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The Benefits Of Coconut Oil

Have you jumped on the coconut oil craze? In this Vision article, we share everything you need and want to know about coconut oil.
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By Alicia Jovcevski at Sylvania

It appears in lots of health food recipes, celebrities like Miranda Kerr swear by it & it is even recommended for use in your daily beauty regime nowadays... Coconut Oil.  So, what's all the fuss about?

If you aren't already including it into your day somehow well it's time to start!

This delicious oil has an exponential number of health benefits & not just for your insides!

Using coconut oil will help you to look better, feel better, have more energy & lose weight for good.

There are so many benefits & different ways to use coconut oil.

Nutritionally, Coconut oil is a good source of fat which contains no cholesterol. Good fats are an essential source of nutrition for our bodies, as they contain essential fatty acids. Our brains actually need fat in order to function! 

It is important to make good fat choices as these can provide a wealth of health benefits, essential nutrients, disease prevention & healing plus it helps to protect our vital organs, such as our liver.

Our liver performs many essential functions related to digestion, metabolism, immunity & elimination & the storage of nutrients within the body & coconut oil is said to be easy on the liver, an instant energy source & best of all, is not stored by the liver as fat in the body.

But did you know that Coconut oil also has strong cleansing affects, natural anti-bacterial, anti-final & anti-viral properties?

Properties found in Coconut oil destroy disease-causing bacteria, viruses & parasites so it functions as an antioxidant, protecting against destructive free radicals that are often generated by toxins.

Below are many options on how you can incorporate Coconut Oil into your life, not just into your food but for other health benefits as well:

Cooking & consumption

  • Replace regular oils (unstable fats) with coconut oil, (if you don't like the taste of coconut oil though can use Cacao Butter, Butter or Ghee.) These are saturated fats that are suitable for heating without compromising their nutritional value.
  • When looking for a sweetener or adding sugar to things when baking like cakes, biscuits etc., use coconut sugar or coconut nectar as a sugar alternative It is a natural product that is rich in minerals, low GI & contains a fibre known as inulin, which may slow glucose absorption.
  • Add coconut oil to your herbal teas, smoothies or even add a tablespoon to your coffee in the morning. It's great for detoxing your body by ridding toxins.
  • Both coconut cream & coconut milk are excellent substitutes for dairy products if you are lactose intolerant or have a dairy allergy.

Body & Beauty

  • Moisturiser!

Most women have spent years buying expensive (& small tubes!) of moisturising anti-wrinkle cream, it may not be needed! Using coconut oil will replenish your skin's natural oils, can reduce the appearance of wrinkles & has healing properties in a way that our skin's cells can easily absorb & process the oil. 
Our skin produces a natural oil called sebum, which is made up of medium chain fatty acids, just as coconut oil is, which is why it is easily absorbed

  • Hair treatment

Coconut oil is also great for sealing in moisture & prevents dryness & breakage.

Simply massage coconut oil through your hair & leave it as a treatment for 2 hours, then wash it out.

  • Stretch marks 

Because of the high amount of Vitamin E found in coconut oil, you can apply this when you are pregnant which helps to keep skin hydrated & keeps skin irritation & infection at bay.

Can consuming Coconut Oil help with weight loss?

If the liver & metabolism are working in synergy - this is achieved by consuming good fats, such as coconut oil, these 

 are processed by the liver & are converted directly into energy which gives the liver a powerful boost. This then means the liver & metabolism are working effectively & the body has plenty of available energy to burn & that's what happens to the calories consumed, they are burned off rather than stored.

This allows excess body fat to decrease.

Studies have also shown that coconut oil can also assist with weight loss as it known to curb cravings. Taking a teaspoon full when craving sugar or carbohydrates helps to rebalance the system!

Which coconut oil should I buy?

When choosing a coconut oil look for an organic Virgin Coconut Oil.

Virgin Coconut Oil has not undergone a chemical refining or deodorising process & it can be consumed in its natural state while you reap all of its nutritional benefits.

Using coconut will leave you brimming with goodness, helping you get much better absorption of vital nutrients & will leave you glowing with good health on the outside as well as the inside! 

*Disclaimer: Individual results vary based on agreed goals. Click here for details.

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