Wondering about coconut oil health benefits? Explained in this article are some of them, plus the truth about cholesterol.
Our family’s love affair with Coconut Oil started around 7 years ago when I discovered that the pretentious cooking oil that we have long believed to be healthy, a.k.a. “Canola Oil” was proven to be against everything it claims to be.
It wasn’t long after, when our family began to practice coconut oil pulling. There are a lot of health benefits of oil pulling, some of which are enumerated by Dr. Axe.
I have shared this with friends and loved ones since, and just recently my mom attested to its benefits, remembering the times when she practiced oil pulling, how she could easily expel phlegm effortlessly, which she can’t otherwise do apart from oil-pulling.
What is Coconut Oil Pulling?
Coconut Oil Pulling was first used in Ayuverdic medicine. It is a kind of oral detox process of swishing a tablespoon of coconut oil in the mouth first thing in the morning for 20 minutes. Some use sesame oil, but I’ve always used coconut oil. Twenty minutes can be a pretty long time when you think of it, but I’ve found a lot of things I can do while oil pulling. Yep, multi-tasking, first thing in the morning!
“Oil pulling works by cleaning (detoxifying) the oral cavity in a similar way that soap cleans dirty dishes. It literally sucks the dirt (toxins) out of your mouth and creates a clean, antiseptic oral environment that contributes to the proper flow of dental liquid that is needed to prevent cavities and disease.” ~ Dr. Axe.
I can go on forever with the health benefits of coconut oil. But allow me to share with you one of the many uses in our household for coconut oil.
Sharing with you a #MommyHack straight from #TeamAspacio's kitchen. ? Virgin Coconut Oil + Activated Charcoal + a drop of Peppermint Essential Oil = Natural Tooth Liquid ? Amongst the many "weird" (as my folks would have it) concoctions I've incorporated in our family's daily routine is using Virgin #CoconutOil in place of commercial tooth pastes. We've been using this for 2 years now. Before that, it was my #toothpowder recipe of Baking Soda + Calcium Powder + Peppermint EO. But I found this a little too abrasive. My sensitive teeth has zero tolerance for regular toothpastes that's why I switched to #vco. Those special "sensitive toothpastes" dry out the sides of my mouth and cause chin zits. Morning breath isn't as as bad as opposed to using toothpaste. Love that morsels slide off easily too – it's oil, remember? Last year I added activated charcoal to my vco+peppermint mix, to reinforce its #whitening properties. #ActivatedCharcoal is known for its #magnetizing ability – from poison to bacteria to teeth stains. Paired with Coconut Oil's #antifungal, #antibacterial properties minus the many dangers of #DentalFluorosis caused by #flouride in toothpastes, this totally makes sense to our resolve not to apply anything on our body, that we can't actually ingest. Later will share our ACV+Honey+ Rosemary EO shampoo recipe. ?
I have been DIY-ing for as long as I can remember. My first was when I made DIY wipes for my son 11 years ago, when he was still a baby. And as for coconut oil, I use it in a lot of other ways, including my after-shower lavender scented spritzer. It moisturizes my skin better more than any other pricey brands I have used. For one, I refuse to slather on parebens, and other unnatural stuff. Again, nothing on my skin that I can’t actually ingest, if I can at all help it. 🙂
So when Minola invited me to cover the Coconut Oil Information Bloggers Conference, with Dr. Fabian M. Dayrit for its resource speaker last week, there was no way I was going to miss it. While I may have read a handful lot on Coconut Oil all these years, and totally vouch for its many health benefits, I love that this type of information reaches out to more and more people. The Philippines is so rich in this natural resource for a bunch of us to miss out on its benefits.
I don’t know about you, but with the years of reading on the myths of cholesterol and truth behind it being an invented disease (Hello, billion dollar income pharmas!), I am more and more convinced that it is about time to take responsibility for our own health – it is but up to us to become good stewards of our own health.
Here’s hoping to share with you readings on cholesterol, straight from Dr. Mercola: Cholesterol Myths You Need to Stop Believing.
Yes, I am a passionate advocate when it comes to health. With my own hubby getting recently diagnosed with “high cholesterol,” I am happy that his response was, “no Statin, thank you!” Instead, he enrolled in a gym, and ate healthier. His LDL dropped dramatically after two months without the help of Statin. It can be done, people! There are a host of side effects to taking what has been considered holy grail by people with “cholesterol issues,” aside from depleting the body of much needed CoQ10, Vitamin K2, that leads to cancer, osteoporosis, et. al. Don’t take my word for it, look it up, and you’ll be surprised by the many things you don’t hear a lot from those who prescribe it.
Cholesterol is a Myth
This learning about Cholesterol was further reinforced when I was invited to cover the opening of Rapha Health in SM City Masinag. Below is a pdf copy of the booklet Dr. Cris Enriquez gave away during the event.
I hope this article will be of help in learning the truth about cholesterol, and the importance of using the right oil.
As for me and my family, we use nothing less than coconut cooking oil, whether it’s for oil pulling, frying, cooking, baking, skin application. There are thousands of studies that have placed coconut oil on top of all oils. It is guaranteed to be one of the healthiest food in the world. Sadly, not a lot of people realize this. Why am I not surprised that during the conference I’ve learned that a fellow mommy found a remedy in coconut oil to cure her daughter’s scalp issue.
The healthy fats in coconut oil, called “Medium-Chain Fatty Acids” (MCFAs) include:
- Caprylic acid
- Lauric acid
- Capric acid
And around 62% of the oils in coconut are made up of these 3 healthy fatty acids and 91% of the fat in coconut oil is healthy saturated fat. Unlike other oils that take longer to digest, MCFAs found in coconut oil provide the perfect source of energy because they only have to go through a 3 step process to be turned into fuel as opposed to other fats.
- Easier to digest
- Not readily stored as fat
- Are anti-microbial and anti-fungal
- Smaller in size, allowing easier cell permeability for immediate energy
- Processed by the liver, which means that they are immediately converted to energy instead of being stored as fat
Without apology, I am getting the word out that coconut oil is the best oil we can use in our household, and one of the brands that has made this gem of an oil available to us is Minola. Thank you, Minola, for conducting that very informative Coconut Oil Forum, where my resolve about coconut oil was further reinforced. Follow Minola on Facebook, for updates and promos.