By Marcella Castellanos
You can get a coconut on many street corners or even in the backs of trucks because they grow in abundance here. They’re one of my all-time favorite fruits – it just tastes like you must be doing something good to your body when you eat any form of it. When you stop to order one, the vendor will split the coconut with a machete right on the spot and extract the refreshing coconut water into a plastic bag where you will drink from a straw sticking out of it. The meat from the coconut is then prepared with your choice of chile, limon and salt. And for me, this is a better snack to any bag of chips – well, most days, (and remember to get non-GMO potato chips when you do buy chips).
Coconut has tons of natural electrolytes, calcium, potassium, and magnesium. The oil from coconut is considered a healing oil and coconut-eating in general is excellent for boosting one’s immunity as they are antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, and anti-parasitic, which means that they kill harmful bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites to keep us healthy. Due to this, if you consume coconut in any of its forms, raw coconut, coconut oil, coconut butter, coconut milk, etc., it can help treat some of the most resilient illnesses.
Whether you’re drinking the juice, eating the meat, or consuming it as oil, coconuts are a delicious and nutritious source of fiber, vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. In fact, coconut water has even been known to be used for plasma transfusions as they have the same electrolyte levels as human plasma! As if that isn’t enough, it’s also high in antioxidant properties which slow down the aging process by protecting the body from harmful free radicals. Some people put a little bit of coconut oil on their skin every day in dry climates. We don’t have a problem of dryness here- at least not at this time of year. And it’s also known to treat skin disorders such as eczema and psoriasis. You get all of these benefits for about 20 pesos per coconut, that’s about $1.50 usd.- cheaper than a cup of coffee! Perhaps you can have your coffee and coconut too or here’s a thought – order coconut delivery from Veloz. Now that’s fast food done the right way!
Marcella Castellanos is a bilingual, certified Health & Wellness Coach, working with busy individuals to increase their vitality by adopting healthier habits. She offers group detoxing, weight loss, 3 to 6 month programs and workshops as well as personalized one-on-one coaching to help spice up your vitality! FREE Healthy Holiday Program at www.wellnesslatina.com