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Now that sugar is accepted as the bad guy in our food, there’s more room on our plate: we can make veggies the biggest portion, putting a nice protein as a side; starches, rice and other carbs can to take a backseat, even remove them if weight is a concern. It’s time to get back into fat.

Ok, not just any fat. Good fat: fish oils not vegetable oils, saturated fats are not the devil after all (nor is cholesterol and that debate is waning as I type too). We need to balance our fats for our body’s own inflammation (and anti-inflammation) and it’s time to stop thinking we’ve NSAID deficient! Hormones in our body are made of fat. In fact every cell every cell wall is and if it’s not made of the best types of fats, then it’s not going to thrive!

But we’ve pretty much been low or no fat for the past thirty years and considering our bile, the key bodily ingredient for digesting our fats, is made out of those very fats, we’re going to have to focus on better fat digestion in order to make better bile in order to digest our fat better!

So we can’t just go and drink a liter of olive oil to get those healthy fats. And as healthy fats occur in nature alongside the proteins they come with, animal products for instance, a lot of us are also hydrochloric acid deficient so going out and eating a big slab of steak is going to be tough work for many of us too. So that’s where coconut oil comes into its own; it’s a great starting point for getting back to where we belong.

Firstly, look at just how much it can do for your body. It has a crucial role in immunity, energy and sugar metabolism, digestive health, bone skin and muscle health, heart and other organ health. And it’s harmless:

Immune system:

  • Kills viruses that cause influenza, herpes, measles, hepatitis C, SARS, AIDS, and other illnesses.
  • Kills bacteria that cause ulcers, throat infections, urinary tract infections, gum disease and cavities, pneumonia, and gonorrhea, and other diseases.
  • Kills fungi and yeasts that cause candidiasis, ringworm, athlete’s foot, thrush, diaper rash, and other infections.
  • Expels or kills tapeworms, lice, giardia, and other parasites.

Energy and Sugar Metabolism:

  • Provides a nutritional source of quick energy.
  • Boosts energy and endurance, enhancing physical and athletic performance.
  • Improves insulin secretion and utilization of blood glucose.
  • Relieves stress on pancreas and enzyme systems of the body.
  • Reduces symptoms associated with pancreatitis.
  • Helps relieve symptoms and reduce health risks associated with diabetes.
  • Helps prevent liver disease.
  • Is lower in calories than all other fats.
  • Supports thyroid function.
  • Promotes loss of excess weight by increasing metabolic rate.
  • Is utilized by the body to produce energy in preference to being stored as body fat like other dietary fats.
  • Helps relieve symptoms associated with chronic fatigue syndrome.
  • Helps prevent obesity and overweight problems.

Digestive System Health:

  • Improves digestion and absorption of other nutrients including vitamins, minerals, and amino acids.
  • Reduces problems associated with mal-absorption syndrome and cystic fibrosis.
  • Improves calcium and magnesium absorption and supports the development of strong bones and teeth.
  • Helps protect against osteoporosis.
  • Helps relieve symptoms associated with gallbladder disease.
  • Relieves symptoms associated with Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and stomach ulcers.
  • Improves digestion and bowel function.
  • Relieves pain and irritation caused by hemorrhoids.
  • Reduces inflammation.

Bone, Skin, Muscles

  • Supports tissue healing and repair.
  • Applied topically helps to form a chemical barrier on the skin to ward of infection.
  • Reduces symptoms associated the psoriasis, eczema, and dermatitis.
  • Supports the natural chemical balance of the skin.
  • Softens skin and helps relieve dryness and flaking.
  • Prevents wrinkles, sagging skin, and age spots.
  • Promotes healthy looking hair and complexion.
  • Provides protection form damaging effects of ultraviolet radiation form the sun.
  • Helps control dandruff.

Heart

  • Is heart healthy; improves cholesterol ratio reducing risk of heart disease.
  • Protects arteries from injury that causes atherosclerosis and thus protects against heart disease.
  • Functions as a protective antioxidant.
  • Helps to protect the body from harmful free radicals that promote premature aging and degenerative disease.
  • Does not deplete the body’s antioxidant reserves like other oils do.
  • Improves utilization of essential fatty acids and protects them from oxidation.

Other organs:

  • Relieves symptoms associated with benign prostatic hyperplasia (prostate enlargement).
  • Reduces epileptic seizures.
  • Helps protect against kidney disease and bladder infections.
  • Dissolves kidney stones.
  • Helps protect the body from breast, colon, and other cancers.
  • Helps prevent periodontal disease and tooth decay.

Harmless:

  • Does not form harmful by-products when heated to normal cooking temperature like other vegetable oils do.
  • Has no harmful or discomforting side effects.
  • Is completely non-toxic to humans

A great start for the gateway fat is aiming for 2 tablespoons a day. And I’m not talking just getting really messy with your lip balm!

You can:

  • cook with it
  • add it into recipes (see below)
  • clean your teeth with it
  • use it as a moisturizer
  • even in cough drops
  • and it has loads of other health benefits.
  • Oh, and one of it’s benefits is weight loss

Recipes to get coconut oil into your diet –

 

Diet doesn’t cure disease; but it sure gives you a better chance at not getting sick in the first place. What if the key to health was aiding your body regenerate itself, staving off degeneration (ok, ageing)? Coconut oil could very well be your gateway fat and can go a long way in aiding health and a healthful glow!

 

 

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