Side Effects of Coconut Oil

Side effects of coconut oil

More and more people are getting aware of 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 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 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.

Another reaction you should also look into is that, the symptoms you get might be related to an allergy. Some brands of coconut oil are produced in a facility that also manufactures peanuts or other allergy-causing foods. If you're allergic to certain foods, 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.

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    • Hi Dave, cold sores are caused by herpes simplex virus, which is a type of lipid-coated virus. Yes, the lauric acid in coconut oil will kill this virus. Just apply to the blisters. But do not use fractionated coconut oil because this type of coconut oil does not have lauric acid, even if it does, the amount is limited. Use virgin coconut oil which has the most lauric acid in it.

      • Hello I've been using coconut oil 2 teaspoons in my smoothies,and suddenly I got a cold sore,could this also be related to the die off of candida?
        Also I have been experiencing bloating and today fatigue and drowsiness,I also feel what I think is a swollen gland on top of one shoulder,do we have glands there and is it possible to feel when they're swollen or could this be unrelated?
        And last question I suffer from hypertension which had been kept under control until the last couple of days when it has been spiking a bit,it could not be related to the die off symptoms bu I still wanted to ask if it's possible that the toxins being released could cause a spike in blood pressure?
        I am determined to continue with the coconut oil because I really want to heal. Thank you so much for your time Mr.Soon Chai I really appreciate it.

        • Hi Diana, never heard of cold sore being a symptom of Candida die-off. Cold sore is normally caused by HSV (herpes simplex virus). Rub coconut oil on your cold sore as often as you can and it will vanish in a couple of days.

          Your feeling of bloating, fatigue and drowsiness are not solely the work of coconut oil. Smoothies contains tons of other phytonutrients that are helping your body to detoxify.

          We have lymph nodes ("glands") all over our body, including shoulder. It is possible to feel the swell when the node bulges up to especially 2 to 3 times its usual size.

          I wouldn't rule out the possibility that toxin expulsion can influence blood pressure since whatever your body does will have an impact on the movement of blood. But how strong the impact is would depend on how intense the detox reaction is.

          But with regular intake of adequate coconut oil (at least 3 tablespoons a day), your hypertension should improve. Your choice of using coconut oil is a good one. But if you feel it might be causing certain symptoms that you find unbearable, stop the intake for a few days and see what happens.

          I encourage you to read Health Benefits of Coconut Oil so that you can understand coconut oil better and maximize its healing power on your health problems.

        • Absolutely! When I up any form of antifungal in conjunction with the anticandida diet I'm on my throats looks like strep. Every time I up the antifungals or compromise my body's ability to filter out toxins by adding to them my throats hurts or I get sores in my mouth. When I started this whole process My lymph nodes popped out on the beck of my head, I itch, get fevers, my blood pressure elevates, heart rate elevates, I get nauseous, my joints hurt a lot etc. die offs depend on how extensive your overgrowth is. Candida releases a lot of toxins when they die and the live candida are excreating their own toxins constantly. All of these toxins have to be filtered out.Vitamin c helps with die offs, avoiding candida feeding foods can intensify die offs but decrease the length of time you have die offs. A gallon of water a day, sweat a little if u can and sleep well and take naps if u feel u need to. Don't take it too fast it's not a race. I've been doing this for 4 months and I'm better than I was but I've been declining physically for about 7 years. It's easy to question this process partly because of how much it differs from the medical process we're use to I think. What's helped me the most is research and talking to others doing this also.
          i hope this helps even if a little

          • Hello Tiffany, I really appreciate your additional info that sheds light on the detox process, which is often known as healing crisis. Your comment will not help just a little but a whole bang lot for those who are truly in need. Thank you very very much for your input. Do drop by often to share with us your experience again. 😀

          • Thank you Tiffany!! I have this same sensations where my throat feeling like I have strep. I really appreciate the information you provided.

        • i think if you are using lots of coconut oil, and eating low sugar your body can go into ketosis, (which is good to some extent) which lowers blood pressure.. i think mixing coconut oil with high sugar and carbs is potentially a bad thing. The reason I think this is so, is because the liver will burn 1 of 2 things. sugar, or fat, as a ketone. glucose is not too bad, and needed in moderation, fructose is horrible, and so is dextrose 'corn syrup'.. perhaps it is possible, your body is trying to metabolize the coconut fat, and sugar, however because the pancreas is releasing insulin, to fight off the sugar, your body is trying to sift in between, causing a spike in blood pressure. I do notice that when i have much sugar, as i rarely eat much for sugar, i get higher blood pressure, and increased heart rate, and an overworked digestive system as a whole. Remember your blood pressure is regulated primarily from your kidneys, and heart as a result of what is happening, in accordance with how your nervous system sees the digestive result. This digestive result happens from the moment you first smell a food. This is likely why, high ammonia concentrations cause a person to reflux, as the stomach is preparing for what is coming. Another and more likely reason this could be happening is your immune system sees the protiens in the coconut oil, as a threat, so it gives a anti-histamine response, which can cause this to happen, although it is more likely that the coconut oil is bonding with the smoothie, giving a higher insulin response. P.S. if you are suffering from hypertension, it would be time to have your spine checked for alignment, and a healing of your digestive system, (microprobiotics/digestive enzymes) and perhaps a change of diet (lower sugar, more keto, paleo). I answered a little more, and speculated on what was happening, hopefully it helps you and anyone else scrolling through.

          • Hello Mike, mixing coconut oil with sugar and carb is actually good since coconut oil helps to slow the metabolizing of sugar. However, high sugar intake is always bad. Also, coconut oil contains ZERO protein, so there would be no anti-histamine response from the immune system. Anyway, really appreciate your input. Thank you.

      • How long does it take cadidia side effects to wear off. I think I have a few. Also should I cut back on the coconut. Oil because of the side effects? I usually put a teaspoon in my coffee daily

        • Hi Patty, that depends on how much Candida yeast you have in your gut and how fast they replicate. Cutting back on coconut oil will encourage them to grow. But you're only having a teaspoon per day, how severe is the "side effect" on you, I wonder?

          Try to reduce your intake of sugar and meat. Sugar feeds the yeast while meat increases your body's toxic load thereby negating the yeast-fighting effect of coconut oil.

          • Since coconut oil will kill candida... Will it kill candida that has entered the blood stream?
            Or just in the stomach and organs the stomach content runs through?

          • Hi April, coconut oil will kill the yeast as soon as its antimicrobial fatty acids spot it, regardless of whether the yeast is in the bloodstream, organ, or saliva. That's why pulling with coconut oil can help to prevent Candida from entering your body and into your gut. Gut is where the yeast sets in, replicates and colonizes since our gut has lots of food (especially sugar) for them.

            Candida can live on the surface of our skin (causing diaper rash) too, so you should also apply coconut oil to your skin frequently.

          • What if I never had coconut oil before and took 2 teaspoons of coconut oil? How do I ease the side effects?

          • Hi Alysa, coconut oil does not give side effects actually. It merely triggers a detox reaction. 2 teaspoons may not be potent enough for you to experience anything "bad", so there's nothing to ease. You can prevent the "side effects" instead by mixing coconut oil with food.

        • let me explain something from a naturopathic, common sense view. When a persons bacteria is destroyed in their digestive system in part, such as is the use of anti-biotics, a person needs to try to replenish those lost bacteria which protect the intestines, and help in a myriad of different ways. What happens is you destroy first the beginning part of the intestines bacteria, and often the intestine itself (which causes leaky Gut syndrome[which is awesome! which is where your vitamin B enzymes are absorbed) or the ending part which is where your appendix is. Then the body gives a brilliant response, by increasing bacteria that is available somewhere else ('yeast') to make up for the bacteria that is no longer existant. I hope some one with common sense is following so far. Ok, so in order to fix it, you promote life.. thats called a pro-biotic.. An anema may also help when resetting the digestive system. balance digestion is number one, happy long life to you. 🙂

      • Its absolutely impossible to rid the body of herpes.

        The herpes virus (hsv) lays dormant in the body, "once infected-always infected". Herpes is the gift that keeps on giving.
        The virus will surface aka outbreaks during times of stress, decreased immunity, poor diet, etc..
        It is a known fact that 1 in 5 adults is infected with the hsv virus and commonly you wont know unless you get an outbreak. A simple blood test can be done to see if you have HSV, the test will check for HSV-1 and HSV-2.
        Unfortunately, there is no possible way that coconut oil will rid the human body of a virus such as HSV.

        • Hi Tracey, thanks for making that point. You're right. Once you're infected with HSV or HIV, coconut oil, at best can only help to decrease their viral load and suppress their activity so that you can move on with a "normal" life.

          Though it's not impossible, it would be difficult to absolutely reduce the viral count to zero. This is just like cancer treatment using the most advanced medical equipment and techniques, the cancerous cells may appear out of sight, but actually some could be lurking somewhere in your body waiting for the right moment to replicate rapidly and strike again.

          Therefore, never rely solely on coconut oil to fight viruses. The best way to keep any harmful microbes at bay is to balance up your diet with more natural whole food like dark green leafy vegetables, legumes and fresh fruits.

          • Hi Cris, yes it does help to some extent. But your overall diet is just as important in helping to boost your immunity for fighting HIV. In other words, don't rely solely on coconut oil. Make your diet more powerful so that you have a higher chance of surviving through HIV infection. You can read Health Benefits of Coconut Oil for a better understanding of using coconut oil effectively.

  1. I took 4-5 tablespoons VCO for about 2 weeks now for my throat discomfort due to viral infection...until today the discomfort is still will irritate for a short while. Then ok. It's that a healing's been about 3 weeks now. Pls advise

    • Hi Wai Leng, you mean you take 4-5 Tbsps daily for 2 weeks?

      First of all, virgin coconut oil is not a killer for all viruses. It only kills viruses such as flu, HIV and HSV etc and other types of bacteria. For your case, You said it will irritate for a short while and then it will be ok... I can't relate to your discomfort so I really can't tell you what exactly has happened to you. It could be a viral infection but the virus is something vco has no impact on. Or maybe it is not. So, I suggest that you check with a throat specialist about your condition. Bear in mind that virgin coconut oil is not a cure-all.

  2. A few weeks ago I introduced deodorized coconut oil for cooking, butter replacement etc I probably consume 4 to 5 tablespoons a day and it feels like around the same time I have developed lots of energy, smelly underarm odour (even after a thorough wash) and dry, red dermatitis condition around my lower eyelids and lately some swelling in the evening and morning to my eyelids... could this be part of a detox. I am concerned about the dry skin and swelling of eyelids being an allergic reaction and will see a GP but just wanted to check if it could also be a detox symptom before I give up on it entirely. I would appreciate your thoughts if you can advise, thanks!

    • Hi Tina, I don't rule out it's the detox reaction of coconut oil taking place on you. Bad brands may have a negative impact on you too, which makes us difficult to distinguish between real detox and actual bad reaction. So, may I know the brand of deodorized coconut oil you're using?

      Yes, you should consult with a GP. But don't give up on coconut oil just yet. Coconut oil rarely causes allergy. Like I just said, it could be the brand you're using. Of course at the same time, you should take a good look at your lifestyle and check on your diet. Coconut oil is exceptionally good at fighting and expelling bad stuff from our body and skin.

  3. I did experience a worsening of my regualar symptoms (cystic acne and general exhaustion) as soon as I started incorporating coconut oil to my diet. My educated guess would be that dying pathogens (most likely a member of the Candida specie) unleash a larger amount of their usual junk.

    I sure hope this will lead me to something good, and not just ruin my liver and immune system !

    • Hi Sam, as far as my personal experience tells me, coconut oil improves my liver function and steps up my immune system rather than making them even worse. I would have stopped its consumption years ago if my health took a turn for the worse.

      Pathogens like viruses, bacteria and parasites release toxins when they're killed by coconut oil. But when Candida yeast cells die, they can release as much as 70 or even 80 different toxins. That's a lot! At this point, it could be hard on your liver because it needs to handle so much toxins and hence, may not have the "time" to regulate your sebum (skin oil) thus causing the acne breakout. Feeling exhausted is normal in the meantime.

      But stick with coconut oil and at the same time, cut back on meat and processed food and increase your whole food intake (I hope you're not a smoker or drinker), your health as well as skin should get better. If you do not, something internally could have gone wrong with you that coconut oil has no effect upon. Go for a health check if you're worried.

  4. Hi I'm Zeus 23 years old. I'm suffering from a lot of breakout that started last January 2016. I'm using Apple Cider Vinegar (Organic) and coconut oil for my face. Is it normal to have too much break out because of using this natural remedies?
    please answer.

    • Hello Zeus, It is normal for these natural remedies to trigger breakout on your face because apple cider vinegar (ACV) and coconut oil both are detoxifying, which means you're having lots of toxins buried beneath your skin. But it is also abnormal to have breakout since this means that something is wrong with you internally, particularly your liver.

      I would suggest that you use either ACV for acne OR coconut oil for acne, and stick to one remedy throughout the course of treatment because no one knows what can really happen when ACV meets coconut oil when their effects are combined – could they be causing more skin cells to shed (and hence, more severe breakouts) when you combine them for use on your face?

      Years ago I sprained my right wrist in a cycling fall and I massaged two effective TCM ointments on the sprained zone as I thought combining them both would help my wrist heal faster. The part where I applied two ointments was burning the entire night and I thought it was just a "normal" sensation. The next morning I woke up and shocked to see that the skin tissue had severely "eroded". It was a third-degree burn. It looked really awful and had left an irremovable scar on my wrist. So, beware of any adverse reaction whenever you're attempting to combine two remedies for any treatment.

    • Hi Rosemary, though coconut oil is generally good for all types of cysts and I've read quite a few bloggers claiming that coconut oil has got rid of their sebaceous cysts, I can't promise you that it will do the same to yours. But no harm trying coconut oil on your sebaceous cysts. And please apply as frequent per day as you can and do it for at least a week and see how it goes. It should at least improve. Don't just apply 2 or 3 days and expect your cysts to go away. Give ample time for coconut oil to display its effect.

  5. Hi, I'm suffering from bulimia and recently binged excessively on coconut oil (sounds disgustingly crazy, even for an eating disorder, I know) and I'm now worried about what the effects of this will be. And when I say binged, I mean a lot more than 3-6 tablespoons.... Please can I get some advice 🙁

    • Hi Marie, you said you suffer from bulimia, so did you try to purge coconut oil after you "binge" a lot of it? And why choose coconut oil? It seems to me that you have not gotten any adverse reaction from coconut oil like "diarrhea" as what most people would have encountered when they take 2 or more tablespoons in one sitting. Did you spread out the amount and binge the oil with food or you simply eat it by the spoonful? I need more info from you in order to help you. Thanks.

  6. Hi. Ever since I started to take coconut oil (Virgin) vitamins/pills (1000mg), I've noticed that I get chills at night right when I go to bed. Is chills a side effect of coconut oil?

    • Hi Ana, getting chill after eating virgin coconut oil is pretty unheard of. Feeling chilly is one of the many symptoms of Candida die-off. But usually when the yeast dies, it'll couple with nausea, constipation, abdominal pain, dizziness etc. So, I reckon it's not a Candida die-off for your case.

      Virgin coconut oil helps to increase metabolism and hence, produce heat (thermogenesis). I wonder if you're taking something else on the same day you're taking virgin coconut oil capsules? This could be the real reason you're getting the chill.

      Also, how many caps are you taking per day? 1000 mg in one cap only provides 1 g of virgin coconut oil. If you take 3 caps per day, that's only 3/14 tablespoon of virgin coconut oil, not even close to half tablespoon.

      And if your diet includes lots of meat and processed food, the thermogenic effect virgin coconut oil generates will easily get neutralized and you wind up gaining nothing from it. To really reap health benefits from virgin coconut oil, you should take at least 3 tablespoons per day. If you truly want to boost your health, you should get virgin coconut oil packed in jar (or bottle) rather than wrapped in capsule.

  7. I suffer from bacteria vaginosis and thrush I was told to use organic coconut oil with a tampon for a few hours and clean the area with warm water and after brushing my teeth use the oil on my toungue and rinse since doing that I have devolepled green stool and no voice with cough and congestion what should I do

    • Hi Rachael, did you use plenty of coconut oil for your BV condition? When coconut oil gets inside your body, it can speed up your gut motility causing the contents to rush through the gut, leaving very little time for the bacteria (together with dead red blood cells) to give your stool its normally-brown color. That's why your stool is green.

      Are you also taking lots of dark green leafy vegetables like spinach, kale, collard greens or broccoli or others at the same time? These greens contain plenty of chlorophyll that can turn your poo green too. Of course, there might be other factors like ingesting prescribed antibiotics that remove gut bacteria, which are the ones that give your stool its characteristic brown hue.

      As for being voiceless and having cough and congestion, I strongly recommend you to consult with a specialist as these might indicate the occurrences of other infections since BV can lower your overall immunity.

  8. Hi. I have been taking coconut oil capsules for the two weeks now but am for the last one week to today I have been having diarrhoea like five to six times a day. I am worried is it normal or can I do something about it. Please advise me.

    • Hi Susan, first of all, when you say you have diarrhea like 5–6 times a day, how long are the intervals between diarrhea?

      If the intervals are short like several minutes then it's probably diarrhea, but if your bowel movements spread out in terms of hours, then it's actually normal for regular coconut oil eaters. I have 3–6 bowel movements (I take lots of veggies as well) every day and I feel perfectly fine.

      Another thing is, I wonder how many capsules you're taking per day? One cap normally contains only 1 g (1000 mg) of coconut oil, which is very little – only 1/14 tablespoon. You must take 14 caps in order to get a tablespoon. And one tablespoon may or may not produce the diarrhea effect. Results vary among people. Are you taking the same amount of coconut oil for that two weeks, or you actually increase the amount in the second week?

      Also, did you start drinking more water and taking more veggies during your coconut oil intake? Because these can stimulate your bowels as well making the "side effect" even more intense. If you're afraid of having so many bowel movements since you hardly have two or more per day most of the times, you can try to lower the intake of coconut oil and from there slowly increase the intake to the amount at which you find most acceptable and comfortable for you.

  9. Greetings,Soon Chai

    I need a advise from you about Ccount Oil I have Candida Albicans In Bowel and i start to use it and i have some called die off symtoms dizzines,nausea,gas,constipation,abdominal pain,panic attack,ect .Its normal this reaction or its a Cocount Oil seid effect,by the way how can i take the Cocount Oil in day how much ?
    Do i have right to use carbohidrates when i used the Cocount Oil.

    Thank you for advise and Help Soon Chai

    • Hi Anton, coconut oil itself does not have side effect unless you take too much of it in one sitting that triggers diarrhea-like symptoms. Based on your description, they're all Candida die-off symptoms due to the release of 70–80 toxins when the yeast cells are rapidly killed by the antimicrobials in coconut oil. But if you're worried that it could be something else that causes those symptoms, go for a check-up though.

      Normally, I would suggest people to take up to 4 tablespoons per day. But you can take it as much as you feel comfortable with the amount. And remember to begin with a small quantity first before you increase the intake to avoid the diarrhea-like symptoms I just mentioned. I strongly suggest you to take a hard read on the health benefits of coconut oil so that you have a good grasp of how to maximize the use of coconut oil in your daily life to improve your health and prevent the yeast from staging a comeback.

      As for your last question, I suppose you mean whether you need to watch your carbohydrate intake when you use coconut oil, am I right?

      If yes, you don't have to deliberately tweak your carb intake. When you start taking coconut oil, it will automatically help you "determine" how much carb you have to take to fulfill your daily requirement. All you need to do is just listen closely to your body needs. People tend to take in more calories than they need when they ignore the signals that their body gives. For example, when you see your favorite food, you would just go for it without "asking" your body whether it is hungry and does really need to take it now or not. This is when people start to gain weight.

      Since most part of coconut oil convert to energy, you should not need more carb than you used to. But like I said, don't cut back on your carb intake on purpose, just let nature takes its course.

  10. 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, do you take coconut oil in the morning or at night? If you take it at night and if your body has just got started with coconut oil, yes, when it steps up your metabolism you may sweat in your sleep. This is not something that you should worry about... not really a side effect but just a normal reaction from eating coconut oil. Of course, others may not have this issue, that still boils down to your body constitution. By the way, I'm not Anton. 😉

  11. Hi ,

    I am getting a redness on one my cheeks since long.
    Tried lot of medicine and remedies but it seems nothing is working at all.
    Doctors suggested to use steriod creams.
    Just want a suggestion will coconut oil work if applied.
    Also i have acne marks too.

    • Hi Isha, what kind of redness is that? I'm not sure if coconut oil will work on that. But whenever I got rashes or any unknown redness on my skin that cause itch, I would apply coconut oil and the itch will subside and eventually disappear with the redness. Coconut oil speeds up tissue healing, so it might help to speed up the clearance of your acne marks. Even without coconut oil, your acne marks will vanish by themselves, but will take longer time.

      • HI Soon Chai, I am 53 with no health issues, we'll so to speap. My face began to turn a grey/dry darkish color about 1 year ago. The skin isn't as smooth and Shiney as b4. Dermatologist think all looks well!! Can you help please, with any suggestions will be appreciated. Thank you very much.

  12. Hello Soon Chai,

    I have been diagnosed with h pylori infection. Did the 7 day anyibiotic course, to no avail. I have started taking virgin coconut oil 4 dats back. I am experiencing symptoms, like headache, tiredness, cramps. I feel bloated and feel nausea and had a single hour of vomit. As I have been suffering from almost identical symptoms ever since I got h pylori, I was just wondering whether I am recovering or the bug is still "bugging" me. By the way, my burps and bloating improved when I take about 1 tsp of VCO.
    Are they normal die off effects?
    Please, guide me about the dose to treat the infection. As I read in many blogs the recommendations vary between 1tsp 3x a day for 30 days to 1 TB SP 2x a day for 30 days. So I am a little confused. Currently, I am taking 1tsp 3x a day.

    Thank you so much for your time and patience.



    • Hi Sana, H. pylori does not cause any obvious symptoms in most cases. That said, you could be experiencing the die-off symptoms since these bacteria will release toxic chemicals when they die.

      There's no specific dosage of coconut oil for this bacterial infection. You can take as much coconut oil as you need to but beware of its diarrhea-triggering effect. Your 1 teaspoon 3 times a day is good. But you can increase to 2 teaspoons 3 times a day to speed up the killing of H. pylori as long as you can withstand the discomfort of the die-off symptoms. I believe you should get better as you move on and increase the amount teaspoon by teaspoon.

      As for how long you should take virgin coconut oil in order to clear up the infection, I would suggest that you take virgin coconut oil as a food rather than just a remedy for your bacterial infection so that you're always protected against H. pylori (a very common bacterial infection that happens to half the world's population) and many other super germs. I encourage you to read Health Benefits of Coconut Oil where you'll learn how to eat coconut oil to maximally step up your immunity so that you can stay away from doctors for good.

  13. Soon Chai, I'm so glad I found this site. I love coconut oil and have incorporated it into my daily diet, but 2 weeks ago I purchased coconut oil softgels. I have developed like an addiction to them. I eat 10-15 a day. I have no health problems, I'm not overweight, I take no medications. I'm active and fit and take care of myself. I just love chewing on these softgels. I love how they taste. I love chewing on the capsules. Can this harm my body? I've had no diarrhea, and no side effects other than "cold-like" symptoms, which I am assuming is candida die-off or some sort of detox. Can too many coconut oil supplement cause damage? They are 1000mg each.

    • Hi Neesee, 1000 mg is actually just 1 g. And you're merely eating about a tablespoon a day. This amount most likely won't give you any diarrhea-like symptoms or whatever side effects you're expecting especially you're spreading out the doses.

      As long as it does not give you any undesirable outcome, I don't see chewing coconut oil in capsules a bad thing. Much like chewing bubblegum. But depending on the quality of softgels you're chewing, like if they're made of animal-derived gelatin which may contain antibiotic and hormone residues or even get contaminated with diseased animal tissues in some cases, then of course, they can harm your body. You can try virgin coconut oil in veggie softgels instead which is much safer but more costly.

  14. I'm 64 years old. I started taking coconut oil capsules 4 times a day and
    notice some horrible smelling bowel movements. Is this normal?
    I stopped taking them for a week or so and didn't seem to have the odor for awhile.

    • Hi Cheryl, how many capsules are you taking each time? If it's only 1 capsule (1 cap normally holds about 1000 mg), then 4 caps a day is only 4 grams (less than half a tablespoon), which I think should not have effected that horrible smell as what you said. It could be the softgel (made of don't know what kind of animal gelatin in most cases) on the capsules that cause the smell.

      But if you take quite a lot that constitutes about 2–3 tablespoons, I guess it could be the purging of toxins via bowel movement (detox reaction from coconut oil) that makes your stool smelly. This means that you have way too much toxins sticking on your intestinal walls and they must have "lived" and fermented there for a long, long time.

      Do you love meat? When I was a hardcore meat-eater, my stools always have a very strong smell (I couldn't even take it myself – I have to pinch my nose throughout the "big business"). It was only when I started eating lots of veggies then everything changes. Of course, the initial detox (triggered by the fiber-rich veggies) will cause the stool to be even more stinky as the sticky toxic waste is getting expelled. You might want to learn increasing your veggie intake and cut back on your meat consumption. Also, less dairy = less vomiting odor.

  15. Hello....I have recently started taking coconut oil. This morning...I drank a cup of coffee with a tablespoon of extra virgin cold pressed coconut oil in it. I have been using coconut oil for about two weeks now. But today I had a sudden feeling of BAD nausea, slight shortness of breath, and heart rate up a bit,,,and feeling flushed in my drank some water...and in about 30 to 45 mins the nausea has left...along with all other symptoms..Is this symptoms of die off, and if so...why now...after two weeks.....

    • Hi Lesa, are you taking thyroid medication and did you increase the amount of coconut oil over the past two weeks? Coconut oil boosts metabolism, and if you were to take medication (for low thyroid) at the same time, your heart rate may increase.

      Why after 2 weeks?

      The contents in coconut oil are capable of fighting germs, boosting metabolism, stopping free-radical activities. If your body has always been free of germs and free radicals and you have an active metabolism, it will probably increase your heart rate within an hour of consumption on the first day (you won't have to wait 2 weeks). Apparently, you have lots of bad stuff inside your body that coconut oil has to deal with first before it steps up your metabolism. You might want to read up Health Benefits of Coconut Oil and familiarize yourself with coconut oil while you're taking it, which is what I recommend for coconut oil eaters.

  16. Hi Soon. I added a tblsp of Nature's Own coconut oil to my coffee yesterday. This is my first use of coconut oil, hoping for energy and digestive effects. Late last night and early this morning I am experiencing pulsating of my upper lip. Do you know of any instances where someone has experienced this type of reaction from use of coconut oil? (I realize the lip pulsing may be unrelated but trying to narrow down the possibilities.)

    • Hi Don, heart pulsating, yes, but lip pulsating, not that I've heard of... so far. Hmm, does that cause any discomfort to your body? If not, then coconut oil should be fine on you. I guess it could be that you're quite nervous about getting started with coconut oil and wonder if it could inflict any adverse effect on you that triggers some weird physical reaction which are practically harmless. Observe for 2 more days and see if the "side effect" persists. If it does, stop coconut oil until your upper lip stop pulsating and then add 1 teaspoon of coconut oil back to your drinks or food and gradually up the amount from there.

  17. Dear Soon,

    Sorry for the double post. I am taking mastic gums and one TSP of raw coconut oil first thing in morning and drinking lots of water to fix my H pylori issues.
    Pls tell me if this regimen is ok

    Also, when i take 1TSP of coconut oil, i can hear some rumbling in my stomach as tho its doing something and burp out soon enough. Does it mean the oil is actually fighting the pathogens? Do u know if coconut oil is very successful on h pylori, as its mostly anti-viral??
    Thanks and have a nice day!!!

    • Hi Ram, I'm not a doctor to determine if the regimen is okay for you. But I'd suggest that you stick to using one of the two instead of using both at the same time since mastic gum is anti-bacterial and can kill H. pylori too as far as I know. But how good it is against H. pylori I'm not sure since I've not taken the gum before.

      As for the rumbling in your stomach, I think it could be the reaction between coconut oil and mastic gum (which is why I suggested that you take either one of them for treatment) because we won't know when coconut oil is taking effect against the bacteria until several days later. Only when you feel better with your stomach then can you know that coconut oil succeeds in fighting the bacteria.

      You said in your last post that you have suffered for 11 months. Have you got a doctor to diagnose your condition? A simple bacterial infection in your GI tract may develop into cancer, so I really think you should look for a specialist (if you have not done so) rather than finding a cure on your own since this concerns something that we cannot see with our bare eyes and may need special gadgets to check internally.

      • Dear Soon,
        I cant thank u enough for the selfless help ur giving via ur blog.
        Yes, i have been been bloating, farting and gas since Jan 2015. I went to GI specialist in October 2015 and after stool/breath test, was tested positive for H pylori.

        Since oct 2015, i have been trying various medicines by GI's which only help to some extent, but return back as soon as the pills stop. I have done endless tests for Kidney, liver and gallstones and surprise surprise, all are clean. I smoke 1 ciggy per day (which is nothing) and drink probably once in a month or less.

        I am trying the coconut oil remedy because its firstly natural and clean. It is anti viral/bacterial which must ideally help my H pylori.
        Do let me know for any more queries, RAm

        • Okay Ram, try to go slow on your H. pylori treatment with coconut oil to avoid getting the "diarrhea" side effect. I suggest adding 1 tablespoon to your breakfast, 1/2 each for lunch and dinner so you have 2 tablespoons for the day. Keep this amount for 2–3 days and see if you get any nauseous feeling or diarrhea-like symptoms. If nothing bad happens, then make it to 3 tablespoons and gradually up to as much as your body can take it.

          Keep in mind not to consume coconut oil on an empty stomach to avoid stomach cramp that may add on to your bloating discomfort.

          1 stick of cigarette per day may seem nothing. But it can bring in thousands of free radicals into your body and make silent waves inside there that you will never realize how serious it could be to a healthy person, let alone a bacteria-infected body like yours. It seems that you're not so addicted to ciggy as addicts always will take very much more than that number. So, why not quit it once and for all?

          By the way, free radicals that get into your body will offset coconut oil's effect on H. pylori. So, if you want a truly healthy body, quit smoking which I think is really nothing to you. You save some money too.

          • I just had a little extra coconut oil, i had diarrhea~~ thats ok, am not worried.
            I am taking one Tablespoon as soon i get up and drinking lots of water.
            I am taking one more in evening, before dinner
            I believed that was the correct process?

            I plan to increase the count once i feel comfortabl.Your thoughts?
            PS: i will not smoke anymore :))

          • Hi Ram, whichever way you choose to eat coconut oil I don't see the reason to object as long as coconut oil does not give you any bad side effect. Good for you and your family when you quit smoking since smoking does nothing but harm. 😉

        • Hello Soon thank yoi for this platform, just responding to Ram...Ive had this same issue and can understand the frustrations; I went to an IBS center where a naturopathic doctor explained that my stool test came back normal except depending on my sensitivity h pylori may be the culprit. He prescribed me a 10 day antibiotic and some probiotics since antibiotics kill off both good and bad bacterias; I felt that I was able to relieve myself with ease and my pain went away; However, after I finished my antibiotic all my symptoms returned; stomach pains and all, I went back got tested for celiac disease because my symptoms were similar to that, that also came back negative, when inquiring if my problem can be ibs he said I didnt have my symptoms long enough to be diagnosed...3 years I am battling with this. I've realized is coffee, sugar, meat, and processed food make my symptoms worse. Recently I had a very bad flare up and am doing a water diet, with 3-4 tbsp of coconut oil which has caprylic acid that helps with the pain I get, and with 2-3 liters of water a day, no food, drink tea including green tea...symptoms are gone; I just have to reintroduce myself to food, starting with green juices then soups. Hope this helps!

          • Thanks a lot everyone, but i still have these flatulence and burping issues.shall i get re-tested for that h pylori again?
            any other tests i must do like celiac etc?

  18. I have been using it on my face and it was fine and then my under my left eye it was puffy then yesterday my right eye is the same way,I don't know why this has happened,it was fine! Could it be that now I apply it differently I now wet my face and put it on a wet face where before I put it on a dry face,my cheeks too are puffy!! What is the best way to put it on my face?

    • Hi MaryAnn, it's funny to hear that coconut oil causes puffy eyes because many people manage to get rid of their puffy eyes with coconut oil. So now let's look into what causes your eyes to swell.

      You're probably right. It could be the oil that locks the moisture in your skin and causes it to puff up, which is why coconut oil helps to reduce wrinkle. But that should not last for too long because once coconut oil gets completely absorbed into your skin the swell should subside. If it persists, something could have gone wrong with you internally and not the work of coconut oil. Have you been under stress or sleeping badly? Stress and lack of sleep may cause puffy eyes.

      One more possibility, have you been taking food high in sodium recently? Excess sodium can make certain part of your body hold extra fluid. And that depends on where your body chooses to store the fluid and apparently your body tends to store the fluid under your eyes. Try reverting to putting coconut oil on your dry face and see if it helps. If yes, keep your face dry before application, always.

  19. i started taking coconut oil been just a day or two. when I first took a dab of coconut oil my eye started to oose tear up. the next day the roof of my mouth felt so tingly and I felt like I could feel something in my brain. i have experience being a bit off balanced. i woke up this morning feeling really bad lost my balance. I am also taking acetyl carnitine started yesterday. dont know which one would have made me feel so bad this morning and off balance. Also I used the oil for oil pulling too. and brushed my teeth with dove soap. could have been the soap,

    • Hi Sandy, if you want to know which one causes you to lose your balance you should stop taking coconut oil and oil-pulling, and use toothpaste instead of dove soap for brushing your teeth. Coconut oil should not have given such side effect. That's pretty much unheard of.

      One of the side effects of acetyl carnitine is low blood sugar level, so this could be the reason why you're feeling lightheaded. Anyway, use the isolation method and you would very soon know which causes you to feel bad.

  20. Dear Soon chai,
    I see no improvement in-spite of taking the VCO coconut oil on daily basis. Yes, I am h pylori as i mentioned above.

    Even the symptoms of farting and belching continue to remain and have not shown much improvment.
    If coconut oil can kill Aids virus, im surprised it has not yet killed the H pylor

    • Hi Ram, sorry to reply late. This comment of yours has been automatically pushed to Trash folder by my spam filter and I just realized it. Sorry about that.

      It's difficult to assess your H. pylori condition and it also depends on the amount of virgin coconut oil against the severity of your condition. For example, if you just got infected then just 2 tablespoons of VCO per day should help you get rid of the bacteria fast without leaving much damage to your body behind. But considering your case which has had the symptoms lasted for almost a year and a half (from Jan 2015 till now), I'm afraid much of the damage have been inflicted and even though VCO is able to kill the bacteria it will take quite a long time for your body to repair and heal anything (inside your body) that has been damaged during the infection.

      I understand your frustration. But please stay cool and be patient. Continue with your VCO intake. And if you can, engage in some exercises to help your body recover faster. In the meantime, look for other specialists to see if you could be suffering from something else due to complication from the infection of H. pylori. Best of luck!

      Note: Anyone who suffers similarly to Ram, please refer to

  21. Hi , I've been having joint knee pain for a while know and drs tell me its not arthritis. So I've started taking 1tbsp of coconut oil a day in the morning with my green juice. So I've been doing it for a week now and notice that I get mild stomach cramps and feel bloated. Could that be from the killing off of toxins?

    • Hi Dalia, your stomach cramp may come from the increasing of intestinal muscle contractions after eating coconut oil and bloated feeling could stem from the release of toxic gas by bacteria or other microorganisms in your gut when they got killed by the antimicrobial compounds in coconut oil. Moving around (walking will do) helps to get rid of the trapped gas.

  22. Hello, Just would like to know if the coconut liquid capsels should smell like coconut? The bottle I have has a "rancid type" odor.

  23. Hi Soon,
    I've changed my lifestyle about 4weeks ago to paleo with a small amount of full fat dairy. My morning coffee contains a tablespoon of extra virgin coconut oil and a tablespoon of grass fed organic unsalted butter. Three days ago I developed a red bumpy rash on the back of my neck. Initially I thought it was a heat rash but it's far worse and hasn't gone down, do you think it could be linked to the coconut oil or is is more likely to be something else? Thank you.

    • Hi Rikke, you mean you started with virgin coconut oil since 4 weeks ago and you only started to get that red bumpy rash on the back of your neck 3 days ago?

      It's hard to tell at my side since I do not know how severe your rash is and also what other foods you have been taking other than virgin coconut oil and dairy because toxins from meat and junk food can overload your system and cause your body to go haywire.

      Anyway, let's make it simple here and just assume it could be just an acne breakout on the back of your neck. If that's the case, it could be the dairy that upsets your hormonal balance and triggers the rash. Stop your butter intake for 3 days or so (try replacing with rice milk or almond milk) and see if that red bumpy rash diminishes or not. At the same time, rub some virgin coconut oil on the back of your neck twice a day (until the oil absorbs into your skin) and see if it helps to relieve the rash and itch (if there is). Virgin coconut oil can mitigate the itch from heat rash and eczema, so I think it should have similar effect on that unidentified rash of yours.

      If your rash persists after stopping dairy, then stop your intake of virgin coconut oil as well for 3 days and see how it goes. If the rash persists or gets worse, go see a medical specialist because it could be something else inside your body or as mentioned earlier, the toxins from other foods that trigger the rash, particularly on the back of your neck.

  24. Hi Soon Chai,
    Been research on VCO and I found this blog. Just sharing my experience,I've been diagnose with gallstones 5mos ago, and I;ve undergone cholecystectomy.. I've having a hard time in digestions since then... It's been 2 days since I've taken VCO and my digestions improved..jst taken 1tbsp on the morning and 1 in the evening..My poop becomes more solid unlike before and from color yellow turns to brown.. I think its does really help me and as of now no bad side effects on me, still waiting if there's any 😀 aside from this my appetite also subsides in which its really help me in loosing weights...

    • Hi Banjie, thanks for sharing your experience. Yes, coconut oil does help with digestive issues, especially people who have had problem secreting pancreatic enzymes and bile. You might want to learn how it helps with your digestion @ so that you'll know how to max up coconut oil to make your digestion even better than now. Coconut oil also helps in weight loss, which you can learn from

      • Yes Soon Chai, Thanks a lot for the Big Help... I hope many will enlighten with this blog about the great wonders of Coconut Oil.Im planning to include it also in my cooking, for frying... And I think loosing weight for me is not a problem anymore aswell, with proper diet ofcourse and daily excise.. 😀

        • Hi Banjie, if you plan to fry with coconut oil, keep in mind not to exceed the smoke point of coconut oil which is about 350 °F (177 °C). Once the oil smokes, its health-promoting structure will break down and its entire health properties will alter.

  25. Hello,
    6 weeks ago I started taking Nutiva refined coconut oil (solid at room temp variety) as a diet addition after hearing great results from friends. The dose was too large, 2T/day, and I quit after 4 days because of very loose stools. Then it turned into full-blown diarrhea a week later which I've had for 3+ weeks (along with some bloating, rumbling gut, no abdominal pain, ongoing headaches and nausea) and can't seem to get rid of it. No other diet changes and I had bowel samples checked with no bacteria present, so I'm thinking it has to be the coconut oil. Any advice on getting rid of the diarrhea?

    • Hi Lynn, this is very unusual. You got a full-blown diarrhea after stopping coconut oil for a week. And it persists for 3+ weeks and during this period you have not had a drop of coconut oil.

      Seriously, the effect of coconut oil should have long worn off with the bowel movements 1 or 2 days after you quit. I'm afraid you'll need to do a full body check-up and see what actually has happened to you.

  26. Maybe it is me, but is seems that every time I attempt to take coconut oil or extra virgin coconut capsules, my feet always seems to or feel like they swell a bit. I would like to take them for their health and potential weight loss benefit, especially when losing weight can be so very difficult for ladies who suffer insulin resistance with PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome). I am 48. What do you think?

    • Hi Denise, did you measure the girth of your feet before and after taking coconut oil? Perhaps you should do that since you're not confirmed on that.

      I've heard much about how coconut oil helps to reduce swelling for some chronic conditions but for your case, it is difficult to tell. Maybe you should stop coconut oil for a week first and see if your feet swell. If nothing, then re-start your coconut oil intake with just 1 teaspoon for 3 days and if it goes well, then gradually step up the intake. Maybe it takes a while for your body to get used to coconut oil.

      Coconut oil may help to improve insulin resistance, by the way.

  27. I added 1 Tbsp cold pressed virgin coconut oil to my coffee and broke out in hives a day later. Stopped adding to coffee until rash was gone. Tried again and rash came back. Is this a typical side effect?

    • Hi Amy, this could be a detox reaction from virgin coconut oil. How's your diet? Do you take lots of meat or dairy products every day? If yes, try cutting back on those and increase your veggie and fruits intake. And in the meantime, stop your virgin coconut oil intake for the time being.

      The reason for doing this is to let your body detox with fruits and veggies first (meat contains tons of toxins), so when you resume your consumption of virgin coconut oil it should not break out in hives or even if it does, it should not be as severe as you're experiencing now. Virgin coconut oil is very detoxifying, for your info.

  28. This morning I put about a tablespoon of VCO in my coffee. Went to the gym and before the hour was up I was broke out in a rash all over my legs and upper body. I have been using VCO since Saturday but not as much. I didn't do anything any different. Do you think the VCO could have caused the rash. It was gone in about an hour.

    • Hi Carol, based on what you've given, yes, could be. Just as it would cause an outbreak of acne on face. If the rash comes and goes pretty fast, it's probably the normal detox reaction from VCO.

      Try to cut back on meat and processed food and increase whole food intake to prevent toxic buildup in your tissues so that virgin coconut oil will have lesser toxins to expel and manifest on skin.

  29. I started washing my face and body with coconut oil and now I itch along my back and legs x I allso use it as a vaginal wash xx I wash my face at night and in the morning and my body at night xx is the rash due to the oil xx what is the correct way to clean your body with the oil xx

    • Should I stop using item my skin and start using it in my diet xx I am always trying to help my skin and if this is harming me rather than helping please let me know xx I would hate to start aging faster and keep getting rashes xx hope you can help xx

      • Hi Maggie, I can't imagine how you would wash your body and face with coconut oil. Usually, we apply coconut oil topically to our skin (after showering or facial cleansing using whatever shower gel or facial wash you can find – best would be those using natural plant extracts) as a moisturizer and to keep off harmful bacteria and other skin-damaging germs, also to prevent free radical reactions from UV radiation.

        Also, it depends on the quality of coconut oil you're using. Some coconut oils are made in an unhygienic environment and may have molds in them or manufactured in a facility that also processes food that you're allergic to, so I do not know if the coconut oil you're using is of what quality. Can you provide more info about the brand of your coconut oil so I can check for you?

        What I would suggest for you is to first, stop your coconut oil wash for 2 weeks first and see if your rashes would go away. If your body returns to what it was before using coconut oil, next is to get a high-quality organic virgin coconut oil. Then start with just a teaspoon per day added to your breakfast for 3 days and see any bad reaction your body has.

        If your body looks good with coconut oil, then increase the amount to 2 teaspoons per day and work up the intake from there gradually until you reach 3–4 tablespoons of coconut oil daily (spread out the amount over your meals and not putting all 3 tablespoons in a meal to avoid undesirable side effects), which is the recommended dosage and way of eating coconut oil for health protection and anti-aging.

        You can also use the same organic virgin coconut oil to apply to your skin (and vagina) after shower or facial wash instead of using it to wash your body and face (we don't normally do that). Read How to Use Coconut Oil for Skin Care?.

        Also, if you don't want to age faster, replace most of your meat-based foods with dark green leafy vegetables and fruits because meat carries lots of toxins that promote skin aging while the natural plant foods contain tons of skin-nourishing nutrients that will nourish you from the inside out.

    • Hi Rakshita, were you also feeling nauseous and pain in your stomach as well? If so, they probably are the die-off symptoms of Candida yeast in your gut instead of the side effect of coconut oil.

      If you only feel dizzy after taking coconut oil, then you have to look back on your diet to see whether you have cut back on your carb intake or not while taking 2 tablespoons of virgin coconut oil because when your brain does not get enough glucose from the food intake it tends to feel lightheaded. Also, were you also sleeping badly that night before that causes you to feel dizzy the following day? You have to consider other factors because feeling dizzy alone is most likely not the side effect of coconut oil as far as I'm concerned.

  30. It's been on my 2months of taking VCO, and I'm having an acne break outs..Should I be stopping or still continue? It helps in my digestions since I dont have a gallbladder anymore..Its just the breakout on my face that bothers me..

  31. Hi,
    I was diagnoised with large uterine fibroids. I read in your article that massaging cocoanut oil into the skin may help to break uo fibrin, can you please expound on that?
    Can the cocoanut oil help to reduce the fibroids? Can cocoanut oil spread the fibrin throughout the body to other cells?

    • Hi Tamara, I think massaging itself may help to break down fibrous tissue, not necessarily with coconut oil. Please read Coconut Oil for Weight Loss carefully. But massaging your skin will most likely affect the surface tissue only rather than so deep into your uterus, in my opinion.

      Coconut oil is not a cure-all. It's good at breaking down fat tissue, but I really have no idea if it would help with your benign lump in your uterus. You can try consuming coconut oil and see if it helps. I don't think coconut oil would spread the lump to other cells.

  32. Hi Soon,

    I hope you can help me. I have red skin on the nose, it spreads to both of my chins. It looks like the skin are infected somehow. I have tried to apply some coconut oil on the "rash", after applying it, my skin burns, not constantly but randomly during the day. Is that a normal reaction? Because of the anti-bacterial effect that the coconut contains. Ihave only use the coconut oil 2 days now.

    • Hi Mikkel, is your red skin on the nose just occurred recently? If it's bacterial infection, coconut oil may have an impact on it and the random burning sensation you felt could be a healing crisis, which is normal. But it may not be the case.

      Do you smoke, consume alcohol, or take spicy food? These can trigger redness around your nose and even your chin. Over-exposing yourself to cold and dry weather can trigger that as well. My suggestion is that you try to pinpoint the causes of your redness and then eliminate the causes rather than using coconut oil without knowing what exactly is causing the redness around your nose. If you insist on putting coconut oil, try for another couple of days and if no improvement, seek help from a skin specialist.

  33. Hello
    Im rochelle im taking now a vco. 3x a day and apple cider together. Its actually my second day now. Wen my 1st take of vco i fell sleepy the whole day and tiredness.
    Its normal or is that ok to take that two together??
    Pls let me know your answer, i really need to know.
    Thans soon

    • Hi Rochelle, I have both apple cider vinegar and virgin coconut oil but I don't usually take them together except during meals (food cooked in virgin coconut oil and then dipped into apple cider vinegar to enhance flavor). Nothing happens when I eat them this way (probably I have become seasoned).

      Apple cider vinegar promotes growth of healthy bacteria while coconut oil fights harmful bacteria (it may also kill some friendly bacteria by accident). And I suspect it's the die-off of bacteria that causes you to feel tired.

      Or it could be that you were having Candida (did you have symptoms like athlete's foot, toenail fungus or digestive issues) and when Candida yeast got killed by virgin coconut oil, they will release toxins that cause fatigue and dizziness as well.

      What you can do now is separate the intake of virgin coconut oil from apple cider vinegar for a few days and see what happens.

  34. Hi Soon, I started taking vco 1 tbs mixed into coffee & unsalted butter creating the Bullet coffee effect. I felt nauseous hours later & throughout the day. I might have read somewhere that this could be indigestion & that if a digestive enzyme is taken would solve the problem. Do you know if this is true? If so, what enzyme would you recommend?

    • Hi Rashidah, you have introduced too much acid into your stomach. Virgin coconut oil makes you acidic after it has broken into its individual fatty acids. So is butter. Coffee is highly acidic too. So yes, acid indigestion can cause nausea.

      You don't need digestive enzymes, just some antacid will do. Try Eno. But if you can put up with the bad feeling, you don't need any antacid or enzymes at all. All you need is just a few hours of fasting and your body will eventually return to its functional state.

      When you start eating again, take your food in moderation to prevent overloading your stomach. It has just recovered, so don't put too much stress on it. Also, not everyone is suitable for bulletproof coffee. If your stomach is sensitive to acid, don't try this. In fact, shaking virgin coconut oil with water is good enough to charge you up, you can try that, but it tastes pretty weird (I'm used to that).

  35. Hi Soon Chai,
    What a wonderful site this is, so informative and interesting. I started using coconut oil in my diet around six months ago but I don't have it everyday. Any useful suggestions about how I could implement it in my diet, I'm not good at eating it on its own. I occasionally have it spread on a slice of whole meal toast with peanut butter for breakfast. I cook with it to, if an oil is required. I don't make smoothies as I'm not a fan, prefer to eat my foods whole.
    Many thanks

    • Hi Lindsey, you're not so passionate about having coconut oil as a staple in your diet yet because you don't really know what coconut oil is good for and why you should eat and use it every day. I strongly recommend you to read my version of Health Benefits of Coconut Oil, which is insightful and hence, very different from others you might have read elsewhere.

      Once you get the true behind-the-scene picture of coconut oil and what it can do for you, I guess you should be able to naturally implement it in your diet and lifestyle like a ride in the park and keep your health in the best form. Knowledge motivates changes.

  36. Thank you, I do see that Coconut oil is good for our bodies. I shall look for ideas of how to consume it within our diets. We do eat some but maybe not enough. I give to my dog every day mixed in with his food, he's 11 years old now and looks much younger!

  37. Hi my name is Andrew and I've been suffering for the past seven years from oral thrush white coated tongue accompanied with bad breath smelling like female menstral cycle or male genitlia for some odd reason. Are these ailments from the candida albicans ? And I crave sugar like crazy. Im an athlete and it does affect my social life and training performance. I just recently discovered Coco oil and experienced the die off symptoms. How long should I keep up with taking Coco oil and staying away from sugar because I miss eating my chocolate covered coconut bites.. lol

    • Hi Andrew, you should continue eating coconut oil as part of your daily life rather than letting it go once your oral thrush is over because sugar-lovers can easily bring Candida yeast back to life again (sugar feeds Candida). Meaning, you're very prone to getting Candida.

      Other than keeping Candida off, taking coconut oil daily can also help reduce your needs for sugar as coconut oil provides energy. With coconut oil, you don't have to stay away from sugar since we need sugar for brain function and additionally you need it for your athletic performance. Just keep in mind to always only take the necessary amount of sugar for your needs and nothing more than that.

      Learn more about how coconut oil can benefit you every day so that you can always perform optimally at all times.

  38. Hello Soon Chai,
    My name is Jessy and I have been suffering from sharp needle-like pain, that last only a few seconds, throughout my body for the last month and a half. I had been using Coconut oil body wash and coconut oil body lotion since August.
    Is there any chance the pain comes from using these products?

    • Hey Jessy, welcome on board!

      Very unlikely the pain comes from using coconut oil since it seems okay for you in Aug and early Sep. You're actually not alone since there are many people out there having something similar to yours. They don't take coconut oil. Are you on some kind of medication right now? That could be the reason.

      Nevertheless, stop coconut oil for 2 weeks and see if the sharp pain still occurs or not. If yes, go for a body check-up or consult with a neurologist.

  39. HI
    I have alopecia aerate for 7 years, i tried many different treatments from herbs to cortisone. nothing worked. i have modified my diet and there is very little response.
    do you think eating and applying coconut oil directly on my scalp will help regrowing my hair?
    thank you.

    • Hello Aida, the answer is unfortunately no. Coconut oil only helps to strengthen the existing hair by preventing loss of protein and moisture, but it won't help to regrow hair when there is no hair on the scalp. Dr. Bruce Fife, author of The Coconut Oil Miracle has tried on himself, but the top of his head remains hairless after years. That's the best proof.

      I know there are articles everywhere on the web claiming that coconut oil helps to regrow hair. That's not true in most cases. Too much hype about coconut oil can lead you in the wrong direction.

    • Hi Soon!

      I absolutely love this blog and thank you for kindly sharing. I have a response to Aida's question and a return question for you. Aida I have suffered from thinning hair and have done a lot of research. Seemingly, alopecia sufferer' s have toxins in the kidney and liver. Being that coconut oil can kill these toxins, Soon wouldn't you think that the oil could help?

      Much luck Aida.


      • Hi Autumn, when your hair follicles do not get adequate amount of oxygen and nutrients they need for strengthening hair, thinning of hair and hair loss will take place. But what causes that?

        Toxins in the body (that your liver and kidney have to deal with) can upset your hormonal and pH balance, leading to a disorder that causes weak blood flow to your scalp. This is one reason. Another reason is the formation of excessive DHT (dihydrotestosterone) from testosterone. DHT affects the absorption of nutrients and oxygen into the hair follicles.

        Now, coconut oil does not kill toxins. It actually helps to energize cells so that cells are able to expel toxins on their own. Also, coconut oil may help to inhibit the formation of DHT. But so what? If you continue to force yourself to stay wide awake at night to pub, booze and socialize or play games or watch your favorite TV programs, or you're taking a really poor diet that contains lots of toxin-laden meat with very pathetic intake of the natural greens or other wholesome foods, or you allow yourself to high-sugar intake that fluctuates your hormones, coconut oil can't help you much.

    • Also, I have researched the positive effects coconut oil has on the thyroid/Hilton's and in turn can lead to alopecia causing hair to weaken, thin and or fall out. Coconut is known for killing fungi that also contributes to alopecia. Soon, your feedback?


      ...sorry for the back to back post. ☺

      • Hi Autumn, fungal infection on your scalp can cause patches of hair loss. You can try applying coconut oil on the affected area and coconut oil should help. Coconut oil does help to fix low thyroid problem also. When your metabolism returns to its active state, it'll help to improve your overall bodily functions.

  40. I am taking coconut oil tablets from GNC. Organic and supposedly nothing else in the tablets. The instructions call for two tablets before each meal. I take two in the morning and two in the evening. I have been experiencing such severe dizziness and this is the only thing I can think of that would bring this on. I eliminated everything else. I thought it was the Apple Cider Vinegar and I stopped that but still have the dizziness so I think it is not the ACV. Can it be the coconut oil tablets causing the dizziness? Should I cut back to one per day and would one per day be beneficial? Thanks.

    • Hi Karen, each softgel contains only 1 g (1000 mg) of virgin coconut oil. If taking 4 grams (not even a teaspoon) daily can have such an impact on you then I would say coconut oil is too amazing.

      Since when did you start getting that severe dizziness? Did you get it as soon as you start taking the softgels? Dizziness could be a symptom of Candida die-off. But I don't think it's the effect of coconut oil because it is too small an amount to effect anything. Why not you stop the softgels for a week and see if your dizziness will go away.

      Do you also have (virgin) coconut oil in jar? If you take that and it doesn't cause dizziness, then it could be the softgel that is giving you the problem since most softgels on the market are made from animal-based substances that may contain antibiotic, hormone residues and diseased animal tissues. You're better off with virgin coconut oil in veggie softgels which is safer.

      Honestly, taking softgels (or capsules) is a good way to get started with coconut oil but not too beneficial for health since the health-promoting effect of a few grams of coconut oil daily can easily get offset by the harmful chemicals in processed food and toxins in meat. Don't forget that we're inhaling some degree of polluted air as well.

      Unless you're eating lots of vegetable greens and fruits and grains, I highly recommend you to take virgin coconut oil in jar since you can gulp it down in tablespoons (one = 14 grams). It's cheaper this way as well because a 29 fl oz (822 grams) GNC virgin coconut oil costs much lesser than a bottle of 240 grams of GNC virgin coconut oil in softgels.

      But for quality, GNC virgin coconut oil is new and I have never tried before. Moreover, it's packed in plastic jar so I would only recommend what I'm eating – Nutiva virgin coconut oil in glass jar.

      To reap benefits from virgin coconut oil, you need at least 3 tablespoons a day. You might want to read up more about the health benefits of coconut oil so that you're equipped with a solid knowledge to help you get the most out of this beneficial fat from the "Tree of Life".

  41. Hi Soon Chai, I see here a nice discussion. I am curios, are you a vegan? So eating meat does cause a lot of problems to the body? Then if you are a vegan eating proteins from veggies provide the same results as the proteins from meat?

    • Hi Constantin, I'm a vegetarian, not a full vegan yet but close to it because I take really very little dairy and egg products (normally left over by my parents when they can't finish the food). But I'm very strict to making sure my food does not contain meat because I don't eat my friends.

      If meat does not cause problems to the body, then why are doctors around the globe telling their patients to take more fruits and vegetables and less meat? If meat does not cause problems to the body, then why are the majority of skin care products not derived from meat but instead from plant? If meat does not cause problems, then why do many smart athletes (most of them are meat-eaters) restrict their meat intake one or two months before competition?

      There are tons of evidence to show that meat causes problems. Meat is highly toxic and carcinogenic. Have you heard of anyone who has got cancer take more meat and cure? Not a single one. Meat will only make their condition even worse and cause them to die faster. But you probably have read from news that someone with cancer has got back his or her life after stopping meat and starting to eat only plant food, right?

      I used to be a hardcore meat-eater and super constipation (for an entire month) and frequently falling sick are the end results. As I began to take less meat but more vegetables, fruits and other plant foods, my health improved by leaps and bounds as I was able to move bowels more frequently. And ever since I stopped meat completely 22 years ago, I have been feeling super as my body is having less toxins. But you gotta try it yourself to feel what I feel.

      Veggies (I assume you're referring to only vegetables) do not provide much protein. You can easily obtain protein from beans, nuts and seeds. Soy products like tempeh, tofu and soy milk are the easiest and fastest way (in my opinion) to feed protein. If you're still skeptical of whether eating plant food can provide enough protein, you can google for "vegan bodybuilder". Their super tight muscles will make your jaw drop. You can also find out what they eat that makes them what they are.

  42. Hi I just started using Coconut oil on my face, body and started getting this rush all over my body should I stop the use of this before it gets worse. It's already bad enough.

    • Hi Enid, it could be the detox effect of coconut oil. If you're afraid, stop using coconut oil until the rash calms down.

      If you feel like using coconut oil again, be sure to use only organic virgin coconut oil and this time around, start with just a thin layer applied over a small area on your skin for at least a week to see if there's any reaction again. In the meantime, try to eat more greens and fruits to help carry toxins away from your skin so that when you re-apply coconut oil, the toxin-purging effect through your skin would not be that severe.

    • Hi Cynthia, breaking out rash is actually normal (and quite common) with consuming coconut oil as it is cleansing your system of any toxins you have accumulated in the past. Different people react differently depending on their body's toxic levels and the amount of coconut oil they take. This is a healing crisis in fact. But many people do not realize this and freak out. It's a shame!

      What kind of coconut supplements are you taking? Is it virgin coconut oil in softgels like 1000 mg in a capsule that sort? And how much are you taking per day that effect an outbreak of rash?

      • Hello...I've had genital herpes for 3years..recently started taking unrefined vco..first day I had diarrhoea but it went after a few chills and headache third day..fourth day got the outbreak and its now 5days after but the outbreaks don't seem to b going away...I keep getting new ones everyday while the old ones dry up after applying the coconut on a sugar free diet and drink a lot of water plus it normal for the outbreaks to keep coming or the vco is not working anymore...I take three tablespoons a worried is it ok to get the persistent outbreaks

        • Hi Cathy, as I've mentioned above in the post, acne breakout and diarrhea-like symptoms and others like headache are the common "side effects"... actually detox reaction of virgin coconut oil. So, it seems pretty normal as far as I am concerned. The outbreak might continue until your body and skin are cleansed of "dirty stuff".

          Please read How to Use Coconut Oil for Acne to see what else you should do to mitigate the breakout.

    • Hi Stephanie, if you cannot bear with the pain, you can stop taking coconut oil right away until you're better. Then when you resume, start off with 1 teaspoon per day and maintain for a week and see what happens. If it goes well for you, then increase to another teaspoon and so on until you're able to take a few tablespoons per day without much "side effects" (healing crisis, actually).

  43. Soon Chai, I've been taking Virgin unrefined coconut oil orally (2-3 Tblsp a day) for the last 3 months, putting it on my face far longer and oil pulling for 2-1/2 years. I've been getting horribly itchy skin all over and a rash on my wrist I can't get rid of. Could I be developing an allergy to it? Or should I try a different kind? I love all the health benefits of it, dropped my blood pressure back to normal, weight loss, great looking skin and energy. I hate to think about quitting it 🙁

      • I've been itchy for about 6 weeks. I started using Nutiva in a plastic container about then. I have allergies to milk, but not nut ones. I itch like crazy! I've been eating more processed and sugar close to the holidays. I had kidney stones about 2 weeks ago for the first time, not sure if there's a correlation. I quit taking coconut oil 2 days ago...still itchy. Wondering if there's a brand that's less likely to cause reactions in people?

        • Hi Kathy, first off, I don't think you're allergic to virgin coconut oil because you've been using it for as long as 2.5 years for oil pulling and far longer than 3 months for facial care.

          3 months of ingesting and you only started to have the itch 6 weeks ago. This is actually an indication by virgin coconut oil to tell you that you've been intoxicating your body lately. Like you said, you've been eating more processed food and sugar close to holidays. Sugar feeds Candida yeast. It also feeds bad bacteria. When you eat lots of sugar or high-refined-carb food (refined carb converts to sugar super fast), these harmful microbes will multiply like crazy.

          Coconut oil's main task is to wipe out those microbes to prevent them from colonizing and ravaging your body further.

          When these microbes die, they rot and release toxins. All living organisms (including humans and animals) will rot and produce toxins when they die. Microorganisms are no exception. So imagine millions of them die, the tremendous amount of toxins they release can trigger adverse reactions such as headache or even migraine, body ache, nausea, dizziness, fever, fatigue, rash or hives (that make you itch like crazy) etc.

          Kidney stones are formed as a result of excessive calcium, oxalate and uric acid. This definitely is not part of the effect of coconut oil, but it could be the effect of toxins released by the dead microorganisms that causes calcium, oxalate and uric acid to stick together to form kidney stones.

          You know, toxins are very unpredictable. When our body fails to get rid of them, they'll disturb our body's normal functions. Different people react differently to toxins and of course, the amount of toxins will determine the severity of the consequences.

          Check your diet for any excessive calcium and uric acid. Animal meat will raise your uric acid level. So, cut back on that where possible. Of course, you must make sure to drink adequate amount of water because lack of fluid does also contribute to "manufacturing" kidney stones.

          If there's a brand that won't cause any reaction to you, two possible reasons:

          1. You're eating extremely healthy that there's little toxins for coconut oil to expel, and so you enjoy even greater health consuming quality virgin coconut oil.

          2. The brand packs low quality coconut oil (that is not true virgin coconut oil) and so it does not help boost metabolism and purge toxins and hence, has no impact on you even when you take lots of high-sugar food and meat and other junk foods.

          So, for the reactions you got, you can tell that the virgin coconut oil you're consuming is really a very good one. But there's another concern with that, it's packed in plastic container. I use Nutiva virgin coconut oil as well, but I buy the glass jar one. I used to buy that plastic one, but somehow I just didn't feel safe and so I went for the glass-filled oil as soon as Nutiva started packing them. I do not know if that plastic may have some relationship with the adverse reaction.

          Stop taking coconut oil won't help you in the long-term. It's actually good to have coconut oil protecting you. True, when you don't take coconut oil, those "side effects" may gradually fade off but in actual fact, your body would become a warehouse for storing toxic substances. When the time ripens and they flare, you could probably be in terminal stage of cancer or other degenerative diseases.

          Holidays or not, just be extremely careful with what you eat and bring into your body. You might feel like not joining your friends or family for the food will make you a spoilsport, but think about the consequences you may have to face. You suffer while they may not. You have the choice.

          Oh, since you're not taking coconut oil orally and the itch is still there, try rubbing virgin coconut oil on your skin and it should help you mitigate the itch in 5-10 mins.

          Did I miss out any questions of yours? Let me know. By the way, Merry X'mas and a Happy New Year! 😉

          • OK, My rash is still present, but less severe. I've cut back on the coconut oil for sanity sake. I'm cutting way back on meat, no sugars or processed food and lots and lots of water. Sticking to whole foods as much as possible. A friend sent me an article stating the correlation between kidney stones and renal failure, even though I only showed trace protein in my urine with the stones. Freaky to think about! I'm also taking burdock to cleanse my blood and give my kidneys a break. Rash is mainly on my arms the worst, the both right and left low back. I was major welts and 24 hour itching, the burdock helps a lot. Could a die off really be lasting 3+ weeks? ANything other ideas to mitigate the rash and get flushed? Other then the rash, I feel fine. No other symptoms. Help! 🙂

          • Hi Kathy, did you try applying coconut oil for your welts? I do have itchy welts sometimes right after a hot shower or when the weather gets super hot or probably due to some food I have taken, but after applying coconut oil they'll disappear in 30 mins or so.

            It's very hard to tell whether you're still experiencing the die-off because toxins are difficult to deal with and they can be stored in the tissues for ages and stubborn to get purged.

            Take acne treatment with coconut oil, some people use coconut oil to treat their acne and they got breakouts so severe for several weeks that they almost give up but they stick through the "crisis" and start to see their pimples shrinking and skin clearing day after day.

            So, you might have so much toxins right inside your tissues that they could take a long time to be purged. If rubbing coconut oil does not help, try to surf online for other natural remedies like using cold compress, taking an oatmeal bath, using chamomile tea or treating with aloe vera etc.

  44. Will coconut oil reduce my cholesterol. since now m taking cholesterol and blood thining pill and probatic for my stomach. what is the best time to take coconut oil?

  45. Thanks for your informative blog:)
    I have been using Nutivia organic CO in the glass jar since the summer along with a Paleo AIP diet. I was able to gradually increase my CO consumption to approx 4tbsps/day with no difficulty. Without any dietary changes, I started to develop a rash on my back a couple hrs after consuming the CO before Christmas. I had my husband rub the CO onto the rash and the hives stopped itching, but the rash never totally went away. After applying the CO to my back, approximately 30 mins later, I developed extreme facial flushing and red swollen cheeks. I had had the facial flushing previously before after consuming CO, but just brushed it off. I then stopped the CO entirely for a week. I then tried about 1/2 cup of coconut milk in a green smoothie and the same facial flushing occurred about 30 mins later. I badly want CO in my diet again for health reasons, but cannot get by this flushing reaction. I wonder if I have developed a sensitivity to the CO after all these months?
    I am now scared to even resume my oil pulling with CO. Is there anyway I can gradually resume the CO and coconut milk in my diet? I can drink 500 mls of coconut water every am with out any issues. I am just reacting to the coconut milk and oil. I have always used the Nutivia organic virgin oil in the jar and pure, no additives, coconut milk, same brand as always. Please help me find a solution to this dilemma.
    My joints and skin are missing my CO!

    Many thanks:)

    • Hi Mary, when did you start taking 4 Tbsps of virgin coconut oil?

      Virgin coconut oil boosts metabolism. As you consume more, your metabolism may step into an overdrive, triggering an increase of toxin-purging activity that can induce rash or other skin reactions. It could just be a healing crisis, actually.

      I notice that Paleo AIP diet is not so healthy as it claims to be since it allows for meat consumption. Meat is very toxic by itself, even if the livestock is grass-fed. So, do you consume lots of meat?

      You love coconut oil and you very much wanted to keep having it for the health of your joints and skin, so the only solution to help you get around the skin reactions is to increase your whole food (especially dark green leafy vegetables) intake and decrease your animal-based food consumption. When your body becomes cleaner, the detox effect from coconut oil would die down naturally, which means the "bad" reaction will mitigate.

      As for getting facial flushing, the increase in metabolic activity caused by medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs) in coconut oil or coconut milk may improve the blood flow. In fact, the increase of blood flow occurs to the entire body, it's just that the enlargement of blood vessels to accommodate the increased blood flow appears more apparent on facial skin since facial skin is relatively thinner. That explains the blushing (and slight swelling) of your cheeks.

      I don't think you've developed a sensitivity to virgin coconut oil. I think after taking it for so many months, your body has become more sensitive to the bad stuff that invades your body and quickly try to expel it through the skin (that's why the rash), which is a good thing. Like a vigilant police force, it's able to quickly detect some bad guys that infiltrate into the force and then get rid of them before they cause much damage.

      Coconut water has very little MCFAs. That's why you don't feel a thing drinking it. Feeling nothing doesn't mean it's good. Getting undesirable reaction doesn't necessarily mean it's bad. What you can do to get past this "healing crisis" hurdle is to reduce your coconut oil intake to 2 Tbsps instead of keeping at 4 Tbsps per day. In the meantime, increase your vegetable and fruit intake to help make your body cleaner. Then slowly up the intake back to 3 or 4 Tbsps of coconut oil.

      • Hi Soon,

        Thanks for your reply:)

        I had been using the CO at 4 Tbsps for at least 2 mos no problems. I do not eat a lot of meat, only 1 portion a day. At least 75% of my diet is vegetables, esp green and orange veggies. I may eat 2 pieces of fruit max as I was concerned about the fructose content. I am esp concerned about the flushing as it has flared my dormant rosacea. Is it better to gradually re-introduce the coconut as CO or as coconut milk to avoid the flushing reaction and at what dose? I have been off CO except for the coconut water for almost 2wks now and would love to be able to re-introduce it safely. Would it have less of a reaction if I re-introduced it with food than without? And would it have less of a reaction if it were to be consumed with some protein rather than just with veggies? And at what dose to start? Sorry for so many questions, but I really want to get CO back into my life again. I feel my health was much better until the rashes and flushing came out of the blue.

        Thanks ever so much, Soon:)

        • Hi Mary, your health has actually turned for the better since your 4-Tbsps for 2 months. The flushing and rosacea breakouts are actually the detox reactions of coconut oil.

          Like I previously said, your body has become more vigilant and sensitive to bad things that get inside your body as coconut oil helps cleanse your body. The toxins in 1 portion of meat per day may now begin to "agitate" coconut oil and so coconut oil has to expel them through your skin as soon as it can. Of course, some people can live with 1 portion of meat with consumption of 4 Tbsps of coconut oil daily without any issue. That's because each of us has a different body constitution plus different medical conditions (as in your case, your joint problem).

          That said, I don't have a recommended dose for you. You'll have to find the best dose that gives you the health level you need and yet does not cause much reaction to you.

          Here's my suggestion though. Try cutting your 1 portion of meat down to 1/2 portion (reduce bit by bit gradually over the course of 4 to 8 weeks or longer, up to you), in the meantime, re-introduce your intake of coconut oil at 1 Tbsps daily WITH food and spread the 1 Tbsps over the day (this should be safe for you). Then increase the amount gradually till you hit 3 Tbsps over the course of 4 weeks. If 3 Tbsps start to give you some reactions, cut it back down to 2 Tbsps and allow your body to adapt to this 2-Tbsps even longer like 3 months or so before you up to 3 Tbsps. Trial-and-error was what I did when I started my coconut oil diet 11 years ago.

          Unless you make your own coconut milk from fresh, the milk you get from can or packet may have substances that work against the effect of coconut oil. I use coconut milk or cream occasionally. Coconut oil is the easiest form to let me consume every day for health benefits.

          You can mix coconut oil literally with any food. Proteins or veggies do not matter. But it definitely will give stronger and faster reaction when you take coconut oil without food and especially on empty stomach. So, always make sure to eat coconut oil with food. I cook with coconut oil, add some more before serving. I don't use unsaturated oils because unsaturated oils easily oxidize and can intoxicate our body. If you cook with unsaturated oils, change it to coconut oil, again, gradually. Unsaturated fats that go inside your body may intoxicate your body even more than the toxins from 1 portion of meat. So, do also take note of your unsaturated fat intake.

  46. Hi Soon,

    I have had my total colon removed many years ago. I have an internal pelvic pouch made out of my small bowel.

    I have been using Nutiva Organic Virgin Coconut Oil on and off for awhile now. I don't use it everyday. However, I used one tbsp this morning as well as one tbsp a few times last week. I've noticed that I get extremely bloated and it gets worse as the day goes on. I was wondering if it's because I don't use it regularly and/or because one tbsp is too much for me at one time?

    What is the best way to slowly introduce it to my body?

    Also, could it be a problem taking it because I don't have my colon.

    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

    Warm regards

    • Hi Barb, how frequent is your bowel movement before starting on coconut oil?

      I ask you that because if you don't move well, the toxic waste that is trapped in your small intestine may further be fermented by your gut bacteria and cause more gas. And when coconut oil enters and kills those bacteria, they may die and then rot to release toxins and produce gas as the by-products, which is the probable reason you're bloating at the intake of coconut oil.

      For your case since you've had your colon removed, you should try to start off with just a teaspoon first every morning. Doing it every day allows your body to "get to know" about coconut oil. And when you feel it works fine (without any "side effect") after 7 days or so, increase your daily intake to 2 teaspoons by adding one teaspoon to your lunch.

      The key to consuming coconut oil for health benefits without having to suffer its "adverse reaction" is to go slow with increasing the intake until you can take up to 3 or even 4 tablespoons per day.

      Do not rush in the hope of gaining its health benefits quickly. If your body needs more time to "understand" coconut oil, give it.

  47. Hi all,

    Started using Virgin Coconut Oil 100% for the last three weeks and below is a list of some of the symptoms am experiencing after die-off of candida yeast.

    Headache, fatigue, dizziness
    Swollen glands
    Bloating, gas, constipation or diarrhea
    Increased joint or muscle pain
    Elevated heart rate
    Chills, cold feeling in your extremities
    Body itchiness, hives or rashes
    Skin breakouts

    I have had candida in the last 16yrs, dry skinned person and my face is only part of my body that candida love the most.
    I am patient but I believe my self esteem will be back!!!

    • Thanks for sharing with us your experience, Lilian. Yes, your self-esteem will definitely return as your Candida gets eliminated. In the meantime, you should try cutting down on your sugar (carb) intake since sugar promotes Candida growth.

      Did you also try applying virgin coconut oil to your skin? If not, then you should try because virgin coconut oil is also good at moisturizing dry skin. If you want quicker absorption into your skin, then use Nutiva refined coconut oil.

  48. Hi Soon Chai,

    I had mild chronic gastric 4 months back. After medication, my ulcer is gone but I have frequent indigestion and gaseous stomach each time after meals. I took slippery elm but not much help. I took yogurt and not much help either.

    I started on VCO two days ago. It made me feel better and reduced indigestion, bloating and gas.

    This morning I had a big spoonful after breakfast and right after my lunch I had diarrhea. I went to the toilet 4 times until the last one was just water.

    I am concerned about the acid reflux. Doctor say I can go back to nexium if I feel uncomfortable but I am scared of taking those that cause side effects.

    Is it safe for me to continue with VCO for my gastric?

    Thank you.

    • Hi Dickson, your body is "new" to virgin coconut oil (VCO). So, you must allow ample time for your body to adapt to VCO, otherwise, the result would be "diarrhea".

      It is definitely safe for you to take VCO, but you need to go slow on consuming VCO, not one big spoonful after breakfast like you did on the 3rd day, that's too potent for your body to take it at that instant. You can actually start off with 1 tablespoon (3 teaspoons) per day, but be sure to spread it over the day, like 1 teaspoon with breakfast, 1 with lunch and the other dinner. Mix VCO with food, always.

      • Hi Soon Chai,

        Thank you for your reply.

        Yes I have reduce my intake to 1 teaspoon twice or three times a day. And there is no sign of diarrhea.

        I still have the feeling of acid reflux after a heavy meal or meal with a bit of chicken. But I am mostly on diet meals like vegetarian.

        How long must I continue to take VCO before I can be cured? Can chronic gastric be cured?


        • Hi Soon Chai,

          I forgot to mention that I notice my blood pressure is higher at 143/85 even though I am taking the high blood pressure tab.

          Please advise if this is normal.

          Thank you.

        • Hi Dickson, no wonder you have frequent indigestion and gassy stomach. These are caused by taking heavy meal. Heavy meal always takes a toll on gastric, and over time your gastric performance will deteriorate. 4 months ago you started to have mild gastric issue (with acid reflux), it's still not too late for you to reverse the condition now before it progresses to a more severe gastric problem.

          Now you really need some discipline to make sure every meal you take must not make you feel full. 70 % satiety level is the max you should go. People always think that eating full will help them last hunger longer, but this overloads your stomach with food and make your stomach overwork always. Imagine your boss keeps overloading you with heavy work, you'll definitely stress out one day and quit. Same principle applies to each and every organ of our body.

          You should learn to take small meals 5–6 times a day. This keeps you going but at the same time allows your gastric ample time to rest. And since your gastric has "fallen", it will take some time for it to recover (but it won't go back to its full functionality ever after being overworked for so many years). Read How to Get Healthy and try to follow as many tips there as you can.

          143 is a bit high. You must try to burn off some fats that compress your blood vessels causing the pressure. As you increase your coconut oil intake, your metabolism will improve to help burn fat and so will your blood circulation that in turn help to lower your blood pressure level. Read How to Use Coconut Oil for Weight Loss.

          • Hi Soon Chai,

            Thank you for your advice. I will go slow on my meals from now on.

            I forgot to mention that I am skinny and lost some more weight when I had gastric. I also noticed there was a very bit of blood in my stool this morning. And I have loose stool since my intake of VCO. I spoke to my doctor and he say it is quite normal besides the stress factor could have up the pressure a bit. My cholesterol level is normal and not on medication. I am not diabetic.

            I continue with 1 teaspoon after breakfast this.

            Thank you.

          • You're welcome, Dickson. But skinny doesn't mean you won't have liver fat or other fats that compress blood vessels. You just have to monitor your blood pressure level and I believe it will improve over the course of next several weeks after taking virgin coconut oil daily. Plus, you should gain back some weight since coconut oil can help improve digestion.

            Most people with gastric issue has one common bad habit... they delay hunger for too long. Keep this in mind, eat whenever you feel hungry. And if you're super hungry by the time you take your meal, don't wolf down everything in a flash to feed your hunger as this can "shock" your gastric and cause it go bonkers. Get a grip on yourself and begin with small bites (along with some warm soup) to let your gastric get used to the food slowly and increase your food intake gradually. 30 mins per meal is a good timeline.

          • Hi Soon Chai,

            Sorry to continue to ask questions.

            Today is the fifth day I am taking VCO.

            I notice my morning stool has indigested food and mild diarrhea during the day. Is this normal?

            Thank you.

          • Hi Dickson, indigested food is actually pretty normal even for people without gastric issue.

            When your bowels move faster, less fluid and nutrients will get absorbed. It could be the work of virgin coconut oil that increases your bowel motility. You can reduce the motility by cutting back on virgin coconut oil a bit so that your intestines can move slower a bit to absorb more nutrients and fluid. Also, you have gastric issue at present, so indigestion of food could also be the result of that.

          • Thank you Soon Chai,

            I will take your advise to cut back VCO for the time being.

            After I took VCO for the first time, my reflux, burping, bloating and gas stop. But today the burping is back and was burping the whole day even though I had small meals.

            Let's see if my mobility and burping will slow down after I cut back on VCO.

            Thank you again.

          • Hi Dickson, it takes many years for gastric to go down, so naturally it will take some time for it to get back up again.

            Virgin coconut oil is not an instant remedy. The first time you took it and it stopped your burp doesn't mean your gastric problem is gone for good. It actually is still there and it's going to stay for several weeks before you see improvement, of course, that's provided you're discipline enough to religiously follow through the tips I've mentioned.

            Your burping is due to your gastric issue, nothing much to do with VCO.

            Keep me posted. 😉

          • Hi Soon Chai,

            I have reduce my intake of VCO as of today. Let's see how it goes.

            Do you know if I need to take any vitamins or supplements besides VCO for my gastritis?

            Thank you.

          • Hi Dickson, I personally will leave my body's natural healing ability to run its course, with the help of virgin coconut oil since virgin coconut oil energizes cells and helps to repair. That said, I don't think you need any supplement. But you can ask around for other trusted opinions and who knows there might be a great supplement to further boost your recovery.

          • Hi Soon Chai,

            I am back.

            I would like to know if it's OK to take probiotics, VCO and enzymes at the same times. Will this cause any problems to my GI and digestion?

            Will VCO increase acidity in my stomach? I read somewhere indigestion is cause by insufficient acid.

            Thank you.

          • Hi Dickson, I think it's pretty safe to take all these together. However, you still have to try out since we all can react differently when we lump different (though good) things together. Take a small amount of probiotics and enzymes first, then increase progressively and gradually. Along the way, monitor their effects on you to make sure you don't suffer any adverse reactions from taking them.

            VCO contains 100% fatty acids. As the term suggest, they are acids. So, yes, VCO does increase acidity but not as much as we think. To digest food properly, not only our body relies on gastric acid, but also bile salts and pancreatic juice injected into the small intestines. Lack of bile salts and pancreatic juice may also contribute to poor digestion.

  49. Hi Jerome, virgin coconut oil triggering sore throat is super rare.

    Virgin coconut oil does contribute to raising acidity level when it breaks down into free fatty acids in your stomach. But its impact on hiking acidity level is super minimal. My guess is, you must have been eating lots of junk food (such as high-sugar food or beverages, toxin-laden meat, fried stuff and other processed food) recently that make your body super acidic and become a breeding bed for flu or cold viruses. Which is why when virgin coconut oil gets into your stomach you started to have acid reflux that causes heartburn. Heartburn hurts your throat, setting the stage for viruses to land there and take hold.

    Right now, you need to take lots of vegetables and fruits to "deacidify" your body. Virgin coconut oil helps to fight and kill flu instead.

    • So i have to stop taking this mr soon chai? Thanks a lot for your help. Before i taking it i have a acid reflux. And i read a blog that this can help.

      • Hi Jerome, so before you started taking virgin coconut oil you already have an acid reflux. You should continue to take coconut oil, just that you must make an effort to reduce your meat consumption, fried food and high-sugar food or drinks, and increase your intake of fruits and vegetables. Otherwise, taking virgin coconut oil won't help you much.

        Please read Health Benefits of Coconut oil to get a better picture of how you should consume coconut oil to gain maximum benefits from it.

  50. I've been using Tropical Traditions organic virgin coconut oil for years when I cook/bake and also add it to my tea (or Bulletproof MCT oil). I have always gotten a "rash" on my neck, back and chest/stomach area. What is this caused from? The reaction is little itchy bumps that burn or feel irritated. I can touch them and scratch off little scabs. What could this be?

    • Hi Kian, I think you're experiencing the "healing crisis" of coconut oil as you've started way too fast – 3 tablespoons a day.

      As for your sore throat, coconut oil generally does not cause that. Coconut oil helps to fight flu symptoms instead. It's actually due to you having eaten too much acidic food recently that promote viral infection and trigger sore throat. Think about what you have eaten these past few days and the answer will pop up instantly.

      Swelling to your neck may be the symptom of cleansing. You should now reduce your coconut oil intake to just 1 tablespoon per day (splitting into 3 separate teaspoons – 1 added to breakfast, 1 to lunch and 1 to dinner) and take more fruits and vegetables to help expel toxins and excess acidic components from your body. This will help improve your symptoms.

      After improvement, you should try to increase the amount of coconut oil progressively. Coconut oil is a potent detoxifier. You should never take it in large amount when you're getting started.

  51. Soon Chai,
    I have a few questions but want to first tell you my situation.....I just turned 50 and have always had skin problems. And thank you for this forum!
    I got my first 2 boils when I was about 17…They both popped but left nasty scars which I have now removed by a dermatology I used to work for.
    Even she could not get to the root of my problem except to say I had blocked sweat glands.
    Now 20 years later I still have the same problems but under my arms……Very painful.
    I have been doing coconut oil for about 60 days and have seen some improvement but it now seems to have taken a turn for the worst once again. I go to sleep but am awaken by sharp stabbing pays every few hours.
    If, I could I would send you a pic of what my underarms look like….It is terrible, scars upon scars and they still have puss under both arms. I pop them every night and there is always puss. I do NOT apply the coconut oil as if I do it will block my pores mores and I will get more infection.
    The odd thing is that while I can still pop the boils, every day since I started the coconut oil I seem to have a layer of dead skin that I have to peel off….I know this sound gross but am hoping it means the oil is working? It’s hard to explain but it seems the oil is working.
    Any help or advice would be amazing and thanks for doing what you are doing!
    Jim Drake

    • Hi Jim, are you saying that you don't apply coconut oil but you take coconut oil orally? I wish I could be there to help you.

      First of all, coconut oil does not clog pores, unless you're using super low quality refined or hydrogenated coconut oil. Secondly, coconut oil fights infection.

      If you're consuming coconut oil, you should try to apply it topically to your boils once or twice a day as well and see how it goes. No need too thick, just a thin layer each time will do. On top of that, you must watch what you eat because if you eat the wrong stuff, they can negate the healing effect of coconut oil. I strongly recommend you to read Health Benefits of Coconut Oil and see if the article can spark you up with some great ideas of using coconut oil to help with your condition.

      Of course, you can provide more details here so I can help you further.

  52. I had my first tea spoon of extra virgin coconut oil this morning and followed that up with a glass of hot water. Have a acidity pain in the solar plexus ever since. Is this a side effect of the detoxifying process?

    • Hi Sangeeta, sorry for the super late response. Been busy.

      How do you explain the acidity pain? Or was it just a burning sensation there? Coconut oil burns up in the liver, which is where the solar plexus is.

      Most, if not all, so-called side effects of coconut oil are actually good. Just like inflammation to a cut is to help it heal. Since you've started with a teaspoon in the morning, do it every morning and the "pain" should go off gradually. Give your body some time to adapt to the healing effect of coconut oil.

  53. Hi Soon Chai, I've been suffering panic attacks for 21 months now. They come on a regular cycle every three weeks and last for a week. My daughter suggested that it could be a parasite infection. I asked at my health shop what I could take to cure this. They suggested coconut oil. I've been taking a teaspoonful in the morning and before bedtime. I've noticed an increase in itching in my skin especially my scalp, and the roof of my mouth has become extremely sore. Should I continue with the coconut oil or stop?

    • Hi Rose, I used to have on-and-off panic attacks, even after many years of taking coconut oil every single day. But I don't have much now because I've learned to let go of many things in life.

      What I'm trying to say is, coconut oil may not really treat panic attack since the main causes of panic attack are anxiety and stress. But of course, you can try it out... who knows, your condition might improve with coconut oil.

      The soreness on the roof of your mouth may be caused by something else rather than coconut oil. The itch in your skin might be the detox reaction of coconut oil. 2 teaspoons per day and you already got such a response. Try to reduce to 1 teaspoon per day and see what happens.

      • Thank you so much for your advice. Since using coconut oil I've noticed an increase in my energy level. Usually, between my "panic weeks" during my good weeks, I still feel washed out and lethargic. I've read up a lot on the effect coconut oil has on hypothyroidism, which I also suffer with, and I'm very excited to see how that will affect me. You're doing a great job with the help and advice you give to ones on this site. Many thanks again.

        • Hi Rose, since you got hypothyroidism, I guess you're taking medication for that. So, you really got to be careful with the doses of coconut oil. As you increase your intake of the oil, you're very likely to experience palpitation due to an increase of metabolism driven by both the medication and coconut oil, that's where you need to reduce your thyroid medication. Check with your doctor. You're welcome. 😀

          • Hi Soon. Well I spoke too soon. This morning I feel terrible. I was woken by a panic attack and have had two more since. I'm terribly shaky and afraid of being alone. I'm seeing a consultant later so I'll ask her about this. Thanks again for your advice.

          • You're welcome, Rose. You might want to consider some exercises (such as yoga) to help you stay composed. Talk to your friends (those good ones, I mean) as well about your condition and they may be able to help you out in one way or another.

  54. Hi im experiencing crawling sensation in the skin. Dandruf. Joint pain. Recurrent uti. Before i had this im eating process foods and sugary product do you thnk its candida?

      • Hello, i think coconut oil has started to give me fatty liver (I have gotten very ill a couple times)., would suppositories be better to use a majority of the time to bypass the liver? Maybe ingest once a week and suppository the rest?

        • Hi Matt, I think you've gotten fatty liver way before you started on coconut oil. Check your diet. I don't suggest using suppositories as a means of delivering medications. Please consult your doctor.

  55. I have been talking coconutoil for 3 weeks now for yeast infection but the symptoms am having now is much more than before should I continue, same with my 9 years girls

    • Hi Agatha, I suspect it's the toxins released by the dying yeast that aggravate the symptoms. While using coconut oil for yeast infection, you should at the same time seriously learn to cut back on your intake of sugar and refined carb.

      Refined carb turns to sugar easily and sugar feeds yeast. When yeast gets the food, they can multiply very fast and in great number. And when you bring coconut oil into the picture, the killing of yeast becomes endless and your symptoms will never subside.

      So, reduce your sugar intake. Continue to consume coconut oil and progressively increase its intake. You should see improvement over time. But if your symptoms do not seem to get down after a few days, consult a doctor and see what he or she suggests. Keep me posted.

    • Hi Neriz, caprylic acid is very effective against Candida. Organic virgin coconut oil contains about 7.5% of this acid. MCT oil (the edible form of fractionated coconut oil), on the other hand, carries about 75% caprylic acid. If solely for fighting Candida yeast, I suggest MCT oil.

      But when Candida gets out of hand, it can dramatically impair your immune system and cause development of other infections due to attacks by pernicious parasites, bacteria or viruses. Caprylic acid alone may not be able to fight them all. Therefore, I suggest you to use both MCT oil and organic virgin coconut oil to fight Candida and cover your safety.

  56. Hi I have normal healthy skin. Just recently I have been applying coconut oil to my skin, 3 weeks into applying to oil I noticed my skin on my face was sensitive, my skin started going red and felt very itchy. Ive been diagnosed with eczema by my GP. Is this due to the coconut oil? Please advise

    • Hi Bob, it could be due to the detox reaction of coconut oil. Under normal circumstances, coconut oil actually helps to soothe the itch caused by eczema. Another possible cause could be the quality of your coconut oil. Please make sure you use only high quality organic refined coconut oil or virgin coconut oil for skin care.

  57. Hi Soon,

    A little over a week ago I decided to try a coconut detox to see if it could help with a persisting bloating that doesn't seem to leave my body (I've tried everything – I even went to the doctor's about it and my results were normal). I read that you could take a teaspoon of coconut oil several times a day by the spoonful, and I've been doing that, to see if a detox could help with my bloating issue. However, I've noticed that I have different symptoms that what you have listed and no known allergies to coconut oil because I've used it in the past for cooking.

    Some of my symptoms include itchy legs, small red now white bumps appeared on the inside of my arms, a cold popped up with a constant runny nose for two days straight (I still have a slight effect to the runny nose, but not as often as the first two days.), a on/off cough came on two days ago (which disappears hours after taking coconut oil), and now blister-like bumps that itch appeared on the inside of my right wrist today.

    No foggy mind, no stomach cramping, no nausea, no dizziness, no fever, no trouble using the restroom, no acne breakouts, no symptoms that you have listed.

    I'm using Vita Coco Coconut Oil, 100% Organic, Cold Pressed, 100% Raw, Extra Virgin.

    I'm not doing a full detox because I still need food in my system, but I am eating clean – no sugar, processed food, dairy, meat, etc.

    Could my symptoms be different from what you mentioned in the detox? Does this mean my body is expelling toxins differently?

    I'm not sure whether I should continue with the detox or stop.



    • Hi Stacy, the cold and cough you got were just coincidental and not the cause of taking coconut oil. You may be eating healthy now but what about in the past?

      Our skin can act as a warehouse for storing toxins over the years. And the toxins may still be buried deep inside your skin and coconut oil is helping to expel them. Also, do you sleep late at night? Do you smoke, drink alcohol? Do you get angry or fall into a mood swing easily?

      Late-night sleep causes hormonal imbalance that can impair the removal of toxic substances while smoking and alcohol will add on to the body's toxic load. Negative emotions cause our body to produce toxins too. If these toxins are not removed via urination, sweating, and bowel movement in time, they could get deposited into our skin.

      The active compounds in coconut oil can empower cells to purge bad substances out of the skin. The itch on your legs, small red bumps on your arms, blister-like bumps on your wrist could be the expulsion of toxins. I get those at times too. And I believe anyone eating coconut oil will have any of the symptoms you mentioned once in a while unless they are eating super clean (without even a dab of pesticide or toxic substance in their food) and live in a super clean environment where toxic pollutants and contaminants are unheard of.

      Actually, there's no way you can stop the detox since our body is doing detox every single moment. Coconut oil helps to improve our body's detox. I really think you should continue with coconut oil. Instead of taking coconut oil by the spoonful, why don't you mix it into your food? Coconut oil is a food by itself. The oil in my diet is primarily coconut oil and not other unsaturated oils that oxidize and turn rancid easily inside our body.

      I'm not trying to scare you... but persistent bloating could be a sign of ovarian cancer. Did your doctor suspect that? Let's hope that it's just a normal IBS issue. You can try to break your meals into smaller portions from today onward and take your food 5–6 times a day. This should help improve your bloating if it's just IBS. By the way, Vita Coco Virgin Coconut Oil is a good brand.

  58. Hi! I ate a teaspoon of coconut oil today on an empty stomach and I have had diarrhea all day. Is this something normal? I have eaten it before (years ago) without this side effect.

  59. Apologies if you already covered this in the comments above. There's too many for me to read them all! I've cooked with coconut oil for years with no problem. Recently I tried applying it to my face as a moisturizer. The brand is Kala and it's marketed for use on skin. A few days later I started to develop redness, swelling and flaky skin on my eyelids. Then I got flaky, red skin around my mouth too. I stopped using the coconut oil but a few days later I still have red, swollen eyelids and patchy red flaky skin around my mouth. Is it possible for my skin to take a long time to recover from coconut oil? Or should I assume something else is causing my skin issues?

    • Hi Brigette, did you have a change in diet recently? Are you on any medication?

      If no, then it could be an expulsion of toxins from your skin. Our skin is a warehouse for creepy and toxic substances we never knew they actually existed deep inside the tissues for years until we put something like coconut oil on the skin that will pull out the bad stuff from below.

      According to Dr. Bruce Fife, expert of coconut oil uses cum author of The Coconut Oil Miracle, he advises people to try sticking with using coconut oil on the skin and let coconut oil does its job of detoxifying. The detox could last for a few days up to several weeks before your skin turns for the better. You might like to read up Does Coconut Oil Cause Acne? to get some ideas about coconut oil detox reaction on skin. Some people get acne from putting coconut oil on the skin while others are like you, having redness and flaky skin as the "side effects". But the underlying causes are pretty much the same – too much toxic crap being buried underneath the skin.

      But if you're seriously freaked out now and dare not continue with dabbing coconut oil on your skin anymore, then look for a skin specialist and see what he or she recommends for your skin problem.

      • Thanks for the reply. I was on Valcyclovir and Doxycycline for a suspected (but unconfirmed) case of shingles on the right side of my forehead. So it wouldn't surprise me if this is related, but of course I'm experiencing this rash on both sides of my face. I finished the Valcyclovir on April 3 and the Doxycycline on April 8. I started applying hydrocortisone cream to the rash yesterday and it appears to be getting a bit better today.

        • Hi Brigette, chemical residues from oral medications can get stocked up inside our skin and not being purged for years when our body fails to force them out via sweating, urination or bowel movement. This could be the issue with you when using coconut oil.

          Just want to let you know that hydrocortisone cream provides only temporary itch relief. It can further add on to the toxic load on your skin. But if you're comfortable with it, by all means. In fact, you can try introducing back coconut oil for your skin slowly at some time later because coconut oil is really extremely good for skin, if you know how to use it.

  60. Hi there
    Please help, I have started sleekgeek lifestyle since January 2016 and been cooking and frying with coconut oil but now I am experiencing dry skin especially my hands and face. Can it be coconut oil?

    • Hi Monica, if it is coconut oil, you would have gotten dry skin last year in Jan and Feb. Your skin lacks fluid. Just make sure you drink adequate amount of water to moisturize your skin. Also, look back on any diet change recently or are you taking any medication or applying some sort of chemical-loaded skin product that could have "evaporated" the fluid from your skin? Cast your mind back.

        • Hi Monica, in that case, it's not about how much you drink, but how much your skin tissues can absorb. If you're of edema type, most fluid could be retained in certain parts of your body than spreading out evenly, causing certain parts relatively drier. Like my mom, she drinks a lot a day and tends to have lots of water retained in her legs, but the skin on her arms are extremely dry and wrinkled.

          Other possibilities could be consumption of diuretic foods (celery, oats, cabbage, carrot, cucumber, watermelon...) or beverages (black tea, green tea, coffee, cranberry juice, apple cider vinegar...) that make your body lose fluid easily. Also, diabetics tend to urinate more than usual, causing excessive loss of fluid easily. Are you one of them?

  61. Hi, I am 23 and have been using "virgin" coconut oil in my body (face and all) as a moisterizer for over a year now and it is my best friend. I recently bought "refined" and have found my skin INCREDIBLY itchy, red, and splotchy (a side effect I never experienced when using the virgin oil). Is it possible that the difference between virgin and refined could cause this reaction? I have no recent changes to my diet/daily cosmetic routine. Thanks

    • Hi Tricia, I use both refined and virgin coconut oil. I didn't experience much difference except for the rate at which they get absorbed into my skin – refined tends to penetrate faster, but that's provided the refined coconut oil you use is of high quality.

      There are different types of refined coconut oil, some might be processed in an unhygienic environment while others might have undergone partial or full hydrogenation. The impurities or mold in low-quality refined coconut oil could have caused your skin to break out. Anyway, what is the brand of your refined coconut oil, is it organic? Let me check for you.

  62. Question. I started having 1 table spoon of organic coco oil ( Trader Joe's) in my decaf coffee every morning since 1
    Month. Since then, I have been retaining a lot of water, up 10 pounds in 1 month. I work out daily, eat daily healthy and gaining weight. Can I retain water or salt with coco oil? I am so confused...

    • Hi Mayte, as far as I know, coconut oil does not cause water retention as a side effect.

      Did you also increase your salt intake when you started to add coconut oil to your coffee one month ago? Try to recall to see if you have any minor changes in your diet routine besides adding on coconut oil. Stressful workload and not sleeping well can trigger hormonal imbalance that in turn cause water retention too.

      If you're sure that nothing has changed ever since except bringing coconut oil into your diet, then stop coconut oil for a month and see if your water retention improves. Keep me posted so we can work together to see what actually went wrong with your coconut oil intake.

      • Hi Soon, I actually took out coco oil for the past 4 days, and down 4 pounds. I did not increase my salt,... not sure what is going on.. So weird...

        • Hi Mayte, what's the brand of the coconut oil you used? You might want to try changing to another. Each one of us is different, so it's not surprising that we all react differently to the effect of coconut oil. Of course, the type and composition of the oil may have some influence in how our body would react to it.

  63. Have been taking virgin coconut capsules for 6 weeks, everything has been fine, I feel really well and my cholesterol has come down from 6.3 to 5.7 but I am having rather painful leg pain, is this normal or should I stop taking them as it is really painful

    I take 4 a day and the make is perfectly pure, the pain is in my calves, I can only take capsules as I don't like coconut thankyou

    • Hi Mrs Barnard,

      This doesn't seem like the work of virgin coconut oil capsules. It's more likely a muscle ache or cramp that you could have sustained somehow during or post workout or something else. Think back on what you've done in the past few days that could have hurt your legs.

      • I stopped taking them and 2 days later the pain in my legs was a lot better so tried them again the next day and the pain returned so it seems it is them, I have vericose veins so maybe my blood was too thick while taking them

        • Hi Mrs Barnard,

          I seriously couldn't make any sense out of coconut oil causing that pain in your legs at first. But when you said you got varicose veins, then probably the reason for that is due to coconut oil's effect on improving blood circulation. As varicose veins are contorted due to faulty valves, they promote abnormal blood flow causing the veins to swell. So when coconut oil increases blood circulation, this increased movement of blood (and hence, pressure against the walls of veins) could have aggravated the discomfort and pain.

          But 4 grams of coconut oil daily can cause that pain, I feel that's too amazing. (Each cap holds only 1000 mg, which is only 1 gram.) What I mean is, so little coconut oil yet so powerful in its effect. Still pretty hard to believe. But come to think of it, cumulative effect from coconut oil isn't impossible.

          Another possibility we shouldn't rule out is that the ingredients that are used to make the softgels. If the softgels are not made of plant origin, then it could contain residues of antibiotics and hormones, plus diseased animal tissues. These stuff are not easy to get rid of by our system and when they accumulate to a certain degree, they can cause haywire to our system. Your varicose veins may get worse due to these toxic accumulation.

          • Thanks for the advice! The capsule is made from gelatine and glycerine so I thought it would be ok, do I keep taking them and go through the pain barrier if it will get better or stop taking them, what do you think, I don't want to do myself any harm , thankyou

          • Hi Mrs Barnard,

            Honestly, I strongly recommend taking virgin coconut oil from jar. I mean, you don't have to eat it straight from it (I find that disgusting too), but rather, you can add to your food or beverages, or cook your food with it. It's very tasty.

            You probably have some cooking oil in your kitchen, just replace that with coconut oil and you're done. But if you can't stand the natural coconut aroma in the virgin oil, you can go for the refined coconut oil which is odorless but yet provide almost the same great benefits for both your health and skin.

            If you consume coconut oil out of jar, you probably won't experience that pain in your varicose veins if it is really due to the toxic softgels rather than coconut oil itself. In fact, I've heard some people having their varicose veins improved after daily application of coconut oil to their skin. Of course, individual results will vary depending on how twisted the veins are.

            If you simply don't like taking coconut oil that way, then the next option for you would be virgin coconut oil in veggie capsules, which will cost a little higher since the softgels are made from plant-based ingredients that are a lot safer to consume.

            Actually, there's an implicit risk in taking coconut oil in softgel form. The oil may have long turned rancid without your notice unless you take the time and effort to randomly sample by cutting open the softgel to examine the quality of the oil. Who knows, the pain that you've suffered could be due to the rancid coconut oil in softgel?

            Cut open the softgel and the oil should smell like coconut. If it smells like cheese or vomit or something else, then the oil has turned bad.

          • Thankyou for your advice, I have been having the oil from a jar and it hasn't effected my legs, I am so pleased, thankyou again

  64. Hi Chai
    I've had Balantis for 2 months now but only started applying coconut oil on the affected areas a month ago and started taking 3 tbl spoons a day 2 weeks ago. In the last week I've got spots on my penis and testicles and a rash all over my body? is this a side effect of the coconut oil and how long does it usually take to work?

    • Hi Darren, having rashes all over your body is most likely a detox reaction of coconut oil. It has already started to work as soon as you apply topically or consume it... it's just that its cumulative effect begins to display after some time. It all depends on how toxic your body is before you can see the healing of your rashes and balanitis. If you're worried, stop coconut oil and look for a specialist about your condition.

  65. Dear Soon Chai,
    I took one spoon of VCO with empty stomach after few hours I got numbness feeling in hand and legs and also very smell from urine. kindly advise.

    • Hi Hussain, don't jump to conclusion as yet that virgin coconut oil is the culprit that causes numbness in your hands and legs and smelly urine. These symptoms could be the cumulative effect of your bad diet. Keep taking virgin coconut oil but mix it in your food for the next few days and see what happens. At the same time, eat more vegetables.

  66. Hi, Soon:

    I have been use VCO for more than a month. I slowly increase my intake to 3 times a day, two teaspoons. VCO make my skin smooth , feel less stress. But , now, I only take 2 teaspoon in the morning after meal, and I feel extremely fatigue at work . I almost fall in sleep everyday, is this normally? Give me some advice please

    • Hi Bin, when you changed to taking less virgin coconut oil you started to feel extremely fatigue. That shows the glucose from your food cannot get through to your cells. Do you have diabetes? Please go do a HbA1c test at your family clinic.

      In case you really do, the medium-chain fatty acids in virgin coconut oil can easily pass through the membranes of your cells and provide energy for you, unlike glucose that requires insulin.

  67. A few months ago I took a tablespoon of VCO and within a couple of hours I started to feel really ill (fever, brain fog and flu-like symptoms). I also have an underactive thyroid and I'm taking medication for it. Do you think the side-effects was caused by candida die-off or due to my low thyroid? Thank you.

    Forgot to write, that I also had heart palpitations and my thyroid area ached.

    • Hi Rachel, virgin coconut oil boosts metabolism. People with low thyroid have had their conditions reversed after regular intake of virgin coconut oil for a period. But how long it will take will depend on individuals.

      Like for your case, you need to gradually reduce your thyroid medication while slowly increasing your coconut oil consumption to make sure their combo effect does not overdrive your thyroid causing heart palpitation until it comes to a point where you do not need to rely on the medication anymore.

      The "side effects" you were experiencing (I guess) are probably triggered by heart palpitation. Discuss with your doctor on how to administer your medication now with the intake of coconut oil.

      • Thank you! I will continue to use coconut oil, starting with one teaspoon a day. I'm already on the lowest dose of thyroid medication, so hopefully I will be able to eventually come off it.

  68. Hello Soon.
    I am a smoker, a drinker, I eat unhealthy foods and have no normal exercise routine.
    I also have had moderate to sever eczema for the past 7 yrs. It pretty much just came and never went away.

    A friend suggested I try vco, so I ordered some after reading up on some different brands.
    It arrived yesterday and like a big dummy, I dug right in and helped myself to 2 large tablespoons.
    Big mistake. Lots of gas today and diahrea which I am reading is normal.

    My question is do you think that this sudden onset of severe eczema (I require an 80mg injection of kenalog every 3 months to control the severe itching) 7 yrs ago was my body telling me something from all the bad things inside me?

    And if I quit smoking and drinking cold turkey, start eating better and get a regular exercise plan while taking vco, that maybe my skin will clear up?
    I'm 50 now and I can't live like this and want to give 100% and stick with a plan.

    How long will the detox take eating 2 tablespoons per day?

    Please help.
    Thank you.

    • Hi Richard, you are absolutely correct. Rome was not built in a day. You've been abusing your body's natural healing ability until one day it cannot take it anymore and starts to flare eczema on your skin.

      Your skin will definitely improve over time once you stop pumping free radicals and toxic chemicals from both smoking and drinking. Of course, eating better will enhance your overall health since good skin comes from the inside out. But I gotta warn you of the withdrawal symptoms when you quit smoking cold turkey due to the nicotine effect.

      Also, please understand that it takes you years to take down your body, so it definitely will take you some time to detoxify your body and help your skin clear up after a major makeover on your lifestyle. In the meantime, you should also apply virgin coconut oil to the affected area. It helps to stop itching and may improve your skin condition. In short, eat virgin coconut oil and use it topically as well.

      Last but not least, you should try to gradually increase your intake of virgin coconut oil to as much as your body can take. Generally, 3 to 4 tablespoons per day. But don't up the intake too fast or you'll get another round of "diarrhea". Allow your body some time to adapt to the detox effect of virgin coconut oil. Don't rush. Take it easy. Please read up the tips on how to be healthy and stay healthy for good.

  69. Hi Soon,
    Are you familiar with the "Just Organic" brand of vco sold in Aldi stores in Australia? I have been using it for oil pulling but then started taking it internally. I started taking about 2 tablespoons per day and it really knocked me around and made me feel like death - extreme lethargy, foggy thinking and jaw pain, believe it or not. I had to stop for a few days. Too much, too soon and a high toxin load to deal with, probably.
    This product is from Sri Lanka, and is described as "extra-virgin, unrefined, cold-pressed with no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives" and it is NOT expensive, (glass jar, 300g, AUD$5.00), but is it healthy? It DOES NOT say "Free of Chemicals", "No Hexane" or "Hexane-Free" on the label, so that's an unknown.
    Due to the reaction I had, I'm concerned about the possible use of hexane. I'm hoping this Aldi version is a healthy product variety because it is affordable for me and I wish to also give it to my elderly mother. I don't want to pay health store premiums. If it is cold-pressed, does this negate the need to use hexane in the extraction process?
    Please let me know if you are familiar with the brand and if you think that their failure to mention hexane should be a red-flag for me.
    Thank you very much for sharing your extensive knowledge of the subject.

    Kind Regards,
    Stuart Maier.

    • Hi Stuart, I'm not familiar with that brand, so sorry. How does it taste and smell like? If it's odorless, then it's not really a virgin coconut oil. If it does taste and smell like coconut, but without some smokey stench, then you're getting quite a nice bang for the buck since a good quality virgin coconut oil would cost double the price of that "Just Organic" brand.

      By right, cold-pressed mechanical extraction should not involve the use of hexane. But the thing is, this brand does not provide more info on its label. So, either you give them the benefit of the doubt and take their word for it and believe that it's truly a cold-pressed oil, or to be on the safe side, choose another brand. I personally would doubt this and will go for other brands that at least I can find more info on the web. I would not want to risk giving that to my beloved family.

      My experience tells me that some companies are not honest in their claims, as far as coconut oil manufacturing is concerned.

      By the way, if you ever get another brand which is really a true quality, start it slow to allow your body to adapt to the oil's effect, like I mentioned on this article.

  70. Hi. I'm here because I'm plagued with intensely sore boils after introducing coconut oil into my diet. Its happened before. I always give it up. I've been diagnosed in the past with heavy candida growth. Now I found your site. Its got my thinking if this is all die off that I'm going through. Maybe I should keep eating it for a while. Its a scary though, cause these boils are debilitating. Extremely sore, and make me feel totally run down. Any feedback would be really appreciated. I have to get to the bottom of this

    • I'm afraid so, Johnny. What do you eat every day, actually?

      In most cases, encouraging the growth of Candida is pretty straightforward for those who love sweet stuff and meat, hate vegetables. Are you one of them?

      I gotta tell you this, coconut oil is a very potent yeast fighter. I would suggest that you increase your intake of dark green leafy vegetables by blending them with your favorite fruits (hope you do like to eat some fruits as well). You might not get used to taking more veggies at this point but your body will like it when you do it. Do this every day. And cut back on your meat intake as well.

      To sidestep the debilitating die-off effect from coconut oil, reduce your intake of coconut oil by half (how much are you taking per day?). The flare-up should mellow and you should not feel so fatigue but your yeast infection might take a bit longer to heal.

      I think that's the best option for you right now. You can even cut down the intake of coconut oil to one teaspoon per day if you feel that works best for you.

      • Hi. Thanks for getting back to me. I used to be junk eater. Now I'm vegan..Mostly Raw food. I'm a health nut. I have had cancer and beat it with natural approach. My diet is really clean. I feel I damaged my liver from many years of junk food. I have sweet tooth, but I only eat the occasional date sweetened raw dessert or smoothie. You'll probably now see why I'm so confused about eating coconut oil or even lots of coconut. The same happens if I eat raw cacao. It destroys my health. Always get severe outbreak of boils. Usually on my head. Its ridiculously painful. It does feel like infection. It has to be. But why would I not get this reaction from other anti fungal treatment? I could down a whole bottle of the strongest oregano oil in a week. Or a bottle of the strongest probiotics in a week and still not get this boil reaction. Maybe some other die off, but not outrageously painful boils. It seems if the coconut oil is part of a dessert (mixed with a type of sugar i.e dates or coconut sap) I get outbreaks. If I use a little in cooking it dosent have the same reaction at all. Thanks for your time and input 🙂 I can have sweets (natural) without any boils. Its only when I use coconut or cacao. The very best to you !!!

        • Hi Johnny, glad to hear that you have switched to vegan and beat your cancer with mostly raw food. Kudos.

          As what you've said, your diet is clean. I believe your liver is slowly recovering from its past damage, just as a smoker who has stopped smoking will have his lung function improved over time.

          I think your condition has gone beyond the "side effects" of coconut oil. You're probably allergic to some substances in coconut and cacao. Or the coconut oil you've bought was packaged in a facility that also manufactures other foods that contain common allergens like peanuts, dairy etc that you might have a reaction to?

          There are way too many possibilities.

          Like the case of Mrs A Barnard. She got painful legs from taking virgin coconut oil capsules, but when she stopped using that but instead change to taking virgin coconut oil from jar, the pain was gone. Could the pain be caused by the animal-derived softgels which might get contaminated with residues of antibiotics and hormones, or diseased animal tissues? Nobody knows.

          You said that when you cook with a little coconut oil, you're completely fine. How about adding that same amount to your raw food? Will that also work well for you? If so, then that amount is the max your body can accept for now. Perhaps somewhere in the future try to introduce a little more into your diet and see what happens. Your body probably needs longer time to accept more coconut oil.

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