Friday, December 9, 2016

Coconut oil...not just for cooking!

You can cook with it and not only does it tastes delicious, but the health benefits are astounding! Coconut oil is great in showers, as a great cleanser and a moisturizer. Some people even use coconut oil on their faces.

It's fabulous as a pre-shampoo moisturizer. Just take a handful and rub into your scalp and work it through to the tips; wrap with some kind of plastic—I keep plastic caps for this treatment. Then wrap a towel around your head, relax for a half hour—have a nice cup of herbal tea.

Coconut oil is great in raw food recipes:

• You can use 1 tsp of coconut oil daily in your morning smoothie.
• You can use coconut oil in raw protein bars. It gives them a nice texture, flavor and holds them together well.
• You can use coconut oil in treats, i.e. chocolate, mushroom, chia pudding (for immunity and strength) with a teaspoon of coconut oil in to add smooth creaminess, too.
• You can add coconut oil in hot tea with a pinch of raw cacao for a special treat as well.
• You can even use coconut oil with cashews and stevia to make a delicious frosting. There are a lot of ways to use coconut oil and even more reasons why you should. Coconut oil has lauric acid, caprylic acid, capric acid. These acids give it antimicrobial, antifungal, antibacterial and antioxidant qualities. It’s mostly saturated fat, 92% and only a small percentage of mono unsaturated and poly unsaturated. Coconut oil is a healthy fat!

Some of the benefits that are attributed to coconut oil include (but not limited to):

• Weight loss
• Heart disease
• Immunity
• Healing and infections
• Digestion
• Candida
• Kidney stones
• Liver disease
• Diabetes
• Stress
• Bone loss
• Tooth decay
• Alzheimers
• Hormone regulation

“Coconut oil has fewer calories than any other fat source. Unlike the high-calorie, cholesterol-soaked, long-chain, saturated animal fats found in meat and dairy products, coconut cream and coconut oil are made of raw saturated fats containing mostly medium-chain fatty acids that the body can metabolize efficiently and convert to energy quickly.”(Wolfe, 2009)

Coconut oil also helps to regulate blood sugar. It is one fat that diabetics can eat without fear. Apparently, in the 1940’s, Coconut oil was used by some farmers to help fatten up their cows but the opposite happened⎯the cows actually became leaner. Coconut oil is useful for bone and dental health because it improves calcium and magnesium absorption. This is good for dental health. It is especially beneficial to women who are at the age to develop osteoporosis. When shopping for coconut oil, look for: organic-raw-extra virgin-cold pressed. There is also coconut water, shredded coconut and coconut butter! Add coconut oil to your life. You won’t be sorry!

Health Coach Mariluz
The Health Coach Group with Mariluz Kersey