Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Coconut oil and infections...

I found some interesting information today about coconut oil. As you know, coconut oil is composed of fatty acids -- some of which have:

- antibacterial
- antimicrobial and
- antiviral

properties. Coconut oil also has some immune-system stimulating effects which means it may actually help protect you as your body is fighting off infections. Pretty amazing, huh?

I wonder if this also means coconut oil has certain benefits for those who have autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis (see I need to investigate this further. I do know that saturated fat (the fat found in coconut oil) is of a certain food category that further "inflames" already inflammatory conditions such as multiple sclerosis and heart disease. This definitely bears more investigation.

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Coconut Oil and Digestive Health

Did you know that 38 million Americans suffer from digestive disorders? Did you know that coconut oil could help these 38 million and everyone else?

Digestive disorders makeup a very painful collection of health problems. Crohns disease, Celiacs disease, IBS and diarrhea are just some of these painful disorders. But aside from the intense pain and discomfort there is also a great financial burden to these problems -- both on insurance companies and individuals. A great deal of this problem has to do with our food supply.

When we eat the right types of good quality food, we can often prevent and correct health problems. Coconut oil is one of those foods. What you also want to do is remove toxins. Coconut oil helps rid the body of toxins. It is a superfood.

Many times our health problems are caused by eating inflammatory foods...especially eating these foods once we already have an inflammatory condition. Coconut oil is an anti-inflammatory food that further assists in healing inflammatory conditions. Coconut oil is an anti-microbial and anti-viral food that seeks to improve health!

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Coconut oil -- forget low fat!

We have been jaded about fats. We need essential fats for a variety of reasons to keep our bodies running smoothly. We could not survive without fats. You just have to eat the right kind of fats and that is where coconut oil comes in. Two reasons to make sure fats like coconut oil are present in your diet:

1) Vitamins A, D, E and K are only soluable when there is fat present.
2) Eating fat helps us feel satisfied with our food. When we eat a low fat or fat free diet continuously, we tend to gain weight - we eat too much before we are full.
3) Fats tend to let the air out of our sweet tooth.

Did you know that almost 2/3 of Americans are considered overweight? This has only occurred in recent decades...about the same time we started shunning fats like coconut oil.

Hmmm. We are getting fatter because we are eating lower fat, high sugar diets. Maybe we should turn it around and eat a high fat, low sugar diet and see what happens.

Why don't you take your first step by including coconut oil in your diet? Read more about coconut oil in one of the books hand selected on this site - your body will thank you!

Monday, June 19, 2006

Coconut Oil -- Saturated Fats and Inflammatory Diseases

I love coconut oil for the health benefits and I also happen to have multiple sclerosis ( I read a really interesting collection of articles the other day that may put down my new favorite elixir...coconut oil.

Coconut oil is made up of primarily saturated fat. It is different from most saturated fats because (you guessed it) of medium chain fatty acids rather than long chain fatty acids. This made me feel good about regularly consuming coconut oil.

However, saturated fat further inflames inflammatory conditions like heart disease, multiple sclerosis, etc. It doesn't have to do with the content of of the fat but more of how it acts inside your body. I am trying to find a piece of data that refutes this idea so I can continue eating my new favorite coconut oil. Until I do, I just may have to put my 3 tablespoons per day habit of coconut oil to the side!

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Coconut Oil and Diabetes

Believe it! Coconut oil can even help with diabetes.

Diabetes is a big problem for our current population so it is a big deal that something like coconut oil can help. It is believed that nearly half of the people living in the U.S. could develop diabetes. Diabetes is the sixth largest cause of death in the U.S. and therefore, of growing concern. Diabetes can also lead to a whole host of other problematic diseases -- heart disease, high blood pressure, etc.

The populations of many Pacific islands eat a traditional diet that includes coconut and coconut oil. Interestingly enough, they do not suffer from diabetes in the way Western civilization does.

So how can coconut oil help? Consumption of coconut oil helps level out blood sugar. Coconut oil also provides much needed energy to the cells because it is composed of medium chain fatty acids (versus long chain fatty acids as with other saturated fats).

Just another reason that coconut oil should be in your cupboard!

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Interesting fact about Coconut Oil

I am constantly torn about coconut oil as I am sure you are, too. However, it is really hard to find something that actually refutes the positive benefits of coconut oil. Here is another reason that you should be incorporating coconut oil regularly in your diet:

I read this great piece of research from a popular web site on coconut oil:
"G. W. Crile and his wife found that the metabolic rate of people in Yucatan, where coconut is a staple food, averaged 25% higher than that of people in the United States." (This was pulled from information prepared by Dr. Mercola.) This is even more interesting as metabolic rates should be slower given the very hot climate of these people.

Isn't that amazing?!! I have read where coconut oil boosts your metabolic rate but I haven't read anywhere that notes how much. Metabolic rates seem to be activated by the medium chain fatty acids present in this type of saturated fat. It is contrary to popular belief but eating coconut oil increases your metabolic rate and as a result you become leaner by consumption of coconut oil.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Coconut Oil and Fatigue

I have Multiple Sclerosis and am just starting to face somewhat regular fatigue. I was hunting around to see if consuming coconut oil might somehow help with this challenge. It is important to note that I drink no caffeine throughout the day as I have read that you really shouldn't take in caffeine if you have MS. So...lack of energy and fatigue are key issues for me as I fight this disease.

Interestingly enough, my favorite new wonder product may help fight fatigue! Fatigue is not simply being is an all-of-the-sudden sense of you simply can not go on. For me with my MS, it means I have difficulty thinking, speaking and taking that very next step. According to Dr. Bruce Fife, "Symptoms may include any of the following: muscle weakness, headache, memory loss, mental confusion, recurring infections, low-grade fever, swollen lymph glands, severe exhaustion following moderate physical activity, depression, anxiety attacks, dizziness, rashes, allergies, and autoimmune reactions."

Since coconut oil is a medium chain fatty acid that is quickly absorbed, Dr. Fife believes that it can be a great source of energy for anyone, but especially those whole deal with daily issues of fatigue.

Friday, June 02, 2006

Coconut Oil -- Great for Digestive Health

Did you know that some cultures give people who suffer from digestive problems (even babies) coconut oil??? Startling, I know. In fact, coconut oil is used in many medical and nutrional therapies. According to Bruce Fife, CN, ND in Healthy Living Magazine "I've seen it help people with hemorrhoids, cancer, diabetes, psoriasis, gallbladder disease, bladder infections, flu, and many other health problems. After learning about coconut oil and seeing what it can do, I realized that nobody except a few researchers knew the truth about this miraculous oil."

It seems that people have got to be steadfast in their belief about the benefits of coconut oil and not fall subject to everything we seem to read about this very special saturated fat. Given the state of obesity and health of our current population in America, I am willing to give anything a shot if it will take us out of the place we are currently.

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