When you get too excited about boosting your health with coconut oil, you tend to lose your grip and open your mouth wide and feed it big spoonfuls of the healthy oil. And oops, something scary happens!
Side effect #1: Diarrhea
First, an excruciating pain in your stomach, followed by watery stools. You have no where else to go now but your bathroom. You're going to patronize it pretty often. And this can last for several hours, depending on how much coconut oil you have taken and how empty your stomach is.
Yes, coconut oil can trigger diarrhea effect if you overdose on it.
While it may sound scary, this side effect from coconut oil can actually benefit you if you know how to use it to your advantage. Chronic constipation sufferers love coconut oil for its power to soften stools and loosen bowels.
Rather than causing a diarrhea, coconut oil is in fact igniting a detox reaction on our body. Whatever bad stuff that sticks like cement in your gut gets cleared and flushed out.
It's painful and tiring in the process, but you'll feel lighter and reborn at the end of the "event". Oh, you need to wash up your bathroom after spray-painting it all over, so to speak.
How to avoid diarrhea from eating coconut oil
If you have to suffer diarrhea in order to gain benefits from coconut oil, you'll probably give up on eating coconut oil for health benefits very soon. Good news is, you can bypass this torturous side effect of coconut oil pretty easily. I did it, so can you.
- Don't eat too much coconut oil in one go. You need to condition your body for the detox effect of coconut oil. Therefore, start in small doses like one teaspoon per day first to test water. If your body feels okay with this amount after a few days, you can then safely increase to 2 teaspoons daily and so on. Of course, you're free to commence with any quantity of coconut oil, so long as it doesn't cause diarrhea on you.
- Never take coconut oil on an empty stomach. If your stomach has already had some food in it, it's fine if you prefer to eat coconut oil out of the jar. But if your stomach is empty, I suggest that you add coconut oil to some food and eat it. Having food in your stomach slows the breakdown of coconut oil into medium-chain fatty acids, which are the "culprits" for stimulating bowel movement.
- Spread out the coconut oil amount. If you're consuming only one teaspoon per day, nothing bad should happen. But if you want to play safer, you can always split the one teaspoonful of coconut oil 50/50 – ½ in the morning, ½ at lunch. As your body adapts better with coconut oil, you tend to take in more. But do remember to spread out the amount over the day.
- Ingest coconut oil in daytime only. You just never know how your body will respond to the effect of coconut oil. So, take coconut oil in the morning and at lunch, preferably. In case it triggers diarrhea on you, you still have enough time of several hours for the watery-stool effect to wear off before bedtime. If you take it at dinner and the diarrhea effect kicks in, you would be busy rushing to the bathroom instead of having a good night's sleep.
Side effect #2: Candida die-off
Chronic fatigue, skin infections, urinary tract infections, brain fog, bloating, psoriasis, mood swings, toenail fungus and/or strong sugar cravings etc are bad symptoms you'll probably suffer from when Candida yeast in your gut overgrow.
But when coconut oil kills majority of the yeast in an attempt to stop the overgrowth and restore their balance in our gut, you could experience what we call the Candida die-off symptoms.
These symptoms include nausea, headache, dizziness, fatigue, swollen glands, joint or muscle pain, stomach upset, chills, hives or rashes, or skin breakouts etc.
A few symptoms (like fatigue) may sound somewhat similar before and after coconut oil intake. But you could feel even more intense after taking coconut oil.
That's because when Candida bugs die (in response to the anti-fungal effect of coconut oil), they can discharge as much as 80 different toxins which can get absorbed into your system and cause all sorts of functional disorder.
Luckily, coconut oil is good at expelling toxins too. So, those Candida die-off symptoms should subside as coconut oil cleanses your body.
How to alleviate Candida die-off symptoms from taking coconut oil
If you want to make the Candida die-off symptoms more bearable, then kill the yeast in a small group over time. In other words, start off with a small dose of coconut oil as outlined in the 4 tips earlier that help to avoid the diarrhea effect.
At the same time, you must lower your sugar (or carb) intake to starve the yeast since yeast feed on sugar to grow. That means, you got to adjust your diet and make it less Candida-friendly.
Tackling both ways will keep the number of Candida yeast well in control and you'll suffer less of the die-off symptoms as a result.
Side effect #3: Acne breakout
No matter how miserable the Candida die-off symptoms are or how torturous the diarrhea is, acne breakout is always the last side effect most would want to experience from using coconut oil. Why?
Because it affects your appearance!
This in fact, is just another detox reaction coming from the use of coconut oil.
But this side effect of coconut oil is a little different from the first two. It manifests on your skin. And you don't get it by eating too much coconut oil. You get it by putting coconut oil on your skin.
If you're already suffering from an acne flare, and you're using coconut oil for acne, it's going to freak you out as more pimples pop up due to the purging of toxins from beneath the skin by coconut oil.
How to prevent more acne breakout when treating acne with coconut oil
- Start with a dab of coconut oil on your skin. In the hope of getting rid of acne with coconut oil, we tend to smear a lot on the affected zone. Not necessary actually. Our skin can only absorb that much coconut oil at one time. Putting too much coconut oil not only makes your skin greasy and attract dirt more easily, but may clog up more pores and trigger more breakouts. A small amount goes a long way.
- Improve your diet with more fiber and nutrients. A nutrient-dense diet definitely plays a critical role in improving your skin health. Good skin comes from the inside out. Fiber helps you flush out toxins via bowel movement. Less toxins remain in your gut means less toxins will get stored in your skin. Nutrients help to clear up acne and heal your skin fast. This applies well to coconut oil side effect #2 (Candida die-off symptoms) too.
- Consume coconut oil to reduce breakout. Coconut oil not only stimulates more bowel movements to help decrease the level of toxins in our body, but also helps improve your liver function that regulates sebum production. Excessive secretion of sebum plays a part in acne flare.
Deciphering the side effects of coconut oil
When you suffer bad side effects or adverse reactions after ingesting coconut oil or applying it to your skin, it means something harmful could have been lurking deep inside your body or in your skin for ages that coconut oil has to immediately deal with.
That's actually a good sign. It warns you of the potential health risk so that you can take immediate action to fix your health before it's too late.
Another reaction you should also look into is that, the symptoms you got might relate to an allergy.
Are you allergic to coconut? If not, what about peanut, dairy or others?
If you're allergic to peanuts, for example, then it could be that the coconut oil you consumed are produced in a facility that also manufactures peanuts.
In that case, check the brand that you've bought and see if the label says anything about the environment in which they make or pack the oil. If need be, contact the company that makes or packs the oil. Or you can simply change to another brand that you think is safer for your consumption and usage.
However, though very very rare, if you have allergy to literally nothing in the world since you were born, and consuming or using coconut oil topically breaks out on your skin after several attempts even your diet is clean, wholesome and healthy, then coconut oil is not for you.
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