When talking about superfoods, we have to include coconut oil on the list. There are three types of people you meet when you start talking about coconut oil:
- The person who avoids it like the plague because it contains saturated fats. People have been led to believe that these fats cause heart disease.
- People who know the benefits, but are scared to take it because of the calories and they think that all calories are equal.
- People who use it for everything!
This article will show you why you need to consume 2 tablespoons of coconut oil daily. It will help you lose weight and improve your overall health.
Reason #1 – coconut oil will help you shed pounds!
Yes, a tablespoon of coconut oil contains 120 calories, but they don’t affect the body in the same way as 120 calories of canola oil. Different foods have a different effect on the body.
Coconut oil is a thermogenic food, meaning that it increases energy expenditure, burning more fat in the process. Here’s how to lose fat with coconut oil:
First, you need to be in a calorie deficit mode, eating foods that boost your metabolism so the body can spend the excess fat stored in the muscles. Second, you need to achieve hormonal balance, meaning that you must maintain the health of your organs, especially the liver and thyroid.
Coconut oil will help you burn more calories than you consume and protect your vital organs while maintaining the function of your thyroid.
Reason #2 – coconut oil is pro-health because its anti-everything!
Anti-inflammatory foods can reduce inflammation in the body and fight free radicals, keeping your cells healthy and preventing oxidative stress and damage. Coconut oil is at the top of the list of these kinds of foods, and it also possesses the following properties:
- Anti-bacterial – coconut oil can eliminate bacteria responsible for gum disease, throat infections, urinary tract infections and ulcers.
- Anti-carcinogenic – it will keep harmful cancer cells from spreading through the body and reinforce the immune system.
- Antifungal – coconut oil can eliminate fungi and yeast infections.
- Anti-inflammatory – reduces inflammation and repairs the damaged tissues.
- Anti-microbial – eliminates microbes and fights infection.
- Antioxidant – protects from free radical damage
- Anti-retroviral\parasitic\protozoa\viral – coconut oil eliminates HIV and HTLV-1, lice, tapeworms and other parasites, stops protozoal infection in the gut, and kills the viruses responsible for influenza, herpes, measles and AIDS.
Now, imagine what regular intake of coconut oil will do for your body and health.
Reason #3 – It stabilizes the blood sugar and insulin levels
Coconut oil has an indirect effect on the blood sugar levels. Doctors recommend that diabetics follow a low-fat, high-carb diet, but they must have forgotten about coconut oil. Coconut oil can help glucose enter cells, slowing down and reducing the insulin levels in the blood. It’s also important for diabetics to eat high quality fats like coconut oil.
The healthy fat content of coconut oil is crucial for regulating blood sugar levels – it slows down the digestive process in order to ensure a steady stream of energy from the food by lowering the glycemic index of the meal. When you include coconut oil in a high-carb meal, the carbs are broken down to glucose slowly to keep the blood sugars level steady as you eat.
Coconut oil contains medium-chain fatty acids (MCTs) unlike other oils that contain long-chain fatty acids, which can decrease the cells’ ability to absorb sugar from the blood, causing insulin resistance and diabetes. Remember, healthy cells use glucose, unhealthy don’t.
Reason #4 – coconut oil lowers the risk of heart diseases
Nations who eat coconut oil daily have a considerably lower risk of heart disease. A study done on Polynesians who consume 60% of their total calorie intake from coconuts showed that these people don’t suffer from heart disease. Another study focused on people from Papua New Guinea who eat coconut daily, also showed no signs of heart disease or stroke among them.
In the USA, the situation is different – the number of people suffering from heart disease, stroke and high cholesterol has been increasing steadily for the past 60 years! Ironically, saturated fat was the Nr. 1 enemy in the past. Coconut oil doesn’t oxidize when exposed to oxygen, light or heat like other polyunsaturated fatty acid oils, so it doesn’t cause oxidative damage to your blood vessels.
If you have family history of heart disease, including coconut oil in your diet will have a positive impact on your health.
Reason #5 – coconut oil boosts the thyroid function
Mayoclinic and WebMD offer no positive information on coconut oil, including its ability to boost thyroid function and metabolic rate.
Why 34% of all adults in the USA are affected by the Metabolic syndrome? Why are over 20 million Americans affected by some form of thyroid disease? Why has the consumption of polyunsaturated oils seen an increase since the start of the 20th century?
According to many studies, there is a direct link between coconut oil, metabolism and thyroid. Coconut oil contains specific fatty acids that boost your metabolism and provide the body with great energy.
Hypothyroidism is an autoimmune disease, which is almost untreatable with pharmaceutical treatments. Taking thyroid replacement hormones without treating the underlying issue is a wrong, useless approach. In order to address the thyroid problems, you need to reduce inflammation as it decreases the conversion of T4 to T3. T4 is the inactive form of thyroid hormone, and the body must convert it to T3 before it can be used. Coconut oil can reduce inflammation and make sure that the conversion is done properly.
Reason #6 – coconut oil kills candida fungus
According to a study published in Sphere, the American Society for Microbiology’s journal, coconut oil can fight infections in the bloodstream caused by the Cancida albicans fungus.
The most common symptoms of candida overgrowth are:
Skin and nail fungus infections (Athlete’s foot, toenail fungus)
Feeling constantly tired or suffering from chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia
Digestive problems like constipation, bloating or diarrhea
Autoimmune disorders such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, rheumatoid arthritis, ulcerative colitis, lupus, psoriasis, scleroderma and multiple sclerosis
Difficulty concentrating, poor memory, loss of focus, ADD, ADHD, brain fog
Skin problems such as eczema, psoriasis, hives and rashes
Irritability, anxiety, mood swings and depression
Vaginal infections, urinary tract infections, rectal and vaginal itching
Severe allergies and carbohydrate cravings
According to a Rice University research, almost 70% of all people are affected by this fungus. If you’re suffering from it, it could be the reason for your insomnia or stress.
Reason #7 – eating coconut oil every day will make your belly flat
Taking coconut oil regularly will help you get rid of the stubborn belly fat. Most women are unable to reduce this fat because they simply aren’t healthy.
Only 2 tablespoons of coconut oil daily will melt your belly fat and burn the visceral fat which has been connected to many serious diseases. Coconut oil will also improve the quality of your skin and hair.
A recent study performed on 40 women with belly fat showed that taking coconut oil every day led to a considerable reduction in BMI and waist circumference over 12 weeks. Start consuming this wonderful ingredient now in order to make your belly flat in a couple of months.
We are saying months because belly fat cannot be burned overnight – this is a difficult process which takes a lot of time. However, burning it properly will ensure that you never get it back if you’re following a healthy diet of course.
As you can see, a small amount of coconut oil daily can resolve all your health and weight problems. You can either consume it, or start cooking with it to make your meals healthier.