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Coconut oil is very popular these days among health nuts. But is coconut oil really good for you?
There are many different things that coconut is good for, including our hair, skin, gut health, and metabolism. The types of fat in coconut oil can boost your metabolism and feed your brain, which means it can even combat the dreaded brain fog that many of us deal with.
I bought my first jar of coconut oil years ago. I was just starting out on keto and had never tried fats other than butter, canola oil, and olive oil. I have to admit that I was skeptical at first, but over time I came to really appreciate the health benefits of coconut fat. Now I make sure to never run out of it, even though I am no longer doing keto!
I most often used it in my eggs and my bulletproof coffee. I even used it in my hair, briefly, but it didn’t work well with my thinner hair.
Still, I love coconut oil. It has to many health benefits and practical uses! There are a ton of good reasons to love coconut fat, and I will discuss them below.
Benefits Of This Healthy Oil
- Coconut oil is a good saturated fat. That’s right, I used “good” and “saturated fat” together!
- Two words: Lauric acid. You know, that fatty acid that is found in breast milk? Yeah, it’s found in coconut oil, too. And lauric acid is nearly a miracle: it’s tied to weight loss, it could protect against alzheimers, and the majority of it is converted into energy rather than being stored as fat. That’s why it’s perfect in coffee: it makes an already energizing drink even more so!
- Coconut oil could support thyroid function and the metabolism. This is important for people trying to lose weight!
- And speaking of losing weight, consuming fats helps you to feel satiated for longer. So you can eat fewer calories but feel full for longer!
- Coconut oil is anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, anti-fungal and even anti-viral. There are no side effects unless you’re allergic (so be careful when you start using it).
Coconut Oil And MCTs
Because coconut oil is the richest natural source of medium chain triglycerides, a type of saturated fat that doesn’t require the enzymes that other forms of fat need to be absorbed and digested. Because of this, MCTs go straight to your liver to be turned into ketones or immediate energy.
Specifically, coconut oil containes 42% lauric acid, % caprilic acid, and 5% capric acid. Lauric acid is also found in breast milk, and is one of the biggest health benefits of this oil. Lauric acid has been associated with, among other things, improving quality of life in breast cancer patients. It also has strong antimicrobial and antiviral properties and is linked to lower risks for heart disease!
How To Use Coconut Oil Every Day
- Make a coconut oil toothpaste. The fats in coconut oil helps to break up all that gunk on and between your teeth, leaving your mouth fresh and with ingredients you can trust. Find a good recipe here.
- Add to your popcorn instead of butter.
- Mix this oil and a hazelnut spread together in a 2:1 ratio to make an incredible ice cream topping that will harden within a minute.
- Condition wood with coconut oil. Coconut oil is especially great for conditioning your cutting board thanks to its anti-bacterial properties.
- Add to pet food as a source of nutrients. One teaspoon per 10 pounds of dog is the recommended dose, but build up to that amount slowly over a month.
- Add a tablespoon of melted oil to your morning smoothie.
- Use as a gunk remover. Get rid of sticker residue or gum in your hair.
- Remove your eye makeup gently with some coconut fat.
- Season your cast iron skillet. Never let your skillet get rusty again!
- Fix squeaky hinges by dabbing some of this oil onto the hardware.
- Mix garlic and this oil for a creamy dairy free spread for bread or to use in recipes similar to garlic butter.
- Use as a safe lubricant for sex. However, if you’re trying to get pregnant, you may not want to use it as it may act as a natural spermicide.
- Rub some coconut oil inside of your nose during the winter to stop nosebleeds.
- Mix it with peppermint, tea tree, or rosemary essential oils and apply it to your skin to keep bugs away while exploring outside during the summer.
- Mix it and sugar to make a simple lip scrub.
- Use it to buff and restore leather or polish furniture.
- Keep a small container filled with this oil to use in place of lip balm.
- Add to your coffee for a bulletproof coffee that will wake up your body and mind.
- Rub this oil into your nails to strengthen and condition them, making them stronger and less likely to break.
- Use in place of butter in cinnamon toast.
- Make a homemade deodorant with this handy recipe.
- Coconut oil rubbed into a bug bite will calm the itchiness.
- This oil can make a wonderful shower scrub that moisturizes as it exfoliates. Just be careful while you wash it off, because your tub will be slippery! Click here for the recipe.
- Remove crayon from walls by cleaning it up with coconut oil.
- Remove scuff marks by rubbing this oil into the marks on your floors.
- Keep eggs fresher for longer by dipping room temperature eggs into melted coconut oil.
- Make DIY candles by using this oil as a natural carrier oil for the scents you want to use.
Will you use any of these tips in your home? I think I’m going to head into the kitchen and condition my cutting board right about now!
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