We have all heard about coconut oil. It’s supposed to offer lots of health perks.
Is it something for you? What are its strengths? We’ve got the answers you need to help you decide.
Cure Yourself With Coconut Oil
One look in the pantry, a quick glance at the label of your hair or beauty products, and you may find that coconut oil has silently entered into your life. If it hasn’t, then you should consider its curing powers and start stocking up for your home.
Coconut oil could be the most versatile product on Earth. It has been used and consumed in tropical regions for thousands of years. Its benefits have been researched in over 1,500 studies and more studies are taking place right now.
So what can it do?
Lots. For starters, it can help you take control of your weight. With coconut oil in your arsenal, you will be armed for battle to banish the bulge. It sounds too good to be true. It isn’t.
This Is How It Works
We know. So many studies in the past have said to stay away from eating saturated fats because they make you fat. Let’s debunk those studies. It is fine to consume saturated fats! There are many studies now that show evidence that consuming saturated fats is in fact good for you and helps you to manage your weight.
When you consume coconut oil, the MCTs go straight to your liver for processing instead of being stored as fat.
During the processing phase of the MCTs, ketones are made. These are used for immediate energy. Ketones also help reduce cravings and hunger. That feeling of satiety leads to a decrease in calorie intake. This leads to weight loss. As an added bonus, a study published in the US National Library of Medicine states, “dietetic supplementation with coconut oil promotes a reduction in abdominal obesity.”
Who wouldn’t want to lose more belly fat and have a small, trim waist? No one. We could all stand to lose something. Coconut oil can help you get to that goal. So how much does it take for it to work? You should consume 1 to 3 Tablespoons of coconut oil per day as part of your daily health regimen.
Side Note: If you are trying a ketosis diet, you should look further into the benefits of coconut oil and how it aids you in achieving ketosis.
This Is A Superfood That Supplies Super Energy
Do you feel exhausted from life or from your insane workouts? If so, then fight fatigue with the superfood coconut oil!
As mentioned, coconut oil is mostly made of MCTs. These are easily digested. As well, your body sends coconut oil straight to your liver to produce ketones for energy. That translates into useful energy that can be accessed right away.
In other words, you would be wise to take advantage of this for training purposes.
You could consume coconut oil 30 minutes prior to training as a quick energy source. Start with half of a Tablespoon to make sure it does not upset your stomach.
If you prefer to work out on an empty stomach, use it for recovery. If you’re always training hard, it will help you store glycogen better while serving as a non-carb energy source. MCTs, which you can buy in liquid form, help discourage fatigue and muscle wasting.
Side Note: Using MCT oil as an essential supplement during training season is a trick taught by some bodybuilding coaches.
Instead of relying on energy drinks whose ingredients you can’t pronounce, try adding coconut oil to your glass of water with some fresh fruit. Of course, you could also try it in some of your other favorite beverages – even your morning coffee (look up bullet coffee). Use either organic virgin coconut oil or isolated MCT oil extracted from coconuts. Let coconut oil hit you with its all-natural energy punch. You’ll be glad it did!
It Could Improve, Reduce or Cure Alzheimer’s
Do you know someone suffering from the onset of Alzheimer’s disease? If so, then you know how serious it can be. The good news is that coconut oil could be scientifically proven to help your loved one by mid-2017. The Alzheimer’s Society states there are studies being conducted right now looking at whether coconut oil is safe for those with Alzheimer’s disease. The purpose of the studies is to see if it has any effects on the thinking process or memory for those with this debilitating condition.
They state that, “the neurones (nerve cells) in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s disease are unable to use glucose to produce energy properly and therefore ‘starve’. The theory is that coconut oil may act as an alternative energy source.”
Instead of using carbs as an energy source, the patient would use ketones. That’s the energy source your body derives from coconut oil. The patient would, in essence, be on a ketogenic diet to control their insulin. Insulin is linked to changes in the brain that cause Alzheimer’s disease. The findings should be interesting. Stay tuned. Look for the results on the Alzheimer Society’s website.
It Could Help With Type-1 And Type-2 Diabetes
For diabetics, keeping insulin levels normal is of the utmost importance.
The reason is because insulin is what keeps blood sugar levels in check. The good news is that coconut oil works with your body to help promote insulin production.
Coconut oil absorbs easily. There is no need for digestive enzymes to break it down. The result? Your pancreas is less stressed. Because it is less stressed, it is able to produce insulin more efficiently. When your insulin levels are correct, your cells are able to receive the glucose required to fuel your body.
Taking one to two Tablespoons of coconut oil can actually help your body stabilize its blood-sugar levels by promoting efficient production of insulin. Coconut oil also gives your body natural energy without the insulin spike that you get from consuming carbs for energy. Fewer carbs and instant energy is a win-win for diabetics!
Consumption Tip – Don’t over consume coconut oil thinking that more is better.
Stick with 1 to 2 Tablespoons for each day for best results. As a diabetic, you do not want to take in excessive calories and gain weight. Coconut oil is a high calorie food, and one to two tablespoons will work fine for you.
Remember, everything in moderation.
Kill Candida Fungus
What is Candida? Candida is a yeast-like fungus. It is the most common human fungal pathogen. It lives in your mouth and intestines in small amounts. But, it can sometimes start to grow out of control from inside your gut. At that point, it could seep into your bloodstream and cause problems.
The symptoms include fatigue, depression, bloating, itchy skin, cravings, acne, weight gain, joint pain and mood swings.
The problem is that many illnesses can cause these symptoms, so it is very hard to diagnose Candida.
In fact, many people live with Candida infections and do not even know it. There is a simple, natural cure.
Which one? You guessed it: Coconut oil!
Coconut oil has three different fatty acids that make it a natural anti-fungal: Caprylic acid, capric acid and lauric acid. These fatty acids are effective at killing different species of Candida. One study in the US National Library of Medicine showed that adding coconut oil to your diet could become the first drug-free way to reduce Candida albicans.
Consumption Tip – Start adding coconut oil to your everyday diet.
How much? One to two Tablespoons should work. You can cook with it in place of other oils.
As well, you can use it in homemade salad dressings, put it in your smoothie or take it plain. Work your dosage up until any symptoms subside, meaning you are able to kill off the fungus. From there, you can decrease it. The maximum dosage should be 5 Tablespoons.
It’s best to use a high quality virgin coconut oil.
You Could Detox With Oil Pulling
Kavala, or gundusha, is what we know as oil pulling. It is not a new practice. In fact, it is an ancient Ayurvedic dental technique. Because coconut oil contains antioxidants and has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, it is great for this technique.
All you have to do is swish with one Tablespoon of coconut oil for 20 minutes in the morning or before bed to see benefits.
The benefits include:
- Whiter teeth.
- Better breath (you will notice your dragon breath in the morning is not as severe).
- Cavity and gingivitis prevention.
- Strong and healthy teeth and gums.
- Reduced headaches and relief from hangovers.
- Less jaw pain for those with TMJ issues.
When you are done swishing, do not swallow! Spit the oil into the trash.
So that way you don’t clog the sink! Rinse with warm salt water and then complete your flossing and brushing.
You may have a hard time making the full 20 minutes when starting the process. That’s understandable. You can start with less oil and swish for less time at the beginning. But keep at it because this is a great detox process. The coconut oil actually pulls the toxins from your body.
It Could Heal Skin Diseases
The anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties of coconut oil not only detox your body, but they could also aid in the healing of your skin.
WebMD says, “coconut oil is high in antioxidants and a great source of vitamin E – and it is full of fatty acids that moisturize amazingly.” It’s no wonder that it can help cure a number of skin conditions. Which ones? It helps with all the usual suspects. That includes helping with eczema, acne, psoriasis and rosacea. It even could be good to use on itchy dry winter skin or sunburn.
Just dab a little on your skin and rub it in completely. Start with a small amount to keep from feeling oily. It’s potent!
It Could Restore Discolored Skin And Minimize Wrinkles
Want to look your best? Good news! Coconut oil can restore discolored skin and make you look ageless.
In fact, it is used in many beauty products due to its moisturizing and rejuvenating properties. Using coconut oil on areas where you have discolorations from uneven pigmentation, scars, stretch marks, age spots, wrinkles, freckles and birthmarks, may help to fade them away. Wrinkles are commonly linked with aging. Today, many people are going to great lengths to maintain their youthful look. Why not use a natural method?
Coconut oil is great for spot treatment for all skin conditions since you can just dab your finger in it and then apply on the area needing help. Just a touch will help fight premature aging and wrinkles.
Use it at night before you go to bed. Your supple, hydrated skin will look amazing in the morning. Look for constant improvements over time. Stick with your nightly regimen for at least 30 days.
Making coconut oil a part of your daily wellness regimen is like killing many birds with one stone. All of its benefits are linked and will help you make whole-body improvements.
Not only that, but coconut oil is an effortless and delicious addition to your daily diet. It can help you to stay on your A-game by improving your energy levels, decreasing your weight, improving your skin, aiding with oral hygiene and making you the overall epitome of health. Put its natural curing powers to work for you.