Coco Loco about Coconut Oil
You may see Coconut normally as being in a Bounty, but it has soooo much to offer the body in its natural state….and now it is becoming so much more popular than it was a few years ago, more people are realising the amazing benefits for your health, skin and hair….it really is an amazing product!!!
Now when I talk about this I mean pure, 100% natural organic Coconut Oil….as you can imagine it costs a lot more than a Bounty or some Coconut Shampoo…but the Health Benefits are out of this world…and definitely worth the investment
Lets get the sciencey bit out the way.
Coconuts contain Lauric, Capric and Caprylic Acids…the properties of these acids are:
* Anti Fungal
* Anti bacterial
Lauric Acid gets turned into Monoalauien, which helps the body deal with Virus’s & Bacteria that attack the body….and here’s where the sciencey bit ends, because lets be honest we want the nitty gritty stuff!!!
Coconut oil is easy on your digestive system and does not produce an insulin spike in your bloodstream, so for a quick energy boost, you could simply eat a spoonful of coconut oil, or add it to your food
It is mainly found in Saturated Fats (ARGGHHH The Bad Fats)….but stay with me…its not all ba. If you are still concerned about saturated fat, consider taking a second look. Even if you still avoid/limit saturated fats, it is important to note that not all saturated fats behave the same way in the body. Coconut oil, due to its high lauric acid content, is actually beneficial to the body.
* Hair & Skin Care
* Stress Relief
* Maintain Cholesterol Levels
* Aid Weight Loss
* Increase Immunity, Digestion & Metabolism
* Reduce Kidney problems, Heart Disease and Blood Pressure.
* Can help boost metabolism
* Can increase bone strength by allowing better absorption of calcium, vitamin D, and other minerals
* Studies show that coconut oil may help increase thyroid health because of its unique combination of nourishing properties and the fact that it travels directly to the liver without the need for hormones or enzymes in digestion
* High lauric acid content can help lower cholesterol and blood pressure. It doesn’t increase LDL and helps keep arteries flexible and prevent atherosclerosis
* Can help fight infection and flu due to its antibacterial, antiviral and antimicrobial properties
* Helps relieve the Body of Stress due to its Soothing benefits
* Helps control Blood Sugar and increases the Secretion of Insulin
* Reduces the workload on the Liver and prevents the accumulation of Fat
And the list can go on….but I wont bore you
Benefits to Weight Loss:
Contains short & medium chain Fatty Acids that help strip excessive Fat. Easy to digest and helps Healthy Functioning of the Thyroid and Enzymes. It helps speed up Metabolism by removing Stress on the Pancreas, resulting in burning more energy!! The medium chain triglycerides in coconut oil have been shown to increase 24 hour energy expenditure by as much as 5%, potentially leading to significant weight loss over the long term. BINGO!!!
Benefits to Hair:
Coconut oil can effectively get rid of dandruff when rubbed into the scalp a couple times a week. It does make hair oily, of course, but I recommend massaging into the scalp before bed and leaving in overnight before rinsing out in the morning. It also helps strengthen hair and add shine
Benefits to Skin:
It is an effective moisturiser that prevents dryness. Can be helpful to some Skin Conditions (seek advice from GP)
Coconut oil is without question a favourite body lotion. It absorbs quickly and doesn’t leave an oily feeling at all. It makes skin incredibly silky and has wonderful antibacterial/antimicrobial properties
Benefits to Medical Conditions:
The Lauric Acids prevents Heart Problems occurring, despite the high levels of Saturated Fat. It decrease the incidence of injury in the Arteries. Studies in both humans and rats show that coconut oil improves important risk factors like Total, LDL and HDL cholesterol, which may translate to a reduced risk of heart disease.
Studies have also shown that the fatty acids in coconut oil can increase blood levels of ketone bodies, supplying energy for the brain cells of Alzheimer’s patients and relieving symptoms.
Benefits to Digestion:
Helps prevent IBS, deals with Bacterias and helps the Absorption of Nutrients (Vitamins & Minerals)
Studies show that coconut oil may help increase thyroid health because of its unique combination of nourishing properties and the fact that it travels directly to the liver without the need for hormones or enzymes in digestion
OK the bit you’ve been waiting for….
As I mentioned above it is mainly found in Saturated Fats…so I bet that put you off, but I am glad you stayed around to hear the good bit….
Coconut Oil contains Less Calories that other Oils out there now BUT The Fat content is easily converted into Energy and does NOT lead to the accumulation of fat in the Heart and Arteries…..helping BOOST Energy, Endurance and Performance and PROMOTE FAT LOSS!!
It can be bought nearly everywhere now…online, groupon, costco and most supermarkets and ALL health food shops….YES it is more expensive than a normal oil , but can you really put a price on your health???
Ensure it is 100% Coconut Oil and NO added Stabilisers or E Numbers…be very careful!!!
How can it be used:
* In Stir Fries
* When cooking most foods….as a replacement for the usual oils you use.
* Cooking and Baking
* On your Skin
* Added to hot drinks
* Hair product
* Added to Epsom Salts in the bath
* Massage Oil
If you are worrying about a very strong taste…it isn’t, Im not really a fan of coconut on mass but it is absolutely GORGEOUS in cooking and especially Stir Fries and Smoothies
get investing in some….if you are serious about your health! I know £10-15 can sound expensive but you spend tons of money on crappy food and alcohol every week….this is an investment in your health
The choice is yours
Epsom Salts/Magnesium Flakes
So I quite often bore everyone with my bath routine – I use Epsom Salts for pretty much every bath I have and especially after a big training session or when my muscles are just aching.
So why? and what is it?
Epsom Slats are made up of a mineral compound of Magnesium and Sulfate and through the salts are easily and readily absorbed into the skin. Magnesium is a crucial mineral to all of our body’s functions.
What are the benefits?
Replenishes levels of magnesium in the body
Relieves muscle pain
Eliminate Toxins – helping to detox the body
Good for Sports people
Helps to ease migraines
Good for tired/sore feet
Improves Blood Flow
Helps promote healthy joints and skin
Good for muscle aches
Lying in an Epsom salt bath, or simply soaking your feet, for 20mins is going to massively improve your wellbeing, and if you train and exercise a lot then this is a MUST!!!
Epsom Salts can be bought from Amazon, Home & Bargains and most online retailers.
I absolutely LOVE using it and swear by it, helps me after a busy week of classes, when I change my training or just on those days when your body is aching!!
Invest in yourself and your body….after all its the only place you have to live
(the ones in the picture is a 5kg pack from Amazon and was only £10.99)
Enjoy the Soak