Smorgasbord Health 2017 – Food in the News- Coconut Oil – 50 best uses by Charlie Pulsipher of Sun Warrior

Smorgasbord Health 2017

I have been drinking coconut water now for two years. There is a lot of fans out there and there are certain medical sites who agree with some of the claims, but rubbish the rest. Here is what I believe after drinking over this extended period.  I buy Innocent which is about the best I have found in taste and I buy from Tesco where they often to two for about 25% off.

I find it is usually more expensive in the health food shops and certainly it is not economical to buy the small cartons.  I don’t buy the ones that are flavoured or have other additives.  As an alternative to fizzy drinks it has less sugar and you can also dilute with water 50/50 so that you can drink it all day if you are out of working in a warmer environment.

I drink a glass first thing in the morning and I find that I wake up faster and can get on with work without having to drink tea or coffee. My skin is more hydrated and my hair is in better condition. I find a glass dulls my appetite and I don’t need to take a bunch of supplements as the coconut water contains  B-complex vitamins, vitamin C and minerals such calcium, potassium, magnesium, manganese and zinc.

There has been some research into the properties in  coconut water that can help maintain a healthy blood pressure balance and also to reduce the unhealthy cholesterol (LDL – Low Density Lipoprotein) that has small particles and clogs arteries.

It treats the side effects of dehydration including headaches and fatigue. And better for you than hair of the dog after a party, to hydrate and replenish essential nutrients in your system.

I also use coconut oil for cooking and a small amount goes a long way. At first I just used for meats but I recently began cooking salmon with a little coconut oil and salt and it was delicious. I get my extra virgin oil from Holland and Barrett because they often do Penny offers… buy one and get one for a penny, which makes the more expensive items much more economical.

The oil has a number of health benefits including some of the above but here is a post that gives you 50 reasons to use coconut oil.

50 of the Best Use of Coconut Oil by Charlie Pulsipher of the Sun Warrior Blog

Coconut oil has a bit of a craze surrounding it lately. People have put together hundreds of different uses for this beneficial oil and it’s found its way into pantries, medicine cupboards, and even first aid kits. Some of the uses may seem bizarre at first, but coconut oil has garnered this newfound fame for good reason. It works.

For years, coconut oil has had a bad name, lumped in with unhealthy saturated fats. People steered away from it and other high fat foods. The problem with throwing coconut oil in the same category as butter, margarine, and shortening is this oil is far healthier than it appears. The saturated fats in coconut oil come from medium chain triglycerides. These shorter fat chains are easily put to use by the body and are not simply stored away as fat.

This means coconut oil boosts energy levels, raises good cholesterol, and balances out blood sugar without the weight gain, cholesterol, and other health risks that come from other saturated or trans fats. Coconut oil doesn’t stop there. It’s antimicrobial, antioxidant, antifungal, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-parasitic, and antiviral. It also aids in the absorption of vitamins and minerals. These immune boosting properties make it the perfect oil to use in a million ways.

Here are 50 of our favorites.

Massage Oil
Coconut oil soothes tired and sore muscles. Add a few drops of essential oils for more effect.

Athletes Foot
The powerful antifungal properties of coconut oil make it perfect for any fungal infection. Add a few drops of oregano or tea tree oil for more antifungal power.

Acne
Coconut oil gently fights the bacteria that cause acne. Dab it directly on the offending pimples and watch them shrink.

Cleanser
Coconut oil makes an effective and gentle cleanser to remove the grime of the day.

Lice
Coconut oil kills and removes this pesky problem.

Stretch Marks
Prevent and soften stretch marks from pregnancy with coconut oil for soft and supple skin.

Warts and Moles
Rub oil into area and cover with a bandage. Rub in fresh oil and place a new bandage each day.

Head over to Charlie’s blog and read the other 43 uses of coconut oil and I think you will be surprised at how versatile it is: https://sunwarrior.com/healthhub/50-of-the-best-uses-for-coconut-oil?utm_source=healthhub&utm_medium=blog&utm_campaign=article_ad

Thank you for heading over today and I am just off to put some coconut oil to good use on my wrinkles…. Please feel free to share… Sally

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41 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Health 2017 – Food in the News- Coconut Oil – 50 best uses by Charlie Pulsipher of Sun Warrior

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  3. We gave Dad extra virgin coconut oil after reading some of the amazing stories of how it helped otehr people with Alzheimers – he had it in his porridge, spread on toast with honey, I cooked with it, we used it on his dry skin. I think it was all too late to have much effect on Dad and I wish we’d used it earlier.

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  4. Thanks Sally this is a fascinating article. All I knew about coconut oil was tales from my dad. He was merchant seaman and used to tell me about a thing called Copra (The dried coconut meat they extracted the oil from). The ship ran to Sri Lanka (I think: I was very young). This was back in the days where the only place you would find coconut oil was in soap! And I had never thought about it until I read the article…. now I’m going to have to buy some!

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  5. Exceedingly useful. I tried the former a few months ago and was very nearly sick from the taste. I don’t think I could bear to try it again unless the GP says, ‘Drink it or die!’ I have a jar of the latter, originally bought on the recommendation of a friend for my teeth but it remains unopened. Time to open it or, in my case, go next door to the pub to open it for me as they did my redcurrant jelly this morning!

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  6. I don’t know if you want to add this to your list, Sally, but, last year when I was at the dentist getting a cleaning the Hygienist advised me that I had some pockets in my gums. She advised me to use organic coconut oil to rinse my mouth with. The dentist said it was hog wash. I went home and googled coconut oil and discovered that if you take a tablespoon of coconut oil every day there are many benefits that will add to your health. I figured at my age I would give it a try, and I did. It tasted good to me and contains 85 calories according to the label. It is now over a year later, my gums are fine, I feel better physically and my blood pressure is down to normal.

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    • Fantastic Patricia.. most of the coconut oil that you buy needs to be heated gently before using as a mouth cleaner.. you can buy the liquid oil and you need to swish in and out of your teeth for quite a long time… several minutes at least and you must spit it out. As to taking daily absolutely and it does also help hair condition and nails.. Great all rounder.. so pleased you are getting the benefits.. hugs ♥

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  8. Nice feature article…I love to drink coconut juice and to eat young coconut as well (it is delicious I do not know if you ever tried it because some people, like the Vietnamese, don’t) and my mom used to cook her own coconut oil for cooking everything. It has a distinct taste but once you get used to it, it will not bother you. Altho, coconut juice is not something you would like to drink if you are going somewhere where comfort room is not easily accessible. Lol! Shared in Twitter and The Bloggers Masterclass.

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