Thursday, 24 January 2013

Everything you wanted to know about Coconut Oil

One of the biggest buzz words around diet and well being at the moment is definitely Coconut Oil. But if you are anything like me - you have no idea what it is, how to use it and what makes it so darn good according to every model, celebrity and Tom, Dick and Harry!

It seems that a few of my readers are also interested in learning a little bit more about it, so I have the lovely Amy from Coconut Health and Healing here to tell us all a little bit more about this magical ingredient!





Hi Everyone, my name is Amy and I’m here to tell you why coconut oil is AMAZING!!
 

Nearly 50 percent of the fat in coconut oil is of a type rarely found in nature called lauric acid, a "miracle" compound because of its unique health promoting properties. Your body converts lauric acid into monolaurin, which has anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-protozoa properties. Coconut oil is high in “good “ saturated fat. A fat that our bodies need. There are medium-chain saturated fatty acids (like those in coconut oil) and long-chain saturated fat (like those in meat).  The medium chain saturated fatty acids are stored into your body as energy not fat! So you’re burning energy off at a faster rate which is great for weight loss.

 
Here’s why you should introduce this product into your life:
  • Prevents heart disease 
  • Kills diseases causing bacteria, viruses and fungi 
  • Weight loss 
  • Boosts your energy and increases your metabolism 
  • Enhances the immune system
  • Balances blood sugar and controls diabetes
  • Creates radiant skin
  • Helps reduce sugar cravings
  • Supports healthy thyroid function
  • Kills sugar cravings
  • Fills you up
The amazing uses:
Cooking - Use in replacement of your cooking oil. Coconut oil is the only oil that isn’t damaged by heat.
Smoothies - It'll thicken them up and make them taste even more delicious.
Makeup remover - I use coconut oil to remove my eye makeup every night!
Hair mask - Cover your hair in the oil and leave in overnight for a truly nourishing treatment without the oily residue. Best hair conditioner in the world!
Body moisturiser - Lather it over your whole body. You skin will become amazingly soft.
Supplement – I take 3 tablespoons everyday by the spoon or I have it in my green or lemon tea. Yum!!!!
Is coconut oil solid or liquid?
Coconut oil is a solid a room temperature but will change to liquid if the temperature rises above 25 degrees. If you want to use it solid, keep it in the fridge. If you would like to use it as a liquid, spoon out as much as you need and put in a saucepan over hot plates.
What type should we buy?
Look for coconut oil that is organic, unrefined, undeodorised, and cold pressed. Stay clear of the plain and refined coconut oils which are the cheaper coconut oils. They are made from copra (dried coconut kernel) rather than fresh coconut meat. I sell the Niulife extra virgin coconut oil through my blog, as I believe it’s the best one on the market.
 
How much should we consume?

Body Weight (kg)

Tablespoons of Coconut Oil

79+

4

68

3.5

57

3

45

2.5

34

2

23

1.5
I will be back on the blog later this week with scrumptious treat recipe using the oil. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me via my Facebook Page or email me at Amy@coconuthealthandhealing.com.
Thank you so much Amy, it seems that there are just so many diverse ways that this clever little product can positively impact our lives. One of my resolutions this year is better health and cleaner eating, so I am definitely keen to introduce this in to my home and life!
 
If you are interested in purchasing the Oil or just learning more about the benefits, please head on over to the Coconut Health and Healing Page and try it out for yourself. I look forward to sharing Amy's amazing recipe with you later on this week.

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