Vita Coco, that is. I first came across this baby two years ago when my mom bought a couple packs of it on the recommendation of a doctor friend. Coconut water, he claimed, was hydrating and contained a healthy dose of nutrients needed for everyday consumption. But it wasn't until 2008 that Mom became serious about this 'miracle' drink. She noticed that it quenched her thirst more than tap or filtered water, and regular use even clears up the skin. Today, our family buys Vita Coco by the case at the local Indian supermarket. My little brother drinks it every day.
Take a look at the nutrient content: pure coconut water contains 230% Vitamin C! That's an insane amount. Not to mention the high potassium intake, which regulates the body's water balance. It also has plenty of phosphorous and magnesium, ingredients responsible for promoting healthy bones and teeth.
Personally, I like to drink coconut water after a cup of coffee (coffee being a diuretic and highly dehydrating) or during a workout. I find that Vita Coco is more effective at replenishing fluids and recharging electrolytes than Gatorade, Vitamin Water, or any of the other sports drinks on the market, which are usually just sugar disguised as athletic performance drinks.
Of course, Vita Coco is only one of many brands of coconut water available. You may also want to check out O.N.E. (One Natural Experience) and Zico, both of which can be found at most Whole Foods stores.
If you'd like to find out more about the healing properties of coconut water and what it can do for you, check out Coconut Research Center.