The Benefits of Coconut Oil
Some studies have shown that adding coconut to your diet could help reduce how your body handles viruses and illnesses. It can also help your body fight off candida, yeast, or bacterial infections. Coconut oil does wonders for your body’s hormones.
Got a thyroid issue? Coconut oil helps boost your thyroid’s function — increasing metabolism, adding extra energy, and even improving your endurance levels.
So What About Coconut Oil and Your Cholesterol?
Saturated fats were once thought to increase cholesterol. So when you look at coconut oil you might be taken back when you see how much saturated fat there is. The type of saturated fat in coconut oil, however, is the good kind. Known as lauric acid, this type of fat can actually help your body regulate cholesterol and it lowers the level of bad cholesterol in your blood.
Does Coconut Oil Help You Lose Weight?
Coconut oil has medium-chain-fatty acids. These are considered healthy fats that help your liver operate more efficiently. Research studies where rats were fed traditional fats versus coconut oil showed that the rats that ate coconut oil didn’t gain any weight and had lowered the amount of abdominal fat they had.
Coconut Oil and the Aging Process
Coconut oil is high in antioxidants, which means you can fight free radicals in your body when you consume it. Coconut oil also helps your body reduce the amount of antioxidants it needs to operate efficiently.
Don’t Forget About the Skin and Hair
Coconut oil is great for hair and skin. It’s an excellent moisturizer and moisture barrier. When you use it on your skin, it will stay hydrated for hours. When water is exposed to your skin, it beads up and rolls right off. But, also, coconut oil helps your skin and hair absorb less toxins in the air. Because it is safe for sensitive skin, some parents use it for baby massage.
How Can I Use Coconut Oil?
There are plenty of ways to incorporate more coconut oil. Today you can buy expeller pressed coconut at the grocery store. This comes in a jar and can be used cup for cup in your recipes that call for butter or oil. When using it to replace oil, melt it for about 10 to 20 seconds in the microwave until it becomes liquid.
See more about how your diet affects your overall health or see what else you can do to start feeling better by scheduling an appointment with the team here at Natural Health Atlanta.