Coconut Oil is all the rage in today’s world, but why?
Coconut Oil has been used in cooking and to treat a variety of conditions in several countries for centuries. It wasn’t until the late 1800’s that the US adopted coconut oil for some of its touted benefits.
While you may know that coconut oil can be used in cooking and baking, you may not be aware of coconut oil’s many other uses.
Let’s delve right into the 13 ways you may benefit from coconut oil, outside of the kitchen.
Coconut Oil is known to have anti-microbial properties.
Did you know that your skin is a living organ? In fact, your skin is your body’s first line of defense against disease. It has good bacteria that live on it to keep you safe from bad bacteria, fungus, viruses and more.
When there aren’t enough, good bacteria, or when the good bacteria become overwhelmed, infection can occur.
Coconut Oil is known to protect your body against these bad organisms. It contains several types of acids, the primary among them being Lauric Acid and Capric Acid.
It is these acids that is the most effective against invading organisms, as they kill bad microbials and prevent them from taking over the normal, healthy flora.
Coconut Oil is an amazing skin moisturizer.
If you have dry, peeling, or flaky skin, using Coconut Oil may help you. Coconut Oil is extra nourishing and is ideal for these issues. Coconut Oil has also been known to decrease redness, blemishes, dark spots, and wrinkles.
While some people swear by using Virgin Coconut Oil to clear their acne-prone skin, others have complained that it clogs their pores and makes acne worse.
If you have acne-prone or oily skin, you may want to think twice about using Coconut Oil. Our advice is to do a skin test on a small area of your skin first, to see how you will react to the oil.
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Coconut Oil has been used as treatment for dandruff.
Dandruff can be embarrassing, but it can also be physically uncomfortable. Redness and inflammation are often present, along with the classic flaky skin that often appears in your hair and on your clothes. Yikes!
Several skin conditions can cause dandruff, as well as fungal infections. While there is no cure for dandruff, there are a few treatments that can minimize it.
There are multiple coconut oil shampoos and conditioners, as well as shampoos that specifically target dandruff, however, if you are looking for an all-natural, organic solutions, massaging coconut oil directly onto the scalp can work wonders.
Just massage into scalp and leave on for two minutes, then wash and condition your hair.
Not only will Virgin Coconut Oil help reduce the symptoms of dandruff, but your hair will feel soft and healthy as well.
Just make sure to wash out all the oil, so that your hair doesn’t feel greasy.
Coconut Oil may reduce inflammation.
Dermatitis, Eczema, and Psoriasis are all skin disorders resulting from chronic inflammation. Rheumatoid Arthritis is an auto-immune disease in which your joints become inflamed, stiff and often painful, making it hard for you to move around.
Coconut Oil has been shown to help reduce inflammation in persons with these conditions. It may ease not only the inflammatory response, but also the stiffness of arthritis and the itching associated with certain skin conditions.
Coconut Oil is inexpensive, natural, and can provide you with some much-needed relief.
Coconut Oil may help you lose weight.
Coconut Oil is made of medium-chain fatty acids. Unlike long-chain fatty acids such as corn and safflower oil, the MCT in Coconut Oil gets used immediately by the liver. MCT is efficiently used by the body, is used by the brain for fuel and your body has difficulty storing it as fat.
When your brain uses fats for fuel, rather than glucose, your metabolism speeds up for up to 24 hours.
Coconut oil may also help you blast away belly fat. Belly fat, also known as visceral fat, is the dangerous fat that accumulates around your internal organs and can lead to disease.
Coconut Oil has been shown to decrease this dangerous fat around your waist and is much more effective at doing so than other types of oils.
Coconut Oil is also very satiating. It can help you feel full for longer periods of time than other oils. Using Coconut Oil may help you feel full longer, therefore causing your daily calorie intake to decrease.
Coconut Oil may help increase your good cholesterol levels.
Saturated fats have been touted, by experts, to be bad for heart health.
Most doctors agree that saturated fats clog arteries, leading to heart disease, and raise cholesterol levels as well.
There are, however, some physicians who claim that it is refined sugar that is the primary culprit that leads to these issues.
Coconut Oil, specifically the MCT (medium-chain triglycerides), has been shown to increase HDL (High-Density Lipoproteins), or “good” cholesterol.
Coconut Oil has also been shown to increase the size of LDL particles (Low-Density Lipoproteins), or “bad” cholesterol. The smaller the LDL particles, the higher the risk of heart disease. Coconut Oil has been known to make the small LDL particles larger, therefore, decreasing risk of cardiac disturbances.
Coconut Oil may help reduce scars and stretch marks.
Stretch Marks, those dreaded streaks that appear on the thighs, buttocks and abdomen, make the majority of women cringe.
Stretch marks commonly occur as a result of pregnancy or significant weight gain over a brief period.
Genetics is thought to play a role in getting stretch marks. If your mother or grandmother was prone to getting stretch marks, then you, also, may be more likely to get them.
If you have stretch marks, you aren’t alone. In fact, up to 90% of women have had or will get them to some degree in their lifetime.
Stretch marks can appear as red or purple streaks initially, but generally fade over time to more of a white appearance.
Coconut Oil can help prevent stretch marks. It can also help diminish the look of existing ones. Using unrefined, virgin Coconut Oil daily promotes circulation to the area and eases inflammation and irritation. If you don’t like the smell of coconuts, try adding in a couple of drops of your favorite essential oil.
Coconut Oil may treat Athlete’s Foot, Ringworm, Yeast and other Fungal infections.
Fungi typically like to hang out in moist, warm, dark environments, such as your feet and groin.
Fungal infections are highly contagious and can be hard to get rid of. There are many prescriptions and over-the counter medications that claim to be able to stop the growth of these troublesome pests.
If you are like me, however, and are looking for a more natural and cost-effective remedy, then try Coconut Oil.
Coconut Oil contains antimicrobial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal properties. Rub Coconut Oil directly onto the affected area daily, or more often as needed.
Coconut Oil makes a great Lubricant.
Let the fun begin. Coconut Oil makes a great lube. Artificial lubes tend to clump and dry out. Coconut Oil is a natural and safe alternative.
Make sure to use just a little bit, though. Too much of any oil can disrupt vaginal pH. Women who are especially prone to yeast infections need to be particularly careful.
Make sure to use 100% Virgin Coconut Oil, as refined oil can irritate the vaginal lining. Read the bottle and make sure that the only ingredient listed is coconut oil.
Coconut Oil Promotes Dental Health
Lauric Acid is amazing at killing the harmful bacteria in the mouth that cause a host of problems such as bad breath, gum disease and tooth decay.
When plague builds up on the teeth, gum disease can form. Gum disease is an inflammation of the gum line, also known as gingivitis.
Studies have shown that using coconut oil, specifically the Lauric Acid MCT, significantly decreased plague build-up and gingivitis in a very short period.
Chlorhexidine is the active ingredient in most mouth washes. It is effective in slowing down or halting tooth decay. Coconut Oil has been shown to be just as effective as chlorhexidine in treating tooth decay and loss and is all natural.
Coconut Oil May Help with Cognition and Memory
There has been a lot of debate on whether Coconut Oil can really help with Memory issues.
Some studies claim that there the ketones produced as a byproduct of fat metabolism can be used as an alternative source of fuel.
In certain dementia’s, primarily Alzheimer’s, your brain has difficulty using glucose for fuel. Without proper fuel, the brain cannot function properly.
The MCT’s in Coconut Oil are easily used by the liver and the brain as a quick source of energy, therefore, proponents of using Coconut Oil claim that once the brain receives adequate fuel, function is improved or restored.
There is not enough evidence yet to suggest that this is a miracle oil for dementia, however, there are patients who have seen benefit from taking Coconut Oil daily as part of their diet, and family members swear by its results.
Coconut Oil Can Help Repair and Moisturize Dry, Damaged Hair.
Coconut Oil has so many amazing uses, one of them being to have thick, gorgeous, shiny hair.
If your hair is thin or damaged, try adding a little bit to your locks to help moisturize it. Coconut Oil can be great for many people, however, if your hair has been overly processed or extremely damaged, then use it with caution.
A little goes a long way, and while you may initially see visible improvement in your bleached or very damaged hair, the fatty acids in coconut oil can block the hair’s ability to take in water over time, causing increased brittleness and dryness.
Coconut Oil is a hot product!
It is used for cooking and baking, in smoothies and coffee, in shampoos, conditioners and face masks
Coconut Oil is being used all over the world for its miraculous properties for mind, body and spirit.
Coconut Oil can improve your health, well-being, appearance, and even your sex life!
Coconut Oil has been linked to many health benefits including improved cholesterol levels, radiant skin, healthier hair, as a treatment for eczema, dermatitis, and psoriasis.
It may also help you lose weight, moisturize your skin, combat gum disease, improve your memory and cognition.
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