How to Choose the Best Quality Virgin Coconut Oil

I've tasted numerous brands of virgin coconut oil from various countries over the past 10+ years.

All claim on their labels that their virgin coconut oils are of the finest quality. The thing is, I don't smell anything close to coconut and I would get either a peculiar or somewhat bland flavor from some brands. Are they really virgin?

Of course, I did lay my tongue on some truly good quality or even the best as far as I'm concerned.

That said, not all virgin coconut oils are created equal.

However, I do have my ways of identifying top quality virgin coconut oil after so many years of trying different brands. You can take these guidelines to help you choose the best virgin coconut oil for maximum health benefits.

1. Color

At temperatures below 76 °F (24 °C), virgin coconut oil starts turning snowy or cloudy (it's not a sign of rancidity, take note). And at even lower temperature, it becomes as hard as rock and looks snowy white. When in absolute liquid form, it should look crystal clear like water.

If the oil shows yellow or even brown tint (it's easier to notice this in liquid form), then either it has been contaminated with bacteria and molds or it actually is just a ...read more »

How to Relieve Constipation for Babies with Coconut Oil

Why do babies get constipated so easily nowadays?

Baby constipation

Thanks to the infant formula that contains little or no dietary fiber and medium-chain fatty acids that are critical for infants to move their bowels regularly.

In contrast, exclusively breastfed infants are rarely constipated because breast milk has got a good amount of medium-chain fatty acids that almost always help to soften stools and stimulate bowel movement for infants.

So, if you exclusively feed your baby infant formula, you need coconut oil since coconut oil has considerable amount of medium-chain fatty acids (especially lauric acid) that are also present in breast milk. Here are the 3-step guide to help your baby relieve constipation with the correct use of coconut oil.

Step 1: Choose Organic Virgin Coconut Oil

Virgin coconut oil carries the best nutritional structure for both health improvement and bowel movement. And if it's organic, that will be even better for infants since you wouldn't want to expose them to pesticides, unknown substances or artificial chemicals. So, make sure you choose only organic virgin coconut oil for your baby.

Side note: If you feel like using refined coconut oil since it costs relatively cheaper and it has no coconut odor, you can try ...read more »

13 Weight Loss Methods You Should Never Attempt

If you decide to venture out on your own seeking a weight loss solution that fits well into your needs and wants, here I got some info for your reference so at least you won't get drifted into paying for something that could cause harm to your health.

1. Slimming Pills

The fundamental ingredients in all different brands of diet pills are the same, it's just that some flavored with artificial fruit flavor or other don't-know-what herbs or exotic stuff you hardly heard of which make the pill unique by itself in its own brand.

How these slimming pills work is basically to suppress your appetite or prevent the fat molecules in the food you eat from being digested so either you don't take in more calories than you normally do or you don't store more fat than before. No such thing as eating just that small tiny little tablet can stimulate your metabolism throughout the day and help you burn TONS of fat. This is insane. (Only through a healthy diet plus a reasonable amount of exercise can achieve that.)

Simply put, the main purpose of slimming pills boils down to just one thing – to ...read more »

5 Coconut Oil Benefits for Skin

Although the surface of our skin already has a protective layer (self-made skin oil) against aging and diseases, it's never strong enough for fighting off more malicious microorganisms that constantly attack our skin and cause aging and diseases. So, you need coconut oil to strengthen your first line of defense to combat aging and keep disease-causing germs at bay. How does coconut oil achieve that?

1. Kill Germs on Your Skin

The skin oil secreted contains some amount of fatty acids that are good at fighting off common types of harmful germs coming into contact with our skin.

But when you apply especially virgin coconut oil to your skin, you'll step up your skin resistance against a broader range of disease-causing bacteria, parasites, viruses and fungi as virgin coconut oil comprises 10 different types of fatty acids which are all antimicrobials. They are:

  1. Caproic acid
  2. Caprylic acid
  3. Capric acid
  4. Lauric acid
  5. Myristic acid
  6. Palmitic acid
  7. Stearic acid
  8. Arachidic acid
  9. Oleic acid
  10. Linoleic acid

This is one of the greatest benefits of using coconut oil for skin.

2. Penetrate Your Skin Easily

As most of the fatty acids (~ 64%) in coconut oil are ...read more »

How Much Coconut Oil for Weight Loss?

As much coconut oil as your body can take it. I said that because coconut oil not only helps to stimulate metabolism for burning fat, it also helps to increase your colon motility for more frequent bowel movements.

Sounds good if you have chronic constipation issue and don't forget that detox is a critical element for losing weight. But if you take more than what your body can handle, the runs can zap you out.

Which is why I cannot give you a specific amount of coconut oil that you should take for weight loss because each person has different body condition and constitution, and may react differently to the detox effect of coconut oil.

However, I can tell you that as long as you increase the amount progressively, you won't likely get the diarrhea-like effect. Even if it does, it won't hurt you as much as a real diarrhea would.

For example, start off with 1 tablespoon (3 teaspoons) of coconut oil spreading over the day first, such as 1 teaspoon added to your breakfast, 1 teaspoon to your lunch and 1 teaspoon to your dinner.

Will this amount effect any fat-burning?

Not quite, because ...read more »