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  1. 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's 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 too 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 4 – 5 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. Harsh fact: It won't go back to its full functionality ever after being overworked for so many years.

          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.

          • 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. 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. 20 – 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.

          • 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.

  2. Hello Soon Chai. Thank you for all this wonderful information. I recently read where a coconut oil detox could be done by swishing a Tbsp of coconut oil around inside your mouth and spitting out so all the toxins the oil pulled out would be eliminated. Is this even possible? If so, and I was to add coconut oil to my diet, would that help with weight loss and just helping my body to become healthier? Supposedly coconut oil helps rid the bowels of candida, are there foods I should abstain from eating so as to not counter act it's benefits?

    One thing though, I have always almost immediately vomited upon smelling coconut. I am afraid to open my new bottle. People have always told me coconut milk doesn't smell like the smell generally associated with say suntan oils. The ingredients listed are : LCO MCT 100 (Liquid Coconut Oil MCT), contains tree nuts.

    Thanks again for your knowledge.

    • Hi Cindi, it's true that coconut oil pulling can help cleanse your mouth of germs (and toxins). It also keeps your gum healthy as well as it prevents harmful germs from entering your body. Thanks to the antimicrobial medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs) in coconut oil. I do oil-pulling daily and I feel it's so much better than using antiseptic mouthwash.

      Oil pulling does not help in weight loss, but eating coconut oil does make your fat burn. This is because the same MCFAs in the oil will help accelerate your metabolism for fat-burning, besides fighting germs to help boost your immunity.

      Candida is a genus of yeast that feeds on sugar. Watch your sugar and carb intake. Also, toxins from meat can weaken your immunity that indirectly promote Candida growth. That said, cut back on your meat consumption as well.

      I mean, improve your diet gradually. Like over the course of several weeks (or even months) rather than trying to eliminate the bad stuff quickly. Doing so often triggers "withdrawal symptoms" that could easily fall you back onto your old eating habit or make you become worse than before. Gradual changes are more sustainable and longer-lasting.

      Virgin coconut oil does smell of coconut. Of course, some brands are milder while others are stronger. You can try Nutiva refined coconut oil, which holds almost what a virgin coconut oil carries, but without the coconut smell.

      If the ingredients you showed refer to your new bottle of "coconut oil", then that's actually a MCT oil, which should be unflavored. MCT oil is a derivative of coconut oil, so it's not a pure coconut oil.

  3. I feel compelled to add my own experience to this thread. Firstly, thank you previous askers, as you have asked most of my questions. Thank you Soon Chai, I now know this horrible turn of events wasn't from food poisoning but rather my ingestion of CO this morning.

    I made the mistake of substituting my coffee creamer with 2 TBSP of CO and blending thoroughly. Coffee already helps my bowels along, but BOY the CO is a power combo with coffee. I almost blew myself off the toilet with the eruption.

    Soon Chai, what is the best method of intake for CO? Is it best paired with certain foods? I will never again have it with coffee.

    • Hi Matt, since coffee already helps your bowels, 2 Tbsps of coconut oil is definitely too potent for you. You can still add coconut oil to your coffee, but this time round just a teaspoonful will do.

      As far as I'm concerned, coconut oil mixes well with literally any food. We add it to brown rice, noodles, pasta, soup, smoothie, juice, soy milk, almond milk, desserts, spread it on multigrain bread, dip cookies in it, pour over veggie pizza (I'm a vegetarian), mix with salad, and anything you can think of.

      We cook with coconut oil as well. How best coconut oil is paired with certain food is up to your palate.

      Bottom line, always eat coconut oil with food to scale down its bowel-stimulating effect. And keep in mind to always begin with a small dose and work your way up gradually until you reach 3 or 4 tablespoons per day for health protection.

  4. I am going to try this!
    I had Pancreatic Cancer 3 years ago and for the first 6 months I had bowel problems going every few hers or minutes so would not eat for a day or two but it quite after that. I had a Whipple and had 1/2 my pancreas removed. Had hernia's from that and had them fixed in 2015. Now having infections every once in while UTI and an constipated from meds so I am going to try this.
    They figure that the chemo has hurt my heart now so here we go again!
    Will this affect the creon that I take?

    • Hi Thomas, virgin coconut oil accelerates metabolism and hence, activity. So, it should work to improve your nutrient absorption while CREON helps to break down food.

      Also, virgin coconut oil can help to strengthen your fight against cancerous cells since it boosts immunity. Your cancer is not at all gone though you've gone through the surgery, so getting on a coconut oil diet is good for you.

      I understand that you're eager to try out coconut oil, but just to be on the safe side, start off with a just a teaspoon added to your breakfast or any meal on that day. Just a teaspoonful per day. I know it sounds little, but some people may react quite severely to just a teaspoon of virgin coconut oil.

      Keep to that amount for 7 days and see what happens. If your body feels good with virgin coconut oil, increase the intake. When increasing the amount of virgin coconut oil, always do it gradually.

      Keep this in mind... if your body needs longer time such as several weeks to hit 4 tablespoons of coconut oil consumption per day (which is the recommended dosage for strong immunity and better health), then just give it.

      Do not rush or you could end up with some adverse reactions (healing crisis) that you wouldn't want to experience.