It seems that everywhere you turn, there is a magazine article or online news bite touting the benefits of the latest miracle health fad. It would be nearly impossible to incorporate every supplement, berry juice or food item that can positively impact your health (and also be very expensive!), so I try to pick the ones that give the most bang for their buck. This is why I am coo coo for coconut oil.
I chose to start using coconut oil as an alternative to olive oil when cooking or baking. Olive oil’s structure is greatly altered under heat, whereas coconut oil can be used with any amount of heat. Coconut oil is mostly saturated fat, which has been given a bad rap over the years. But our bodies, especially our hearts, need some saturated fat. Breast milk is 60% saturated fat, so obviously the body benefits from it in small amounts. I don’t eat red meat very often, so coconut oil definitely helps me get the nutrients I need. It also contains vitamin E, vitamin K and minerals such as iron. Believe it or not, but coconut oil can also help with skin care, hair care, maintain cholesterol levels, weight loss and increased immunity. Wow!
Coconut oil is solid at room temperature, so if you’re going to use it to cook with, first heat your pan over medium heat and then add about one tablespoon. It will quickly melt and you can move the pan to evenly coat the bottom. It adds a nice, subtle flavor as well. Another favorite of mine is using it as my face and body lotion. But be careful-a little bit goes a long way! Any lotion you put on your body goes directly into your blood stream, so using something natural like coconut oil is great. It can also nourish your scalp or damaged hair if used as part of your hair care regimen. I’ve even used it to soothe a sun burn and it helps prevent the skin from drying out. Any skin conditions such as eczema can really benefit from coconut oil. It really is miraculousJ.
If you are interested in improving your heart health, coconut oil contains about 50% lauric acid, which can help prevent several heart problems such as high cholesterol levels and high blood pressure. And for those wanting to lose a few pounds, listen up! Coconut oil is extremely useful in reducing weight. It helps the thyroid, increases body metabolism and increases the amount of energy you burn.
As you can tell, I truly am coo coo for coconut oil and there are so many benefits to incorporating it into your overall health program. So when you run out of your skin care products or are at the grocery store, give coconut oil a chance. I think you will be blown away by this amazing super food.
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~by Kimberly Olson