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  1. Hi Anton
    I recently commenced taking no more than a tablespoon of coconut oil each day. Some nights I am waking up with hot sweats, could this be a side effect?

    • Hi Norman, were you taking coconut oil in the morning or at night?

      If you take it at night and your body has just got started with coconut oil, yes, you may sweat in your sleep as it steps up and changes your metabolism.

      This may seem like a side effect from eating coconut oil. But it's actually a normal yet adverse reaction from a change in metabolism. By the way, I'm not Anton. 😉

  2. I tried coconut oil (tablespoon in the morning and tablespoon in the evenings) for the first time and within a few hours I had a good bowel movement. Since then (+- 7 days ago), I take the same amount of oil but to no avail. I however feel floated and nausea but no bowel movement. Should I increase the oil?

  3. How long will it take for the coconut oil to work I put a tablespoon in a cup of coffee just now and drank it, and I've been constipated for days now tried stool softeners and coffee and more coffee researched a little bit I've been using coconut oil on my hair about twice a week not knowing it could help this too. I'm in desperate need of help for relief I've taken like 4 stool softners now and tried syrup and water and nothing helps. Please does anybody know how long it will take to kick in and will it help if I drink another cup with another half a tablespoon at this point id rather have diarrhea I've had crazy severe stomach cramps and pains from this! HELP!

    • Hi Tiffany, try taking 2 tablespoons of coconut oil without food and see how it goes. It usually takes within an hour for coconut oil's laxative effect to kick in. For your case, it might take a bit longer. You'll get stomach cramp as the effect kicks in.

      If you've been eating lots of meat, stop for now if you want fast constipation relief from coconut oil. Meat is always the greatest culprit responsible for constipation as it makes your stool extremely sticky. Drink more water and take more fibrous food like vegetables to help with the flush.

  4. I tried putting it in my juice to eliminate the taste and it turned hard and was floating on top..How can we stop it from doing this?