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  1. Hi Soon,
    Nice hearing from you. I do think of you frequently as someone who tried to help me. Eventually Soon I ended up twice in the hospital, not only for constipation but for low blood sodium. I did have a hospital Doctor who was helpful. For the low sodium issue it was quite helpful to take a sodium-chloride tablet and the constipation was helped with a regiment of a few medicines and eventually a recommendation by a Dr. who suggested Trulance, a very expensive pill that I was able to get from my VA doctor at very low cost. It was truly a miracle now that I've completed my first month. Always like hearing from you. Thank you. Ron

    • Hi Ron, relieved to hear that you've had a good doctor to help with your low blood sodium and constipation. These guys are hard to come by nowadays.

      Just to share with you. My dad (just turned 87 last month) found a natural remedy for his constipation about a month ago. He's been taking cashews since then and it works like a charm. And cashews are pretty rich in nutrients too. You might like to take some every day and see if it does the same magic to you.

      Are you still consuming virgin coconut oil? I hope so since it does help with your immunity and can protect you against harmful germs. Thanks for dropping in and always happy to hear from you too. 😉

  2. I am wondering when is the best time to take coconut oil.
    First dose:
    Early morning before breakfast and drinking?
    Early morning one hour after drinking water but before breakfast?
    With breakfast even if i only eat fruits.

    Then second dose before lunch or with lunch?
    Since I would like to take ghee as well. Is it OK if I have coconut oil and ghee with meals? Should they be taken at separate times.

    Thank you.

    • Hi Radhika, I'd say the best timing to eat coconut oil for health are morning and afternoon. But I wouldn't recommend to consume coconut oil by itself before breakfast and drinking water as you were asking. This is because an empty stomach enables coconut oil to get absorbed very quickly into our system. This often triggers some side effects like nausea, stomach cramp or even diarrhea.

      Coconut oil is a food, not a supplement. So, take coconut oil internally with food at all times to reap its health benefits. Like adding to your breakfast (even if you're only eating fruits) and lunch. Yes, you can mix coconut oil into your ghee too. Many people are doing that.

  3. Coconut oil is only at most 15% of the MCT correct ? So wouldn’t finding actual MCT fatty acids have much more beneficial benefits than the coconut oil ? I have been using the coconut oil for 11 months and haven’t noted much difference in my health
    It is amazing on my
    Dry skin though

    • Hi Stephanie, coconut oil carries about 50 to 64% MCT, depending on various factors during manufacturing.

      When you compare pure MCT oil against coconut oil, pure MCT oil that usually carries only 2 types of MCTs may not suffice to boost your immunity and protect your health.

      How much coconut oil are you taking per day? And what else you're consuming as well is just as critical because taking junk food can negate the health benefits of coconut oil.

      • I am now mostly using it for cosmetic purposes , but i'd estimate I ingest and average of about a tablespoon per day .. I add it to my eggs when i scramble them and most mornings blend it with ghee in my coffee

        • Hi Stephanie, 1 tablespoon per day is not enough to provide much health benefits for you.

          Imagine on one hand you're taking the health-promoting coconut oil while on the other hand you're ingesting the chemical-loaded refined food and toxin-laden meat (I suppose you're not on a plant-based diet), how much are you expecting to gain from coconut oil?

          The fact that coconut oil helps your skin has proven its beneficial properties. Unless you increase your coconut oil intake and decrease your junk food intake, you won't gain much out of that mere 1 tablespoon per day.

    • Hi Shannon, I believe all brands of dietary coconut oil should have a pH 5 for edibility. And suitability for oil pulling to begin with.

      But when you do oil pulling, the fat-digesting enzymes in your saliva will unleash fatty acids from the triglyceride bonding, rendering the increased acidity level of coconut oil in your mouth. The longer you oil-pull, the more saliva you'll secrete, and the more fatty acids will be freed.

      Which is why some people feel scratchy in the throat when they inadvertently swallow some liquid (coconut oil + saliva). We should spit it all out after oil pulling and rinse our mouth properly not just to get rid of dead bacteria and their toxic discharge, but also to prevent hurting our throat.

        • Hi Shannon, there's no such thing as alkaline coconut oil.

          Look. All dietary oils are made up of triglycerides, whereby each composes of a glycerol and 3 fatty acids.

          If these triglycerides stay as they are, then the oil would have zero free fatty acids. As such, this coconut oil would at best be as neutral as water, which has a pH 7. Any value above 7 is alkaline.

          To back up a little bit... free fatty acids are fatty acids that have broken away from the triglyceride bond. And their "free" presence is what causes the pH scale to fall below 7 and causes the product to become acidic.

          But no matter how good a manufacturer extracts the oil from coconut, there's bound to have some fatty acids "escaped" from the triglyceride bonding. This means that there would be some free fatty acids lingering in the oil, causing the pH to fall to 6 or (mostly) 5, which are acceptable for consumption without having to dilute with water.

          Even if they go to the extent to remove any free fatty acids that are present in their product, the pH of the oil will not rise above neutral.

          In other words, a pure coconut oil can never be alkaline unless they add alkalizing substances to the oil.

          It's like naming virgin coconut oil "extra-virgin coconut oil" by some companies, which actually is just a marketing gimmick since there's no such thing as "extra-virgin coconut oil".