Buko Juice: The Best Tropical Thirst Quencher
It is summer in the Philippines right now, and the temperatures are SWELTERING. How sweltering? According to ABS-CBN News, weather bureau PAGASA recorded high heat index numbers of 41.1 C in Pasay City, 45.4 C in Quezon City, and 51.9 C in Pampanga today. (Heat index, by the way, is a measure of how hot it really feels when relative humidity is factored with the actual air temperature.) You know those movies depicting sultry weather scenes? It’s kinda the scenario here. The heat is so stifling it’s downright oppressive in some parts of the nation.
Beat the heat
As you can imagine, people are doing their darndest nowadays to beat the heat. Out come the sunnies, the umbrellas, the sunscreens, and the loose-fitting yet still stylish cotton tees. We also have news segments encouraging everyone to stay indoors between the hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. as much as possible. You really need to be careful lest you suffer from signs of dehydration like thirst, dry skin, dark pee, body cramps, or worse!
Buko juice, a.k.a. coconut water
Anyway, a great way to beat the heat and quench your thirst in the Philippines is to drink buko (or coconut) juice. It’s refreshing, readily available, and very hydrating. Here are some facts about it from mindbodygreen:
It’s 95% water (with water being the best thirst quencher ever, of course).
It’s low in calories: just 42 calories per 240-gram serving!
A serving covers about 13% of one’s daily potassium needs.
A serving takes care of about 14% of one’s daily magnesium needs.
A serving provides about 11% of one’s daily copper requirements.
Don’t you just love how natural and how naturally nutritious buko juice is? <3
If you happen to be in the Philippines or in any tropical country, thank your lucky stars that this drink is readily available year-round. Ask for a glass in most Filipino restaurants. Check the drinks section of any convenience store for a bottled version. If you find yourself in rural areas, thank your lucky stars that this drink is cheaper in your region. Farmers will happily chop off the top portion of the fruit for you to sip on. You can even choose to eat the flesh within. Hey, it’s healthy!
Whichever drink you choose to guzzle, make sure it’s enough to replenish the sweat and fluids you lose.
How are you coping with the heat? 🙂 Do share your tips!
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