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REASONS TO FALL IN LOVE WITH COCONUT OIL : PART 1 1024 1024 Delphine Remy | Holistic Nutrition & Eating Psychology Coach

Coconut oil is more than just last year’s food trend and here to stay. The research has been done and the results are in of nearly 1500 studies, now published in PubMed, the US National Library of Medicine. Researchers found that simply adding coconut oil to one’s diet is one of the easiest ways to instantly improve health. The list of benefits are so numerous and so impressive I’ve decided to break this topic into 2 blog posts to thoroughly cover the scientifically proven benefits of coconut oil and how it’s continued use can benefit your long term health.

What is Coconut oil exactly?
Coconut oil comes from scooping out the meat of the coconut with a knife or chisel, placing the contents into a blender (adding some water), blending, pouring into a sealable jar and allowing to ferment and settle over a few days. While you could absolutely just buy coconut oil from the market, making it at home is easy with the use of a few tools and you’ll have peace of mind that it won’t contain preservatives or additives. Coconut oil is very useful in that it can be used for both cooking and medical purposes.

Coconut oil + Brain Function
Coconut oil plays a very important role in fueling the brain. The brain is a busy little bee that consumes nearly 20% of the body’s energy to function and requires a higher intake of glucose then the rest of the body. Coconut oil is special in that it’s rich in medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) that contains fatty acids called medium chain fatty acids (MCFAs) which metabolise differently. Generally speaking brain cells use glucose for energy. When the body runs low or out of glucose, the liver converts MCFAs (such as the kind found in coconut oil) into ketones — which are then transported to the brain as instant fuel. Think of it as energy on tap. The brain is unable to store energy therefore is completely reliant on you and a nutritional intake and the conversion process of ketones to supply energy. The idea behind upping coconut oil intake is to increase reserves; and allow the brain to function effective and efficiently without disruption.

Coconut Oil + Diabetes
Diabetes is (unfortunately) very common in the United States. Nearly 29 million people have been diagnosed with a form of diabetes. Most Americans have type 2 diabetes. If you don’t know much about how diabetes works, it’s a terrible disease that can directly impact the quality of your health and life. Diabetes is a disease in which the body’s ability to respond to or produce insulin is impaired resulting in abnormal levels of glucose. This impairment or resistance to insulin makes it difficult for glucose to enter cells making the pancreas work extra hard to keep up. If untreated, the most common long-term effects of diabetes include damages blood vessels to the heart, brain and legs causing nerve complications.
The MCFAs found in coconut oil can help normalize insulin resistance and reduce the strain on the pancreas caused by that resistance.

If you would like to learn more about sugar and insulin resistance I recommend reading my blog “Sweet but Dangerous : What Does Sugar Really Do to my Body?”.

Coconut Oil + Alzheimer’s
Alzheimer’s is another unfortunate disease and progressive deterioration of the brain. A disease that leads to nerve cell death and tissue loss. Brain cells become insulin-resistant and unable to metabolise energy. Coconut oil is unique in that it bypasses the glucose metabolic process and presents brain cells with instant energy. Research shows that this alternative source of energy has the ability to repair brain function.

Read my blog “Brain Food” to learn more about how the brain works and what foods to incorporate into your diet to promote healthier brain function.

Preventative Medicine! Hurray
After years of being discredited and shunned coconut oil has finally earned its place on the shelf. Years of scientific data and research shows that we had it wrong and that there is such thing as healthy fats. Looking back we can now connect the dots and see how coconut oil has been used over thousands of years to curb appetites, increase weight loss, build muscle, reduce stress, improve digestion. Coconut oil even has qualities that prevent hair damage and hair loss, and acts as a sunscreen.

Prevention : Heart Disease
Coconut oil is high in natural saturated fats. Saturated fats increase the healthy cholesterol in the body and covert the “bad” cholesterol into good cholesterol. By increasing the good cholesterol in the body, we lower the risk of heart disease and promote a healthy heart.

Prevention : Cancer
While advances have been made in the medical industry to treat chronic diseases, such as cancer, the number of people affected continues to grow. Alternative treatment plans have found that coconut oil has a particularly interesting preventative and restorative quality in fighting against cancer. Cancerous cells are not able to attack ketones produced in the digestive system and are glucose dependent. Research continues to show that sugar is the main source feeding cancer and contributing to an inflammatory environment. It is perceived that by switching to a Ketogenic Diet, the body could adapt to the use of a ketone metabolic environment helping patients recover.

Prevention : Gum Disease and Tooth Decay
Oil pulling has been used for centuries to fight gingivitis, treat gum disease and reverse tooth decay. Take 1 tablespoon of coconut oil and 2 drops of antibacterial essential oil (such as cloves) and swish in your mouth for 5 – 10 minutes. Try not to swallow any.

Prevention : Hormone Imbalance
Remember when I said coconut oil was high in saturated fats ? Well saturated fats such as lauric acid play a huge role in balancing hormones. Especially in women. Studies have shown that women in perimenopause and postmenopause naturally fluctuate in estrogen hormone levels. Essential fats found in coconut oil and avocados are fundamental to the hormone production process. If you are experiencing weight gain, fatigue, menstrual irregularity or erratic changes in your moods you may be experiencing a high or low fluctuation in your hormones. Try balancing your hormones by eating healthy fats such as coconut oil, increasing your intake of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fats, exercising and checking your gut health.

To be continued…
Stay tuned for next week’s blog post, “Reasons you should fall in love with coconut oil : Part 2”. If you have any questions or comments regarding this comment, please feel free to share your comments below.


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