If you are anything like me, you’re probably suffering from information overload when it comes to nutrition and your health. Where do you even start? What best and why can’t they just keep it simple for goodness sake!
I know, I’ve been there, done this, done that and just about everything else in between!
Information in both the medical and health community and the food industry is changing continuously and some of it is conflicting and out of date. Remember for example when food advertisers and their cohorts were telling you to stay away from fat, especially saturated fat? It was thought to be an unhealthy choice and a factor in cardiovascular disease.
Well fast forward to today and a very different picture is emerging. One that supports the consumption of some saturated fat such as coconut oil, as a healthy part of your diet.
Coconut oil has been let out of the bag and is trending high on the wave of popularity! People can’t get enough of it and it has so many uses for your health and beautification that I’d be remiss not to pass on what I know.
It has been linked to benefits to heart function, diabetes, resistance to virus and bacteria, Alzheimer’s prevention, detoxification, weight loss and much more.
Coconut oil has powerful antioxidant action on the body slowing down the oxidation process that can lead to cardiovascular disease and skin ageing.
But before getting in to the heart of the matter, let’s dispel some of the myths on fat so that you can rebuild a healthy relationship with this poor misunderstood food group!
Dietary Fat is NOT your enemy but is actually a necessary part of your diet for the following reasons:
- Dietary Fat typically provide more than half of the body’s energy needs.
- Dietary Fat help with the absorption and transportation of fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K that are necessary for good vision, bone health, limiting harmful free radicals and blood clotting respectively.
- Fat provides a protective layer around essential organs and nerves.
- Dietary Fat supports normal heart function, immune health and hormone production.
- Essential fatty acids in fat play a role in brain development and managing inflammation.
Coconut oil got a bad rap in the past due to being high in saturated fat but all fat is not created equal!
Some saturated fat like the one found in coconut oil are Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs) and so are metabolized differently. This makes them a quick energy source for weight loss because they are immediately converted by your liver into energy, rather than being stored as fat.
This alternative energy fuel is known as ketones or ketone bodies and has been found to have therapeutic effects on brain disorders like epilepsy and Alzheimer’s.
There are numerous reasons to rekindle your relationship with fat but put simply, you need fat in your diet! And with the health benefits of coconut oil it’s the only choice for you and your family!
So why is it so cool to get with the coconut? Here are at least 9 reasons why.
- Coconut Oil Is Loaded With Lauric Acid
What so good about lauric acid? Your body converts lauric acid into monolaurin, that kill harmful pathogens like bacteria, viruses and fungi.
Because coconut oil has the most concentrated amount of lauric acid on the planet it has shown to be a potent antimicrobial against the yeast Candida Albicans and other fungal that cause ringworm, athlete’s foot and other fungal conditions.
It has shown to be effective against viruses that cause influenza, and even more serious viruses such as hepatitis C, and HIV (the AIDS virus).
In his book The Coconut Oil Miracle, 5th Edition Dr Fife calls coconut oil nature’s marvellous germ fighter due to the medium chain triglycerides (MCT’s) and monoglycerides (their derivatives) that can kill or inactivate disease-causing microorganisms inside the body. Research has shown that MCT’s and monoglycerides are effective in killing a number of disease-causing microorganisms and unlike antibiotics which are only effective against bacteria, MCT’s and monoglycerides can kill bacteria as well as viruses, fungi, and protozoa.
- Coconut Oil Is Great For Weight Loss
You may wonder how fat can help with weight loss and you would be right to question if we were talking about the long chain triglycerides (LCT’s) found in most oils.
Long-chain triglycerides (LCTs), which make up the bulk of the Standard American Diet (SAD), range in length from 16 to 24 carbons. But MCTs are composed of only 4 to 14 carbon links.
Because the MCT’s found in coconut oil have fewer carbon atoms, it makes them easy to digest and immediately available as an energy source. Unlike LCT’s found in other oils that can be stored in the fat cells around your body, MCT’s simply have no place to go!
Coconut oil has shown to be particularly effective for reducing abdominal or belly fat. Either name, it is dangerous game to play with this type of fat because it is the most deadly! Lodged in the abdominal cavity and around organs it has serious implications to your health: Read more about the dangers of belly fat.
Research has found however that over a 12 week period, women who supplemented with 30 mL (1 ounce) of coconut oil per day saw a significant reduction in BMI and waist circumference.
- Burn More Fat With Coconut Oil
Coconut oil can crank up your metabolism and turn it into a fat burning furnace. The energy burned during digestion is called the ‘thermic effect of food’ (TEF). MCT’s are more than twice as thermogenic as long chain fats.
Research suggests a thermogenic increase of up to 50% in participants who were given MCT’s over a six day period. And the best part of all is the thermogenic effect can last up to 24 hours so you can keep the fire burning well after your delicious coconut stir-fried vegetable lunch!
With an elevated metabolism you can also look forward to feeling more energized minus the insulin spike!
- Super Heart Healthy
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. A heart attack occurs about every 20 seconds with a heart attack death about every minute.
If these numbers don’t frighten you, they should because nutrition is a huge factor in the health of your heart. Although coconut oil is predominantly a saturated fat, it has been repeatedly shown to be beneficial rather than detrimental on cholesterol levels and heart health.
Lauric acid increases good HDL cholesterol in the blood to help improve cholesterol ratio levels. Coconut oil lowers cholesterol by promoting its conversion to pregnenolone, a molecule that is a precursor to many of the hormones our bodies need. Coconut can help restore normal thyroid function. When the thyroid does not function optimally, it can contribute to higher levels of bad cholesterol.
Ray Peat “As far as the evidence goes… coconut oil, added regularly to a balanced diet, lowers cholesterol to normal by promoting its conversion into pregnenolone,” he writes. “Coconut-eating cultures in the tropics have consistently lower cholesterol than people in the U.S.”
Cultures such as the Tokelauans in the South Pacific and Kitavans in New Guinea traditionally consume large quantities of coconut oil as part of their regular diet. Evidence shows these communities have thrived and have very low incidence of heart disease and have normal cholesterol level.
- First Choice For Cooking
When you cook oil at high temperatures you the run risk of changing its chemical composition. Certain oils are less stable than others thus become oxidized and go rancid when exposed to high temperatures. This can lead to vascular disease.
Furthermore oxidized oil reacts with oxygen and form free radicals which are also harmful to your health.
Coconut oil is almost a complete saturated fat making it less susceptible to heat damage and the best choice for cooking. It can be stored at room temperature without going rancid for up to a year and possibly longer. It adds a great tropical flavour to your dishes and puts a tasty umph to salads and veg!
It’s a fab replacement for butter even on toast and you’ll love it on a baked potato, yum, yum, yum, go get me some!! 🙂 Once you try coconut oil for cooking, you’ll never go back!
- Beautify Yourself with Coconut Oil
Love the skin you’re in! Coconut oil is without a doubt the best natural moisturizing cleanser for your skin. Oil away fine lines and wrinkles and enjoy soft, smooth, radiant, toned, hydrated skin.
I use coconut oil all the time and it gets me lots of compliments from people wondering how come I look so young! I promise, you’ll love the shimmer of your skin!
Coconut oil also has a natural and effective sunscreen blocking out 20% of harmful ways. Along with good amounts of the antioxidant Vitamin E and medium chain triglycerides it perfectly protects and heals your skin at the same time.
- Healthy Hair To Die For!
Just when you thought it couldn’t possibly get any better! Say bye-bye to dry frizzy, damaged hair by trashing your regular conditioner and replacing it with coconut oil. Not only will you save money, you’ll be amazed at how healthy and shiny your hair becomes!
Use coconut oil as a pre-shampoo conditioner by simply massaging a small amount in to your scalp and leave on for about an hour. You can go for the full monty and leave it all night for a really deep penetrating affect.
Just wash and style as usual only your hair will never be the usual way again! Enjoy frizz free hair with a dazzling, healthy shine from the inside out!
Amazingly coconut oil is also the answer for treating scalp problems and dandruff too.
- Pulling Out The Nit and Grit For Oral Health
Oil Pulling is an ancient technique that goes back to the Ayurvedic tradition from India.
Your mouth is home to an entire colony of microorganisms, some 34 to 72 varieties to be exact.
A particularly common and harmful bacteria is known as Streptococcus mutans and these germs and their toxic waste products can contribute to plaque accumulation and tooth decay plus lead to secondary infections throughout your body.
Pulling involves the swilling of oil around your gums and teeth for 15 to 20 minutes. The process allows the oil to “pull out” bacteria, viruses, fungi and other built up toxins and debris in your mouth.
It is a great practice for your mouth and oral hygiene and has significant cleansing, detoxifying and healing affect, for the rest of your body as well.
- You’ll Go Loco For Coco!
If you’re not 100% sold on loving coconut oil then you will be after reading even more great uses for this miracle wonder!
- Make-up Remover – Melt away your make up with a dab of coconut oil on a cotton ball.
- Facial Scrub – Mix with baking soda or oatmeal for a deep facial scrub.
- Body Scrub – Try an organic cane sugar or coarse organic salt for a super body exfoliation.
- Cuticle Oil – cracked cuticles gone by simply rubbing a small amount of coconut oil on the base of your nails.
- Lice Remedy – Using apple cider vinegar and coconut oil is a natural remedy for unwanted lice.
- Shaving Lotion – Use it as a base before shaving for a closer and smoother shave. Its antiseptic properties will also help with shaving cuts.
- Furniture Polisher – Bring back the shine to your favourite leather chair!
- Natural Deodorant – By blending coconut oil with arrowroot powder, baking soda, and cornstarch, you’ll have your very own DIY odor fix, with a great scent too!
- Oral Health – Yes! healthier gums and a whiter smile is very possible with homemade toothpaste. Mixing baking soda and coconut oil is the natural remedy for a beautiful smile!
- Zap Cold Sores – blend a small amount of coconut oil with oregano oil at the first sign of a cold store will zap it away!
- Skin calming properties – It’s anti-fungal, anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties can help with acne, eczema and psoriasis.
Coconut is the miracle oil of oil! In Sanskrit it is ‘kalpa vriksha which roughly translated means ‘the fruit which gives everything necessary to live’.
Use it everyday in every day but make sure to use certified Raw, Extra Virgin coconut oil which is white when solid and clear when liquid.
Very few companies come close to producing the quality of coconut oil produced by Sunfood. Their methods allow the natural properties of the oil to be preserved, giving you maximum benefit.
They use raw coconut oil made from certified organic coconuts. The oil is produced when the coconut flesh is low-temperature dried and cold-pressed. The oil is released in the press, bottled, and delivered perfectly to you.
And with the option to buy a large 1 gallon size, there’s more to spread around whilst saving money too! 🙂
Once you start using coconut oil you’ll wonder why you never indulged yourself before. It is so versatile and super healthy your whole family is sure to enjoy using it.
As a special treat click the link to read even more uses for coconut oil, you won’t be able to resist this amazing kalpa vriksha!
PS. Please don’t be fooled by the hundreds of low quality coconut oils on the market. There is only one option when it comes to an exceptionally high quality coconut oil. Choose Sunfood’s is Raw, non-GMO, extra virgin coconut oil which guarantees a quality superior to none.