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Treating Food Poisoning With Coconut Water

Treat Food Poisoning With Coconut Water

Recently, I came down with a really bad case of food poisoning while traveling. Although I made it through the worst of it before my flight home, I still felt completely exhausted, weak, and dehydrated the days following. I was taught that it was water or bust when it came to food poisoning, but my doctor was quick to tell me that coconut water contained almost everything I needed for a speedy recovery.

The fitness community has been touting the benefits of coconut water for a while now, even referring to it as "nature's sports drink." Most notably, it naturally contains five electrolytes, and in cases of severe dehydration — like food poisoning — electrolytes are exactly what you need replaced for healthy bodily function.

To see how coconut water compares with sports drinks, just

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Unlike sports drinks, which are often used for electrolyte replacement, coconut water isn't loaded down with added sugar or calories. It has just enough natural sugar to give you a little energy boost, and since it's low in acid it won't upset an already sensitive stomach. (I had a 60-calorie, 12-ounce drink that only had about 14 grams of sugar.) It also has way more electrolytes than sports drinks do — 15 times more to be exact.

I know there is no such thing as a miracle cure, but I was feeling noticeably better after downing one drink. My energy level was upped and I felt some strength return to my muscles. I'm now keeping a stock of coconut water tucked away safely in my fridge at all times.

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