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  1. 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!!!

  2. 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 consumption 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 feel like a detox reaction to me.

          Like I previously said, your body could have 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 ½ 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 an 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, switch 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.

    • Hi Theresa, you can take coconut oil anytime you deem suitable. It's better and easier to mix it into your food or soup or beverages (like juice, smoothie, coffee etc). As for your cholesterol question, some people said their cholesterol levels went up after taking coconut oil while my wife and her mother had their cholesterol levels lowered. In view of these, I think coconut oil doesn't really raise cholesterol. It is more on the overall diet and lifestyle a person is undertaking.

  3. 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 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.