Benefits of Coconut Water in Kidney Stones Treatment
Nutrition specialists recommend that the nutritious fluid derived from the interior of a coconut is to be consumed at regular intervals not only because of its refreshing qualities, but also because of its health benefiting properties. Tender coconut water is loaded with simple sugar, electrolytes and minerals that aid in replacing lost body fluids during summer seasons and keep it well hydrated.
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Frequent dehydration episodes in a human body can lead to kidney stone formation. Reasons behind why people suppress the need to satisfy their thirst may be plenty, but what they fail to realize is that by doing so, they are doing more harm than good to their body. In a dehydrated state, urine volume produced is relatively less and whatever is present will be highly acidic. Certain minerals that settle in urine as unwanted byproducts of metabolism find an acidic environment ideal for crystallization and gradual build up of these crystals eventually lead to formation of solid stones.
Coconut water is also known for its high potassium content compared to other fruits, though potassium is found in almost all fruits and veggies. Now, urine under normal conditions contains natural substances that inhibit mineral crystals, already formed, from sticking to each other, and potassium is one among them. These substances may not be present in all individuals alike, and the aid of external sources may be required. For such individuals frequent coconut water consumption can be of great help.
Passing a kidney stone is a source of excruciating pain. The pain can go to such an extent that women often equalize it to the pain experienced during childbirth. Stones can be of various size and shapes. They can be smooth and flat or irregularly shaped with jagged edges. Even small sized stones with sharp edges can cause a lot of pain during its outward movement, for they can scrape against the lining of the urinary tract and cause scarring as well as give a bloody tinge to urine from tissue bruising.
Tender coconut fluids acts as a natural diuretic, that is, it has properties that tend to increase urine production and flow. Dilute urine has a lesser chance for crystal formation since most minerals get dissolved completely in alkaline urine. Studies conducted have revealed that when water got from tender coconut was introduced into the urinary system via urethral catheters and permitted to flow up to where the stones were deposited, its size managed to decrease considerably on a daily basis making its decomposition even easier. It seemed to bring about a similar reaction when consumed orally. Thus, urologists recommend that kidney stone sufferers drink coconut water every alternate day to gradually reduce their stone size for easy elimination.
Other positive health benefits derived from this water is that the naturally occurring enzymes assist in digestion and increases metabolism. The water is low in calories making it an ideal drink for weight watchers. It is also known to contain anti-ageing, anti-thrombotic, and anti-carcinogenic properties. Tender coconuts can be stored in room temperature for approximately 10 days, but once cut open, the water should be consumed immediately or its flavor and goodness will be lost.