These past few years have been a golden age for coconut oil. Everybody is beginning to realize the awesome benefits that it can have on your health that you can’t find in any other food. Coconut oil is being praised as a superfood with so many uses around the home, on our skin, and inside our bodies. No matter what type of person you are, this ingredient should be available in everybody’s pantry. We can’t hear enough about it, so what is coconut oil for your health?
Low-fat Diets are Extremely Unhealthy
Up until now, the world had ignored coconut oil on the grocery store shelves because of its high-fat content. This is likely because of 90’s health media demonizing FAT. This diet trend is completely ridiculous and has no proper research backing it. (1)
Because all fats are not the same.
What started off as a deep fear of heart disease turned into a rejection of all fat, healthy and unhealthy, while replacing it with sugar. Starting near the end of the 90’s, the low-fat diet had skyrocketed in popularity. This is probably because of the emotional connection people made with themselves and a person they have loved that died of heart disease.
The same health trend can be seen with lung cancer and smoking. “Stop smoking” ads try to appeal to your emotions by making you remember loved ones who suffer from lung problems due to smoking. They also show you pictures of your cute pets that are suffering due to inhaling your second-hand smoke. This makes you not want to smoke yourself. (2)
But the thing about the low-fat trend is that it’s a complete farce backed by NO research or concrete evidence.
Trans Fats and Hydrogenated Oils Can Raise LDL
Doctors during this time had started to warn against the “dangers” of fat. However, they failed to realize or mention that it is only true for trans fats and hydrogenated oils to be unhealthy. These fats have been proven to raise cholesterol and cause heart attacks. (3)
This means that it is healthy for your heart to reduce red meat, dairy foods and foods processed with hydrogenated oils. This does not mean replace ALL fats with sugar, like what was done with diet foods a decade ago. In fact, sugar can be just as bad for your heart as trans fat and it’s the root cause of weight gain—the root cause of heart problems!
How does this make sense, guys? I’m sorry, but this diet trend has always left me smacking my head.
Research has proven that fats have the most calories per gram and that fat slows down the metabolism slightly. But this should have no impact on our weight. This is because fat acts as an appetite suppressant and makes you feel full (which is what adequate nutrition does) and you will feel like you need less food when you eat a normal amount of fat. (4)
This is why you may see so many outrageous claims like the “cookie diet” or the “high fat diet” that recommend that you eat a lot of fat. It is supposed to satiate your hunger, but if you go overboard, there will obviously be consequences. So we also need to avoid those diets.
Saturated, Monounsaturated, and Polyunsaturated Fats are Healthy
On the other hand, healthy fats like polyunsaturated, monounsaturated, and saturated fats(medium-chain triglycerides are good for you) have been proven to do the exact opposite for your health: actually improve your cholesterol by raising HDL levels.
Some other benefits of healthy, natural fats found in vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, fish, and coconut include:
- Lower body fat. Adequate nutrition in fat will provide you an appropriate feeling of being full that can help you lose weight. Fats also regulate hormone function that works with the hunger mechanism.
- Improved brain function and mood. Healthy and natural fats are high in DHA, which helps provide a healthy lipid layer in the brain. This allows neurons to produce electricity and dictate everything that your brain does for your body. You will notice improved mood, sleep, depression, anxiety, addictions, etc.
- Stronger immune system. Natural fats contain anti-microbial, anti-viral and anti-fungal properties and have also been proven to decrease mortality rates by bacteria in mice. Many natural health experts recommend coconut oil for candida yeast infection.
- Improved skin and eye health. Dry skin and eyes is a common symptom of fatty acid deficiency in the body. Adequate omega-3 fats and saturated fats are needed to provide a healthy lipid layer in the skin, which essentially provides lubrication for cells and cell products.
- Improved cholesterol and heart health. Yes, healthy fats actually prevent heart and artery problems which may be shocking! Saturated fats will raise HDL cholesterol, which is the good kind that unclogs arteries.
We all need certain fats in our diet like these to keep a balanced diet and remain healthy. It’s shocking to know that doctors have recommended diets that are lacking in one of the three macronutrients of essential nutrition.
We can also see proof of a fatty diet being effective in countries where the Mediterranean diet is popular. This diet promotes diets high in vegetables fats, olive oil, nuts, beans and moderate intake of alcohol—all of which help prevent heart disease. These countries have the lowest incidences of heart disease and heart-related issues. (5)
What is Coconut Oil for Candida Yeast Infection?
There is some evidence to support the claim that coconut oil controls yeast in the body. While yeast should not be a problem for our immune system to deal with in healthy individuals, our diets can sometimes be concentrated with sugar, which depresses our immunity and feeds yeast. (6)
We can see how yeast overgrowth affects us by examining thrush, body odor, bad breathe, etc. Natural health experts like Dr. Mercola and Dr. Axe warn about how Candida yeast overgrowth destroys our health due to a diet high in sugar.
Supposedly, infections like these can cause:
- Skin and nail fungal infections like athlete’s foot, ringworm, etc.
- Feeling weakness or fatigue very often
- Digestive issues like bloating and constipation
- Difficulty concentrating, poor memory, can’t focus, etc.
- Skin issues like eczema, acne, rashes
- Irritability, mood swings, anxiety, depression, insomnia
- Worsened allergies to food and the seasons
- Strong cravings for sugar and carbs
They all suggest using unrefined, organic coconut oil if you experience these symptoms or eat a decent amount of sugar. Coconut oil will control the yeast and contain it in your colon, where it belongs.
What is Coconut Oil for Oil Pulling?
There is a natural health practice called “oil pulling” in which you wake up in the morning and swish coconut oil around in your mouth for 20 minutes before spitting it out and brushing your teeth. The claim is that coconut oil has antibacterial properties that can bind to the plaque on teeth and significantly reduce the number of bacteria in your mouth.
Some people even claim that this practice can treat remedies from acne to migraines. There is not much research on what this does because this is a new remedy, but until then, all we have are the most significant health claims.
Some claim that oil pulling will “pull toxins” through the saliva and help detox your body. Others claim that the oil pulling will strengthen the blood flow in your head, strengthen your jaw, and whiten your teeth.
I have tried the oil pulling remedy for about a month and I can say that I’ve had amazing results. The only thing is that it is very time consuming and annoying to remember each morning. If I had the energy to care, I’d swish it in my mouth for 20 minutes while in the shower before brushing my teeth. The thing is that I love to drink green tea first thing in the morning and you’re not supposed to drink anything before you do oil pulling.
The oil pulling made my teeth very white like never before. Everybody was complimenting my smile. I was also noticing more clear skin and a better memory. Well… I can’t explain this, but this is just my experience and what I think it did for me. I hope that research in the future gives me an explanation for this.
What is Coconut Oil for Natural Substitutions Around the Home?
Coconut oil is a great substitution to use in the kitchen in replacement of
unhealthy fats like trans fats, hydrogenated oils, canola or soybean oil, or butter. If you are frying something, using coconut oil is always the healthiest way to go. I also love the taste that it gives food: a rich nutty flavor.
This oil can also be used in skin and hair care. Many skin care experts are obsessed with coconut oil because they claim it gets rid of acne by being antibacterial, helps moisturize skin, prevents wrinkles, and so many other things. For your hair, it’s a great leave-in conditioner for dry hair or a great hair mask ingredient for normal hair.
What is Coconut Oil for Me?
This ingredient is an essential for my daily cuisine. I have grown a deep love for this oil since I tried to add it to my diet. At first, I preferred the taste of animal fat but then I felt MUCH healthier by using coconut oil as a substitute and now naturally prefer it. I make sure to buy raw, organic coconut oil for my oil pulling and hair care needs while I buy refined coconut oil for cooking. This is because refined coconut oil burns at a higher temperature so you can fry things.
You should also try oil pulling for a few days and see how it affects your health. I saw positive benefits so you should let me know what you think as well.
I am sure that you can find so many more uses for this oil because there are so many possibilities for creativity.
My favorite coconut oil is this one. It is an extra virgin coconut oil, which means it has not reached high temperatures, meaning it is very fresh. This company also promises that the oil retains nutrition and is from fresh, organic coconuts. It also adds a very nice body to the smoothies I make. Perfect for oil pulling as well.
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