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The health benefits of coconut oil include hair care, skin care, stress relief, maintaining cholesterol levels, weight loss, increased immunity, proper digestion and metabolism, relief from kidney problems, heart diseases, high blood pressure, diabetes, HIV and cancer, dental care, and bone strength. These benefits of oil can be attributed to the presence of lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid, and its properties such as antimicrobial, antioxidant, antifungal, antibacterial and soothing properties.
Skin Care: Coconut oil is excellent massage oil for the skin It acts as an effective moisturiser on all types of skin. It also delays wrinkles and sagging skin, which normally become prominent with age. Coconut oil also helps in treating various skin problems including psoriasis, dermatitis, and eczema.
COCONUT OIL IS THE ONLY SAFE OIL TO COOK WITH.
Extra-virgin olive oil is the best monounsaturated fat and is excellent as a salad dressing. However, it should not be used for cooking. Due to its chemical structure, heat makes olive oil susceptible to oxidative damage. So for cooking, use only coconut oil.
Polyunsaturated fats, which include common vegetable oils such as corn, soy, safflower, sunflower and canola, are absolutely the worst oils to cook with. Why?
Three primary reasons:
1) Cooking your food in omega-6 vegetable oils produces a variety of very toxic chemicals, as well as forming trans-fats. Frying destroys the antioxidants in oil, actually oxidizing the oil, which causes even worse problems for your body than trans-fats.
2) Most vegetable oils are GM (genetically modified), including more than 90 percent of soy, corn and canola oils.
3) Vegetable oils contribute to the overabundance of damaged omega-6 fats in your diet, throwing off your omega-6 to omega-3 ratio. Nearly everyone in Western society consumes far too many omega-6 fats — about 100 times more than a century ago — and insufficient omega 3 fats, which contributes to numerous chronic degenerative diseases.
Coconut oil is the ONLY oil that is stable enough to withstand the heat of cooking. It does not lead to increase in LDL levels. It also reduces the incidence of injury in arteries and therefore helps in preventing atherosclerosis. Coconut oil helps in improving the digestive system and preventing various stomach and digestion related problems including irritable bowel syndrome. The saturated fats present in coconut oil have anti microbial properties and help in dealing with various bacteria, fungi, parasites, etc., that cause indigestion. Coconut oil also helps in absorption of other nutrients such as vitamins, minerals and amino acids. So, do yourself a favour and replace your oils with organic, heart-supporting coconut oil.
COCONUT OIL PULLING
Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic method for detox and rejuvenation. It’s a simple practice, with quite remarkable results.
Its best to do it in the morning before eating or drinking to get rid of the bacteria before you swallow it all.
To oil pull, simply swish coconut oil round your mouth similar to the way you would use a mouthwash. This can be done anywhere from 5 – 20 minutes. Allow it to touch every part of your mouth except your throat. Don’t allow the oil to contact your throat as it’s now carrying somewhat toxic material. No gargling!
The process attracts and removes bacteria, toxins, and parasites that live in your mouth or lymph system, and also pulls congestion and mucus from your throat and loosens up your sinuses. With the help of your saliva, all these scary undesirables bind with the oil, ready to be disposed of. Pulling also helps re-mineralise your teeth and strengthen your gums by thoroughly cleansing the area. It can even whiten teeth.
Coconut oil has antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and enzymatic properties. This provides the added benefit of killing any unwanted bacteria that may be residing in the mouth, while leaving behind healthy probiotic strains.
Once you have finished pulling, spit into the toilet, but not the sink — the oil could solidify and clog your drain. Now rinse your mouth out with clean water two or three times. Finally, drink a glass of water and relax. You should be feeling fresh and rejuvenated.
Swishing with coconut oil has also proven to be beneficial to those with skin disorders such as psoriasis, and is great for anyone who wants to detox and begin taking better care of their immune system.