More and more people get to realize the health benefits of coconut oil, particularly virgin coconut oil. It is indeed very good for us because I've proven its power of healing myself. Upon flu infection, taking virgin coconut oil out of the jar helps me recover in 2-3 days. My wife has tested. My cousin has tested. So are the many people around me who have used the tropical oil for other antimicrobial treatments.
However, coconut oil can cause bad side effects especially in the detox aspect if you use it in the wrong way or you're unaware of its detox prowess.
Side Effect #1 – Diarrhea-Like Symptoms
Apart from the fact that coconut oil cures constipation (lots of "constipators" said coconut oil works extremely well on stimulating their bowel movement), it may also trigger the opposite reaction — diarrhea-like symptoms if you suddenly increase your oil consumption too much.
That's because MCFAs in the tropical oil help to soften stools and loosen bowels.
If you want to increase your coconut oil consumption for better health benefits, add it in moderation day by day and monitor to see if there's any sign of bad reaction or side effects. Doing so also allows your body to gradually get used to the greater amount.
The traditional Pacific islanders are eating as much as 10 tablespoons of coconut oil in their daily diet, I don't see why we can't be like them. The key difference is they've long been used to eating that amount while we're not, so we have to moderately raise the dose to condition our body to adapt to it eventually.
Side Effect #2 – "Acne Breakout"
Numerous people have used virgin coconut oil to effectively clear their acne-prone face, help them close up the pores and fade off the acne scars to make the skin smoother and flawless. But some people do get an even worse acne breakout reaction with virgin coconut oil. Why?
The detox properties in virgin coconut oil are so powerful that they purge out layers of toxin deep from underneath your skin, so it may appear to you that you're getting worse from using the oil, which in fact is just a healing crisis — you get worse before you get better.
If you can hold on to the breakout for up to few weeks (depending on how much toxin you've built up beneath your skin), you should be able to clear your skin of acne after that.
Other Bad Side Effects
On the surface, it may seem that using or eating coconut oil causes bad side effects but which in fact, similar to healing crisis as in the case of acne treatment, it's actually bringing its antimicrobial effect into play.
For example, coconut oil is very effective in killing Candida yeast. But when Candida bugs die, they expel toxins which can get absorbed into your system and cause all kinds of bad symptoms, including nausea, headache, dizziness or stomach upset etc.
Don't forget that the oil is good at removing toxins too. So, those bad symptoms will soon subside as it cleanses your body.
That said, if you do experience some bad side effects or reactions after eating coconut oil or applying it to your skin, it means something harmful must have been lurking deep inside your body or in your skin for ages that coconut oil has to immediately deal with. It's actually a good sign.
But remember, don't eat or use too much in one sitting until your body can accept that amount.