At least once month there seems to be a new article online about the benefits or dangers of a particular type of food. Superfoods are a trend that continues to grab attention in the magazines and in the grocery store. With so much conflicting information, it can be hard to keep up and sort out what you should be stocking in your kitchen cupboards. Unlike others, coconut oil has stood the test of time, and research, and proven to be a healthy addition to our diets. Here are some reasons why you should keep this on hand in your kitchen.
Everyone loves shiny, healthy and fully bodied hair, right? Coconut oil, which is solid at room temperature and liquid when heated, can be used as a deep conditioner, to safely detangle tough knots or as a chemical-free way to fight dandruff. It also removes oily buildup from your scalp and encourages your hair to grow faster. Melt the oil safely using a double boiler method and massage into your scalp – allow to soak for about a half hour or wrap in a towel overnight for a deeper condition.
Coconut oil is often touted as unhealthy because of its levels of LDL cholesterol (the bad kind), but it is also remarkably high in HDL cholesterol (the good kind). It has been shown to reduce risk of heart disease and is high in anti-oxidants. Like all things, it isn’t all good or all bad. Used in moderation though, coconut oil is good for you. You do want to make sure the type you buy doesn’t have any additives or preservatives though. It doesn’t need it – coconut oil has a long shelf life. I like nutiva coconut oil because it isn’t refined or bleached.
A few studies have shown that natural fatty acids in coconut oil – called MCFAs – improve brain function and memory. There is also some suggestion that coconut oil can also help prevent dementia and Alzheimer’s disease as we age. The ketones in the oil are a source of energy that helps the brain repair itself. Both tasty and good for your brain! Help fight off memory loss by adding coconut oil into your diet.
BETTER GUT HEALTH
Coconut oil can help relieve the symptoms of IBS, which is caused by many unsuspecting perpetrators in our diets. The fatty acids in the oil contain anti microbial properties, which fight against common causes of poor digestion, like bacteria, candida, or parasites. Adding just a spoonful of coconut oil into your morning coffee or even a breakfast smoothie can be an easy, tasty way to improve your digestion. It can also be used in cooking in the place of vegetable oils or baking. Start small and see what works best for your favorite recipes.
There are many ways to include coconut in your home, both in cooking and as a beauty care item. Here are some great recipes that use coconut oil and a few beauty suggestions that will keep you healthy and beautiful.