You may have heard the buzz about coconut oil in recent years. It’s all the rage, but I think that many people may write it off as a just another new age phad, while others still confuse it with it’s wicked counterpart, hydrogenated coconut oil.
In truth both assumptions are incorrect; coconut oil is a well researched and anciently known superfood that is in no way comparable to the hydrogenated version. Today I would like to hit on three health issues which many of us struggle with daily that can be greatly helped, if not completely cured, by coconut oil: weight loss/sluggish metabolism, fatigue/candida overgrowth, and dry skin/oily skin.
Let me begin first by explaining, for those who didn’t know, that hydrogenation is the process in which an oil is stripped of its essential fatty acids, which is what made the oil healthy to begin with. These essential fatty acids are not only just that – essential to our bodies, but are also what will go rancid when left out. By stripping an oil of its EFA’s, we have what is today known as “partially hydrogenated oils”, ( the shelf life of which is over thirty years ) and a very sick population.
This is in large part where fats get their bad rap from, and is what was done, and is still done, to coconut oil when it was popularized in America in the fifties. When choosing a coconut oil at the store, just be sure to pick the one that is certified organic, and is labeled either extra virgin, virgin or raw. Also, it will never be one solid color, instead it almost has a mother-of-pearl or iridescent pattern to it that you should be able to see in the jar.
Ok, ok, so to the weight loss correlation. There are many ‘opinions’ on this, but science does indeed back up the facts claiming coconut oil to be not only effective in curing many ailments, but serving as a fantastic aid in weight loss as it is a thermogenic fat burner. What this basically means is that instead of storing the fat as unwanted weight, your body turns it into heat in order to burn the calories.
For another thing, coconut oil is an amazing source of medium-chain fatty acids, which are actually triglycerides that speed up a creepin metabolism. A recent study proved that medium-chain fatty acids increases a persons metabolic rate by 48% for up to 24 hours! Seriously, wow! Buy coconut oil and say farewell to your metabolism worries forever.
Many of you have probably struggled with candida issues, and some of you have and don’t even know it. In many cases Candida overgrowth is the ugly hidden cause behind weight gain, and that weight can be almost impossible to loose while the candida and yeast are still present, due to the strong cravings for sugar and carbohydrates. Symptoms to watch for that often signal yeast overgrowth in your body can range between confusion, chronic fatigue, poor concentration, sinus infections, bloating, recurrent yeast related infections, depression and beyond.
It’s important to note that while yeast overgrowth is most commonly associated with women, men can have candida and yeast overgrowth as well. I’d be willing to bet that at least 70% of Americans today have undetected candida overgrowth due to the SAD ( Standard American Diet ), which consists of all things that invite and ignite yeast overgrowth.
Coconut oil to the rescue again! While of coarse you must avoid refined foods in order to cut the candida off, this can be very difficult, as I mentioned, as the yeast literally tells your body it needs these things when actually it’s the yeast wanting to feed ( ugh, I know, let this be motivation, and remember we’ve all been there ). Coconut oil contains lauric acid and caprylic acid, which make an unfriendly environment for yeast to inhabit, and thus making it easier for you to resist cravings and eliminate the overgrowth all together.
When starting a coconut oil regimen it’s best to start slowly, taking just one teaspoon the first day and gradually increasing to about three tablespoons per day. The reason for doing this is that you will begin to experience something called “die-off”, the process when the yeast dies. This is just as unpleasant as it sounds, but will be better handled if you ease into it. Basically it will entail symptoms from headaches and flu-like symptoms, to dizziness, to extreme mood swings. I would not advise you to attempt a full fledged candida cleanse until you can clear your schedule as much as possible for about a week or so. The great flood of energy and joy you will experience after you reclaim your body, however, will be well worth the time and effort.
Dry Skin/Oily Skin:
And finally, we come to the uses of coconut oil for skin. As the skin can rightly be described as the ‘window to our insides’, the first step in using coconut oil for skin care is internal use. I personally drink coconut oil almost every morning in my chocolate tea ( very tasty ), and not only does it serve as a great energy booster, but it keeps my skin smooth and balanced. I rarely need moisturizing, and living up in these high altitudes that really is saying something.
Coconut oil makes excellent lotion, actually cleansing your blood as well, when applied topically. It even serves as a very healthy alternative to sunscreen. For example, I used it on my extremely white two year old and she never burned once on vacation. Also, sunscreen is really out as it’s recently been proven that the chemical reaction which occurs when the suns rays meet sunscreen on your skin literally create cancer cells, as well as blocking vitamin D absorption.
And lastly, as coconut oil has anti-bacterial/anti-microbial properties, it is a strong antiseptic that can be reliably used in place of Neosporin, or even aloe vera if need be.
Well, I hope I’ve made a good case for coconut oil! As you might have guessed, it’s my very favorite oil. It is useful for about one million more things as well, but I’ve just listed off the things that I deal with the most on a daily basis. I see so many women suffering from candida and fatigue, and so many toddlers with those horrid rashes that moms just can’t kick. It’s important for people to know that there is a very affordable supplement they could be taking to greatly ease their symptoms naturally.
Here are the three that my local grocery store carry