I use coconut oil for errr-thang! From cooking and baking with it, to using for oil pulling, using it on my skin and anything else in between that you can think of. For info on some of the ways I use coconut oil see this post, but here I’d like to share 4 good reasons to consume coconut oil, starting now!
Improves digestive health – a sluggish gut can lead to a host of issues, some of which include not being able to adequately absorb nutrients and minerals from the food you eat, and leaking out toxins and impurities into your bloodstream. Coconut oil is known to improve the symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Chrohn’s disease, and even candida – which is why its one of the good reasons to consume coconut oil!
Stabilise blood sugar levels – Coconut oil contains medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) which are instantly metabolized by the liver, giving you an energy boost. They do not require insulin in order to be absorbed by the cells (insulin is an inflammatory agent, so you want always to keep it as low and stable as possible). Coconut oil also has the ability to improve blood circulation (which is critical for people who are diabetic), reduce cravings, reduce inflammation and overall improve metabolic function. Try adding it to your morning coffee, use it to cook your breakfast or otherwise just lick off a table spoon of it. Yum!
Stimulate the thyroid – Coconut oil is more readily oxidized in the liver than oils with long chain triglycerides. This increases energy, increases satiety so you end up eating less overall and assists with weight management. Coconut oil can boost thyroid function and rev up your metabolism, which in turn can promote weight loss
Strengthen your immune system – Coconuts contain two special ingredients that make them excellent for immunity – lauric acid and caprylic acid. Both are well-known for fighting off yeast overgrowth and containing anti-viral properties. The consumption of coconut oil is a simple and effective tool to promote and protect your body’s natural immunity.
Hopefully by now, I’ve convinced you to add some coconut oil to your diet. There are no side effects to consuming coconut oil and you only stand to benefit from it. It a clean burning fat with a high smoke point, that is incredibly versatile. This is one pantry cupboard essential that I am never found without! For some ideas and recipes on how to include more coconut oil in your diet, check out the Coconut Oil Revitalisation Blueprint, which comes with a bonus eBook containing 80 coconut oil recipes!
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