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  1. 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, water retention is never a side effect of coconut oil.

      Did you also increase your salt intake when you started to add coconut oil to your coffee one month ago? Try to recollect to see if you have any minor changes to 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 for bringing coconut oil into your diet, then stop coconut oil for a month and see if your water retention reduces. Keep me posted so we can work together to see what actually went wrong with your consumption of coconut oil.

        • 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.

  2. I've been taking 1 tablespoon of organic virgin coconut oil in the am. Been noticing extrenely dry, itching skin. Is this normal? Been taking the coconut oil for approximately 1 week.
    When applying to my skin, noted increased dry skin.

    • Hi Carold, coconut oil should help to lock the water in your skin and keep your skin moisturized. Based on your description, your skin is super dry and because coconut oil penetrates pretty fast, it doesn't seem to help you much.

      Tell you what, cut down on diuretic beverages like coffee or black tea, green tea etc (if you do take them), then learn to drink 6–8 glasses of plain water every single day. If your diet includes soups, juices or other watery-based food, then you'll have to lower your plain water consumption.

      Our skin feels dry usually because we fail to consume sufficient fluid. But if you're on medication, some medication can dry you up too. In that case, you'll have to consult your doctor on the amount of water you should drink per day to maintain sufficient fluid in your body and keep your skin moisturized.

  3. Hi, I have been using organic virgin coconut oil for a few months now.i eat it everymorning in my porridge,also use it on my skin and hair.it has also lowered my cholesterol to my amazement and helps with indigestion as well.i simply think nature has given us this natural medicine to use.pls keep up the good work and for your informative research and for sharing with us.

  4. Hi. Coconut oil does work! Constipation occurs 2-3 times a month and each lasts up to 5 days, worst, 8 days. My diet as follows: Breakfast: 1 cup of freshly made juice+ 1 mug coffee + 1 slice rye bread toast with butter Lunch : 1 bowl of barley soup or sometimes 150gm-200gm granola with yoghurt + 1 orange or apple + hard-boiled egg or few pieces of shortbread+ yakult Dinner: lots of veg + grains + vegetarian soup. Diet is meatless, fish is consumed occasionally and I drink 5-8 glasses of water per day. I walk 4 to 5 times a week up to 70 mins per session.
    Mom mentioned grandpa used to put some butter in his coffee. I put a teaspoon in my coffee last couple of mornings. There's movement but....then I stumbled upon this blog. I tried 1 tablespoon of unrefined extra virgin coconut oil yesterday afternoon. Little movement. This morning on empty stomach I had 1 tablespoon followed by 1 mug of hot+warm water. Half hour later I had another tablespoon followed by another mug of water and stirred 1 teaspoon of coconut oil in my coffee. Tummy less bloated and more comfortable compared to when I first woke up - I felt my tummy and stomach were hard and stuffy and congested. And this had also affected my level of alertness and thinking. I felt sluggish for the past 5 days. Coffee is delicious with faint lovely coconut aroma. It worked. Thank you Fussy Body and everyone for sharing. I hope my post helps too.

  5. I wanted to express my appreciation for your well written informative article on the values of coconut oil. Looking back, when I was consuming coconut oil regularly, and eating more alkaline, sickness was not an issue. I had never tried oil pulling with coconut oil with regards to soreness in the throat. I just did and the calming, soothing effects are AMAZING!! I'm incorporating your suggestions today on-wards as allergy symptoms seem to be affecting me this year.
    I appreciate oriental medicine's whole body approach to healing.

    Thank you,
    Debbie