I have been incorporating more raw into my diet, for psych-phys-spiritual transformational reasons -- and one way is the all encompassing smoothie in the morning: Fresh coconut water, cacao, goji, banana, blackberries, hemp-seed, and supergreens.... I can go-go-go for hours... and experience for the first time in my life what it's like to have the best day ever every day. YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT! This is a NUMBER # 1 principle. As in Primordial.
Here's what I've found out about my new fave liquid/nut:
The coconut is one of the greatest gifts of this planet.
Coconuts are a prehistoric plant which can survive many months floating at sea.
The coconut is a natural water filter that takes almost 9 months to filter each liter of water. The water travels through many fibers being purified where it is stored away STERILE in the nut itself.
This coconut water is pure clear and is one of the highest sources of electrolytes known to man.
Coconut water is identical to human blood plasma which makes it the universal donor. Plasma makes up 55% of human blood. By drinking coconuts we give ourselves a instant blood transfusion.
Many peoples lives have been saved in 3rd world countries by the coconut IV.
Coconuts in their young stage of growth are the most health enhancing.
Drink at least one a day (I have started out drinking 2 or so).
Coconuts are a great blood purifier.
All About Coconuts as provided by here
For thousands of years, coconuts have been an integral part of the diet in tropical climates, providing the nourishment needed to sustain a healthy life. Coconut milk, derived from the meat of the coconut, is the main ingredient for their ubiquitous curry sauces and desserts. Water from young coconuts is most commonly taken to quench thirst. Coconut oil is used not only for cooking, but also to nourish the skin and hair, and for body massage.
In this region, where traditional Ayurvedic medicine has prevailed for centuries, the coconut is highly respected for its medicinal qualities. Yet, it also has the reputation as an aphrodisiac because of its ability to stimulate the production of hormones in both the male and female. When used as body oil and blended with stimulating spices such as cayenne pepper, it acts as a carrier to circulate the blood and to stimulate the organs, while its aromatic scent enhances the senses. The highly mineral-charged coconut water acts to detoxify the kidneys, which indirectly affects its neighbors, the reproductive organs. Healthy kidneys are believed to promote a vibrant, healthy attitude, which expresses itself through the normal, healthy desire for sexual and emotional fulfillment. In a greater sense, this cycle is the silent call of nature to preserve the species. The coconut also has a symbolic meaning. Its very shape, with its three holes and long protective fibers, is compared to the human head and face, representing its importance as a basic food for mankind. Moreover, these three openings form a triangle, which represent the yin yang symbol of ancient religions.
After years of research, western medicine has just recently confirmed the profound healing properties of coconut, dispelling decades of misleading information that has been fed to the public. According to the results of these findings, coconut's unique form of saturated fat actually helps prevent heart disease, stroke, and hardening of the arteries. Unlike other oils and fats, coconut oil contains a large amount of the fatty acid known as lauric acid, which is the predominant fatty acid found in mother's milk. The lauric acid makes breast milk easily digestible, it strengthens the immune system and protects against viral, bacterial and fungal infections. Studies have shown coconut oil's effectiveness with HIV, SARS, Crohn's Disease, as well as other chronic illnesses. It detoxifies the liver, helps to build lipoproteins, fats and hormones and bile, which is necessary for digestion. Coconut's amazing healing properties are also attributed to reducing the risk of other degenerative conditions such as cancer, osteoporosis, and diabetes. The medium chain fatty acids help to create a healthy digestive tract, which in turn allows for better digestion and absorption of the nutrients in our foods. They also speed up metabolism providing an immediate source of energy while supplying fewer calories than other fats. It is the food of choice for those with hypothyroidism. Coconut oil helps protect against skin cancer and other blemishes and helps prevent premature aging and wrinkling. As a cooking oil, it is highly resistant to heat and spoilage. In fact, coconut oil has been called "the healthiest dietary oil on earth".
Most coconut oil sold in America is refined. The excessive heat, bleaching and chemical solvents used in the refining process creates a thick, yellowish-white product that is tasteless and odorless. Only the organic, extra virgin, expeller or hand pressed coconut oil retains its white color, light texture, and its mild taste and scent of fresh coconut.