So What's Bollywood’s Health & Beauty Tonic?

Here’s why you should be sipping on some coconut water to beat the heat this summer

Annabelle D’Costa

The quintessential summer favourite, nariyal paani, is the cheapest and best way to beat the heat. And it is for this reason celebs like Alia Bhatt, Priyanka Chopra, Madhuri Dixit and more are turning to this tropical drink for their daily dose of health and hydration. Nature's cool drink also comes with a long list of health and beauty benefits. Find out now: 

Regulates blood pressure

Priyanka Chopra shows us how coconut water can instantly cheer you up on a warm sunny day. Studies suggest that coconut water can help improve blood circulation and also lower high blood pressure levels, reducing the risk of heart attacks and other cardiovascular issues. A study conducted in 2005 tested coconut water to find out if it could help beat hypertension. Rich in vitamin C, potassium and magnesium, coconut water helps regulate blood pressure levels and also helps control blood sugar levels. 

Rehydrates the body

This fitness freak surely knows how to keep his energy levels up! Rich in electrolytes (it has plenty of potassium and a healthy dose of sodium), coconut water can help restore your body’s electrolyte balance in times of severe dehydration, vomiting or excessive sweating. Additionally, coconut water also has an alkalizing effect which balances the pH levels in the body, helping restore your energy levels. As effective as energy drinks minus the excessive sugar that packaged drinks have, a glass of coconut water makes for a natural, healthy post-workout drink, found a study published online.


Strengthens bones

A coconut convert herself, Amy Jackson swears by this health drink. We suspect that a glass of coconut water every day is the secret to her enviable figure. After all, fit is the new sexy. And what better way to achieve fitness than starting by strengthening your bones. Coconut water is a good source of calcium, magnesium and zinc, essential micronutrients that help keep your bones strong and healthy. 

Aids weight loss

Sonam Kapoor is quite the diva that she is. If you’ve ever envied her lithe body, remember that it didn’t come to her easily. After joining the fitness bandwagon and shedding quite a lot of weight, there’s been no turning back for the actress. If you too are trying to lose weight, coconut water should be your go-to drink. Ace nutritionist-cum-restaurateur, Hena Nafi says, “Low in fat and calories, the bioactive enzymes in this drink helps digest food properly, helping you stay satiated for a longer period of time thereby reducing cravings. With summer around the corner, coconut water is the best solution to keep yourself hydrated, as it consists of potassium and sodium. People often get confused between the feeling of thirst and hunger, when it’s usually dehydration that’s causing that feeling. Thus, coconut water is the best solution for thirst and hunger.” What more, the potassium content in coconut water balances the sodium levels, reducing water retention and preventing bloating. Slip a glass of coconut water into your daily diet chart to increase your metabolic rate and burn more calories. 


Boosts immunity

This Bollywood star’s Instagram profile is proof of her love for exercise and food. Always at her physical best, she has always been a propagator of the healthy way of life. So how does this Sri Lankan beauty manage to achieve this, despite her hectic schedules? The answer is coconut water, says her Instagram profile. This refreshing health drink is rich in nutrients and B vitamins that help increase your body’s immunity and ward off infections like fever, cold and the flu. Besides, its anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties helps heal wounds and strengthen the body from inside-out. Nafi adds, “Coconut water is also a good cure for water-borne infections. An interesting fact, during World War II, when regular saline was short in supply for the wounded soldiers, coconut water was what was given intravenously to them. It is the closest in similarity to human blood plasma.” We bet you didn’t know this! 

Improves kidney function

In order to keep your kidneys healthy, it’s important that you lead an active and healthy lifestyle, and maintain a healthy weight. Tamannah shows us how it’s done. Her recent Instagram picture reveals her fitness and beauty mantra. The potassium in coconut water plays an important role in increasing the production of urine, preventing the formation of kidney stones. Besides, it also helps flush out extra amounts of calcium, phosphate and uric acid from the kidneys.  


Beauty woes 

The dhak-dhak girl has been winning hearts with her charm and personality, and now we know her secret! To bid goodbye to your acne and other skin issues, look no further than the humble coconut. Dr Jaishree Sharad, CEO, Skinfiniti Aesthetic & Laser Clinic, Mumbai says, “Coconut water helps detox the skin and keeps you hydrated helping you reflect radiant skin from the outside. Restore your skin’s youthfulness by applying some coconut water onto your face and leave overnight. In the morning, wash with a mild face wash and pat dry. Due to its repairing properties, it can help reverse sun damage, blemishes and discolouration. Additionally, she says “Coconut water is rich in potassium, magnesium, calcium and contains vitamin C, iron and folate.  While potassium keeps the skin internally moisturized, magnesium helps maintain a healthy skin barrier, protecting the skin from external pollutants and calcium prevents nails and hair from becoming brittle.” 

Image: Instagram 


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