Facts About Drinking Coconut Water

Pros & Cons of Drinking Coconut Water

 If you've been following this blog for awhile, you know that I am a big fan of virgin coconut oil. I use it in everything, from my homemade body butter, to face cream, to homemade soap, and even use it for oil pulling.

But coconuts aren't all just about the oil you can extract from it coconut water is pretty great too. This post goes over the health benefits of coconut oil as well as the stuff that might simply be hype.



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First of all, what's the difference between coconut water and coconut milk?

Coconut milk is the liquid that is extracted from the white grated meat of a coconut. This liquid needs to be extracted through a process, and is milkier and richer in color and taste. Coconut water, on the other hand, is the liquid that can be drawn directly from the cavity in the middle of the coconut that part that is surrounded by the meat and shell.

Coconut water is generally clear and tastes sweet. If it tastes sour then it's possible the coconut has gone bad.

The coconut water is clear, colorless and contains sugar, fiber, proteins, antioxidants, vitamins & minerals – and provides an isotonic electrolyte balance making it a nutritious food source.

What's so great about coconut water?

Coconut water is a great source of hydration because it is low in calories, cholesterol-free, and contains loads of potassium. It also contains a lot of electrolytes (BRAWNDO! It's got electrolytes! Anyone get the reference?), so much that some athletes swear by coconut water, saying that it helps keep them hydrated more than marketed sports drinks that contains artificial flavors and chemicals. Others claim that coconut water helps flush toxins from their bodies and cures all sorts of ills, from kidney stones to hangovers, even cancer.

So can I drink it in place of a sports drink?

It's true, coconut water has fewer calories, less sodium and sugar than your average fruit juice, all the while containing more potassium and the electrolytes athletes need to replenish after a workout. However, this doesn't necessarily mean that those who go through rigorous exercise can simply rely on coconut water. In order to sufficiently replenish the nutrients you lose through exercise, eating bananas or other healthy foods will do more to keep your body going than guzzling coconut water will.

It's also important to make sure your body is sufficiently replenished before you work out, not just after exercise.

Also, just because coconut water is natural and better for you than other fruit juices or sports drinks, doesn't mean you should drink it all day. Eventually, all that natural sugar and the calories will add up and accumulate in your body.

Is all this good stuff about coconut water true?

So far, there isn't any actual science to back up the claim that drinking coconut water is as amazing as people make it out to be, especially claims that it helps cure disease. It might be just as good, or not even as good, as the average sports drink you can buy in a store. In fact, most people probably don't exercise enough for this much thought to be put into what they should be drinking to rehydrate, and could probably do just fine drinking water.

But if you enjoy the taste of coconut water and feel that it's easier for you to stay hydrated drinking it, by all means, go for it.

How to Get Out the Last Bit of Lipstick

Isn't it annoying when you've used a tube of lipstick or lip balm to the point that the last bit is caught below the edge of the inner container, and no amount of pressing against your mouth will get you a satisfactory amount of coverage?

How to Get Out the Last Bit of Lipstick


An easy solution in this case is to use a lip brush and apply your lipstick that way, but sometimes that just looks and feels unseemly, and you'd prefer transferring the remaining lipstick into a more aesthetically pleasing palette.

Well, there's an easy way to do this that doesn't require digging into the tube with a teeny tiny spatula and getting lipstick all over the place.




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You'll Need:

- your worn down tube of lipstick
- a toothpick
- a stainless steel spoon
- a lighter
- a clean container you want to transfer the lipstick into

Directions:

1. Place the tube that holds the lipstick you'd like to remove in your freezer and leave it there for an hour. Make sure you first rotate or push the inner container up so that the remaining lipstick reaches the top of the tube, or you'll have a tough time manipulating it later when it's frozen.

2. After an hour, remove the tube from the freezer, then take a toothpick and stick it into the now hardened lipstick. Gently maneuver the toothpick so that you lift the remaining lipstick out of the tube. It should be hardened enough that it comes out in one, clean solid block.

3. Place the lipstick onto a stainless steel spoon, then, with a lighter, carefully heat it up by placing the flame underneath the spoon.

4. When the lipstick has become a liquid consistency, carefully pour it into the container you've chosen to hold it in. Allow it to cool to room temperature. To ensure that it cools into a beautifully smooth surface, be careful while you're pouring that you don't dribble any onto the sides of the container.

To Use:

When the lipstick has cooled to room temperature, it should return to its regular consistency. Take a lip brush and apply to your lips as your normally would. This is easier than trying to dig it out of the bottom of a lipstick tube, not to mention it looks a lot classier!