Prevention Strategy 10: More about Coconut
So exactly how good is coconut oil? There are many, many different uses so I thought I’d list a few for consideration. Coconut oil acts as an effective moisturizer on all types of skins including dry skin. It can treat psoriasis, eczema, rosacea and even wrinkles, and protects the skin from sun exposure, skin cancer, and free radical damage.
Unlike many other common oils, like soy (vegetable) and corn that contain LCT (long-chain triglycerides) that typically get stored as fat, coconut oil won’t make you fat. Coconut oil contains MCT (medium-chain triglycerides), which are an easy fuel for the body to burn, without becoming fat. When you add coconut oil into your diet, you’ll feel fuller and eat fewer calories over all.
Coconut oil is very soothing so it makes excellent massage oil for the skin. Applying coconut oil to the head followed with a gentle massage helps in removing mental fatigue. Just the natural aroma of coconuts is extremely soothing and helps to lower your stress level.
Coconut oil is one of the best natural remedies for your hair. It helps in the healthy growth of new hair and provides a shiny complexion. It is an excellent conditioner and helps in the re-growth of damaged hair. It provides essential proteins required for nourishing damaged hair. I have actually switched my body lotion and hair care products to ones containing coconut oil. I love the light, pleasant smell that reminds me of the Caribbean, and it works wonders on my hair and skin.
The small molecular structure of MCTs allows for easy absorption into your skin giving it a soft, smooth, and supple texture. Coconut oil strengthens your skin’s underlying connective tissues warding off lines and wrinkles and supplies healing and repairing properties. It prevents destructive free-radical formation and limits the damage excessive sun exposure can cause and helps rejuvenate the skin by removing the outer layer of dead skin cells.
Coconut oil is very effective against a variety of infections due to its antifungal, antiviral, and antibacterial properties. When applied on scrapes and cuts, coconut oil forms a thin, chemical layer which protects the wound from outside dust, bacteria and virus. Coconut oil speeds up the healing process of bruises by repairing damaged tissues.
Coconut oil helps in improving the digestive system and thus prevents various stomach and digestion related problems including irritable bowel syndrome. The saturated fats present in coconut oil have anti-microbial properties and help in dealing with various bacteria, fungi, parasites, etc. Coconut oil also helps in absorption of other nutrients such as vitamins, minerals and amino acids.
Due to coconut’s richness in omega 3 fatty acids, the use of coconut products results in a higher metabolism. People that switch to coconut oil for cooking, and coconut water to hydrate during work-outs, experience bursts of added energy.
Coconut oil has been shown to prevent liver, kidney and gall bladder disease. It improves our ability to absorb important minerals needed by our bones, thus warding off osteoporosis. With its ability to increase insulin production and control blood sugar, coconut oil helps prevent and treat diabetes.
Comprised of about 50% lauric acid, coconut oil helps control high cholesterol, high blood pressure and atherosclerosis. The saturated fats in coconut oil do not have harmful properties of those contained in other vegetable oils. I add a teaspoon of coconut oil to one of my green teas in the evening. Just be careful to let the tea steep and cool before adding the oil or you may burn yourself. The oil floats on the top of the surface of the tea and keeps it extremely hot. I am banking on its anti-inflammatory properties to keep me healthy.
On my earlier blog, I talked about not consuming dairy products. The good news is that by substituting organic, unsweetened coconut milk to my diet, I don’t miss regular milk at all. I have always been an ice cream lover, and thought giving up dairy was going to be a great hardship. Once I discovered So Delicious brand of ice cream, my problem was solved. Its ice cream made of coconut milk and sweetened with agave nectar. So Delicious also makes a delicious coffee creamer product that comes in various flavors as well as soy milk based products.
So for all things good and healthy…think coconut. You’ll be amazed how much better you’ll feel.