Watermelon Water or Kava: the New Coconut Water?

It seems like every year or two, a trendy new health beverage hits the scene, and suddenly everyone’s drinking it.

Remember when coconut water was hard to find? Now you can find it next to Gatorade at your local 7-Eleven. Last summer it was infused water… all my friends at work started carrying around mason jars of water filled with colorful slices of lemon, blueberries, and strawberries.

This year, everybody’s talking about two drinks: watermelon water and kava. They’re very different and have distinct health benefits. Which one will be crowned the new super drink?

Watermelon Water

• Watermelon water is easy to make. Check out our delish recipe!
• Watermelons are 92% water. So it goes without saying that watermelon water is hydrating.
• Watermelon water is full of nutrients, including vitamin C, lycopene, potassium, and amino acids. One of those amino acids is l-citrulline, which has been shown to aid in recovery from muscle soreness. So it’s the perfect drink to enjoy post-workout.
• Watermelon water is a natural detoxifier, helping cleanse the kidneys and liver.

Kava

• The creator of Bulletproof coffee calls kava “chamomile tea on steroids.” It’s made from a root found in the South Pacific islands, traditionally prepared by submerging ground powder into hot water. Its flavor is robust and earthy (some say it tastes like dirt!).
• Kava bars have spread across the U.S. in recent years. Think coffee bar but instead of drinking a wake-you-up stimulant, people gather to drink kava and relax.
• Kava is rich in compounds known as kavalactones, which have been known to relieve stress, anxiety, insomnia and restlessness. Some studies show it’s an effective mild pain reliever.
• Warning: for all its health benefits, there are FDA studies that link heavy kava consumption with liver damage. As with any supplement, consult with your physician before adding kava to your diet.

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Have you tried either watermelon water or kava? Or do you have a favorite new super drink? Tell us in the comments!


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