Coconut Oil: Something You Didn’t Know

 

I am sure you’ve heard a lot about coconut oil. But there is always more…

 

First, some facts about coconut oil:

Today you can find more than 1,500 studies proving coconut oil to be one of the healthiest foods on the planet.

 

 

 

The secret of the healthy benefits is in healthy fats called medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs), these unique fats include:

  • Caprylic acid
  • Lauric acid
  • Capric acid

Unlike long-chain fatty acids (LCFAs) found in plant based oils, MCFAs are:

  • Easier to digest
  • Not readily stored as fat
  • Are anti-microbial and anti-fungal
  • Smaller in size, allowing easier cell permeability for immediate energy
  • Processed by the liver, which means that they are immediately converted to energy instead of being stored as fat

Because of the energy creating abilities of coconut oil, it is no wonder that it is beneficial in losing weight. It helps to burn fat, decrease appetite, and in studies it was especially helpful in losing belly fat!

It also contains lauric acid which has been linked to amazing health benefits. It has anti-viral, antibacterial, anit-microbial, and anti-fungal properties. It’s been shown that consuming coconut oil is good for overall immunity, reduces hypertension, helps reduce arterial injury, and helps keep proper cholesterol balance. It’s a great source of healthy saturated fats.

How to store:

Depending on the temperature, your coconut oil can have a different look. Coconut oil is liquid above 75 degrees F. (25 C.), otherwise it is a solid fat. You can liquefy coconut oil by just placing it into a pot with warm water. Or you can make it solid by putting it in the fridge.

Coconut oil can be stored in either its liquid or solid form; the only thing to avoid is direct sunlight. You can store coconut oil for about two years, as it will not go rancid.  

How to buy:

It is better to avoid commercial coconut oil found in any grocery store. Some oils are refined using chemical processes; some coconut oils are hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated.

I would suggest to go for high quality coconut oil – even for external use. It’s pricey, but health stores often have discounts on coconut oils – use it!

Please check that the oil you buy is:

1) Virgin (and not refined)

2) Expeller-pressed (if you prefer less coconut flavour) or cold-pressed (if you want more coconut flavour)

3) In a glass jar (and not plastic)

4) Organic vs conventional. Coconut is not a high-risk food when it comes to pesticides, nor is it genetically-modified. So to buy organic is less critical but still preferable.

How to use:

External:

You can use it as an all-purpose cream: from softening cracked heels to reducing under the eyes puffiness

An additional usage that I discovered while on my trip to India – use it as a shower gel! You just wash your body with the coconut oil and then rinse! Because you rinse it, your skin will not feel too oily, but at the same time you will not need any after-shower lotion – your skin will feel soft and silky.

Internal:

You can use coconut oil in cooking, baking or just eating it as is instead of butter (I hope you don’t use margarine at all).

 

AND… a recipe. I got it from one of  David Wolfe’s posts, made it and loved it!

Raw coconut-cacao bites …

1 cup of desiccated coconut

1 cup of almonds

1/2 a dozen medjool dates

4 tablespoons of cashew butter

2 tablespoons of raw cacao

1 tablespoon of coconut oil

Put the almonds and coconut in a food processor and blend for a minute or two, until a flour starts to form. Then add the cashew butter, coconut oil and cacao blending for a few seconds before slowly adding in the dates.

Continue to blend until everything has been combined together to form a sticky mixture. This mixture can then be rolled into balls and covered in more coconut and left in the fridge to firm up for an hour.

 

References:

http://www.thankyourbody.com

https://draxe.com/coconut-oil-benefits/

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 What is the most difficult thing when you try to lose weight?

You plan your diet, you prepare mentally, and then you begin the journey!

You have your healthy breakfast and lunch. So far so good.

And then 3 pm comes around and you are looking for “something”. What do you find? The vending machine that readily suggests great choices of O’Henry, Bounty or chips?

Perhaps you start wandering around colleague’s desks to find some candy?

On comes 9pm, you are sitting on your comfy couch, watching Netflix and craving some popcorn, peanuts or chocolate?

Even if you are very strict and follow your diet plan – do you find it’s just not as easy to control your cravings as it used to be? Just a couple of years ago it was enough to skip your dinner and you wake up with a flat stomach… but not anymore…

Did you gain weight recently? At first it was not too alarming, as it happened before and you just needed a little effort and then you’re back in your previous size? But now you are stuck with these extra pounds?

It is not your fault, your metabolism is to blame. It does slow down when we age.

Good News: there are quite a few things we can do.

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How To Turn Water Drinking Into Habit

Healthy looking skin and hair? Proper digestion? Natural detoxifier?

The answer is WATER. Our body is more than two-thirds water, and we need to keep it hydrated.

There are many reasons to drink more water like toxin elimination, healthy blood and bones, lubricated joints, proper digestion, alertness, healthy skin and much more.

But what if you don’t like plain taste of water?

Do you find it difficult to fit those 6 or 8 glasses of water into your busy scheduler?

Watch the video below and get some ideas how to drink more water and how enhance the taste of water.

 

Need Some Extra Pounds?

Most people struggle to lose weight, but a significant minority has the opposite problem. model-313394_1280

if you are in that group, you know the feeling. People are jealous of you that you can eat everything and yet not gain any weight. They hate you when you say you are actually trying to add a couple of pounds.

Let me tell you – despite being in the minority, you are not alone.

If you are generally healthy and want to gain some weight to look better and feel stronger here are some ideas:

1) Never go hungry. If you are busy and have no time throughout the day, make sure you have a snack on you. Pack a Multigrain sandwich, trail mix (mix of nuts, seeds and dry fruits), granola bar, or a fruit with you.

2) Don’t have your meals on the run. “I have no time” is a lame excuse. Find time to sit down and enjoy what you eat. Don’t forget to chew properly.

3) If you can, try to increase your portion just a bit. If it does not make you feel heavy after the meal then you can increase a little more.

4) Include more of your favourite foods into your diet. Hopefully your favourite food is nutritious so you can enjoy it and get the health benefits.

5) Find the ways to increase your appetite. Listen to your body as we are all different. Find what makes you hungry. For example, some get very hungry after an oatmeal breakfast, or an apple or after exercising.

6) Never chase empty calories. Don’t sacrifice good eating habits even if you end up consuming  less calories.

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If you want to talk about your health concerns – contact me .

The “Magic Pill” for Weight Loss

Did you hear about the Magic Pill? I am sure you did – there are a lot of them out there.

belly-2473_1280Have you tried them? Not working?

True and False!

Magic Pill does exist if you know how to use it.

And this is exactly what I am going to show you!

 

First let’s agree on the definition of the “Magic Pill” for weight loss:

It is Eat Less and Exercise More! 

Disappointed? Don’t be! I have quite a few tips for you to make it work .

 

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