More and more people are getting aware of the health benefits of coconut oil, particularly virgin coconut oil. It's indeed very good for us because I've proven its power of healing myself. Upon flu infection, taking virgin coconut oil straight out of the jar plus adding more (than usual) to meals help me recover in 3–5 days. Can you imagine I can still run up the stairs as usual and chase the bus during my flu infection? Thanks to virgin coconut oil.
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 moderately 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"
Many people have used virgin coconut oil for acne treatment. But not all experience the same outcome. Some had their skin improved immediately and got their pores closed up nicely and acne scars faded off, while some get an even worse acne breakout reaction. Why?
The detox properties in virgin coconut oil are so powerful that they purge out layers of toxin from deep 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 effective in killing Candida yeast. But when Candida bugs die, they discharge as much as 80 different toxins which can get absorbed into your system and cause all kinds of bad symptoms, including nausea, headache, dizziness, fatigue, swollen glands, joint or muscle pain, stomach upset, chills, hives or rashes, or other skin breakouts etc.
Don't forget that the oil is good at removing toxins too. So, those bad symptoms should 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 could 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.
Another reaction you should also look into is that, the symptoms you got might relate to an allergy.
Are you allergic to coconut? If not, what about peanut, dairy or others?
If you're allergic to peanuts, for example, then it could be that the coconut oil you consumed are produced in a facility that also manufactures peanuts. In that case, check the brand that you bought and see if the label says anything about the environment in which they make or pack the oil. If need be, contact the company that makes or packs the oil. Or you can simply change to another brand that you think is safer for your consumption and usage.
However, though rare, if you have allergy to literally nothing in the world since you were born, and consuming or using coconut oil topically breaks out on your skin after several attempts even your diet is clean, wholesome and healthy, then coconut oil is not for you.