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  1. I have allergy issue like every 2 days i feel ittchiness on my body so i take allegra tablet in every 2 days. Coconut oil will help me in this problem in anyway?

  2. Hello Soon.
    The information you shared is amazing. Look, I've taking virgin - coconut oil since January 10th. I went throught about 5 days of detox. I fell the energy increase and more benefits. However, what I want to solve is my overweight, just after the detox I started to walk, jogg, and weightlifting in a scafolded process. But, I'm feel like I'm getting stuck. After May 10, I have been taking it for 5 months. Moreover, honestly, I don not follow the amount of weight loss, but I noticed the resoults with my pants. I had some results but, now, I feel like getting up!.

    What should I do? or What am I doing wrong?. Because I have also changed my diet to healthier one, salads, fruits, among others.

    I hope you can give me some light!!
    Thank you!

    • Hi Manu, despair not. Calorie still counts, even when you take coconut oil for weight loss.

      Allow me to ask you. Your height and weight, please. And how many meals are you taking a day? May I know what you usually eat for your breakfast, lunch and dinner?

      I need more info from you to find out what actually goes wrong with your weight loss regimen.

  3. I went on a 3 day detox, during which I consumed only fruits and curd, in a small quantity. I was having 10-14 spoons of virgin coconut oil.
    When I was done with the 3 day period, I started eating in small quantities. Suddenly, I started getting really strange kind of pain in my stomach, when I was hungry. When I ate, the pain disappeared. I was also sleeping a lot more, about 16 hours a day. It's been 2 weeks now, and I am still getting that strange pain and still sleeping a lot more.
    Is this a side-effect of coconut oil detox or something related. If so, do I need to take any measures or just let it heal on its own.

    • Hi Khalid, 10 – 14 spoons of virgin coconut oil... teaspoon or tablespoon?

      I think you could have overdone your detox. You've probably over-driven your intestinal muscles during your detox period until it gets easily contracted (with little or no food) and causes you the pain. But when you eat, the mass of the food kind of mellows the intense contraction, giving you the relief.

      That said, what you're experiencing is the side effect of your detox, not coconut oil.

      If you're still taking more than 3 tablespoons of virgin coconut oil per day, cut it down to just 3 tablespoons per day. And always mix the oil into your food. Don't push your intestinal muscles any further. Let it rest and get back to normal.

      You tend to sleep a lot more due to exhaustion from the massive loss of electrolytes and other nutrients. Your body is in the process of healing now. You should try to take more fruits and veggies this time round to replenish the loss of electrolytes and nutrients during your detox. This will expedite the healing process.

      The fastest way to rejuvenate your body is to blend fruits and dark leafy greens into a smoothie. Drink it every day.

      • Hi Soon Chai!
        Thank you for your response.
        I was having 10-14 tablespoons a day. I now realize I overdid the detox. I have completely stopped taking coconut oil.
        I might start again, but in moderation, like you mentioned 3 tablespoons a day, mixed with food.
        Thank you.

        • You're welcome, Khalid. Keep in mind to spread the 3 tablespoons over the day, not take it in one sitting. This will keep your body always in good defense against harmful intruders.

          Of course, you can up your intake again to as much as you deem fit, as long as it doesn't give you too much runs that might lead to extreme fatigue on your body.

          Bottom line, consume coconut oil to make you better, not to make you worse.

  4. Hi Soon,
    I just stumbled across your very informative post here and am fascinated.
    Can you tell me if coconut butter might be hindering my constipation or helping? (I make my own in the food processor using a packet of organic shredded coconut) I also eat a lot of shredded, toasted coconut.
    I tend to use a lot of Extra Virgin unrefined coconut oil for baking, making muesli etc and fry/cook with it but haven't used it by itself for my constipation. Will definitely start though. I have pretty chronic constipation (that led to a moderate rectocele) and gut dysbiosis that has lead to some bad acne in the last few years that just won't clear up. I have been adding a tablespoon of MCT oil to my morning juice but that hasn't helped at all with any BM. I have cut out processed foods, refined sugars, hydrogenated oils and gluten (am trying to eat lots of veg and get enough water and movement!) but after reading this realise I eat quite a lot of meat...so might cut that down too now!

    Any advice would be so greatly appreciated,
    Thanks Soon, great read.

    • Hi Anita, your home-made coconut butter should help with your constipation. It's rich in fiber. If you think it doesn't help, then most likely your body is dehydrated.

      Dehydration can cause the fluid in your gut to get absorbed into tissues, leaving very little fluid behind to soften your stool. Remember to remind yourself to drink adequate amount of water.

      MCT oil or coconut oil can only help soften stool, thereby loosening bowels when there is sufficient fluid in your gut.

      Yeah, meat has no fiber. So, the more you take, the more constipated you become. And it leaves behind acidic ash, which your body has to purge in order to maintain its pH balance. In the process of regulating pH, large volume of fluid is required. Which explains why a meat-eater easily becomes dehydrated and constipated.

      Also, meat contains toxins that can affect your liver function, which is critical to regulating skin oil. High meat intake tends to make your skin oily and hence, acne prone. You might like to find out how to treat acne with coconut oil.

      • Thanks so much for your reply! Its so lovely that you take the time to reply to everyone. Amazing!

        Ok, so i have had some relief taking several tablespoons of VCO followed by warm water. Didn't happen straight away but the next day. So that was good and has helped with my attitude! So hopefully if I keep taking the VCO and lots of water (been having it warm) and reduce the meat i might be on a winner!

        I read the acne page too...very interesting. Have started doing the VCO twice a day so hopefully i don't have to much of a healing crisis! I do suspect Candida though. My naturpath thought there was something going on with my liver a year or two ago when i first started this journey with chronic constipation of over 20 years/acne for the last few years/and also depression/anxiety creeping up on me when Ive never suffered anything like that before...or acne, even as a teenager.

        So hopefully the puzzle is coming together. I have done a lot of work already with cutting things out and working on my sleep but I think i have been replacing my gluten/bread/stodgy food for meat so will stop that now and up the water, veg, moving and VCO consumption and try to do liver healing things.

        Will keep you posted. Thanks ever so much. You have given me some hope in what can sometimes be an overwhelming and mind consuming process!

        • Hi Anita, the so-called depression or anxiety can come from two aspects.

          One, psychologically. Especially when you're struck with constipation followed by acne that greatly affect your appearance and thus, confidence.

          Another would be the toxins in the stubborn stools that get resorbed back into your system. This affects your liver health.

          When your liver is in bad shape and not able to optimally expel those toxins, it can affect you physiologically. Meaning, even when you try to calm your mind your body just wouldn't let you. It will constantly stay in the fight-or-flight response state.

          So, embarking on a healthy journey is a good way to eradicate the bad emotions whether they're triggered psychologically or physiologically.

          But a makeover to your diet can be overwhelming. So, make the changes gradually and progressively, which will be a lot more easier and sustainable for you.

  5. I want to try the Life-flo brand f fractionated coconut oil for my hair & skin because it's the most accessible to me where I live & also tends to be the most reasonably priced. I looked on Amazon at reviews for it, and many of the sellers & reviewers claim it is hexane-free & food grade. I've actually seen a bottle of it in the store & I don't remember them saying it was for internal consumption. I could be wrong, but I believe it advised against consuming it. The bottle also doesn't say whether or not it's hexane-free, which is odd to me considering other oils in that same line specifically state on the bottle that they are hexane-free. It leads me to wonder if they are hiding something. If the oil is claimed to be 100% pure coconut oil (which is on the bottle) then what do they have to hide? And wouldn't it being 100% pure coconut oil make automatically make it food-grade, or is that irrelevant to how it's processed?? Are most fractionated oils made using heat? I was thinking about trying Nutiva's brand of organic, coconut MCT oil, which claims to even retain a light scent of coconut oil, but aside from it being fairly pricy, I don't know, if the scent is light enough for me to mix it with essential oils & the oils not be overpowered by the scent of the coconut oil, though the reviews are split on whether it actually has a scent or not. Thanks for all your help.

    • Hi Jami, Life Flo fractionated coconut oil is strictly for external use only. You can apply it to skin for daily skin care or use it as a massage oil, or carrier for essential oils.

      So, my guess is this fractionated coconut oil you've seen is not hexane-free because it's not organic. It is just a regular fractionated coconut oil for body and skin care only, NOT for consumption.

      The "pure coconut oil" thingy is trying to tell us that the caprylic-capric contents are derived from coconut oil and not from any other sources like goat milk or palm kernel oil.

      To make the oil certified as a food, they have to go some extra miles and pay some fees for that.

      All fractionated coconut oils are produced in a process that involves heat. I have not heard one that isn't so far.

      Oh, speaking of Nutiva MCT oil, the reason why it costs a few bucks more is because it is organically made. So, it's hexane-free. It is also edible. I've tried, and it doesn't actually have any coconut scent. My wife felt the same too after tasting it. I don't know why some people say it has a light coconut flavor.

      If you're worried that Nutiva MCT oil smells a bit like coconut, then try Sports Research MCT oil.

      • What exactly is hexane & what does it do to the skin & hair?? Would it be THAT damaging if I used it, even if only externally?? Or am I worrying over something that's not that major??
        I've seen the oil you've recommend before & I pretty much dismissed it the first time I saw it because of the price, but it seems I won't be able to get around paying a hefty price tag for what I'm looking for. Even though I plan on using fractionated coconut oil externally, I still don't want it laden with harsh chemicals.
        The brand I just bought (and returned) from Amazon was by a company called Znaturals, formerly by another name, & it smelled like old crayons. I don't know if that's how the oil usually smells, if it was a bad batch, or it was chemicals the oil leached from the bottle it came in. Now I'm scared to purchase anything else cuz ordering online is a hassle if the product is unsatisfactory. I just wish the one you recommend came in a smaller size so I could try it out without investing so much in it.
        I also have a question about Argan oil. I bought some from a company called US Organic. It has the official organic seal. I've had the oil a lil' over a year and it's still good. That being said, it's practically clear in color & completely odorless. I just found out that real argan oil is supposed to be slightly opaque to golden yellow & have a slight nutty smell. Do does that mean mine is not real even though it has the organic seal & the bottle says it's unrefined & cold-pressed. It was only about $20 for 4oz, which is suspiciously cheap for argan oil, but I figured since I was getting on Amazon direct from the seller, that accounted for the low price. And that being the case with most things on Amazon, it's hard to tell if something is too good to be true price-wise, or if it's just cheap cuz your not paying all the middle man prices you would in a store. The only reason I'm looking for fractionated coconut oil now is because all the other oils I have, including the argan, stains my clothes from me putting it in my hair & on my body, even when I wait til the oil has absorbed in my skin. I guess it comes out when I sweat. But I don't know of any other completely clear, non-greasy oils besides fractionated coconut oil to use.

        • Hi Jami, hexane is a chemical manufacturers use to increase the yield during oil extraction. To put it simply, it means, hexane can help to "squeeze" more oil out of its origin.

          I believe the level of hexane contaminating the fractionated coconut oil involved is minimal. Otherwise, lots of complaints against the use of non-organic fractionated coconut oil would have already surfaced. Organic fractionated coconut oil is usually hexane-free.

          Nonetheless, hexane is still harmful to us. It may not harm your skin or hair directly. But it does get absorbed easily through skin. And its cumulative buildup in our body over time can cause long-lasting and even permanent damage to our nerve system. Short-term side effects include dizziness, headache, nausea etc.

          Yes, you definitely have to pay a higher price for a product that gives you peace of mind.

          It's always subjective when it comes to smell. Being "odorless" doesn't mean it has no smell. Odorless has its own characteristic odor. It's just that this kind of odor will never overpower any other odor.

          As you've described, fractionated coconut oil can smell like old crayon. Some (I think) smell like those clear glue stick. That's how my NOW fractionated coconut oil smells like. It's not organic so I guess you're not interested.

          Of course, that's the risk you have to take when buying online. That's why you must do lots of research for the product before you place your order online.

          Real pure argan oil should look light golden yellow in color and with a pleasant nutty flavor. But when you refrigerate it, the smell will grow stronger.

          If you don't have such a color and flavor with your argan oil, it could have been oxidized due to its high content of unsaturated fats (around 80%). Oxidation changes properties, including the odor and color. In short, all the good stuff are gone. It's time for you to get a new one.

          If you want to get a premium quality argan oil, look for one that has some sediment at the bottom, just like choosing virgin coconut oil. When you shake the bottle, the oil should turn murky or cloudy.

          Lastly, you're right about fractionated coconut oil. Even if you accidentally stain your clothes with it, the stain won't last. And you can effortlessly wash it off with just water because it is a very light oil.