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Coconut water is Nature’s Elixir that hangs about 20 feet off the ground: Know about its Benefits!

Thiamine, Pantothenic acid, and Riboflavin, found in coconut water, reduce anxiety and stress

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August 31, 2016: It is known as a fact that nature provides plenty of natural resources for life to sustain and flourish. Some Herbs, shrubs and trees are natural reservoirs of minerals and medicines; the noteworthy and most common of them are Tulsi and Neem.

The Coconut, a pretty high hanging nut-like fruit that has been used as a vital hydrating agent since ages hasn’t got the spotlight it deserves. Often used in Indian movies, where the water inside a coconut is slurped by the two actors simultaneously, to display the mutual affection of the actors towards each other, the Coconut water, apparently, has more than what meets the eye!

So here’s a list of all the good stuff coconut water blesses you with-

  • Known for its high mineral content, Coconut water moisturises the skin and helps in improving the skin tone. It helps a great deal in eliminating oil from the system. That is the reason shampoos, conditioners and moisturisers have traces of coconut extracts in them.
  • The high concentration of fibre assists in the digestions process helps reduces the occurrence of acid reflux and helps reduce acidity . A healthy digestive system results in a healthy body and mind.

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  • Coconut water is a blessing for the urinary system in humans as it contains diuretic properties, and is said to prevent kidney stones.
  • Pregnant women have a great deal to gain from coconut water as it improves the immune system and helps one to fight numerous diseases. It contains five crucial electrolytes which are- calcium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorous and sodium, which not only help in improving the stamina but provide the necessary energy to the body.

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  • Low in fat content as well as a well-balanced drink; coconut water is said to assist in weight reduction.
  • Packed with fibre, vitamin, and protein, Coconut water improves blood circulation to various parts of the body.
  • It is the drink of summer, as caffeinated drinks may cause more harm than good; coconut water is the life saver. It not only quenches your thirst but also provides vital nutrients to keep you going in the heat.
  • Coconut water helps ease muscle cramps owing to its high potassium content.
  • Thiamine, Pantothenic acid, and Riboflavin, found in coconut water, reduce anxiety and stress.
  • Coconut water also helps a great deal in busting hangovers and will make you feel fresh

There is no hard and fast rule regarding the amount of coconut water that should be consumed. It can be enjoyed as a standalone beverage as well as a cocktail.

Cheers!

– by Usman Zafar of NewsGram. Twitter: @HalkiSiChuban

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Researchers Look for Alternatives To Chemical Fertilizers for a Cleaner Environment

Too many nutrients in the water leads to poor water quality by causing hazardous algal blooms.

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A farming woman spreads fertilizer in a paddy field. Flickr

Fertilizer is made of nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorus. Chemical fertilizers require huge amounts of energy to produce. But there are other, natural and more readily available sources.

The University of Michigan, with support from the National Science Foundation, is working at making our water cleaner, and our agriculture more sustainable, by capturing one of those sources, rather than flushing it down the toilet.

On a hot summer afternoon near Brattleboro, Vermont, farmer Dean Hamilton has fired up his tractor and is fertilizing his hay field — with human urine.

It takes a bit of time to get used to, says environmental engineer Nancy Love.

“I’ve been surprised at how many people actually get beyond the giggle factor pretty quickly,” she said, “and are willing to listen.”

Fine-tuning the recycling

Rich Earth Institute, a nonprofit, is working with Love and her team. Abraham Noe-Hays says they are fine-tuning new methods to recycle urine into fertilizer.

“There’s a great quote by Buckminster Fuller about how pollution is nothing but the resources that we’re not harvesting, and that we allow them to disperse because we’ve been ignorant of their value,” he said.

Harvesting the resource of urine — which is, after all, full of the same nutrients as chemical fertilizer — will fix two problems at once: eliminate waste and create a natural fertilizer.

The Rich Earth Institute has been using urine as fertilizer since 2012. Kim Nace says they collect about 26,000 liters a year, thanks to a loyal group of dedicated donors.

“We now have people who have some source-separating toilets in their homes. We also have people who have 55 gallon (200-liter) barrels where they collect and then we transport to our farms, and we’ve also got a large urine depot,” Nace said.

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They pasteurize the urine to kill any microbes, and then it is applied directly onto hay fields like Hamilton’s.

Next level of project

Now that they’ve partnered with the University of Michigan, Love says they’re looking to take their project to the next level.

“There are three things we really are trying to do with the urine in this kind of next phase. We’re trying to concentrate it. We’re trying to apply technologies to reduce odor, and we’re trying to deal with trace contaminants like the pharmaceuticals,” she said.

Dealing with pharmaceuticals is an important issue. Heat urine kills germs but has no effect on chemicals like drugs that pass through our bodies.

“We know pharmaceuticals are a problem for aquatic organisms and water systems,” Love said. “It’s debatable about the impact on human health at very, very low levels. Independent of that, I think most people would prefer that they not be in their food.”

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Farmer Scott Halpin is facing another year of high prices for seed and fertilizer, and low prices for the corn and soybeans his family is planting on farmland outside Morris, Illinois.

21st century infrastructure

For Love, this is all about redesigning our wastewater infrastructure for the 21st century. Too many nutrients in the water leads to poor water quality by causing hazardous algal blooms.

“Our water emissions are going into very sensitive water bodies that are vulnerable to these nutrient loads,” she said. “We need to change that dynamic. And if we can capture them and put them to a beneficial use, that’s what we’re trying to do.”

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Their efforts could make agriculture greener and our waterways cleaner. (VOA)