The Skinny on Coconut Water

Over the past few years coconut water has become to Bikram Yoga what cosmopolitans are to socialites. Whether you sip, chug or nurse your tetra-pak, here are the reasons why picking up some coconut water after class is always a good idea.

What is coconut water?

Before the meat in a coconut begins to grow (about 7 months), young coconuts are filled with water that has an extraordinary chemical composition that is naturally beneficial for the body. As coconuts age, they begin to produce oil and milk which are heavy in healthy saturated fats (these are not present in coconut water).

Contains 5 essential electrolytes:

  • calcium (40mg/330ml) 4% of your daily average
  • magnesium (25mg/330ml) 6% of your daily average
  • phosphorus (17mg/ 330ml) 2% of your daily average
  • sodium (60mg / 330ml) 2% of your daily average
  • potassium (670mg/ 330ml) 19% of your daily average and more than one banana (which has about 460mg of potassium) and 15 times the potassium of a regular sports drink

Other Goodies:

  • fat free
  • no added sugars
  • low in cholesterol
  • safe for children

Fun Facts

  • Is an isotonic beverage, which means it contains the same levels of electrolytes found in human blood
  • 330 ml (one small tetra-pak) of coconut water has the same short-term hydrating effects as drinking 1 liter of water and eating a banana
  • According to medical research, coconut water has been shown to effectively help in dissolving kidney stones
  • Coconut water can be taken intravenously into the blood stream to re-hydrate the body, and was used intravenously in WWII when IV supplies were low
  • Coconut water has saved countless lives in tropical and developing countries, as it is more effective than regular water at re-hydrating the body quickly and providing nutrients for the body to fight infection
  • In medical studies, women drinking coconut water have reported a boost in their sex life
  • Potassium and magnesium has been shown to reduce high blood pressure, the FDA has found that coconut water is so effective at reducing heart attack in heart disease patients that it allows for coconut water to carry the claim “may reduce the risk of high blood pressure and stroke.”
  • Is the highest natural source of cytokinins, a plant growth hormone that has been proven to have anti-aging effects in the body, benefiting the skin and reducing the risk of degenerative and age related diseases
  • hydrates the skin, nails and hair
  • excellent, natural hangover cure

Coconut Water Recipes from Zico:


1 cup mixed berries
1 ripe banana
1 scoop protein powder
1 pak of natural coconut water

Mix all ingredients together in a blender using fresh or frozen fruit. Yields approximately 16 oz. Enjoy!
3oz ZICO mango
2oz vodka
twist of lemon
+ 2oz gin
+ twist of lime

Add ingredients into a shaker filled with ice, Shake, strain and garnish into a chilled martini glass. Enjoy!
Find more recipes at

*Coconut water is available at most studios in the GTA for $3

**OMB wants to know where you get your coconut water (and for how much) for our upcoming Toronto Coconut Water Map! Comment and let us know!! **


Summary Article by Dr. Lita Lee based on the research of Dr. Bruce Fife

Macalalag, E.V., Jr. and Macalalag A.L. Bukolysis: young coconut water renoclysis for urinary stone dissolution Int Surg 1987:72(4):247

ONE Coconut Water, Zico Coconut Water, Vita Coco Coconut Water



Filed under Benefits, Nutrition, Tips and Tricks

14 responses to “The Skinny on Coconut Water

  1. I love Zico so much. I am so glad it is available finally in Canada.

    Didn’t know that about kidney stones though. Good to know!

  2. ang

    aweeesome! I was just gonna go re-stock some today! great facts

  3. Dee

    i heart zico!!! passion fruit = ❤

  4. glad to hear my after class zico addiction, while expensive, is good for me!

  5. I knew I was drinking this stuff for a reason…

    That list of benefits is great!

  6. Lena Yang

    For the Vita Coco brand:

    Natural Life at 7700 Bathurst St. in Thornhill has a sale right now: $1.99+tax($2.09), regularly is $2.39+tax

    Golden Harvest at 240 Sheppard Ave west, $21.60 for a dozen, no tax

    Qi Natural Food at 1001 Eglinton west, $17.99+tax($20.33) for a dozen

    P.S. tax varies from store to store! 5%GST or 13% GST+PST or no tax

    Chinese super market sells $1 per fresh coconut, no tax

  7. Hey Barb!

    Let’s make Zicotinis next time you come over! But let add our own twist by using only one ounce of Vodka and then replacing the second ounce with Sake! Adding a splash of Mango nectar will give it a nice tropical twist, garnish with some pomegranate seeds ya know.. for those added antioxidants!


  8. Andrew Moniz

    Hey Yogis!

    I just finished teaching a double at Bikram Yoga Forest Hill, one of my students just informed that in South America it is very common to drink scotch with coconut water!? Apparently, this is common amongst the locals in many of theses hot countries where drinking during the day can be a recipe for a killer headache caused by dehydration. The natural amazingness of coconut water helps to prevent such symptoms.

    Who knew!? So!! Next time you have your scotch on the rocks add a splash of coconut water! Not only will this add a refreshing zing to a classic, but it also prevents a hangover!


  9. Sarah Elder

    A case of 12 Vita Coco 330 mL can be had for $18 (incl tx) from Beaches Natural Foods,1939 QUEEN ST E, TORONTO, ON M4L 1H7
    (In between Kippendavie & Elmer)
    Phone: 416-698-8805 (call Wallace ahead as they tend to fly out the door!)

  10. Holly

    Vita Coco is truly alot better than Zico. It has more flavors, and when Coke approached them they turned their offer to remain a private company. Zico accepted the offer, and is now owned by Coke. I too love my Vita Coco in smoothies and martinis, try the pineapple with flavored rums!

  11. Julie

    Yum! I buy my baby coconuts from a farmers market for about $1.25 per coco! Cannot beat that!

  12. Jainey

    Vita Coco is the best! It tastes so delicious and it’s healthy for you too! It has replaced coffee for me and I feel so much better for it.

  13. Liz Melvin

    Just scored some 1 liter O.N.E. water at vitamin shoppe, Durham, NC for $2.75. Half off so I bought the rest of the 8 bottles. I’m good to go for about a month!

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