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3 Coconut Water Drinks to Eliminate Bloat, Body Fat, and Boost Metabolism

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Looking for a beverage that healthy, refreshing, and tasty? Well, try these three delicious drinks, which are made nutrient-rich coconut water to trigger the release of fluids for an instantly flatter belly!

Flushes ‘False Fat’

This tropical sip is markedly more hydrating than plain water, report Malaysian researchers. And that’s important because coconut water’s rich stores of electrolyte minerals (potassium and sodium) balance fluid levels in cells and prompt the release of excess fluids that cause bloat and puffiness. The result: You’ll look five pounds slimmer.

Boosts Metabolism

Brimming with manganese, coconut water supercharges the production of the metabolism-revving thyroid hormone thyroxine. So much so that it can increase your energy expenditure by 50 percent for up to five hours, according to Italian researchers.

Steadies Blood Sugar

Magnesium in coconut water increases cells’ sensitivity to the blood sugar–regulating hormone insulin, dialing down craving inducing blood-sugar spikes and dips. The effect is so powerful that Indian researchers found sipping coconut water daily can improve blood-sugar control by 41 percent in two weeks.

Take a look at the coconut water drinks below to see which one you’ll make first!

Berry-Kiwi Contentment

Berry-Kiwi Contentment drink
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  • 1⁄ 2 kiwi, peeled
  • 1 sprig mint
  • 1⁄2 cup coconut water
  • Berry seltzer

In glass, muddle kiwi and mint; add coconut water and ice. Top with seltzer. Makes 1 serving.

Pineapple-Cherry Cooler

Pineapple-Cherry Cooler drink
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  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • 1⁄4 cup cherry juice 1 Tbs. lime juice
  • 1⁄2 cup coconut water
  • 2 tablespoons pineapple juice
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice

In ice-filled glass, mix cherry and lime juice. Mix next three ingredients; pour over back of spoon into glass. Garnish as desired. Makes 1 serving.

Coconut-Citrus Breeze

Coconut-Citrus Breeze drink
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  • 1 cup crushed ice
  • 1⁄2 cup coconut water
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons grapefruit juice
  • 1 tablespoon agave syrup
  • Club soda

In crushed ice–filled glass, combine coconut water and juices. Stir in agave syrup. Top with club soda. Makes 1 serving.

This article originally appeared in our print magazine, First For Women.

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