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Health Benefits of Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is a pretty powerful food. It is a saturated fat – meaning it is stable when heated and doesn’t have any trans fats and it won’t oxidize. Thankfully it tastes pretty good too! When cooking, this is our go-to oil.
Coconut oil has been shown to increase your metabolism, help with thyroid issues, speed up weight loss, and strengthen your immune system. Learn more about coconut oil from Dr. Mercola here.
I can eat fat and still lose weight? Coconut oil actually improves vitamin absorption when you eat it with other nutrient rich foods. So you will be full of energy, losing weight, and getting all the nutrients your body needs. This sounds amazing!
This powerful oil is also antimicrobial, antioxidant, antifungal, antibacterial, and soothing.
We eliminated Aidalyn’s cradle cap overnight by rubbing coconut oil on her scalp. We let it sit overnight and washed her hair in the morning. She hasn’t had an issue since.
I am now using coconut oil for oil pulling in the morning.
Oil pulling is basically putting a tsp of oil into your mouth and swishing it around for 10-20 minutes (or more!). The oil pulls out toxins and bacteria in your mouth leaving your mouth clean and healthier. You can reduce cavities, plaque and improve your immune system. Read more about using oil pulling for whiter teeth.
I recently read an article about 52 uses for coconut oil.
Some include: moisturizer for skin or hair, eating it for an energy boost (some people add it to smoothies or coffee in the morning), soothing agent for rash or burn on skin, diaper rash ointment (It is cloth diaper safe, mamas!), use it to flavor popcorn or spread on your pans before baking.
I also make homemade sugar free chocolate using coconut oil I like to add in extra peanuts for crunch, maybe some shredded coconut too!
Where do you buy it?
We have bought coconut oil at Walmart, at Tropical Traditions online store, and at health food stores. Obviously there are varying degrees of quality – but coconut oil is better than margarine.
I now buy all my coconut oil on amazon. I look for virgin coconut oil. I’ve read that there is no such thing as “extra virgin coconut oil” but some brands will say that they are extra virgin.
Adding coconut oil into your diet is one simple change that can make a huge difference.
What are some of your uses for coconut oil? Write a comment, I’d love to hear what you think!