Coconut Water for the Hair?

I started this blog because I have a deep love for coconut.  I mean everything Coconut.  Now that Spring has sprung and Summer is fast approaching, it is time to start thinking about how to keep our bodies hydrated during the hot months.

Nothing says “thirst quencher” like good ‘ole fashion H2O… Nevertheless, a personal favorite alternative is Coconut water.  My favorite brand o coconut water is Vita Coco.  It si the closest thing on the market that has retained the refreshing taste of the coconut water; it’s like truly drinking it right from its natural state.

With that said, I had a conversation today with a fellow dancer (yes, I am a dancer) and she told me that she uses BOTH coconut oil AND coconut water as part of her hair care regimen…SHUT THE RONT DOOR!

See what she has to say:

Fabiola and I at Innervisions: The benefits of coconut water for your hair.

I am also sharing this recipe that I found on the Vita Coco Website for a cool refreshing anytime drink:

COCO MINT LEMON GIMLET

Coconut water good for the body AND Hair?

Join me as I embark on the 90 days Coconut Water Hair Care Challenge.

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4 things to do to prepare your skin in the Winter for the Spring

 

The title can be a little misleading.  You should not let your skin go without the proper skin care regimen as your skin is the first defense and the firs thing people see.

It’s not just the snow melting and flowers blooming that changes from winter to spring when the season’s change, but you may also notice a difference in your skin. Since our skin is very sensitive to the world around us, helping it transition during the changing season by revisiting your skincare routine will help to optimize your best-looking skin.

We’ve created a list of skin care suggestions to help transition your skincare regimen from winter to spring.

EXFOLIATE

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We have blogged about the importance of exfoliating on numerous occasions, but in case you still need proof, here is what Pure Fiji has to share about why we need to exfoliate: Exfoliation removes dead skin cells, leaving you with skin that is naturally beautiful, soft and radiant. Madinina Kiss offers excellent exfoliating products for all types of skin.  We love Coconut oil as a carrier oil and we add, brown or white sugar–depending on how sensitive your skin is and dead sea salt–to help detoxify your skin.  As CEO, my personal preference is our Brown Sugar Scrub.  I don’t mind the coarseness of it, even on my face.  Some of my clients, on the other hand, prefer the White Sugar Scrub, because it is less abrasive, especially on the face.  As for our multi-purpose Dead Sea Salt Scrub,  it is perfect in conjunction with a detoxification regimen as it helps lift any toxin that may release through your skin’s pores.  It is important to note however that, you must drink plenty of fluids if you choose to this method.  Unlike sugar scrubs, which help retain moisture, salt scrubs do the exact opposite.  Still, these methods both lead to a radiant and glowing skin.

MOISTURIZE

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What better way to keep your skin soft, supple and moisturized than with Madinina Kiss’ Body Butter Blends.  We off three varieties of butter: Shea, Cocoa, and Mango.  We blend our butter with organic Coconut Oil, refined or unrefined; or for our customers with nut allergies, we blend with Grapeseed Oil or Olive oil.  Apply our body butter, daily and especially after a shower or bath.

WATER

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No need to tell you about the benefits of water in and out.  But there are plenty of people like me out there who do not enjoy just plain water.  If you are one those persons, try infusing your water with fresh or frozen fruits or vegetables.  My personal favorite: Lime and Cucumber in the Summer and Orange and Strawberries in the Spring.  Winter and Fall seasons, I just default to Lemon.  It is important to try to drink half of your weight in ounces of water or at least 64 oz. Doing this will hydrate you naturally from the inside out.  A natural alternative is Coconut Water.  It contains electrolytes that natural hydrate the body.

 

FOOD

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Fruits and Veggies are very important as part of your diet to keep your body and your skin healthy and glowing.  Incorporating a healthy dose of fruits and veggies also helps in maintaining a healthy digestives track, thus, lessening the chance of retaining toxins from all of the processed foods that we intake.  While, of course, it is best to eat as organically as possible, it just does not always work that way.

Madinina Kiss cares about your skin, in and out.  Make these four tips a part of your Natual Skin Care Regimen and Lifestyle.  Your body will love you for it!!

Stay Healthy and Blessed,

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Coconut water and Excersise

If you have been following my Blog about the benefits of coconut,  you know that it is my all time favorite…What is it? A fruit? A nut? A seed?  I never took the time to actually think about it, nor did I really think of it as any one of the three.  My childhood experiences have allowed me to subconsciously experience all three definitions (later blog post).

In one of my earlier posts, I talked about coconut water vs. sports drinks. Researchers say that organic raw coconut water contains living enzymes,which aid digestion and metabolism.  Italso contains complex B-vitamins and amino acids. Its high hydration abilitycomes from calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, and sodium. What are other benefitsto drinking coconut water? Well, thanks to its high electrolyte contents, itcontains a number of nutrients that are crucial for us — it’s very high inpotassium, which helps stabilize blood pressure and fluid balance within thebody, and can even prevent headaches and cramps.   Nothing beats pure H2O, but it is a well known fact that a person’s body does lose certain nutrients during athletic activity.  I know that when I go to the gym, I always take with me some coconut water.  Stupidly Simple Vita Coco is my choice of “bottled coconut water”.  I have mentioned this before, but Vita Coco is by far the best tasting packaged coconut water.

What confirms it for me that coconut water actually replenishes the lost nutrients during exercise is that I am not “craving” for anything.  Usually with water (Disclaimer: Water is still the best drink for your body), I feel as if I “need” something.  But when I drink coconut water, I feel satisfied.

I start my work out hydrated with coconut water.

So when my taste buds just can’t take another sip of tap water, I choose coconut water.  And when I wrap up my workout coconut water replaces the potassium and sodium I lose through sweat (as I think about sitting under the coconut tree at the family beach house at L’anse Mitan, Martinique FWI.

Be prepared when going to the gym.  Before you consider a sports drink, consider coconut water.

You have just been “Kissed by Nature”

D.M

Coconut Water vs. Sports Drink -Which one is it the real Body Hydrator?

In my last post Coconut Water-Is it the real Body Hydrator?, I shared my personal experience about coconut.  In fact, this whole blog has been my personal experience with the use of Coconut.  In Part II, I want to talk about the pros and cons from both a personal experience and from the perspective of the “experts”.  When I am not able to get my hands on some good coconut water from raw coconut, I venture to find my favorite go-to Vita Coco.  By far it is the closest thing to a fresh coconut water I have tasted.  I have tried other brands, only to find that it has a “fermented” after taste, meaning that the water did NOT come from a young green coconut or it was exposed to air too long before they packaged it.  But you would have to have had a good coconut in the raw to know the difference.

Organic and raw coconut water is the best bet, when available. Why? Organic raw coconut water contains living enzymes, which aid digestion and metabolism.  It also contains complex B-vitamins and amino acids. Its high hydration ability comes from calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, and sodium. What are other benefits to drinking coconut water? Well, thanks to its high electrolyte contents, it contains a number of nutrients that are crucial for us — it’s very high in potassium, which helps stabilize blood pressure and fluid balance within the body, and can even prevent headaches and cramps.  So with all of these benefits, why are people still turning to sports drinks for hydration? The first reason is cost.  It is cheaper to buy a 16oz. sports drink than it is to buy a 16oz. coconut water.  But is it really worth it? What articles fail to mention are the “other” additives such as food coloring and other preservatives.  The second reason is that experts claim that high sodium is need to replace the sodium lost during athletic training…But doesn’t excess sodium lead to high blood pressure, which coconut water helps to regulate? And how is the lost of sodium measured between a child athlete and an adult athlete?  In an article, Coconut Water or Gatorade, it states in part that  Nutritional experts state that coconut water can be a good drink for hydration after normal exercising but warn that it may not be the best drink after vigorous and strenuous exercising due to the high loss of sodium in sweat. The replacement of sodium after water loss is much more important than potassium. Coconut water contains about 569 mg of potassium and 160 mg of sodium compared to Gatorade, which is formulated for athletes and contains around 52.5 mg of potassium and 192 mg of sodium. Plus coconut water contains very little protein and carbohydrates, which are essential for rapid recovery from dehydration.Coconut water costs on average about 62 cents an ounce whereas Gatorade costs on average at retail around 24 cents per ounce. So, the choice is yours, coconut water as an expensive re-hydrating drink or as an occasional refreshing drink that may be beneficial to your health.”The choice is yours. As for me, Coconut water is my go to dink for hydration.  Thanks to my blog accountability partner Janelle, she eloquently reminds me that Gratitude=A Change in Attitude.  That said, I am grateful for my childhood experiences and life experiences that taught me what is means to be truly Kissed by Nature.

Kisses,
D.M.

Coconut Water-Is it the real Body Hydrator?

Okay, so lately consumers are seeing an influx of coconut products on the market.  Specifically to coconut water, the market is now inundated with companies claiming the benefits of hydration in coconut water.  Are you surprised? I’m not.  Water from a Coconut is the most refreshing water you can get from a nut that grows on a tree.   This is a well known fact to me as a decedent of West Indian Parents.  In my previous blog Beauty and the Coconut,  I talked about my upbringing in the West Indies and how I would wait for a coconut to come falling so I can drink the water and eat the “jelly” inside.

Well, I want to take a closer look at the pros and cons of drinking coconut water from experience, (Yes there are cons to drinking coconut water…LOL).

Growing up, coconut water was a temporary thirst quencher to be enjoyed at the family beach house (when it fell from the tree) or a treat for having endured the bargaining process at the local street market in the island heat.  Also, I was told that it  part of a detoxification process if consumed in large quantities.  Therefore, it was not uncommon to see street vendors selling coconut water to the thirsty shoppers in the market.  Bottled water was not a commodity then as it is now.  As I reflect back, I am wondering if the vendors were selling the coconuts to quench one’s thirst or as a means of survival, to make money to feed a family…

What I do know is that this was a treat I would look forward to Saturdays when I went to the market to shop for fruits, veggies and spices with my grand-mother or the hired help.  Although we tried to get to the market early before the sun really got hot, there was really nothing one can do to escape the heat of the Caribbeans.  Alas, I would walk in silence as my G-Mere or hired help bargained for the things they needed.

I would sometimes, sneak off and see the dolls, in the hopes that I would get one, which I always did. (I am only child, so in their minds I needed as much entertainment as possible…LOL)

And then….The moment I have been waiting for… They are done shopping, and I can get my water! My G-Mere would let me choose my coconut.  I would shake it to “hear” how much water was inside.  He would cut it with precision something like this:

And I would drink the water inside with caution as to not spill it, and then have the man split the coconut in half to eat the jelly.  I guess in hindsight, the coconut was refreshing. I was a kid, what do I know, right?

Stay tuned as I get more into the pros and cons of “The Water in a nut”