Nutritious Life

Brining Nutrition to Daily Life

Coconut August 1, 2009

I get lots of  ‘health’ related news letters and here is one I thought was worth sharing. I have actually started drinking coconut milk instead of soy milk. It is really good and you barely, if at all, taste any coconut! Anyway, here is the article:

“Do you suffer from skin problems, joint pain, or lack of energy? Do you wish you had a miracle cure for all of your physical ailments? In searching for the mythical Fountain of Youth, explorers discovered the truth that no remedy exists that can heal every pain and fix every problem; however, some nutritionists believe one cheap and readily available food product can work wonders for nearly every condition. So what is this amazing food? It is coconut oil. It’s inexpensive and easy to find, but not very well known in the United States.

coconut on the leaf

It can increase your energy, help you lose weight, and make your skin beautiful. It can even keep you from getting a sunburn! You can use it internally or externally, and best of all, it has a truly delicious flavor and scent! Coconut oil is white, aromatic, and although it is solid at room temperature, it melts at 72 degrees Fahrenheit, so the heat of your hands is enough to turn it liquid. In the Philippines, coconut oil has been used for hundreds of years to keep skin soft, bodies strong, weight regulated, and energy high. Even though coconut oil is a fat, it is a great weight-loss aid, and a tasty one—most people find that they enjoy the light coconut flavor. The best form of coconut oil can be found in your local health food store. Choose an organic, pure, unrefined, extra-virgin variety. Coconut oil can be used in numerous ways. Add a boost to your life by using coconut oil to:

• Moisturize your skin. Coconut oil is a natural emollient, which means it is perfect for making your skin soft and moisture-rich. Melt a teaspoon of coconut oil using the heat of your hands, then massage the oil into your skin daily for fast, long-lasting results. As an added benefit, coconut oil also acts as a sunscreen, allowing you to tan without burning.

• Help you lose weight. Technically, coconut oil is a fat, so you are probably wondering how a fat can help anyone lose weight. The answer is simple: coconut oil is one of the few oils that are comprised of Medium Chain Fatty Acids, which are not stored as fat, but are immediately converted into energy. Taking 2-3 tablespoons of coconut oil per day, plus drinking 8-12 glasses of water a day and cutting down on your caloric intake can give you the energy you need to enjoy your day while losing weight!

• Give you an energy boost. Taking one to three tablespoons of coconut oil per day can give you a massive energy boost. Because it melts so easily, coconut oil can be spread on bread, added to tea, or eaten plain for a huge, instant energy boost without the crash-and-burn aftereffects you would experience with caffeine or sugar.

 • Deep-condition your hair. Coconut oil penetrates the hair shaft far more easily than most other oils, so it is the perfect oil to use for deep-conditioning your hair. Simply melt a few tablespoons of coconut oil and massage it into your scalp and through your hair, focusing on the ends and roots. Leave the coconut oil in for an hour, then wash and condition your hair as usual. See the instant difference!”

(courtesy of JayRobb newsletter)

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