half, and so on.
Have a healthy year!
The best approach here is diversity; one day you jog, the next day you can walk, weight training, spin work outs, aerobics swim, yoga and try to keep it simple and not too stressful on the body. The gym is a nice place to work out, access trainers and training buddies but the outdoors too does offer more fresh air and it is more therapeutic, especially if there is more nature, like a forest or game park.
Stress causes our bodies to malfunction. When your metabolism is not at full capacity, the body stores fat. Stress also often leads to overeating. Prayer, meditation, singing and dancing are great ways to lower stress levels. Deep breathing also works perfectly, especially in tense situations.
Many ailments are also caused by stress, so you would be killing two birds with one stone here, losing belly fat and staying healthy.
Cauliflower is a cruciferous vegetable, a group of vegetables ideal for cancer prevention. Cauliflower in particular provides special nutrient support for three body systems that are closely connected with cancer development as well as cancer prevention. These three systems are
- The body’s detox system
- Its antioxidant system
- Its inflammatory/anti-inflammatory system.
Like with all vegetables, cauliflower should not be overcooked in order to retain nutrients, sauteeing being the preferred mode of cooking.
Check out a great cauliflower-based recipe here