St. Patrick’s Day Drinks That Aren’t Beer

St. Patrick's day beer alternatives Who doesn’t like a cool, refreshing beer on St. Patrick’s Day? While beer may be the drink of choice for many revelers, you have a lot of options if you’re looking for a new beverage you can serve to your guests that will keep up the holiday spirit.

Here are some creative drink ideas for your St. Patrick’s Day celebration:

  • Green Margaritas: Simply add green juice to your next batch of margaritas and you’ve converted the drink into one that’s perfect for St. Patrick’s Day! Adding some juice from your nearest health food store is a great way to infuse something healthy into your holiday party, too.
  • Green Sangria: When you search for a green sangria recipe, you’ll see a lot of them simply call for you to add green fruit to your concoction. While that’s easy enough to do, you might want to take your batch of sangria up a notch. You can do this by mixing white wine and blue curacao to make a drink that’s really green, instead of one that simply has something green in it.
  • Green Mojitos: What do honeydew, cucumber and mint have in common? They can be combined to make the perfect green mojito to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day! A mint mojito is the perfect drink for people who are too young to drink and for those who don’t want alcohol, because this beverage is yummy without the rum.
  • Green Smoothies: If you’re not going to serve alcohol at your St. Patrick’s Day bash, why not set up a smoothie bar? With kale, spinach and a host of other green ingredients readily available in your local grocery store, you won’t have any trouble making smoothies that are in keeping with the theme of your get-together.
  • Green Punch: What’s a party without punch? You don’t have to find out at your gathering, because making green punch takes less than five minutes. Simply combine some lemon-lime drink mix, sugar, pineapple juice, thawed frozen lemonade concentrate and ginger ale and voila! You have a tasty punch you can serve with or without vodka.

If you want non-alcoholic beverages that will make your St. Patrick’s Day unforgettable, place an order with Beverage Universe, the world’s largest online beverage store.

Five Types of Tea and Their Health Benefits

Types of tea and health benefitsAre you looking for a healthy alternative to coffee for your morning pick-me-up? If so, you should become familiar with tea. Many different kinds of teas have caffeine in them, just like coffee does. But while that’s the case, there are also lots of teas that don’t have caffeine in them. In fact, some teas are specifically crafted to lull you to sleep.

In addition to giving you a jolt of energy or helping you fall asleep, some teas provide meaningful health benefits. You may be wondering why different teas are good for you, and the answer is that certain brews contain antioxidants that can fight free radicals, which can cause cancer, heart disease and other maladies.

With teas being powerful tools you can use to ward off disease, we thought it would be a good idea to provide some information about the health benefits of different types of teas — information you can use when you place your next order with Beverage Universe. Here’s a brief list of some different types of teas and their health benefits:

  • Green Tea: This tasty tea is made using steamed tea leaves. Green tea is loaded with EGCG, a potent antioxidant. Given its considerable concentration of EGCG, green tea can protect you from bladder, breast, lung, stomach, pancreatic and colorectal cancer. It can also reduce your risk of developing Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.
  • Black Tea: With around 40 milligrams of caffeine per cup, black tea is a great pick-me-up when you need a boost of energy. In addition to caffeine, this tea contains thearubigins and theaflavins — two antioxidants which can lower your cholesterol levels. Drinking black tea has another benefit: consuming at least three cups per day can lower your risk of a stroke by more than 20 percent.
  • Lemon Ginger Tea: If you’re curious about herbal tea benefits, consider the following: one study revealed that this tea can kill the bacteria responsible for salmonella.
  • Chamomile: One of the healthiest kinds of tea, chamomile is an ancient remedy that can help stop the growth of cancer cells and prevent the side effects of diabetes, such as blindness.
  • Echinacea: This tea is known for fighting illnesses such as the common cold. It’s also a strong defense against infections when consumed daily for at least four months.

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Share the Love With These Handmade Valentine’s Gift Ideas!

handmade valentine's day giftsWhat’s your favorite holiday? Even for individuals who aren’t in a romantic relationship, Valentine’s Day is a great time to show the people in your life how special they are. Shopping for friends and family members can get expensive, however. To stay within budget, you can make at least a few gifts using supplies you may already have in your home.

One gift that’s a hit with young children, as well as those who are young at heart, is love slime. Pick up a few small Valentine’s Day plastic containers from the nearest dollar store to deliver your slime in, so you can fill them as you go.

To make the slime, combine red glitter glue and 1-1/2 cups of very warm water in a bowl and mix them together. In a second bowl, mix three-quarters of a teaspoon of borax and 1-1/3 cups of very warm water. Once you’ve mixed both bowls, combine them and mix well. If your slime is too sticky or runny, mix a smidge of borax in some water and add it to your slime until it has the consistency you want. To really show off your creative side, consider adding a scent, such as chocolate extract, to your holiday slime.

If you want to make your gifts, but slime isn’t your cup of tea, here are some more gift ideas that are sure to put a smile on the faces of your loved ones:

  • Love Rocks: Collect rocks of all different shapes and sizes and then seal them. Once your sealant has dried, decorate the rocks with brightly colored hearts. A love rock is a great Valentine’s Day gift to show the gardener in your life you care.
  • Lemon Drop Jars: If you have a lot of people on your gift list, consider making affordable lemon drop jars. Buy enough mason jars for everyone on your list and enough lemon drops to fill all of the jars. For a personal touch, handwrite little notes that read, “Pucker Up, Valentine!” and attach one to each jar using colorful string.
  • Decorative Beverage Carriers: If you’re going to give multi-pack beverages as a gift, you can decorate the carrier to make your gift even more festive. You can wrap the exterior of the carrier with wrapping paper, add a bow and attach a handwritten note to completely transform your gift from store-bought to from-the-heart.

If you’re looking for that perfect gift for someone special who has it all, shop with Beverage Universe. We specialize in hard-to-find brands that are sure to surprise your loved one and show you went the extra mile. Place your order now and we’ll deliver right to your door.

10 Tasty Twists on Hot Chocolate

twists on hot chocolate recipes There really isn’t anything quite like coming in from the cold and enjoying a warm cup of hot cocoa. While instant hot chocolate alone is enough of a treat for most of us, sometimes it’s nice to switch things up a bit.

Use one of these tasty twists to make your next cup of hot chocolate even more indulgent:

  • Coffee: If you enjoy coffee, why not add some fresh or instant coffee to your next cup of hot chocolate? Adding a shot of coffee or espresso will not only add something new to your hot cocoa, it’ll also give you an extra boost to get through the chilly afternoon.
  • Peppermint: Adding a peppermint stick to your hot chocolate will elevate your drink to the next level of tastiness. This is a great option any time, but it’s particularly satisfying when you have a cold.
  • Almond: Want to add a flavor that’s a perfect complement to hot chocolate? Consider using a quarter-cup of almond milk or some almond extract next time you make hot cocoa. To make your beverage even tastier, add some cinnamon and nutmeg, as well.
  • Peanut Butter: What’s better than peanut butter and chocolate? If you love this combination of flavors, add a tablespoon of peanut butter to your hot cocoa for a tasty treat. Just be sure you mix your drink enough for the peanut butter to melt before you indulge.
  • Nutella: If you don’t have any peanut butter, stir a spoonful or two of Nutella into your hot chocolate to make your beverage extra special.
  • Coconut: While you’re busy dreaming about being on the beach in the middle of winter, you can conjure up images of a tropical retreat simply by adding a quarter-cup of coconut milk to your hot cocoa.
  • Cherries: If you enjoy a chocolate cordial from time to time, pick up a jar of maraschino cherries and add a drop (or two … or three) of the juice to your hot chocolate to recreate the beverage you love.
  • Hot Sauce: Take your hot cocoa to the next level by adding a few dashes of your favorite hot sauce. Out of hot sauce? Consider using two slices of a fresh Habanero pepper to add an extra kick to your hot cocoa.
  • Vanilla: Add a quarter-teaspoon of vanilla extract to create a pleasing twist on your hot chocolate.
  • Ice Cream: Make your next cup of hot cocoa extra luscious and filling by adding a scoop of your favorite ice cream.

With so many possible twists on hot chocolate, it’s clear the hot beverage is one of the most versatile and pleasing cold weather drinks. Offering a wide array of hard to find brands, Beverage Universe is versatile enough to deliver the products you need right to your doorstep, including some hard-to-find brands.

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Seven Tips to Stay Hydrated in the Winter

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When it’s hot outside, what’s the first thing you do when you go indoors? If you’re like many people, you grab a cool drink of water — the more ice, the better. While many people are keenly aware of the need to stay hydrated during the summer, a lot of individuals don’t have the same appreciation for the importance of staying hydrated in winter.

Why is that? During colder weather, your body doesn’t normally get as hot as it does when you move around, and the sweat you generate when you do exert energy evaporates faster. This combination tricks our bodies into thinking we’re not losing fluids as quickly as we are during the summer.

Because our bodies are fooled, it’s important for our minds to be aware of the dangers of dehydration in winter. Here are some useful tips you can use to stay hydrated in wintertime:

  • Warm It Up: One way you can stay hydrated is by enjoying some warm beverages, like hot water with lemon or green tea. Drinking these beverages will do more than keep you warm — it will also help you consume the eight glasses of water the average adult is supposed to drink daily.
  • Eat It: If you’re looking for advice on how to stay hydrated when it’s cold out, food may not be the first thing that comes to mind. While that may be the case, certain foods, such as broccoli, strawberries and celery, have a high water content. Eating foods like these can help you stay hydrated.
  • Avoid Caffeine: Part of knowing how to stay hydrated in the winter is recognizing the beverages you should avoid. Caffeinated drinks, such as coffee and soda, can cause you to become dehydrated. Limiting your intake of caffeinated drinks or avoiding them altogether during the winter can keep you hydrated.
  • Say “No” to Alcohol: Like caffeine, alcohol can have a negative influence on your hydration level, so it’s advisable to just say “no” when it comes to drinks that have alcohol in them.
  • Use a Humidifier: Humidifiers release moisture into the air, which can help you stay hydrated in wintertime.
  • Go Outside: Heated homes and offices are often dry environments. Simply going outside will let the moisture in the air hydrate your body.
  • Eat Properly: Salty foods can rob moisture from your body. Avoiding salty, processed foods can help you maintain the proper level of hydration.

Beverage Universe can help you stay hydrated year-round! Contact us to have the beverages you need to stay healthy delivered right to your door, today.

Hard to Find Beverages

Hard to Find BeveragesYou’ll never forget that moment — the moment when your new favorite beverage crossed your lips and tickled your taste buds. Maybe it was a specialty soda you discovered on vacation. Maybe it was a soda that was popular but suddenly slowed in distribution. Whatever the reason, life just isn’t the same when you fall in love with hard to find beverages.

Or maybe you’re bored of the same old sodas and coffee drinks. What better time than the present to step up your game and try something new in the beverage department? These unique drinks may be difficult to find, but they’re worth the effort thanks to their unique flavors and often healthy ingredient lists. Some even have a great backstory, like the one created by a rocker. But we’ll leave you to uncover the mysteries of these rare gems of the beverage world.

Sodas That Are Difficult to Find

You can walk into any supermarket or convenience store and find the classics: Coke, Pepsi, 7-Up. But those hard to find soda brands aren’t as easy to just buy off the shelf. Sometimes it’s a regional thing. A soda that is readily available in one part of the country is never seen in another, for example. Others simply come from a small company with limited distribution options or brands only sold in certain specialty stores. Often you need a retailer who specializes in those rare soda brands. Beverage Universe serves all parts of the country, so geographical barriers aren’t an issue.

So what type of sodas are you missing out on? Here are a few that you won’t likely find on the shelves of your chain supermarket:

  • Tab: Do we really need to say anything else? It’s a classic cola that you likely drank at least occasionally as a child. Readily available in the 70s, you would be hard-pressed to find Tab soda on the shelves these days. Fortunately, the distinctive cola flavor of Tab has not gone the way of the dinosaurs just yet. While difficult to find, it’s still possible to enjoy this soda right from the can. Stock up for your next 70s throwback party, or just keep it on hand so you can travel back in time to the days of your youth with a sip of soda. A case of Tab cans is definitely a conversation starter.

Hard to Find Beverages

  • JOIA: With no refined sugars, preservatives or caffeine, this is a healthier soda option if ever there was one. Born out of a conversation over dinner with friends, the creators tested more than 100 recipes before they got it right with the six available flavors: Blackberry; Pomegranate and Ginger; Ginger; Apricot and Allspice; Grapefruit; Chamomile and Cardamom; Lime; Hibiscus and Clove; Orange; Jasmine and Nutmeg; and Pineapple, Coconut and Nutmeg. And the name? That comes from the joy folks experience when they taste the flavors of this delightfully bubbly soda.
  • Baladin: This elusive soda also boasts a rather healthy list of ingredients. The Italian manufacturer of Baladin soda uses wholesome ingredients without coloring or preservatives. Designed to take the drinker back in time with the flavors and aromas of childhood, Baladin comes in Cedrata, Spuma Nera, Ginger and Cola flavors.
  • Manhattan Special: Part soda, part espresso, this beverage breaks category restrictions. But we’ll group it with the other sodas because it’s called espresso soda. If you’ve never heard of it before, we’re sure we have your attention now. Manhattan Special Espresso Soda went into production all the way back in 1895. The company hand brews the finest coffee beans and combines them with pure cane sugar to create a beverage like nothing you’ve tasted before (unless, of course, you’ve already sipped a Manhattan Special). If you prefer, the diet version uses NutraSweet in place of the sugar so you can enjoy the same coffee flavor without the calories. For those who prefer a more traditional flavor of soda, Manhattan Special also produces Cherry, Gassosa Lemon Lime, Orange, Sarsaparilla and Vanilla Cream flavors. And for the coffee-drinkers who don’t want the fizz of soda, Manhattan Special has a new line of iced coffee drinks available in Cappuccino, Mocha, French Vanilla and Hazelnut flavors.
  • San Pellegrino: The name may sound familiar. Known as a high-quality sparkling mineral water, San Pellegrino also offers a line of sparkling sodas in assorted flavors. Available in both cans and bottles, you’ll find flavors such as Sparkling Lemon, Pomegranate and Orange, Blood Orange and Clementine Orange. We always say you can’t judge a beverage by its container, but these San Pellegrino bottles and cans are actually pretty darn adorable, so you’ll look great while sipping these sodas.

Sodas That Are Gone but Not Forgotten

Surge. Orbitz. Kick. Slice. Crystal Pepsi. Let’s have a moment of silence for all of the discontinued sodas of the past. They may no longer be available, but we all have special memories of a Kick-fueled all-nighter. Or drinking an ice cold can of Slice at Grandma’s house. Or trying to figure out the mystery of Orbitz. What exactly were those oddly suspended balls in the sweet liquid?

There’s no use crying over spilled milk (or long-lost soda), but you can come close on some accounts. If Kick or Surge was your vice years ago, you can still sip on the sweet flavor of Mountain Dew or Mellow Yellow. For all those Slice fans out there, try the crisp lemon-lime fizziness of Sprite, Sierra Mist or 7-Up. For those who favored the Mandarin Orange flavor of Slice, you’ll find Crush and Sunkist are suitable stand-ins.

We know nothing can replace your discontinued favorites, but these modern-day substitutes give you a little taste of the past while you reminisce.

Tea for Two and Coffee, Too

If soda isn’t your thing, you may enjoy some rare drinks from the tea and coffee families. With or without caffeine, tea and coffee drinks get your day going on the right foot — or keep you going when you hit that afternoon slump. Here are a few teas and coffees you won’t find just anywhere:

  • Taste Nirvana: The name says it all. With both coffee and tea latte options, Taste Nirvana combines the rich flavor of coffee or tea with smooth cream in a Thai-inspired drink. Made without gluten, GMOs, additives and preservatives, Taste Nirvana products leave you feeling good about what you drink.
  • Honest Tea: It started with a man on a quest for drink that was flavorful but not too sweet. Together with a former professor, the thirsty man named Seth Goldman filled that void in the market with Honest Tea. This all-natural brand, made from actual tea leaves rather than the leftover tea dust used by many companies, inspired its own name by being an honest and healthy drink option for consumers. With flavors like Black Forest Berry, Cinnamon Sunrise and Citrus Spice, this tea definitely has options to fit any taste.

Hard to Find Beverages

Fizzy (or Still) Water to Quench Your Thirst

Water from the tap just won’t do for you. No, ma’am (or sir). You want the good stuff. We’re talking delightfully fizzy imported Italian waters or flavorful seltzers straight from the can. Think all fizzy waters are the same? You won’t after you read how some of these waters make it to your table. Consider these rare finds that might make you rethink your choice in fizzy waters.

  • San Pellegrino: You never have to guess what you’ll get when you a bottle of San Pellegrino Mineral Water. It comes from a thermal spring in the Italian Alps that is often called “miraculous.” Who doesn’t want to drink a miracle? The spring water filters through 2,200 feet of earth before it is bottled and enjoyed. The flavor and mineral balance in San Pellegrino makes its flavor well-known and highly sought after, but not always easy to find.

Hard to Find Beverages

  • Rocchetta: Another Italian favorite, Rocchetta is a fan favorite that is often difficult to find on the shelves. Available in both still and sparkling varieties, Rocchetta has a pure, light flavor with a cleansing effect to get rid of impurities in the body. This mineral water comes in both plastic and glass bottle. Still or sparkling. Plastic or glass. How will you ever decide?
  • Badoit: This sparkling mineral water hails from Saint-Galmier, France. (You were going to guess Italy, weren’t you?) The natural fizz in this water happens as the water travels through granite rocks and subterranean gas deposits. How cool is that? It makes a great story when you serve Badoit to your guests. Beyond the fun story about how it gets its bubbles, Badoit is noteworthy for its ability to soothe digestion with a reputation that reaches back to 1778. In fact, it was sold only by pharmacists until 1954. There’s definitely something in the water with this rare brand.
  • Schweppes: You’ve probably heard the name before, but how often do you see this seltzer water in a can? Chances are, it’s not very often. The canned variety of this popular seltzer water is often difficult to find. With no calories, fat, sugar, carbs or caffeine, a can of Schweppes is not a bad way to satisfy your flavored beverage cravings. Some of the flavors you’ll find in a can (if you’re lucky) include Black Cherry, Orange, Pomegranate and Raspberry Lime.
  • Penta: If you want fast hydration, you want Penta water. This water goes through a 13-step process to make sure you get the hydration you need. The filtration and purification process takes 11 hours to complete. What do you get after all those steps? You get smaller water clusters that are easier for your body to absorb. As exciting as that is, this ultra-hydrating drinking water isn’t always easy to find. We recommend stocking up so you never have to worry about dehydration.

And All Those Other Rare Beverages

Some rare beverages don’t fit neatly into a category or they stand out as the top dog in their respective categories so much so that we can’t even come up with another contender. Here, we highlight a few of the greats that don’t fit into previously mentioned categories:

  • SIN: The name sounds scandalous, but there’s no need to shy away from this energy drink. Unlike other dime-a-dozen energy drinks on the market, SIN uses a blend of premium ingredients for a sophisticated, sugar-free, flavor-rich beverage for those times when you need a boost. Drink it straight up or mixed with your favorite liquor for an adult-only twist on this high-end energy drink. Not only does SIN source its water responsibly from the Austrian Alps, but the company also puts a high priority on making their cans recyclable to reduce their carbon footprint. So you don’t have to feel guilty about indulging in this SIN.
  • Snapple: Of course you can find some varieties of Snapple in almost any store, but certain flavors are rare finds. Noni Berry and Trop-A-Rocka are two examples. If you’re a Bret Michaels fan (and let’s be honest, who isn’t?), you’ll definitely want to seek out the Trop-A-Rocka flavor. He created it as part of “Celebrity Apprentice,” and the flavor caught on, but it’s not always easy to find. It comes in diet, and that was no coincidence. As someone who lives with diabetes, Michaels wanted others to be able to enjoy a flavorful drink. The Snapple Noni Berry flavor is also a rare find on many store shelves, much like the noni berry itself. Harvest this flavor of Snapple when you can find it.

Hard to Find Beverages

  • Gosling’s Ginger Beer: Don’t let the name fool you. This beverage is more of a soda than an actual beer, but don’t let that stop you from having a little fun with Gosling’s Ginger Beer. We’ve heard it tastes great with rum if you want to add a kick to it. In fact, it was created as a mixer for Dark ‘n Stormy cocktails by Gosling, makers of Gosling rum. But that shouldn’t stop you from sipping this spicy and sweet ginger beer on its own if that’s what you prefer. Far be it for us to tell you how to enjoy your rare beverages. Gosling’s Ginger Beer also comes in a diet version with no calories if you prefer to sip without the guilt.

Satisfy Your Rare Sipping Desires

While we can’t resurrect Slice, Crystal Pepsi or other out-of-production beverages, Beverage Universe does know how to work a little magic when it comes to hard to find drinks. We specialize in beverages that aren’t readily available on the shelf. We can fill all of your beverage needs — no need to run to several stores, tracking down your favorite drinks.

But with so many one-of-a-kind beverages that you aren’t used to seeing, how will you decide? It can be a tough decision. And while we’ve tried our hand at mind reading, it didn’t turn out so well. We do offer featured products on our home page if you’re not sure where to start. We also offer reviews so you can see what other people are saying if you’re still not sure. If you have a general beverage type in mind, the category options are a good way to start browsing.

If you know exactly what you’re looking for, the search function gets you there fast. And for those beverages you can’t stand to be without, we offer repeat ordering. Once you place a specific order, you can have it delivered as often as you want.

From sodas and sparkling waters to ginger beer and coffee drinks, Beverage Universe is the world’s largest online beverage warehouse ready to serve all your beverage needs.

Find the Right Sports Drink for Your Needs

best sports drinksSports drinks are known for fueling up athletes after they’ve lost a lot of steam. Through heavy workouts, long runs and strenuous sports, these beverages get athletes through some of the toughest moments.

While some sports drinks fulfill different needs for different athletes, they all serve the purpose of helping those achieving physical fitness to be at their best.

But it isn’t just super athletes who benefit from sports drinks. Sometimes the energy these drinks provide can be helpful after a fun Zumba class, a hot yoga session or a sweaty mountain hike. Even busy days at work can leave you drained and needing a boost.

The best sports drink brands can help provide energy and rehydration in delicious flavors that have you reaching for more when you need the extra help.

The History of the Sports Drink

As hard as today’s athletes work, researchers have searched for ways to replenish fluids lost during workouts that can leave these powerhouses sluggish and tired long before they’re done at the gym. Scientists first looked into loss of fluid due to exercise in the 1960s, when researchers at Gatorade Sports Science Institute studied football players at the University of Florida.

Players were struggling to get through the required two workouts they had to master each day in the relentless heat and humidity of this southern state.

These researchers started adding carbohydrates and electrolytes to water to help rehydrate and keep athletes from cramping up on the field.

The Science of Sports Drinks

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When the right combination proved successful, the popular sports drink “Gatorade” was born. The researchers had discovered the balance of sodium and potassium to help keep the body hydrated and performing at its best, and it was nicknamed after the Gators players who helped inspire its creation

It also became popular to give icy Gatorade showers to winning coaches after the game – making sure this sports beverage provided hydration inside and out.

But the real science behind sports drinks provided a formula that kept athletes happy, healthy and moving on the field.

About 6 grams of carbohydrates per 100 ml of liquid meets the optimal level for absorption in the body and quick relief to tired muscles. The winning combination of the sports drink includes:

  • Correct type of carbohydrates: Combining sucrose and glucose-fructose syrups works with the way the body takes in fluid. They are absorbed quickly – in about a half hour – for the body to convert the sugar to energy.
  • Taste: Athletes drink more when their beverage tastes good, according to studies on sports drink comparisons. Be sure to check out the wide selection of flavors so you can find the one you might enjoy the most.
  • Sodium and potassium: Sodium is a common electrolyte that helps the body stay balanced by keeping hydrated. It helps keep the right amount of hydration in the body by storing it in muscles and other tissues. Potassium works at keeping sore muscles from cramping up during a heavy workout. No athlete wants a cramped muscle to slow them down from achieving the best physical results.

Sports Drinks Help at All Workout Stages

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Sports drinks can be used for each level of the workout, including before, during and after. Sometimes sports energy boosters also come in other forms, such as gels and other-drinkable energy-providing beverages. Here’s a quick breakdown of how most sports drinks help get you through each of the workout parts:

  • Before workout

Having a sports drink before a workout ensures the body has enough glycogen to last the length of your activity. Glycogen is a form of sugar the body stores for energy, often kept in muscle and liver tissue. As your muscles work, the glycogen is used and the body slows down. Keeping glycogen up means you can work out for longer periods of time – especially during strenuous activities.

High intensity workouts zap the glycogen levels from the body. When you push your hardest, the body pulls as much glycogen as possible to power through. By making sure your body is well stocked in glycogen before you work out, you’ll be sure to finish even the toughest session.

It also helps to ensure you’re hydrated before starting an intense workout. Even if you hydrate during your workout, if your muscles are already depleted of the hydration needed to keep going, you might experience muscle and stomach cramps, as well as overall weakness and moments of lightheadedness.

  • During workout

The best sports drink brands keep your body hydrated during a workout, especially those of high intensity or longer than an hour. These workouts can leave muscles tired and cramped, or leave you dehydrated from so much exertion.

Each drop of sweat that is lost contains powerful nutrients that keep muscles moving at their best. While it’s good to sweat in order to keep the body from overheating, those nutrients must be replaced if you intend to keep working out.

Sports drinks help replenish the necessary nutrients lost during exercise to ensure you can go the extra distance or play another round.

  • After workout

Muscles work hard to recover after a workout. Even when you stop moving, your body is still on high alert to replenish all the energy that was lost during your exercise session. Sports drinks help the body recover so the body won’t look within for energy, such as using up valuable muscle, to replenish its lost energy supply.

By putting a high quality, post-workout energy drink in your system, the body will stay strong and hold on to those newly worked muscles that will need all the energy they can get to recover and make you more fit. Many recovery drinks are available to make sure you don’t lose valuable muscle mass, which helps with metabolism and makes you stronger for your next workout session.

Comparing Sports Drinks

There are many different kinds of sports drinks on the market, making it tough to determine which one is right for you and your fitness needs. Some sports drinks can even help when you aren’t working out. Sometimes we need a boost just to get us through a busy day at the office or when running around with the kids has us wiped out.

Because Beverage Universe offers a wide variety of the best sport drink brands, we can help you find what’s right for you and make sure your product choice stays well stocked.

Here are some of the sports energy drink comparisons to help you decide which product is best for you:

  • All Sport Body Quencher

Available in Blue Raz Ice, fruit punch, grape and orange flavors, All Sport Body Quencher is one of the best sport drink brands for athletes looking to replenish lost nutrients and gain energy during a workout. It includes carbohydrates, potassium, vitamin C and a great taste in every flavor.

Each 20 oz. serving contains 140 mg of sodium and 150 mg of potassium to keep athletes feeling energized during the most intense workouts. A comparison of sports drinks show All Sport has almost twice the amount of potassium found in similar products. It also has far less sodium than many other drinks, giving it just the right amount to keep you energized without adding unnecessary excess.

All Sport and All Sport Zero (a no calorie drink) also contain B vitamins to help during aerobic and anaerobic workouts as the body creates energy. It also has vitamin C, which is believed to help fight fatigue and keep muscles from being damaged during heavy workouts. This vitamin is also found to help fight upper respiratory illnesses, a common but problematic issue for many athletes.

  • FLUROwater

FLUROwater takes the body’s most natural form of hydration – H2O – and makes it even better. By adding essential nutrients for athletes, this sports drink rises above other options. This sugar-free, preservative-free, naturally flavored product helps users stay hydrated and energized with a variety of nutrients. Each bottle is loaded with vitamins A, C, D, E, K, B1, B3, B5, B6, B12, Biotin, Folic Acid and six grams of fiber.

Flavors include dark cherry, watermelon raspberry, Macoun apple and kiwi cucumber. The added bonus of fiber, a nutrient often excluded by comparison sports drinks, helps keep athletes full and feeling satisfied even when tough workouts would otherwise leave tummies grumbling.

And unlike most enhanced waters, sports drinks and even cold pressed juices, FLUROwater doesn’t contain a lot of calories from added sugar. It also has many key nutrients which help the body heal and feel rejuvenated.

  • Gatorade

The founding father of sports drinks, Gatorade is a household name that indicates a high quality product that keeps athletes fueled and performing at their best.

Gatorade and Gatorade 2 are available in a variety of size options and in many flavors, such as fruit punch, Glacier Freeze, grape and orange.

Classic Gatorade Thirst Quencher was born in the lab to help athletes stay strong and powerful during the toughest of workouts. It’s not just for celebrating big wins by dumping buckets of the stuff on deserving coaches.

The heat produced by exercise is released by the muscles through the millions of sweat glands on your skin. Fluids and electrolytes in the blood stream that are critical to performance are lost with each drop of sweat that’s released from the body. Replacing what’s lost in sweat helps keep you from becoming dehydrated, meaning you can maintain superior muscle performance, heart rate and brain activity.

A 12 oz. serving of Gatorade includes 160 mg of sodium, 45 mg of potassium, 21 carbohydrates and 80 calories. It’s no wonder Gatorade has been used on NFL sidelines for over 40 years.

Its low calorie partner, G2, has less than half of the carbohydrates and calories of the Thirst Quencher. One 12 oz. serving contains the same 160 mg of sodium and 45 mg of potassium, but has just 7 carbohydrates and 30 calories.

  • HyDrive

HyDrive performance beverage stands out in sports drink comparisons thanks to its variety of flavors and nutrients. Available in blue raspberry, citrus burst and triple berry, each bottle delivers six antioxidants from vitamin E, Gingko biloba, apple polyphenols, Acai extract, selenium and zinc.

HyDrive offers the taste of a flavor enhanced water with the boost of an energy drink. At just 30 calories and six grams of sugar per serving, HyDrive delivers B vitamins and 160 mg of caffeine – equivalent to the amount in a cup of coffee.

The array of nutrients keeps athletes energized through tough workouts, but it also gives anyone an energy boost to make it through the day. Because it’s not loaded with calories and unnecessary sugar, HyDrive is one of the best sports energy drinks up for comparison.

  • Powerade

This popular sports drink brand is available in a variety of flavors sure to quench the biggest thirst, including fruit punch, Mountain Berry Blast, orange, grape and mixed berry.

With its ION4 Advanced Electrolyte System, Powerade delivers the necessary 6 percent carbohydrates with vitamins B3, B6 and B12 to keep athletes energized and recovering. One 12 oz. serving has 80 calories, while delivering 150 mg of sodium, 35 mg of potassium and 21 grams of sugar.

The four key electrolytes that Powerade touts, including sodium, potassium, calcium and magnesium, are essentially the equivalent of what is lost through sweat during heavy workouts.

Those who might want to avoid the extra sugar found in the original formula can opt for Powerade Zero, a no-calorie, no sugar sports drink that delivers the same powerful nutrients without the added calories.

Buys Sports Drinks in Bulk

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Busy people who are on the go between work, school, family functions and the gym often don’t have time to make sure their sports drinks are stocked. Beverage Universe makes it easy with delivery straight to your door. Buy your favorite sports drinks in bulk, and you’ll always stay stocked up for when you need it most.

Don’t forget that Beverage Universe will remember your order, making it easy to get more when you need it. Be sure to check out the selection of Beverage Universe sports drinks and make your bulk purchase today.

 

Which Bottled Water Is Right for You?

types of bottled waterThere’s nothing like ice cold water to quench your thirst, but with so many bottled water options on the market, how do you know which is the best? Sip a few different brands of bottled water, and you can tell they aren’t all created the same. The flavor, after taste, ability to quench your thirst and feeling in your mouth is different from one type or one brand of bottled water to another.
Sorting out the differences can take a little skill and some attention to your own personal preferences. Knowing the differences in types of water and the distinct characteristics of certain brands can help you narrow down the options. Whether you’re looking for the healthiest bottled water, the cleanest bottled water or just one that tastes great, we’ll help you find just the right bottled water for you.

Spring, Mineral, Purified: What’s the Best Bottled Water?

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Have you ever wandered through the bottled water aisle and wondered what the difference is between purified and distilled, spring or artesian, sparkling or mineral? It can all be confusing. After all, water is water, right? Not necessarily. Each type has distinct differences that can greatly affect the flavor.

Knowing what the different types of water are can help you determine what the best bottled water is for you. Some people prefer spring water, while others drink only artesian. Some like the mineral-free flavor of purified water. It’s often a matter of personal taste.

Let’s take a closer look at the different types of bottled water you might see. Some labels refer to the origin of the water, while others describe the process of cleaning or preparing the water. Here are some common options:

  • Spring water: As the name suggests, spring water comes from natural springs that form underground. The water then flows naturally to the Earth’s surface, where it is collected for bottling. Another collection option is to tap into the aquifer underground that feeds the natural spring. Spring water typically contains lots of minerals, which gives it a distinct taste. It is filtered multiple times, and spring water doesn’t contain chlorine, so it often has a crisp, clean flavor. Some brands of spring water rely on natural filtering through the ground, which may include volcanic rock, granite or other types of rock. Brands that are considered spring water include Evian and Mountain Valley Spring Water.
  • Artesian water: This is another word to describe where or how the water is collected. Artesian water comes from wells that collect water from a confined aquifer, underground rock or sand that contains water. Some people believe artesian water has a lower risk of contamination because of the confined aquifer source. Fiji Natural Artesian Water and Voss Artesian Water fit into this category.
  • W.S.: This three-letter abbreviation stands for “public water supply” or municipal water supply. In other words, this type of bottled water comes from the tap. The water is typically filtered and treated through various processes to improve the flavor and ensure the safety of the water.
  • Purified water: Instead of referring to the source of the water, this term describes how the water is prepared. It can come from any source. What sets it apart is the treatment it undergoes to remove chemicals and pathogens. Methods used include deionization, reverse osmosis and distillation. No matter what process is used, the water must have no more than 10 parts per million of dissolved solids to meet the standards for purified water. With most minerals removed, this type of bottled water often tastes very refreshing and has a light feeling to it. Purified water is a good option when you want to feel very hydrated, and two brands in this category are Aquafina and Dasani.
  • Distilled water: Distilled water is also processed to kill microbes and to remove minerals. It is a type of purified water distinguished by the specific method of removing things from the water. The water is boiled so it turns to steam, leaving behind the impurities. The steam is then recondensed into water and bottled. Distilled water may have a flat taste to it because of the lack of minerals. An example is Glaceau Smart Water.
  • Mineral water: This type of bottled water naturally contains minerals, which are left in the water instead of being removed. To qualify, the water must be from a groundwater source and naturally have at least 250 parts per million of dissolved solids. The minerals and trace elements must naturally occur in the water when it comes from its source to qualify as mineral water. Found Still Natural Mineral Water and Hildon Water are examples of mineral water.
  • Sparkling water: You may think that sparkling water is just regular water with carbonation added, but it actually must come out of its source with natural carbonation to qualify as sparkling water. Some natural carbonation is sometimes lost during processing. The manufacturer can add more carbon dioxide to the water after processing to equal the amount it had when it came out of its natural source, but the amount of carbonation can’t exceed what the water naturally had. Perrier is a popular brand of sparkling water.

It’s a Matter of Taste

Finding the best tasting bottled water is often a matter of personal preference. Just like with a favorite bottle of wine or with the best type of chocolate, you won’t always agree with everyone else. You may even have multiple favorites in each category. Your best friend may swear by the flavor of Evian while you prefer the flavor of Aquafina. For this reason, it’s nearly impossible to crown a winner in the best tasting category that everyone would agree on.

Sometimes choosing the best bottled water all comes down to a taste test. You may find you have a preference for spring water, purified water or mineral water, each of which has a distinct flavor. The amount of total dissolved solids, another name for the total amount of all the minerals in the water, affects the flavor.

A bottled water with very low amounts of total dissolved solids has a crisp flavor with a sharp edge. It may also be described as a clean flavor. Purified water is a type of water with a low number of total dissolved solids. If you prefer little flavor, this is the way to go.

Higher amounts of total dissolved solids add more flavor to the water. Spring and mineral water tend to have this increased flavor due to the minerals they contain. High sulfates in mineral water also contribute to the distinct flavor.

But even different brands within a certain type of water taste different, so don’t expect all spring water brands or mineral water brands to taste the same. Everything from the source of the water to the processing can affect the final flavor. Here are some top-rated bottled water options based on flavor:

  • Voss Artesian Water: Voss often ranks high on the taste scale. Sourced from an artesian well, this water has a strong mineral flavor.
  • Mountain Valley Spring Water: Gathered from a spring in Arkansas, this bottled water option is a popular choice with many famous people, including presidents and athletes. It also has a strong mineral composition, with a rich and refreshing flavor.
  • Fiji Natural Artesian Water: The mineral composition of Fiji water includes high levels of silica, which lends softness to the smooth flavor. It doesn’t leave a heavy feeling or aftertaste in your mouth like some bottled water brands. It also goes untouched by human hands.

Source Differences: Why It Matters Where Your Water Comes From

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The source of the water often has a strong impact on the flavor, especially if you prefer spring or mineral water. The mineral makeup of the spring location might change the flavor, for example. The prevalent minerals in the ground near the spring source leach into the water, leaving behind a distinct flavor or feel of the water because spring and mineral waters don’t filter out the minerals.

Here are a few brands where source plays a role in the flavor and often helps create the signature taste:

  • Hildon Natural Mineral Water: Popular in the UK, Hildon water comes from rainfall that filters through chalky hills in Hampshire. The chalk naturally filters the water and leaves behind high levels of calcium. The water is low in sodium with a balanced, pure flavor. The underwater aquifer where the water is collected is located at the Hildon estate.
  • Saint Geron Mineral Water: This water comes from the Auvergne region in France and is known as “the queen of mineral waters.” It has naturally high levels of magnesium and calcium and has a light quality to it.
  • Waiakea Hawaiian Volcanic Water: Hailing from Mauna Loa in Hawaii, this water filters through volcanic rock, resulting in an alkaline water naturally high in electrolytes and minerals. The resulting flavor has a hint of sweetness to it.
  • Evian Natural Spring Water: Evian is another French-sourced bottled water, this time hailing from a mountain tunnel, which keeps the water at 52.88 degrees Fahrenheit. Melted snow and rain travel through glacial sand surrounded by clay, reducing pollution. This natural filtration also creates a mineral flavor in the water.
  • Gerolsteiner Sparkling Mineral Water: This German bottled water filters through volcanic rock, picking up minerals and carbonic acid along the way, offering a good source of minerals your body needs. Despite the mineral content, Gerolsteiner has a relatively neutral flavor and a refreshing quality. The company follows strict protocols to ensure the purity of this sparkling mineral water.

Price Comparisons

Just like the flavor of different bottled waters, the price point varies as well. You’ll often pay more for bottled water from a remote or exotic source. For example, high-end spring waters collected from specific springs often come with a higher price tag. In many cases, more expensive waters have a better flavor than cheaper bottled water. However, some less expensive brands also rank high on the flavor and quality charts, so don’t base your decision on price alone. Instead, choose a bottled water that fits your budget and also pleases your taste buds.

Drinking Your Personal Beliefs

To some people, water is water. A bottle is a bottle. It doesn’t matter where it came from or how it was produced. But others have certain beliefs or standards that can help determine the best brand of bottled water for the individual.

If you don’t like the idea of plastic bottles, several bottled water brands use glass bottles or have the option of either plastic or glass bottles. A few examples include:

  • Mountain Valley Spring Water
  • Hildon Natural Mineral Water
  • Evian Natural Spring Water
  • Panna Spring Water
  • Rocchetta Naturale
  • Saratoga Non-Sparkling Water
  • Badoit Sparkling Mineral Water
  • Pellegrino Sparkling Mineral Water
  • Perrier

Another issue with bottled water is the sustainability practices of the company. American Summits is an example of a bottled water company that pays attention to its impact on the environment. The company collects water in a way that minimizes the impact on the surrounding area. The water is sourced and bottled in Wyoming. American Summits water also comes in glass bottles made in North America that are completely recyclable.

Waiakea is another brand that has a strong commitment to protecting the environment. It is certified carbon neutral, the first Hawaiian bottled water to achieve this status. Waiakea also donates water to communities in Africa and other areas that don’t have easy access to clean water.

Health Factor

Water is a healthy beverage choice, no matter what type. It benefits the body from head to toe. Just a few of the benefits include:

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But some types and brands of water have an extra edge when it comes to health benefits. The pH level and the amount of minerals in the water are two measures of potential health value of bottled water.

A pH level between 7.4 and 7.6 offers a fairly neutral water that matches the pH of human blood. Poland Springs, Fiji and San Pellegrino all fall within this pH range. Other water varieties have higher pH levels, and some people believe these alkaline water types with a pH of around 8 or 9 offer additional health benefits. Essentia Water and Evamor Natural Alkaline Artesian Water are examples of alkaline water. Water with a lower pH level is considered acidic, which some people discourage, as acidity may have a negative effect on the body.

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Mineral content is another factor. The body needs minerals for optimal functioning. Choosing a mineral water, which naturally contains minerals, is a smart choice if you want the benefits of minerals while you hydrate your body. Perrier and San Pellegrino are two examples of mineral water with high levels of calcium, magnesium and other minerals your body needs. Spring water often contains minerals as well. Purified water generally has low mineral content because the minerals are removed during purification.

Which Water Should You Sip?

Finding the best bottled water for you all comes down to your preferences. Taste is a big factor. If you don’t like the flavor, you’re less likely to drink the water and enjoy the benefits it brings. But the source, purification process, health benefits and price all weigh in on the decision to varying degrees.

If you’re still not sure or you want to explore the options for each type, check out our selection of bottled waters. With an assortment of artesian water, spring water, mineral water, sparkling water and more, we can keep you hydrated without the need to run to the store.

 

What Are the Health Benefits of Coconut Water?

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There are many health benefits of drinking coconut water. Coconut water, the liquid inside young green coconuts, has been consumed throughout the world for centuries. Today, experts often tout coconut water as a health drink and as a replacement for sports beverages that replenish electrolytes. With its high quantity of potassium and low fat content, coconut water is both good for you and good for your waistline.

What Is Coconut Water?

Imagine a beach filled with beautiful coconut trees swaying in the breeze. Some coconuts are the fuzzy brown-skinned bowling balls you see in the supermarket, but the young, immature coconuts are green and clustered tightly near the tops of the trees. These are the sought-after coconuts for coconut water, the young green fruits of the coconut palm.

When coconuts mature, the coconut “meat” you know from your favorite bakery treats and candy bars begins life as a liquid. This white, watery liquid is first known as coconut water, then coconut milk. Over time, it forms the flesh of the coconut itself.

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Coconuts used for coconut milk are the same as those raised for their meat. The green coconuts are harvested at about five to seven months of age, and then the water is extracted from the interior, packaged, and sold as a beverage.

Nutritional Value of Coconut Water

Little-known fact: Coconuts are technically nuts and classified as such. The interesting thing about coconut water is that it contains plenty of healthy ingredients associated with mature nuts but without the fat content. The nutritional value of coconut water is as follows:

Serving size: 1 cup (240 grams)

  • Calories: 46
  • Total fat: 0
  • Fiber: 3 grams
  • Sugar: 6 grams
  • Protein: 2 grams

Among the many vitamins and minerals found in a cup of coconut water, the beverage is rich in Vitamin C, calcium and iron. However, it’s best known for its plentiful potassium component. In fact, this is why coconut water is good for you and accounts for one of the many health benefits of coconut water.

Coconut Water or Coconut Milk?

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Water, milk, what’s the difference? Plenty when it comes to coconut water, so be careful when shopping for this product.

Coconut water contains 46 calories in one cup. Coconut milk contains a whopping 552 calories per cup. Keep in mind that coconuts are actually giant tree nuts, similar to a walnut but much, much bigger. Like nuts, coconuts are higher in fats, and while they tend to be beneficial fats, they pack an enormous amount of calories per ounce.

It’s fine to add a teaspoon of coconut milk to make a yummy curry, but don’t confuse the two and consume cup after cup of coconut milk. You’ll pack on the pounds quickly.

Benefits of Drinking Coconut Water

As with any health product, you’ll see claims of the benefits of drinking coconut water that range from the sublime to the ridiculous. Some companies state their product will cure just about everything while simultaneously making you look like a super model, while others state more modest benefits. Sorting the facts from fiction is difficult, but let’s start with what native cultures have long known about coconut water: it’s great hydration.

Sports Hydration

Water is, of course, the best and most freely available liquid to quench your thirst. But when you’re thirsty, you have myriad choices. You can choose many beverages including fruit juices, iced teas and sports drinks to rehydrate.

Athletes often choose sports drinks to rehydrate after a particularly strenuous workout or competition to replenish their electrolytes. There’s some evidence that coconut water may be just as good, if not better, than sports drinks for this purpose.

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Each serving of coconut water contains 6 grams of natural sugar as well as protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals. Potassium, sodium, magnesium and calcium are all important electrolytes to help your body recover. These four minerals work together to prevent muscle cramps, for example, and help regulate blood pressure and heart rate.

The naturally occurring fiber found within coconut water balances out the natural sugars. Fiber slows down digestion, and prevents the “sugar rush” that happens when you gulp down a sweetened drink like a soft drink or a commercial fruit punch beverage. Fiber helps your body release sugar through digestion at an even rate so you don’t feel that rush followed by a crash and the accompanying fatigue.

Sports beverages can certainly replenish electrolytes and provide sugar for energy, but they fail to include fiber to help absorb sugars more slowly. Coconut water may also have fewer calories than a comparable cup of a commercial sports drink, depending on the brand and the ingredients in the sports beverage.

Ounce for ounce, coconut water may actually be a better health beverage for those participating in sports, training for an event or working out.

Hangover Cure

It’s a great idea to have coconut water on hand after a night out partying. Stock up on it before your New Year’s Eve party, for example, to offset the side effects of too much alcohol.

When you drink too much alcohol, you may be sick to your stomach or urinate frequently. Both can leave you dehydrated and low on important electrolytes like potassium, magnesium and sodium.

Your body also has to work harder to neutralize the alcohol flowing through your system. As your liver process the alcohol, it needs water to wash out the toxins from your system through your urine. All liquids help, but water or an electrolyte-infused beverage like natural coconut water provide the raw materials that support natural detoxification.

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Coconut water’s electrolytes may help prevent a bad hangover, or make your hangover shorter. While it won’t cure a hangover, anything that can help shorten the duration or intensity is probably welcome.

Lower Blood Pressure

It seems like everywhere you turn, you read about the dangers of sodium in the diet. Sodium is associated with higher cardiovascular disease risks and a higher than average risk of high blood pressure. Doctors often caution people with cardiovascular disease and high blood pressure against excess sodium intake. But, did you know that it’s not all about sodium, but more about the ratio of sodium to other minerals in your body?

Research from the National Institute of Health’s Heart, Lung and Blood Institute studied the combined effects of potassium and sodium on blood pressure. They discovered that a high ratio of sodium to potassium in the diet increased the risk of high blood pressure.

Americans generally consume too much sodium and not enough potassium. According to the NIH, the average amount of sodium consumed is 3300 milligrams per day, while most Americans consume approximately 2600 milligrams of potassium.

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If you reverse those numbers, you’re close to what the NIH and others recommend as healthy. The recommendation for optimal blood pressure and to reduce cardiovascular disease risk is 2300 mg or less of sodium and 4700 mg or more of potassium per day. Less than 13 percent of the population meets this goal.

Where can you find potassium in your diet? Most people know that bananas are a good source of potassium, but all fruits and vegetables contain plentiful amounts of potassium and low amounts of sodium. It’s as if nature knows what’s best for us in the fruits, vegetables, raw nuts and other natural ingredients we consume, and provides the ideal ratio right from the tree, bush or plant.

Processed foods, on the other hand, tend to have very high amounts of sodium. Sodium helps preserve the flavor, texture and color of food to extend its shelf life. It can cover some of the less pleasant flavors lingering from processing. And let’s face it, salt tastes good.

We do need salt in our diets, but too much of any one thing isn’t good for us. We crave salt because it’s necessary for life, and in ancient history, was difficult to obtain. Now that people live on fast food, frozen dinners, and processed snack foods, it’s too easy to overindulge in sodium and not get enough potassium in your diet.

That’s where coconut water can help. Coconut water is low in sodium and rich in potassium. As part of a healthy diet, it can provide some potassium to improve your daily intake of this important nutrient. It’s also easy to incorporate coconut water into delicious beverages that contain plentiful fruits and vegetables, so you’re increasing your intake of natural sources of potassium easily to change the balance of sodium and potassium in your diet.

Lower Cholesterol and Triglycerides

Cholesterol and triglycerides occur naturally in your body, but too much can hurt your cardiovascular health. Cholesterol is a sticky fatty substance that acts like spackle over microscopic “cuts” in the circulatory system. If too much cholesterol builds up, it can create blockages that cause heart attacks or strokes. A high cholesterol rate, especially a high LDL or “bad” cholesterol reading compared to HDL and “good” cholesterol, as well as high triglycerides, are factors in cardiovascular disease.

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Coconut water may help to lower both cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Studies on rats indicate it may protect against heart disease by decreasing both LDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Moreover, although scientists don’t really know why it works, it offers additional protection to the heart. So drink coconut water and toast your cardiovascular system – it may be beneficial to heart health.

Stress and Anxiety Reduction

Coconut water contains plenty of minerals including potassium, sodium, calcium and magnesium. What you may not know is that two of these minerals, calcium and magnesium, are important for relaxation and sleep.

Calcium builds strong teeth and bones, but it also keeps the smooth muscles in your body relaxed. Your heart is made of smooth muscle tissue. Adequate amounts of calcium are vital to help your heart relax between beats, which keeps it healthy. It also helps your brain slow down at night, falling into the brain patterns that mark sleep. Adequate amounts of calcium help you fall into a deep, restful sleep.

Magnesium too offers many health benefits. It’s known as the relaxation mineral because studies have shown that magnesium helps the parasympathetic nervous system relax. The parasympathetic nervous system is what helps to control your “fight or flight” instincts. When it’s off, you feel anxious and may be prone to anxiety and panic attacks as well as sleep disturbances.

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The National Sleep Federation says that six out of 10 people aren’t getting enough sleep at night. While it is true that many people deprive themselves of sleep to work, play on the computer or just enjoy a movie-night binge, one hidden cause of insomnia may be a calcium and magnesium deficiency. Low levels of calcium and magnesium can cause you to wake up in the middle of the night and be unable to fall back to sleep again.

Like the partnership of sodium and potassium, calcium and magnesium are also partners, working together to help your body sleep naturally. Coconut water, already rich in both sodium and potassium, is also rich in magnesium and calcium. So it’s a natural sleep aid and can help you both fall asleep easily and sleep more deeply. Combined with a healthy diet, coconut water can help many aspects of your health.

Weight Loss

Another of the many benefits of drinking coconut water is that it may help with weight loss. Coconut water does contain calories (46 per cup), while plain water contains zero calories. Nevertheless, some people dislike drinking plain water, and a twist of lemon or lime doesn’t always improve the taste. Drinking coconut water may be the answer.

Mistaking thirst signals for hunger pangs may lead some people to eat instead of drink. For these people, a cup of coconut water may both slake their thirst and give them the taste they crave. Liquids also fill the stomach with fewer calories than food, cutting down on the total caloric intake for the day.

Commercial diet and weight loss programs recommend drinking multiple glasses of water a day, usually 8 to 10, to feel full and prevent snacking. Coconut water can replace one or two of these glasses of water for a healthy beverage that provides vitamins, minerals and protein without fat and excess calories.

Incorporating Coconut Water Into Your Diet

You can drink coconut water by the cup, if you like. It has a sweet taste. Some say it tastes like you stuck a straw in a coconut. Buy a high-quality brand, such as coconut water sold by Beverage Universe. Cheap coconut water is often diluted with other ingredients, which can make it taste a little like suntan lotion. Unless you’ve got a craving for that, stick with good brands.

You can mix coconut water into many different drinks. Smoothies work best, but other cool drinks work well too, and you can freeze coconut water into desserts, too. Here are a few recipes for incorporating more coconut water into your diet.

Coconut Water Lemonade

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This drink packs the taste of summer into one low-calorie beverage. Simply mix one cup of coconut water with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. Add a squeeze of lime, too, and you’ve got a tropical paradise in a cup.

Coconut-Pineapple Popsicles

Puree one cup of fresh pineapple with two cups of coconut water. Pour into popsicle molds and freeze.

A variation on this recipe is to mix one cup of pureed strawberries with coconut water. It also freezes into strawberry-sweet popsicles for a hot summer day!

Coconut Water Fruit Pops

This is a spin on the recipe above. Simply add chopped fruit to the mix, especially brightly colored berries like strawberries and blueberries. You can also pour straight coconut water into popsicle molds and then add fruit. The liquid freezes to a crystalline pop studded with fruit. It’s as delicious as it is beautiful.

Coconut Water Coffee

No, that’s not a typo. Coconut water coffee may just replace your morning java fix. Combine 1 teaspoon powdered espresso with 1/2 cup of boiling water. Mix, then add 1 tablespoon of sweetened, condensed milk and half a cup of coconut water. Add ice, chill, and you’ve got an amazing beverage.

Blueberry-Beet Coconut Water Smoothie

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Don’t gag at the word “beet.” This recipe from Epicurious packs so many antioxidants into a glass it’s like jet fuel for your cells. You need 1 cup of frozen blueberries, 1/2 cup of peeled and grated raw beet, 1/2 cup of low at Greek yogurt, and 3/4 cup of coconut water. Just pour them all into your blender, and blend for one minute or longer until smooth. It’s a purple-red concoction that tastes sweet and zippy at the same time.

Peach-Yogurt-Coconut Water Smoothie

This recipe uses fresh peaches, coconut water and Greek yogurt for a healthy beverage. Simply cut the peach flesh away from the pit and chop it into chunks. Add it to your blender along with 1 and 1/2 cups of coconut water and 1 cup of non-fat Greek yogurt. Blend into a smoothie, and then add ice cubes until it reaches the consistency you want. You may need one more peach to get a strong peach flavor in the drink. Serves two.

Health Benefits of Coconut Water: It’s Good for You!

Given all of the health benefits of coconut water, is it hype or hope, fact or fiction?

Studies certainly demonstrate that coconut water is good for you. It is low in calories, and contains healthy amounts of protein, vitamins and minerals. The vitamins and mineral content may contribute to a healthy cardiovascular system including lower blood pressure and cholesterol readings.

It’s a good drink for sport hydration, and includes the electrolytes that commercial beverages contain without the artificial colors, flavors, and sugars often associated with such products. Whether or not you enjoy it is a matter of taste, since some people love the taste of sports beverages. But you can certainly substitute a healthy can of coconut water instead of a sports drink and obtain additional nutrients in the process.

Coconut water may help with weight loss, especially if you substitute it for eating between meals. It’s versatile enough to incorporate into a wide range of beverages and treats, including popsicles and smoothies, which make it a pleasant summer treat.

Is coconut water good for you? Yes, and it can be part of a healthy diet that supports your overall active lifestyle. People in the tropics have known for centuries that coconuts, especially young coconuts, offer many health benefits. Thankfully, with modern packaging, processing and shipping methods, people worldwide can enjoy the health benefits of coconut water now, too.

Coconut Water from Beverage Universe

Coconut water is available nationwide from a variety of stores, but Beverage Universe has the best flavors on the market. Beverage Universe coconut water comes packages in handy individual portions, which makes it great to carry on the trail or strapped to your bike during workouts or events. Flavors such as grape, fruit punch and berry also make it a tasty and healthy treat on the go.

Beverage Universe offers a large selection of brands and flavors. Visit our website to shop for coconut water products today.