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Does Coconut Water Cure Hangovers?

Updated on December 23, 2010

If you're like me, you've had some pretty horrible hangovers in your adult life. Sometimes, even after downing every hangover remedy known to man, the grim reaper still seems to lurk in the shadows. For those of you right now with a smirk of relatedness on your face, have no fear. There is a new natural hangover cure gaining popularity and popping up in drink aisles everywhere; coconut water. It has been called "the fluid of life," but can it really bring life back into your sunday morning after a long night of kicking back cheap vodka?

the ultimate hangover cure?
the ultimate hangover cure?

The fluid of life

Coconut water is the fluid you find inside young coconuts, and drinking the stuff is nothing new. In fact, Pacific Islanders have been splitting open the coconut and drinking it's sweet nectar for centuries. It's also a widely popular juice (second to orange juice) in many tropical areas around the world including Southeast Asia, Hawaii and the Caribbean. The Western world has caught on in recent years, and it comes at no surprise. Simply put, it tastes good, and it's good for you. Mortin Satin, Chief of the United Nation's Food and Agriculture Organization asserts that "coconut water is the very stuff of nature, biologically pure, full of natural sugars, salts and vitamins to ward off fatigue and is the next wave energy drinks BUT natural." You hear that...natural. You can't beat that with a stick.


Does coconut water cure hangovers?

While the symptoms of a hangover can come in many forms (headaches, vomiting, nausea...), there is still only one cure: hydration. If you didn't know already, alcohol acts a diuretic by flushing your system of fluids, essential vitamins and minerals. This can cause severe dehydration. Replenishing your body of water and electrolytes lost through dehydration is the only way to grapple with a nasty $100-bar-tab hangover. But what happens when water just isn't cutting it? Sports drinks like Gatorade or electrolyte enhanced waters do a much better job of rehydrating than regular water, but coconut water goes one, maybe even two steps further.

Coconut water rehydrates by replacing lost fluids and minerals much quicker (curing the headache), and settles the stomach (stopping the puking). Just one cup-full of coconut water contains more electrolytes than most sports drinks. More specifically, in a recently published article in Time, Charlie Duerr mentions that "[coconut water] contains the same five electrolytes found in human blood (Gatorade has only two)." That is great news, and it's the reason why "coconut water has been used intravenously when conventional hydration fluids were not available." Aside from electrolytes, coconut water is also rich in minerals and potassium. In fact, that same one cup-full of coconut water contains more potassium than a banana, for example.

So, does coconut water cure hangovers? For the most part, yes. Obviously, the only sure-fire way to avoid a hangover is to not drink alcohol, but that's no fun. If you are going to drink alcohol, drinking coconut water in the morning could be the best way to get your brain out from underneath that steamroller. Admittedly, some hangovers are just too intense to be cured, let alone by a glass of miracle nut juice. If that's the case, do what I do; put some rum in it.


Additional benefits of drinking coconut water

Coconut water helps with urinary problems - People diagnosed with strangury, polyutra and other urinary ailments will drink coconut water on a regular basis to relieve their symptoms.

Coconut water kills intestinal and stomach worms - Drinking coconut water with one teaspoon of olive oil for three days will kill intestinal worms and clear the stomach of worms, which makes for better digestion. Isn't that special?

Coconut water acts as an antibacterial - Coconut water contains certain chemicals that help to kill off viruses like HIV, Herpes, flu and others.


Coconut water can break up kidney sto
nes - Doctors will recommend drinking coconut water to patients with kidney problems. It helps break up kidney stones, making them easier to push out.


Find coconut water

You can find servings of coconut water being sold in the beverage aisle of most supermarkets. You could also opt for the old fashioned route and buy whole coconuts. Whole coconuts are sold closed up, as found in nature, keeping the nutrient rich water inside and ready to drink. You will need a knife or an ice-pick to pierce the coconut and allow the water to pour out.

Opening a coconut

little boy trying to cure his hangover before going snorkeling.
little boy trying to cure his hangover before going snorkeling.

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      Far West 5 years ago from Lapulapu City

      Interesting hub about coconut water. True refreshing and cure of UTI. Must drink in the morning. The kidney stones be melted trough this coconut water. Is is safe than drugs.

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      Kris Heeter 5 years ago from Indiana

      I've always been curious about trying coconut water. I was never a fan of coconut as a kid but as I've gotten older, I'm starting to like it a bit more, so maybe it's finally time to give the coconut water a try! Interesting hub:)

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      Oshoke 5 years ago

      Are u sure coconut water cures hiv

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      naturalsolutions 5 years ago

      Coconut water is consider in some country as the most nutritious water. It is crystal clear but its taste are really sweet. I believe that it can cure hang over, just put some ice to coconut water and the drink it. It is probably refreshing.

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      Jeff Davis 6 years ago from California

      chinemeremz - Thanks for the kind words my friend...I'm glad you enjoyed.

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      chinemeremz 6 years ago

      Hi Jd and its nice to be back again.

      Just checked out the article on using coconut water in curing HIV.

      From what I can infer from this article, the writer is trying to showcase the efficacy of coconut water as an anti- retro viral constituent.

      I think going by this study, they could be something salient about this claim.

      I'm not an adept on medical issues, but from basic knowledge of things, coconut water might be considered a strong constituent of ARV.

      Thanks Jd for be academic and scholastic in your approach.

      Hope to read more of your hubs soon.

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      Jeff Davis 6 years ago from California

      KLeichester - Interesting because it's true! Thanks and I'm glad you enjoyed

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      KLeichester 6 years ago

      This is an interesting topic. I enjoyed it.

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      Jeff Davis 6 years ago from California

      rebekahELLE - glad I could help. Thanks for reading!

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      rebekahELLE 6 years ago from Tampa Bay

      this is nice to know. I've heard it's good for so many things, but didn't know about the hangover. with the holiday season in full gear, this is helpful information.

      thanks!

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      Jeff Davis 6 years ago from California

      bogerk - thanks for sharing! I know that too...

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      bogerk 6 years ago from Midwest

      I know from experience that coconut water definitely can prevent a hangover if you drink right after you get home from going to the bar.

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      Jeff Davis 6 years ago from California

      chinemeremz - you can't trust anything on the internet... I found that info from [http://www.thefreelibrary.com/The+fat+that+kills+v...] In short, it mentions that coconuts contain high amounts of lauric acid which makes up a fatty acid known as monolaurin. These are good fats that work as antivirals/antibacterials. In the case for HIV, by coating the virus and disrupting it's maturation process. For herpes, by destroying it altogether. I've found only a few other sources stating something similar. I'm tired and it's late though...so prove me wrong. Thanks very much for the comment...I'll have to check out your hub

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      chinemeremz 6 years ago

      Hi JD, I did a similar topic on coconut titled "9 health benefits of coconut water", but I think your view is slightly different but almost the same. As for killing off viruses, herpes yes but HIV no. But apart from this little opposing view, your piece was really informative and nice. Keep up the good work.

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      Jeff Davis 6 years ago from California

      summertime8 - hey if Madonna drinks it, it has to be good...right? Thanks for the reading and commenting.

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      summertime8 6 years ago

      Loved the hub. Coconut water seems so good for so many things. I see people like Madonna are drinking while they're exercising.

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      Jeff Davis 7 years ago from California

      leanman - like I said, does it cure hangovers? yes and no. Sometimes the only cure for a bad hangover is time...Thanks for the comment.

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      Tony 7 years ago from At the Gemba

      Having drunk this straight from the tree after a heavy night I can safely say that nothing can cure a bad hangover.. lol But seriously, it is so refreshing and you do feel better... after a while!