I Need an Electrolyte Replacement Drink for Coconut Water

Obvious to anyone reading this title, I tried my first can of coconut water. In fact I had my husband try it, as well,in the hope that my taste buds were just off as a result of the high pollen count and my allergies. Well he didn’t love it either. Unless it is the brand I purchased, I’m afraid I will not be drinking straight coconut water, much to my surprise.

Has it always tasted this way? I keep wondering because although I don’t think I had any preconceived notions about coconut water it just wasn’t what I expected.

Subconsciously, I must have set up my taste buds to imagine they would taste something with a hint of coconut, a splattering of fruit flavor and natural sweetness. Our coconut water had nothing but some sort of non- fruity distinction; I hesitate to say there was anything resembling a taste at all. It was like water but a little thicker in comparison. Please someone tell me there is more to coconut water than that?

I am not one to call it quits after drinking just one can, so I will give coconut water another try. The next time I will drink it cold, perhaps it is best served that way. I prefer my water ice cold so maybe that is how I prefer my coconut water too. I will try a smaller portion to see if there has been any improvement since I tasted it 24 hours ago, and if not then I will have to keep searching for a good electrolyte replacement drink that actually has some flavor to it.

High in Potassium

In regards to Multiple Sclerosis and the treatment to reduce the length of a flare-up which consist of 1,000 mgs of Solu-Medrol steroids on at least a 3-5 day period, although effective, such high doses of steroids usually entails a “steroid crash” once our own hormonal systems slowly kick back in gear.

I learned from a popular social site for people with MS that potassium must be replaced during the crash to lighten its severity. Guess what is high in potassium? That’s right, coconut water. I became so excited that I already planned what I would do the next time I used Solu-Medrol, as if that day were right around the corner. I would eat bananas and drink coconut water. I told myself there was no way I would be potassium deficient after using those two main sources.

Well, unless coconut water starts tasting a lot better, I’m back to just bananas the next time I need a dose of steroids.

Electrolyte Replacement

A natural electrolyte replacement, better than Gatorade is what I read time and time again. Not that I exercise so hard I need my electrolytes replaced, but I do suffer from dehydration, especially when whichever part of my brain that controls my body temperature decides to send false messages that I am hotter than I actually am. I sweat profusely, just sitting in a chair and find myself always looking for something to replenish my fluids and give me a jolt of energy in the process. With summertime comes an increase in this strange behavior.

I had it all worked out, coconut water was going to be a one-shot-fits-all solution to my dehydration, low potassium, and electrolyte replacement problem. When I didn’t need potassium for one problem, I could use it to solve my other problem. In my mind I had found the perfect solution, right up until the second I tasted the stuff.

Electrolytes are quite interesting. I visited a website (it claims it is monitored by physicians.) called Healthcommunities.com and found the following information about electrolytes that I believe relates to MS. Please give special note to the italicized portion:

“Electrolytes are salts that conduct electricity and are found in the body fluid, tissue, and blood. Examples are chloride, calcium, magnesium, sodium, and potassium. Sodium (Na+) is concentrated in the extracellular fluid (ECF) and potassium (K+) is concentrated in the intracellular fluid (ICF). Proper balance is essential for muscle coordination, heart function, fluid absorption and excretion, nerve function, and concentration.

The kidneys regulate fluid absorption and excretion and maintain a narrow range of electrolyte fluctuation. Normally, sodium and potassium are filtered and excreted in the urine and feces according to the body's needs. Too much or too little sodium or potassium, caused by poor diet, dehydration, medication, and disease, results in an imbalance. Too much sodium is called hypernatremia; too little is called hyponatremia. Too much potassium is called hyperkalemia; too little is called hypokalemia.”

Whether caused by dehydration, medication, or disease, electrolyte fluctuation can occur. When I’m in a flare, and on steroids; dehydration, disease and medication could be causing problems all at the same time. What a easy fix coconut water will be, if I can just get past the taste, or should I say lack of taste.

Will it defeat the purpose to add rum?

Ice Cold Rum and Coconut Water     (esquire.com)
Ice Cold Rum and Coconut Water (esquire.com)

Will Purchasing Fruit Flavored Coconut Water Defeat the Purpose?

I do remember reading of alcohol mixtures containing coconut and coconut water mixed with fruit flavoring. Maybe that would be better than eliminating coconut water all together. I ordered a 12-pack from Amazon.com, maybe the brand wasn’t up to par and if I order Zico when it becomes available, I will be pleasantly surprised by the difference.

However if I’m on steroids, I figure I will just drink the natural, plain, non-tasting coconut water, as it will be more important to get the potassium than to enjoy the flavor.

Maybe another brand is what is needed

As A Sports Drink

For someone who actually works up a sweat from killer exercise programs, pure coconut water is still one of the healthiest ways to replace your electrolytes. That in itself is enough of a reason to recommend it, as for the taste . . . . don’t expect much and I don’t think you’ll be as disappointed as I was.

For those of you who told me you didn't really like coconut water that much, I now totally understand where you are coming from.

Update:  Now that I have endured some really hot and humid days where just working around the house totally drained me, I can attest to the benefits of even my lousy tasting coconut water. It was quite refreshing and great for re hydration purposes.  I totally get it now!  I am still anxious to try Zico and ice-cold tastes the best.

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Jen's Solitude 6 years ago from Delaware Author

Good to know, thanks for the comment. :)


KLeichester 6 years ago

This has been helpful. Thank you!


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Jen's Solitude 6 years ago from Delaware Author

Yes chinemeremz, I am looking forward to experiencing a "real" taste of coconut water. Thanks for the extra info about body temperature regulation as well. I am going to add your hub to this one so that more knowledge can be gained. Great to meet you!


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chinemeremz 6 years ago

Hi jen, i really loved your hub especially your sense of humor. On the issue of coconut water, I'll like to add here that from where I come from, it tastes really good. Although it has to be the fresh ones with a green bark. But those ones with a brown bark, well I guess this is the type you are used to. Another thing people do not know about coconut water is that apart from its ability to rehydrate, it helps in regulating the body temperature which makes it suitable for fever. I did a similar hub on this topic titled "9 health benefits of coconut water", this is where I highlighted these benefits. Thanks for your nice info, cos I consider an addition to what I already know about coconut water.


aw 6 years ago

Out of every coconut water Vita Coco has the most electrolytes! and tastes the best..


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Jen's Solitude 6 years ago from Delaware Author

Hi Crystal,

That is exactly the brand we tested, since we were not able to get our hands on Zico. What a difference! I totally get the whole coconut water deal now. LOL

Thanks for the tip, you are totally right in my book.


Crystal Singer 6 years ago

You should try Vita Coco. It's a refreshing coconut water drink that comes in many different flavors, like peach, pineapple and acai and pomegranate. It's also a great supplement for caffeine!


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Jen's Solitude 6 years ago from Delaware Author

Buckley I have heard so many good things about fresh coconut water. I can't wait to give it a try. Thanks for your comment


Buckley 6 years ago

fresh coconut is great! no weird tastes! My kids drink it like there is no tomorrow.


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Jen's Solitude 6 years ago from Delaware Author

stasis it is good mixed with other drinks or with fruit, but of course that makes the sugar level higher. I can't even order Zico from Amazon because it is out of stock. I think that shows they just may make the best. We will try to find some around here until it comes back in stock.


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stasis 6 years ago from US

Hmm, I love trying new and 'healthy' things but I have not yet tried coconut water. I wonder if it would taste better mixed with another drink or in a spritzer.


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Jen's Solitude 6 years ago from Delaware Author

Thanks Michael, I believe that is the 2nd recommendation for ZICO. Will give it a try as soon as possible.


Michael Murphy 6 years ago

I love the ZICO bottle the best. It has the most authentic taste and doesn't taste sterilized like the tetra paks.


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Jen's Solitude 6 years ago from Delaware Author

Perfect Paradise! We were just trying to come up with something to add and couldn't come up with anything I was crazy about, but lemon juice that's the ticket. Thank you!


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Paradise7 6 years ago from Upstate New York

Yeah, try drinking it cold and add some lemon juice. You'll find it's just like lemonade.


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Jen's Solitude 6 years ago from Delaware Author

Hmmm, I guess I will have to go for the fruity flavored drinks if I don't find any brands that make plain coconut water I enjoy. Thanks for your opinion ocbill


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ocbill 6 years ago from hopefully somewhere peaceful and nice

it really doesn't have too much of a taste (fresh coconut water). I've had it in So. America and if it works for them for so long as they get some pretty good UV rays (RJ & North Brazil, Colombia...) then I'll have to listen and sip along.


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Jen's Solitude 6 years ago from Delaware Author

BK, it seems I am unknowingly doing much to work against my health concerns, but I refuse to give in and with help from good folks like you, I will keep learning. Thanks so much for your assistance.

Mickey, I am going to try another brand that isn't in cans and see if it tastes better to me.

sord87 and wandererh, BK also recommended fresh coconut water as the best. I have plenty of options now before I give up on coconut water. Thank you both for your helpful suggestions.


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wandererh 6 years ago from Singapore

Coconut water in Singapore usually comes fresh from the coconut. You get a coconut, a straw and a spoon. Once you are done with the coconut water, you can use the spoon to polish off the "meat" of the coconut as well. Perhaps it's just that canned coconut water pales in comparison with the real thing?


sord87 6 years ago

i do not know what the taste of coconut water in your country,but in Malaysia you can easily get fresh coconut water along the street even a burnt coconut water,Fresh means a few minutes being picked from the tree and burnt means a water taken from burned coconut.Great hub and so much chemical information on coconut!


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Micky Dee 6 years ago

You're always on top of any subject. I have to get some coconut water. Do you drink it while you exercise? Thank you Jen. God bless.


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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

Hello Jen's Solitude! Those cans have toxic linings - BPA - in fact all canned items on our supermarket shelves are lined with BPA (Bisphenol A - which has been linked to breast cancer, obesity, early puberty, impaired immune function, etc. - can you believe this stuff was in plastic baby bottles?), except one organic company which I think is Eden Farm.

There are many companies packing coconut water in those sterile paks (haven't heard any horror stories yet) - those I find good - in fact one brand is VitaCoco - if you still are turned off by it straight - some are flavored with other fruits like pineapple, peach, mango and tangerine.

Best of all of course is to get a real coconut. And you are right - coconut water is excellent for rehydrating - and providing so many benefits!

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