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  1. Soon, you are providing an amazing amount of valuable information and helping a lot of people. I started consuming coconut oil about eight years ago because of neurological problems that western medicine was not helping. For decades I have always had subtle tremors in my head and hands, but I started taking coconut oil in the hope addressing uncontrollable tremors in my legs. A rare disease called Orthostatic Tremors (OT) which only occur when you are standing still or walking too slowly. While the the unrefined virgin coconut oil did not touch the tremors, it did make a significant difference in the subtle tremors in my hands and head. It also minimized another symptom that comes along with the OT which can best be described as a sense of extreme heaviness and stiffness in the legs - they would at times feel like they were made of wood. So all that is to the good of using unrefined virgin coconut oil.

    What I would like to ask you concerns so more recent symptoms that don’t seem to fit anywhere. So I’m wondering if it could be related to the longterm use of coconut oil.

    The first is that I wake up in the night and the bedding beneath me is very sweaty as is the skin up and down my back. There’s no perspiration anywhere else on my body.

    The second thing is even stranger and embarrassing. The skin inside my elbows and on the palms of my hands is very sticky. I can get out of the shower after scrubbing myself with a face cloth and as soon as I’m dry the stickiness starts building. I can wash my hands repeatedly and again as soon as they are dry, the stickiness returns.

    For years, I’ve eaten big salads for lunch with homemade dressing consisting of apple cider vinegar and a combination oils (olive, hemp and MCT). I avoid processed foods, cow dairy and sugar.

    • Hi Ed, how much coconut oil are you taking per day? And how do you take it? Straight off the jar or mixing with your food?

      Coconut oil can generate thermic effect upon consumption. It produces heat mainly via its MCFAs (medium-chain fatty acids).

      When heat is produced, your body will instinctively cool it by sweating. And the perspiration is more apparent on the upper body since a certain portion of MCFAs burn at liver. If you're lying on your back, sweat cannot escape through evaporation and so they gather as a "pool" right under your back. When I take a lot of coconut oil at night it happens to me too.

      As for the stickiness on your hands, it could be the purging of some chemicals or toxins you're ingesting via food (especially meat) or medication.

      Now, coconut oil does not actually trigger many "side effects" directly.

      What it does mainly is to invigorate cells. When cells become more active than ever, they gain the power to expel toxins or chemicals (through skin) that might have been buried deep beneath.

      As for why it chooses to manifest on the inside of your elbows or on the palms of your hands I simply have no clue. Our systems vary due to what we eat, the way we eat and the way we live and of course, the health conditions we're in.

      • Soon, thank you for helping me. As for how much oil I’m consuming: every other morning I will eat hot oat meal to which I will add 2 or 3 tablespoons of unrefined, extra virgin coconut oil. For lunch most days I will have a large salad usually consisting of spinach greens, tomatoes and homemade salad dressing. Basically the dressing is 1/3 unrefined apple cider vinegar, 1/3 extra virgin olive oil and 1/3 MCT oil. I would estimate that I use on average about 2 tablespoons of each of these three ingredients each day. Would that amount of oil cause the sweating during the night? I’ve been eating the same diet for close to 10 years but it’s only been the past three years that I have been sweating profusely during the night. I realize that oils have a much higher caloric content compared to most foods, but I don’t have a weight problem in the usual sense. If anything, keeping my weight up is the challenge.

        As for the stickiness being caused by detoxification, back in 2013 I got checked for heavy metals using urinalysis with a chelating agent. The results said that I was very high in lead, mercury, aluminum and extremely high in gadolinium. It’s probably time for me to be retested.

        Any additional thoughts or advice would be appreciated.

        • Hi Ed, no wonder you sweat at night. About 60% of virgin coconut oil are MCTs (medium-chain triglycerides). And you're having 2 or 3 tablespoons per day. You're taking in 2 tablespoons of MCT oil too. MCTs release MCFAs. The thermic effect from MCFAs can last up to 12 hours or longer. Of course, the first few hours post consumption generate the most heat.

          As for why it only started to happen in the past 3 years, let me relate an example to help understand your case.

          My friend was down with flu. I told him to take coconut oil since coconut oil can kill flu. He took 3 tablespoons per day until the flu was gone. But thereafter he continued with 3 tablespoons per day for flu prevention and he had diarrhea.

          He asked me why he didn't get the diarrhea effect during his flu when he was taking the same amount. I told him that's because coconut oil was fighting flu. So, very little were left behind to stimulate bowel movement. Once the flu was gone, the MCFAs in coconut oil went into full force to move his bowels.

          Having said that, I suspect that first 7 years coconut oil was trying to deal with some of your underlying health issues. And after 7 long years your body was cleansed of the bad stuff and so the thermic effect of coconut oil returned and you sweat profusely since then. Just my two cents. It could be something else.

          Do you also take coconut oil during dinner? If yes, you might want to consider cutting down to 1 teaspoon for dinner since I think you've had enough intake of MCTs for the day.

          Why were you so high in metals? Were you constantly exposed to polluted environment or heavy-metal drinking water or you loved eating fish?

          • Thank you, Soon. Your reasoning makes sense. I will stop adding MCT oil to my salad dressing. Would replacing the MCT oil with hemp oil help? Do you have any information on MCFA content of hemp and olive oils relative to MCT oil?

            As for my dinners, no oils of any kind.

            As for my heavy metals, I grew up in an old tenement with plenty of lead paint. I was also allowed to play with mercury. No gloves or mask. As a young adult I got a lot of silver-mercury amalgams. To add to it all, every meal that I ate until I moved out on my own was cooked in a bare aluminum pan. There were so many things that we didn’t know were so seriously dangerous.

            • Hi Ed, now I understand why you're loaded with metals. I suppose you're much better now. I feel glad for you.

              Both hemp seed oil and olive oil do not contain MCFA. They carry LCFAs (long-chain fatty acids) only.

              Replacing with either hemp seed oil or olive oil is good since they both provide quite a good amount of omega-3. But make sure you eat them raw like pouring over salad or adding to smoothie or juice. Don't ever heat them. They're very high in unsaturated fats, which oxidize easily and can destroy the nutrients that come along.

              Hemp seed oil contains about 80% polyunsaturated fats and olive oil 70% monounsaturated fats. Polyunsaturated fat oxidizes faster than monounsaturated fat.

              • Nice article SC and great follow ups, just wanted to comment on this:
                "Don't ever heat them. They're very high in unsaturated fats, which oxidize easily"

                The problem is even cold-pressed unsaturated fat, may very well oxidize inside us. And another problem is, even when on keto, the body will prefer saturated fat over unsaturated for energy production, SFats are way more efficient. Very easy to test what I am saying.

                So not only its hard to displace unsaturated ones, but also oxidize way faster because of our living conditions (37c degrees core temp is enough to oxidize fast these unstable fats). And forget cooking oils of course any type.

                My view is to avoid unsaturated fats altogether it maybe useful for fish; cold-blooded and can be greatly utilized there, but for humans I don't think so, even if you live near the arctic zone.

                Strict keto diets (zero carbs) may avoid problems though, as unsaturated fat maybe recycled, because fat would be very difficult to be stored inside cells without carbs, so either you burn it or you lose it, but still I don't see the benefit for humans. Then all high saturated fat foods and many typical foods contain all fat types anyways. You don't need unsaturated oils.

                For other diet types where fat is stored due to carbs utilization and excess intake, unsaturated fats can cause havoc and vitamin E is critical to counter somewhat the damage caused. Fat cells have a half-life of many years and in the meantime you accumulate rancid stuff which age you. Antioxidants may also help, but why causing the damage in the first place.

                As of the omega-3 "benefits" depends how you read articles. You know, you may call something that is immunosuppressive which grounds your immune, as "anti-inflammatory". That's not the real picture but often shows in mass media.

  2. Hi Soon, I take 2 tablespoons of coconut oil daily. Once in the morning and one at dinner for a week now. I haven't gotten loose stool. Can you tell me why? I started taking the oil due to constipation. Also, I had an endoscopy and colonoscopy done. It revealed gastritis in my denodenom and hemorrhoid in my rectum. I need a good bowel movement. I read that it csn tske longer for coconut oil to work if you have other illnesses. You think it's healing the gastritis first before giving me a good bowel movement.

    • Hi Tyra, is your gastritis caused by H. pylori? If yes, it could be that most of the MCFAs (medium-chain fatty acids) in coconut oil are fighting H. pylori. This results in less fatty acids to stimulate your bowel movement.

      In that case, you'll need to eat 3 or more tablespoons of coconut oil for constipation. But since you have hemorrhoid, never take coconut oil straight off the jar and on an empty stomach. Add coconut oil to food or beverages and mix them well.

      Also, you need to have adequate water consumption for coconut oil to take effect. So, remember to remind yourself to drink more water.

      • Thank you Soon, I go Thursday to take a breathe test. One of my coworkers informed me she had h pylori. We have same symptoms. So I started ginger tea immediately and a week later coconut oil. Been on it for 1 month now. The first three weeks no bowel movement. I was taking 3 tablespoons a day with food. Then 4. I felt miserable, tired, like I wanted to pass out. Ironically last week after my 1st post. I mixed 2 teaspoon of coconut oil with Manuka honey in ginger tea on an empty stomach first thing in the morning. One hour later I had a stiff BM and 6 hrs later very loose stool and again 3 hrs after that. I felt sickness leave my body with the 2nd BM. I assume I might had the bacteria so that's why I started the regimen. I feel better, but I still don't have an appetite and lots of bloating. I'm schedule for a hysterectomy surgery next month and I'm worried since I can't eat or drink much. I'm only taking in 1 meal a day, small and now I'm up to 45oz of water. Just added cottage cheese this week for protein. Plz advise. Should I wait to have surgery until my digestive system gets back on tract.

        • Hi Tyra, I'm not a doctor so I'm in no position to make any suggestion about your surgery. You should discuss with your surgeon and see what's the best option he or she offers.

          I do have a suggestion for you about your diet. Perhaps you can try to take more oatmeal or cereal or other liquid food. They're much easier to swallow and digest faster. They're plant-based so they should provide sufficient nutrients to help your body recover faster. Make your liquid meal more watery so as to improve your water intake too.

          Remember to add both manuka honey and coconut oil since the combo has worked on you. Also, when you lose a lot of water via bowel movement, be sure to add some salt to your drinking water to help balance up your electrolyte level and prevent hyponatremia.

          I got hyponatremia before and felt so weak I was almost dying. But after drinking some salt water I regained my energy. So, salt is critical if you think you're losing lots of water through sweating or bowel movement.

          I recommend sea salt or Himalayan salt since they carry other minerals as well besides sodium (major component in salt).

  3. Hi Soon Chai,
    I'm so glad to found your website. Recently I was diagnosed with 5 breast cyst and I'm so worried I don't want undergo surgeries. Few days ago I started to eat extra virgin coconut oil one tablespoon in empty stomach and one table spoon before bed. I massage also with coconut oil my breast every night. I had notice one of the cyst maybe 1cm is gone near in my underarm. Please advise, should I take more than 2 tablespoon a day for effectiveness. Your reply much appreciated.

    • Hi Amber, coconut oil can boost your immunity. Therefore, the more you consume, the better your health will be. And hopefully, to help with your cyst issue.

      But try not to take coconut oil on an empty stomach. You may not experience any stomach discomfort with one tablespoon yet. But you might get the diarrhea-like symptoms as you increase your intake.

      The best way to ingest coconut oil is to mix it into your food. And spread out the amount over the day. For example, one tablespoon added to your breakfast, then 2 tablespoons at lunch. That way you'll have 3 tablespoons of coconut oil in a day.

      Keep in mind that as you eat more coconut oil you should also decrease your consumption of food especially meat and sugar. This helps to prevent the toxins (in the meat) from negating the health-promoting properties of coconut oil. High sugar intake can aggravate the cyst too.

      On top of that, more coconut oil and less of other foods balance up your total calorie intake. Coconut oil can easily make you feel very full when you take a lot. Which is also why coconut oil is good for weight loss.

      Also, do continue with your topical massage with coconut oil so that you can combat the cyst from both outside and inside.

  4. I cannot find any information on this but whenever I take coconut oil, even just 1 teaspoon in water or coffee, my sweat becomes excessively sweet smelling. Is this keto acidosis or something ? I can’t believe nobody else talks about any such side effect . It’s happened maybe five times now when I test extra virgin coconut oil out.

    • Hi Laki, do you eat lots of sweet stuff? If yes, this could be the reason to your sweet sweat when coconut oil stimulates your system to expel the extra sugar from your body. Are you diabetic?

      We all react differently to the health effect of coconut oil since we have different bodily conditions due to our different lifestyles and dieting habits.

      • Thanks Soon for your quick reply.
        I di eat a lot of sweet stuff. Oh I see the coconut oil is stimulating the body to expel the excess sugar. I am not diagnosed diabetes but borderline in it. Thanks again, I will really change my lifestyle!

        • Hi Laki, "borderline diabetes" is actually a pre-diabetic condition, which can easily advance to a true diabetes. But you can still prevent the progression if you work hard on curbing your sugar craving from now. Getting on a workout routine can help keep your blood sugar levels in check too.

          You've piqued my interest. You said 1 teaspoon in water or coffee will make your sweat excessively sweet. Was that 1 teaspoon per day or you were having a few teaspoons (with water or coffee) at different times in a day? Without coconut oil your sweat smelled perfectly normal or it did happen (having sweet sweat) too at times even without coconut oil?

          • Hi again Soon, will do that, despite cravings can be so strong but nothing is as important as health. I just joined a gym and am cooking more again real foods.

            I was only having 1 teaspoon a day in the morning for several days. To make sure it was the coconut oil I would stop for weeks and repeat again and same results. It goes away when I stop coconut oil. It doesn’t happen when I am not taking coconut oil.

            A few months ago I took coconut oil with Pau D’arco supplement and that was the worst, my sweat and urine smelled sweet. I was fasting on smoothies at the time (made with milk or yogurt and small amounts of frozen fruit and oatmeal) and having a regular Japanese dinner and going for a walks. I realize coconut oil and Pau D’arco cam both lower blood sugar.

            I had receny cut sugar down but not all. I did notice while on coconut oil I could handle soda but dried fruit made me feel a bit off (maybe too sugar concentrated). I was also diagnosed yeast infection, BB & UTI (so prolly have systemic candida too). I was put on an antibiotic for a week and given Diflucin but they didn’t really kick it and those prescription drugs don’t
            seem to really solve the problem for many people. I was taking a small amount of diluted organic, unfiltered apple cider vineger for a few days a week ago but bladder was still sensitive so stopped and bladder better. Even though UTI re-tested negative I read there can be residual bacteria in bladder still so hopefully I can tolerate D-Mannose and if it is E Coli the D-mannose can get it.
            But I am waiting for theD-Mannose and boric acid suppositories order to arrive in the mail. Sorry tobget dide-tracked but to give you a better understanding of my recent health background and why I might have been sensitive to the coconut oil.

            I am really glad you address this as I haven’t seem it addressed anywhere else. Coconut oil totally helped my friend who was a digestive mess and she swears by it. I like it externally and as a suppoditory but will skip taking it internally for now until I am no longer pre-diabetic.

          • Hi again, not sure my last reply went through.

            I was only taking 1 teaspoon in the morning with warm water or instant coffee and after several days my sweats began to smell more and more sweet. I do time to time take a probiotic or yogurt smoothie but that’s never caused a sweet smell in the past.

            I have not experienced this week tomorrow when not taking coconut oil. But there was one time when I was taking the coconut oil and pau D’arco And my sweat and my urine smelled sweet. I did see both supplements can lower blood sugar, I guess by expelling it through the skin.

            • Hi Laki, many thanks for taking your time to provide more details about yourself. Really appreciate that. And sorry for the delayed response. Got caught up in other project.

              Now that I learn more about your background, let's dig deeper into analyzing what actually happened inside your body that gave off sweet sweat.

              I suppose you're not on a ketogenic diet. If you're on it, you would've long noticed the sweet smelling sweat that comes out of you. So, what's left now is your pre-diabetic condition.

              Your body seemed to have gone into a somewhat intermittent insulin resistance. Which means your cells are not able to pick up glucose from insulin. That caused quite a good amount of your cells to become deprived of instant energy. This then kicked your system into ketosis, a state where ketones are generated (by the breaking down of stored body fats) to fuel the deprived cells.

              Ketones do not require insulin. They can permeate cell membranes easily and burn as fuel in cells.

              Keto-dieters purposely take low-carb diet to trigger ketosis. Their blood glucose levels are moderately low. But for pre-diabetic condition, you may have a fairly high blood glucose but they're not properly utilized as energy. So, your cells naturally signaled out for help that in turn set ketosis off.

              In other words, prolonged starvation of cells has forced your body to break down fats to form ketones so that ketones can feed those starving cells, even in the presence of moderately high blood glucose level. But fortunately, not high enough to spark ketoacidosis.

              Acetone is one type of ketones that are usually not needed and hence, are removed as waste through sweat, breath and urine. Acetone contributes partly to your sweet sweat.

              At this point, you probably won't notice the sweet smelling sweat as acetones may not be produced that much. Until your ingestion of coconut oil, which took a cumulative fat-burning effect on your body even though it was only a teaspoon per day, for several days.

              The MCFAs (medium-chain fatty acids) in coconut oil can help to break down body fats. As said earlier, fats form ketones upon breaking down. Moreover, a portion of the MCFAs that go to your liver will convert into ketones as well. So, these two conditions will add to the amount of ketones already produced on the premise of pre-diabetes.

              But that's not all. Our body is constantly expelling certain quantity of glucose via pores. This forms what we called the skin surface glucose. And when you perspire, your sweat carries not just toxins and salt but glucose as well. Which is why medical researchers are coming up with painless methodologies to detect and test glucose in sweat to replace the conventional way of testing blood glucose by pricking finger.

              Another thing worth mentioning is that, when your cells got fueled by ketones (through eating coconut oil), your body becomes more active and hence, able to sweat out more glucose.

              One more that adds to the equation of your sweet sweat could be your Candida die-off. Yeast infection is common to people with sweet tooth. Coconut oil can kill Candida yeast. Candida bugs produce toxins that stink when they die. These stinky toxins when mixed with the glucose in your sweat might just make the sweat even sweeter but in a repulsive manner, especially when you sniff it directly.

              So, that's how you got a super sweet sweat whenever you take coconut oil. Of course, other factors may contribute in addition to what I've just said. But that's my take based on what you've given me.

              Actually, you need not stop consuming coconut oil. It can help with curbing sugar cravings, deal with your yeast infection, reverse your pre-diabetes and provide a lot more other health benefits. It's a shame to stop it just like that, really.

              To help you continue with coconut oil, you can try to cut down to ½ teaspoon per day, but don't mix into water or coffee. Instead, mix coconut oil well with food. Adding to smoothie is good since smoothie packs a lot of fiber and other nutrients. This can help to slow the metabolizing of coconut oil but yet still provide the benefits you need.

              On top of that, incorporate more dark leafy greens into your diet. They can help to balance up your glucose uptake so that you won't likely sweat out too much glucose. Once you feel okay with ½ teaspoon per day, you can then proceed to 1 teaspoon and more as you move along.

  5. Hello Soon Chai
    I was told by my pediatrician to start our daughter on coconut oil with almond milk but getting distracted talking about things for our daughter I can’t remember the dosage
    She said and she out the office for a few weeks. My daughter is 16 months old should I just try 1/2 tsp per 8 oz? Also do I just melt the oil then add it to her milk?
    Thank you
    Mari