Monday, July 31, 2006

Coconut oil and ulcers

Of course, coconut oil can help with ulcers! Coconut oil can help with just about everything so ulcers and canker sores are no exception.

Ulcers seem to be caused by stress and infections that zap the body. Stress often causes infection because our resistance is typically lower when we are stressed. Ulcers are internal and occur along the digestive tract. Canker sores are external and typically occur in the mouth area.

Typically, antibiotics are prescribed for ulcers as they do a great job of killing the bacteria that causes the ulcer. Unfortunately, antibiotics also kill the good bacteria that you need which can result in other problems.

Coconut oil kills the bacteria that causes the ulcer while not killing bacteria that you need to maintain good health. The medium chain fatty acids in coconut oil help naturally prevent ulcers and correct problems in the digestive tract. All you need is 2 to 3 tablespoons of coconut oil every day!

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Coconut Oil and Candida

My husband and his sister suffer from candida. Being the big coconut oil fan that I am, I thought surely this wonder product could help. I have not really found anything yet that coconut oil couldn't help. So I investigated coconut oil and candida and here is what I came up with but first I need to give you some background.

Candida is a digestive disorder that leaves you with a larger number of toxins in your body than you have with a healthy digestive system. This can lead you to feeling lethargic, chronically fatigued and with higher frequency and longer-lasting colds. You can also damage your intestinal wall if you have a bad case of candida that is allowed to grow freely in your system.

What causes candida? Poor quality eating habits. Food with little or no fiber and nutritional value eats away at your good bacteria that fights off the bad organisms leaving you unable to protect yourself. Antibiotics, steroids and other drugs also kill off good bacteria while they are helping to make you well so this leaves your digestive tract less able to function properly. When your digestive tract is not protected well with good bacteria, candida grows more rapidly.

So, what is the best way to get your digestive tract back in order and kill candida? Eat coconut and coconut oil. The candida microbes are killed off by the Medium Chain Fatty Acids in coconut oil. This superfood will also help keep your digestive system in alignment!

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Sunday, July 23, 2006

Coconut oil and baking

Have you thought of using super healthy coconut oil when you bake things? Coconut oil makes a wonderful trans-fat free substitute that you can use in place of butter. You'll get crisper crusts and cookies when you use coconut oil instead of butter or shortening. You'll also get really moist cakes and chewier cookies.

Plus, you'll get all of those wonderful internal benefits from using coconut oil in your baked goods. And you'll be consuming a healthy fat that will do everything from help fire up your fat-burning furnace to making your skin and nails heavenly.

Happy baking!

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Coconut oil and cleaning??!!

Have you thought of coconut oil as a cleaner???

We have stone flooring in our kitchen. I have noticed that somehow, dishwasher soap is being splattered on the flooring and we can't seem to get it cleaned up. We will mop it up and it looks like it is gone but when the floor dries, the stain returns. My sister-in-law did a test with coconut oil. She cleaned one tile with traditional cleaners and one tile with coconut oil. When the tiles both dried, the tile that she cleaned with coconut oil had no remaining dishwasher soap. The tile cleaned with other cleaners still had some lingering stains.

Now, the tile cleaned with coconut oil dried a little darker (the coconut oil presumably seeped into the tile). However, our tiles are all a little different version of terra cotta so it blends in fine.

Pretty neat, huh?

Friday, July 14, 2006

Coconut oil...antibacterial?

It is true, coconut oil is antibacterial. It is hard to think of an oil having this quality but the proof is there. When you apply coconut oil to your skin (for example acne or a boil) it works to draw out the toxins and correct the situation.

Here is a recent example. My nephew had a big spider bite on his back that festered and was quite nasty. His mom immediately put coconut oil on and rubbed it in. The coconut oil quickly soaked into the skin and within an hour started changing the look and color of the bite. This inspired hourly applications of coconut oil and within a few hours, my nephew's skin was back to normal.

Had this not worked, his mom was going to take him to the emergency room. However, the coconut oil started acting so quickly that she decided no costly, scary visit to the hospital was necessary. Hmmm...

Monday, July 10, 2006

Coconut Oil -- Why you need to eat healthy fats!

Here is yet another reason to eat coconut oil. You know that eating fats helps you feel full and more satisfied when you eat a meal. But did you know that this feeling of satiety will help curb your cravings for breads and sugary foods? Carbohydrate cravings are one of the biggest challenges when it comes to weight loss (but I digress)...

Coconut oil is a better source of fat than other fats as the medium chain fatty acids in coconut oil provide less energy than it takes to metabolize the fat. You are actually burning more fat metabolizing coconut oil in your body than the "fat" you are taking in. It sounds crazy but it is true. Coconut oil is quickly turned into energy in your body. This is why you also see noticiable increase in your energy levels when you begin incorporating coconut oil into your diet.

Did you also know that your body burns off this particular type of oil quicker than butter and olive oil??? Think three times! Hopefully, you can see why coconut oil is a good oil (and it really does boost your weight loss efforts) plus it tastes delicious!

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Thursday, July 06, 2006

Coconut Oil and Insomnia

Here is yet another reason you should be consuming coconut oil. Coconut oil helps the body regulate itself. If you are overweight or underweight, it helps to bring you back into balance and either gain or lose weight - whatever you need to keep your body in balance.

Coconut oil also performs this same function when it comes to helping you with insomnia. Coconut oil regulates your sleep as part of the overall goal of regulating your bodily functions. You will experience improved quality and duration of sleep so that you function better on a daily basis. I found this to be true almost immediately after I started taking coconut oil - prior to this I had huge problems sleeping.

Consider taking 3-4 tablespoons of coconut oil daily to achieve your goals (make certain you are spacing it out over the course of the day and not taking it all at once).

Here's to a good night's sleep!

Monday, July 03, 2006

Coconut oil and the dictionary...

Here is what Wikipedia - a fantastic online dictionary said.

"The nutritional benefits of coconut oil are debated. Some contend that the consumption of virgin coconut oil (non-hydrogenated) causes increased metabolism and an improved immune system compared to diets rich in other polyunsaturated vegetable oils such as sunflower or canola oils.[citation needed]. Others, including the American Heart Association, contend that coconut oil's high saturated fat content may be detrimental to cardiovascular health and promote heart disease.
For many years now, the primary serum cholesterol-elevating fatty acids have been demonstrated to be the saturated fatty acids with 12(Lauric), 14(Myristic) and 16(Palmitic) carbon atoms, with a concomitant increase in the risk of coronary heart disease. Monosaturated fatty acids such as oleic acid is as effective in reducing serum total and low-density lipoprotein(LDL) cholesterol levels as polyunsaturated fatty acids such as linoleic. {Vessby,B.1994. INFORM 5(2):182-185.} Animal studies have observed coconut oil causing higher levels of liver cholesterol and have implicated myristic and lauric acids as having atherogenic effects as well."

Very interesting. I interpret this as meaning for the most part, coconut oil may be good for you unless you have heart disease. But all saturated fats are not created equal. I'll need to further research this heart disease issue as my father has heart disease. Hmmm...

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