More and more people are getting aware of the health benefits of coconut oil, particularly virgin coconut oil. It is indeed very good for us because I've proven its power of healing myself. Upon flu infection, taking virgin coconut oil out of the jar plus adding more (than usual) to meals help me recover in 3–5 days. My wife has tested. My cousin has tested. So are the many people around me who have used the tropical oil for other antimicrobial treatments.
However, coconut oil can cause "bad side effects" especially in the detox aspect if you use it in the wrong way or you're unaware of its detox prowess.
Side Effect #1 – Diarrhea-Like Symptoms
Apart from the fact that coconut oil cures constipation (lots of "constipators" said coconut oil works extremely well on stimulating their bowel movement), it may also trigger the opposite reaction – diarrhea-like symptoms if you suddenly ...read more »
No matter how good something is, it will carry at least one or few drawbacks for us to ponder upon, always. Despite its powerful healing properties and massive health benefits, coconut oil is no exception.
Disadvantage #1 – No Effect on "Cold"
According to Dr. Bruce Fife, the president of the Coconut Research Center in his book, The Coconut Oil Miracle, there is one common ailment (close to flu) that coconut oil has no effect upon.
Symptoms of cold and flu may look alike, but they're triggered by different viruses. The most common virus that causes cold is known as rhinovirus while the one that causes flu is called influenza virus. Only our own immune system can defeat cold virus. MCFAs in coconut oil can't do anything to the cold virus, hence you'll be down with cold even if you consume coconut oil regularly.
When cold strikes you, your immune system immediately sends white blood cells to combat the virus. This natural defensive response causes the overall immune system guard to weaken and become vulnerable to the invasion of other harmful germs. They'll enter and proliferate in your body, thereby aggravating your cold condition and might even lead to other problematic illnesses or diseases.
Before I show you how you can effectively use coconut oil for acne treatment, I need you to first understand what EXACTLY causes your acne... why you're getting it. This is because IF you're treating your acne with coconut oil but at the same time, you're doing something foolish that offsets the oil's effect on acne, it can cause more breakouts on your face and make your acne worse than before.
I just want to make absolutely sure you're able to clear your acne nicely with the use of coconut oil. So now, let's see why you're getting acne.
Why Do You Get Acne?
You get acne on your face and skin because your liver fails to timely deactivate androgens, which are sex hormones produced by your adrenal gland and sex gland (ovary in females, testis in males).
What have these hormones got to do with acne?
Good question. These hormones can stimulate your sebaceous glands (under your skin pores where hair follicles are) to secrete an oily substance called sebum that helps to lubricate your skin and hair and prevent your skin from drying and cracking.
Actually, there's nothing wrong with the presence of androgens (androgenic hormones) since we need them to help regulate oil production for our hair and skin care, and perform other functions as well.
But problems arise when some of them are not properly deactivated by your liver after they have accomplished their jobs. These "remain-active" hormones then continue to circulate in your bloodstream and stimulate your sebaceous glands to keep producing sebum, resulting in an oily skin or face.
In fact, excessive sebum production doesn't necessarily cause acne on your skin or face unless ...read more »
Coconut oil may increase your cholesterol level, clog your arteries and then elevate your risk of heart disease and stroke, and make you gain weight... all because of one thing – its high saturated fat content. Right?
WRONG! Actually, coconut oil provides health benefits instead, and more than anyone can imagine.
Health Benefits of Coconut Oil – The Truth Revealed!
Let's take a closer look at the people of traditional cultures who live in the South Pacific Islands, Asia, Africa and the Central America where coconut and palm oils are plentiful.
For many generations, they add significant amount of coconut oil to their traditional coconut-based diets but suffer very much lower rates of obesity, heart disease, cancer, diabetes, arthritis and other health problems than those in North America and Europe who don't eat coconut-based food at all. Why?