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how to stay hydrated when you fly

how to stay hydrated when you fly

Written by Gabriela Délano-Stephens

A few years ago, the world discovered Coconut Water and it went from a holiday drink to a superfood. It’s since earned a cult-like following in the health and fitness universe for its unique hydrating powers.

But it’s also a frequent flyer’s best friend (that’s why it’s in all four Local Time formulas). Here’s what you need to know about Coconut Water, and why it should be part of your travel wellness ritual.

Not to be confused with coconut milk – the thick, milky substance that comes from mature coconuts (and makes for excellent curry) – Coconut Water is a clear liquid extracted from young green coconuts. It’s touted as nature’s isotonic beverage, meaning it possesses the same concentration of essential salts and minerals as the body. That’s why its wonderous for replacing electrolytes and minerals lost during exercise. The electrolyte balance in coconut water is so similar to our own blood concentration that it’s even been used intravenously to save lives.

This is why, given the option, you can feel emboldened to say no to florescent-colored sports drinks, which are filled with artificial sweeteners and odious chemicals. Don’t believe the hype.

Alternatively, the electrolytes in coconut water help to regulate the body’s temperature and maintain muscle and nerve function. One of the key electrolytes in coconut water is potassium. Eight ounces of coconut water provides more potassium than two bananas (and 15 times as much as sports drinks). Potassium regulates body fluid balance – essential for airline travel – as dehydration is one of the main causes of jet lag (see our related post, How to Beat Jet Lag).

Speaking of airline travel, extended time in highly pressurized cabins with dry, recirculating air is a set-up for dehydration and fatigue. And many of the go-to substances many of us use cope – from coffee to cocktails – exacerbate dehydration and undermine the body’s ability to rebalance. Frankly, I’m astonished that Coconut Water isn’t a beverage option on every airplane.

Besides rehydrating the body during and after traveling, the long-term benefits abound: Coconut Water can help with weight loss, cleansing the kidneys, boosting the immune system, providing energy – even regulating heart contractions. (It’s also an excellent support along with plant remedies as a hangover cure.) Activate the power of the coconut water by drinking plenty of water.  

If your first encounter with Coconut Water wasn’t love at first taste, don’t dismiss it. It can be an acquired taste, and it wasn’t until I found a brand I enjoyed that it really grew on me. Like our invitation to embrace the earthiness of Local Time formulas, I encourage you to adopt Coconut Water over the league of mass-marketed, artificial options as your go-to hydration ally.