If you can’t tell by previous blog posts of mine, I am a huge fan of coconuts. Coconut oil, coconut water and milk, raw coconut, any form of this tropical little angel is great. They get a bad rep sometimes due to their high fat content, but what a lot of people do not know is that most of the fat found in coconuts is harmless. Unlike the average saturated fats found in things like cheese and red meat, the fat in coconuts actually has a positive effect on your health.
Coconut oil is my favorite “superfat”. I use it every.single.day. The benefits are endless for not only your inner self, but also your outer. It contains MCTs (medium-chain triglycerides), which the body metabolizes differently from long-chain triglycerides that most other high-fat foods contain. They go straight to the liver from the digestive tract and are in turn used as quick energy. This has tremendous effects on brain function which can be therapeutic for several brain disorders. Now, the main benefit that I’m sure is most appealing to everyone is :wait for it:…WEIGHT LOSS! The MCTs in this oil have been shown to increase calories burned over 24 hours by as much as 5%, meaning you burn about 120 calories more a day. Coconut oil also works to decrease appetite due to the quick energy it produces (called ketones), which has an appetite reducing effect.
I could go on and on about the benefits of coconuts for your inner self, but now I want to get into the benefits for your outer beautiful self. The things that coconut oil and water can do for your hair and skin is enough to make it part of your beauty must-haves. Coconut oil not only improves moisture levels, but also the fat content of the skin. It also contains strong antibacterial properties which makes it extremely useful in cleansing the skin and neutralizing toxins. A fun fact that most do not know is that it also works as and effective sunscreen as it blocks about 20% of the sun’s UV rays (that does not mean I think you should go without a proper UVA/UVB sunscreen. Just mentioning another super benefit). As mentioned in my previous detox post, oil pulling is another incredible way to use this amazing superfood.
Now, coconut water. Coconut water is my absolute favorite post-workout hydrator. It naturally replaces electrolytes, lost fluid, and salt within minutes. Unlike commercially produced drinks. It’s rich in vitamins B and C which gives our skin that movie star glow that we are all looking for. It is also helpful in treating stress and depression which adversely affects the skin. It is a natural diuretic and speeds up the elimination of toxins, while also boosting metabolism and reducing bloating! The nutrients found in coconut water support cell growth and turnover for a younger-looking complexion. It is also regulates pH levels for a clearer, less breakout-prone skin.
There are several ways that I incorporate coconut oil and water into my daily life. First, I kick off my day by mixing a tablespoon of coconut oil into my coffee. It jump starts your organs and gives you that healthy dose of fiber to start your morning. Next, I drink a glass of raw, organic coconut water after every morning workout. Another way I incorporate the oil is be cooking with it. I sauté most of my foods in coconut oil rather that olive oil simply due to the higher health benefits (and the flavor of course). For your skin, simply take a scoop of oil and massage onto your face. Wait 20 seconds and remove with a wet, warm cloth. I also applied coconut oil to my entire belly twice a day while I was pregnant and have continued using it as a body moisturizer ever since.
Hopefully, I have given you enough information to persuade you to go to your local grocer and buy out the entire stock of coconut oil and water and incorporate into your daily health routines.
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