Coconut Oil has long been a large part of many tropical culture's diets. It has contributed to their heart health, youthful skin, lustrous shiny hair, strong teeth and gums, buoyant immunity and lean bodies.
Virgin coconut oil supports the body as a food source and a medicine. How much do you need to ingest to receive these benefits? As little as 2-3 tbsps per day! We will talk about how to do this shortly.
Let's start boosting your health…
1. Increase Your Energy Levels
Coconut oil is metabolised and converted by the liver directly into usable energy. It doesn't require more energy to digest it than it contributes to your body like most food. If you're after a 'superfood', coconut oil is like jet fuel for your body.
2. Support Healthy Weight Loss by Increasing Your Metabolism
In the Journal of Nutrition, a recent study reported ingesting 2-3 tablespoons of coconut oil boosted people's metabolism. The researchers found these subjects burned more kilojoules than those who consumed less coconut oil. An increase in metabolism boosts the body's immune system and releases excess weight. Notice I said release, not lose. When you lose weight your body thinks you have to find it again!
3. Boost Brain Function and Memory
Over half the fat in the brain is saturated. Research indicates that having healthy saturated fats daily, like coconut oil, can nourish the brain in a way that may help in the prevention of brain related disease. Dr Mary Newport states that coconut oil could potentially be a treatment for Alzheimer's and memory loss.
4. Keeps Your Skin Youthful and Soft
Its high content of Medium Chain Fatty Acids makes it easily absorbed by the skin. This makes it ideal for dry, rough and wrinkled skin. Its antiseptic elements keep the skin young and healthy and relativity free from infections. Coconut oil as a moisturiser has been known to prevent stretch marks and lighten existing ones. Coconut oil can be used both internally and externally for nourishing and repairing the skin. How would you like to look younger and nurture your body at the same time?
5. Supports Hormone Balance and Thyroid Function
Daily consumption of coconut oil restores thyroid function by assisting the hormones transport to the cells.
So how is it best to get coconut oil into your body? Replace your cooking oils and butter with coconut oil. Drink it in tea, coffee or mix it with warm water and lemon. Add it to smoothies, salads and desserts. Or just take a spoon of it and swallow it (this can be a little hard first up, get used to the taste and build up to it)
Bonus Detox Use - swirl a spoon of coconut oil in your mouth for 20 seconds and then spit it out. The glands within the mouth secrete toxins and the coconut oil soaks them up and they get discarded when you spit it out.
There are many more benefits of using coconut oil for your healthy body. How you ingest it is only limited by your imagination. What would your body require? I would love to hear how you use coconut oil to improve your health.