Coconut oil and its many uses
I am a fan of Coconut oil and I use it for its health benefits every day. Even my dog Cindy gets a spoon of Coconut oil every day but I will tell you about that a bit later.
I will tell you about its health benefits, be it for inside use or outside, so you can make an informed opinion if you would also like to introduce it into your daily life.
Coconut oil and the AHA
First of all, I want to tell you what I heard from Danette May. I subscribe to her newsletters and often find interesting pieces of information. What I just heard is more than bad. Do you know what the American Heart Association (AHA) has come up with? It is really unbelievable. They put out a warning on butter, steak, and also coconut oil. They claim that the saturated fats from these food sources cause heart disease! This is absolutely wrong and I would like to tell you why you should not listen to the AHA.
One should realize that not all saturated fats act the same in our system and cutting them out would mean you miss out on their health benefits.
- Clarified butter is a great detoxifier and promotes a healthy colon. It is anti-inflammatory and helps to keep good insulin levels.
- Coconut fat is rich in medium chain fats and it also helps to keep the right insulin levels and one important aspect is that is paramount to your brain health.
Is a low-fat diet really good for you?
The list of unhealthy things which will cause heart problems is long and directly connected to our modern lifestyle and foods. The list includes refined flours and sugars, eating the harmful refined oils, not enough fiber in our daily food, and too little antioxidants as we do not eat enough healthy fruits and vegetables. We should also remember that a stressful and hectic life for sure is not good for our heart and neither the sedentary modern lifestyle. Already 50 years ago one heard it would be better to eat low-fat products. Well, has it helped, not at all. People have only gotten sicker and Heart disease, obesity, Type 2 Diabetes, and Alzheimer’s, just to name a few of modern time illnesses have been on the rise. How come the AHA insists on spreading this wrong information. The truth is sad. To the AHA, your health is not important but filling the pockets of “Big Pharma” and major food companies is. It is as simple as that. The sicker the entire population gets the richer these companies get. More unhealthy man-made food is put on the market and with a lot of commercials, people are fooled into believing it is good for them.
Coconut oil is good for your Skin
Many cultures worldwide highly value Cocos Nucifera as it represents a source of food and also has medical benefits. These people call it the Tree of Life. Obviously, the coconut has to go through a process to extract the oil from the coconut flesh. The resulting product is called “virgin coconut oil”. It goes only through this 1 step process and only bio or organic nuts are used. This nice tasting and smelling oil is full of saturated fats of which a big part is a medium chain fatty acids. A big part of these fatty acids is lauric acid. It kills harmful microorganism like bacteria, viruses, and fungi. Coconut oil contains vitamin E which helps the skin to be protected from free radical damage.
Nowadays we smear our skin with mineral oils which is mostly made from petroleum. It is used in baby lotions, body and face creams. When one thinks that our skin is our largest organ why do we put on petroleum which suffocates our skin? A much better and healthier option is to use coconut oil. Your skin will be thankful as you will have no acne, the skin is smoother and cleaner. On a clean face gently dab a small amount of virgin coconut oil it will soon penetrate into your skin and leave a nice smell. It is also good for rough elbows and feet.
Source: Rebecca Hughes in Paleohacks
Coconut oil has many health benefits
It helps with coughs and constipation. Also with toothaches and earaches, skin infections and a lot more. Imagine, before World War II coconut oil and its uses were well known and appreciated. After the war, a strange thing happened which, now looking back, had very negative consequences. The United States announced that hydrogenated oils were “Healthier Oils”. By 1960s, a poor scientific study claimed that saturated fats like butter, eggs, milk, red meat and coconuts increased “bad” LDL cholesterol. Mainstream media picked up on this and soon nearly the total population shifted in their eating habits. Now we know the disastrous results of this, people only got sicker while eating “Healthier”.
People started to eat Canola oil. In nature animals and insects avoid it. It is not a natural product but made from rapeseed which contains cyanide, animals know better and keep away from it.
Then there is the cottonseed oil which is also man-made. Cotton is not a food crop but an industrial one. It is an industrial plant full of pesticides.
Safflower is no good either. It is high in Omega 6 and the rising intake in the American diet was showing disastrous effects. Omega 6 is not healthy for your heart.
Another danger on the oil list is Soybean. It is a GMO, hormone-disrupting health risk. It is strange but until recently, people were told it is healthy to eat Soy products. Soy is good for you if fermented but what we eat is not fermented and poses a health risk. Always read your labels as the 4 bad oils mentioned can be found everywhere and also in the food you eat.
Your Thyroid will thank you if you start with coconut oil. More than 13 million Americans suffer from low thyroid. We eat too many man-made foods, which contain iodine blockers. Too little iodine and your thyroid cannot function properly. If your thyroid is off you have difficulty in losing weight, especially women will have this problem.
Besides boosting your thyroid function, coconut oil is good for your skin, it is food for your brain, it is a great detox, fights cancer and helps you to maintain a healthy heart.
When will you start eating coconut oil?
Source: The Alternative Daily
A personal example of the use of coconut oil
The last thing I would like to tell you about is the use of coconut oil for your dog.
Dogs benefit just the same as humans from the use of coconut oil. It will fight infections, which is good because dogs stick their noses everywhere. It is a good remedy for the itchy skin as it moisturizes and battles harmful bacteria. It will provide your dog with a healthy looking coat. Coconut oil absorbs bad odors so you can cuddle your fur friend again. The same is valid for the oral health of your pet as it fights bacteria. As coconut oil has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties it will be helpful in case of arthritis. The increase of fatty acids keeps the tendons and joints lubricated. The list goes on.
My dog Cindy, a Rottweiler lady of 12 years old, has a large tumor (about the volume of two hands) under her arm. She gets a cocktail of healthy things like CBD oil, vitamin D3, vitamin supplements and also a spoonful of coconut oil a day. She still climbs the staircase every evening to be with me in my workroom.
I really think it to be a good idea to introduce coconut oil into your life, I am sure you soon will notice the health benefits.
Source: Megan Patiry for Paleohack
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