To gain health benefits from coconut oil, it's not just about eating it and that's all about it. Of course, eating coconut oil is one way to improve your immunity. But you can leverage the health-promoting properties of coconut oil to the fullest potential and take your health to a higher level. How?
Let me show you.
1. Coconut oil with the greatest health benefits
We're focusing on making you healthier, right? So, it makes perfect sense for you to use the best coconut oil that offers the greatest health benefits.
In that case, choose virgin coconut oil from the various types of coconut oil available on the market.
It's the best among them all because it is cold pressed and goes through as minimum processing as possible, hence, it gets to retain most of its beneficial properties.
However, this unrefined coconut oil will give off an odor that is naturally present in it. It's aromatic to many of us but you may not like it.
If that's the case, then your next best alternative would be RBD coconut oil. It's a type of refined coconut oil that has its natural coconut odor removed but yet get to preserve as much health properties as possible.
On top of that, go for the organic one to free your body from additional toxic load.
2. Eat coconut oil the right way
I did mention that you can gain health benefits from eating coconut oil earlier, right?
But you can't just eat it anyhow because eating it the wrong way can make you suffer.
Yes, many first-timers, unaware of what it actually does to their body, get to "taste" the side effects of eating coconut oil – diarrhea.
Okay, not really diarrhea, but diarrhea-like symptoms.
How did they get that? They eat it straight from the jar on an empty stomach.
When your stomach is hollow and nothing else is inside except coconut oil, you're in for a vigorous intestinal muscle contraction. Simply put, strong bowel movements.
Unless you desperately need coconut oil for a constipation relief, don't take it when your stomach is empty.
Always add coconut oil to your food or beverages and mix them well before you swallow. This way you have something in your stomach to help slow the breaking down of the oil into its bowel-loosening components so that you won't easily get the diarrhea-like effect.
3. Apply coconut oil to skin
Ingesting coconut oil allows it to go right inside your body so that your cells can quickly and directly access to its abundant supply of saturated fats, medium-chain fatty acids and antimicrobials which are the keys to defending your body against health-damaging germs.
But if you can "bathe" in coconut oil as well, so to speak, you'll gain even greater health benefits from it because by daubing coconut oil on your skin from head to toe, you're actually protecting not just your skin but preventing the super germs from gaining entry into your body via the pores of your skin.
"But our skin has already had its own natural protective layer", you might say.
That's true, no doubt. But our skin is the largest organ of our body and hence it has the largest surface area interacting with the surroundings.
Because of that, harmful germs can easily "stick" to our skin and colonize on it and then break through the barriers and enter our body to create havoc.
This is especially true when you're in places like hospitals or dirty streets where bacteria, viruses and other aggressive germs are easily "available" and in abundance.
Imagine your skin is attacked by an army of germs and 10% of them succeed in storming into your body, the amount of coconut oil you have ingested may not be enough to fight them off. 10% may sound little but it's huge enough to infest your body and take it down completely if your immunity is very weak.
Don't forget that inside your body, particularly your liver itself already has plenty of viruses, parasites and bacteria to deal with. So, after helping your liver to get rid of those micro-bugs so that it (your liver) can continue to perform its functions without much glitches, what's left of coconut oil might appear too insignificant for that 10% of germs that penetrate into your body via your skin.
What's even worse is that you can't take too much coconut oil in one shot or your bowels might become too loose (as said earlier) and you'll have to keep visiting your "lovely toilet" multiple times within couple of hours.
Even if you spread the intake over a day, the max for most people in general is only about 4 tablespoons daily.
And when you apply, remember, just coat a thin layer on your skin will do, and then re-apply as often as you deem necessary.
Too much coconut oil slathered on your skin in one go can easily saturate your skin and cause your skin to look oily instead of soft, smooth and supple. Wait till the first layer has absorbed before you apply the second layer and so on.
4. Coconut oil pulling
Heard of oil pulling?
Oil pulling is a technique that you hold a tablespoon of any vegetable oil in your mouth and swish it for 15–20 minutes and then you spit it all out.
By doing so, it helps to reduce the number of bacteria, parasites and other germs that cling onto and grow on your teeth, gums, tongue or anywhere they can live on inside your mouth as long as there are food residues.
If you never do oil pulling, chances are you'll swallow those bacteria, parasites and other germs with the food into your stomach. And you know what's going to happen next.
Though our gastric acid can kill them, not all will be killed. Some will intelligently hang on to spots where the corrosive acid cannot reach like your esophagus or anywhere along the food path and then conquer the area and attack you when the time is ripe.
So, oil pulling is vital to keep your mouth free of harmful microbes so as to reduce the germ load your body has to handle.
And if you use coconut oil for oil pulling, the cleansing effect will be even stronger since coconut oil does not simply "bundle" bacteria and other germs together for you to purge them out in a spit, it kills them without mercy as well.
To top it off, using coconut oil for oil pulling can also strengthen your gums so they won't bleed when you brush your teeth.
That's not all. Stronger gums can grip teeth more firmly so that your teeth will not fall off easily as you age. It's no surprise to still have a complete set of teeth holding steadily onto your gums even at the age of 90 (I have witnessed that with my bare eyes).
So, to retain your beautiful smile and gain as much health benefits from coconut oil as possible, start oil pulling using coconut oil today.
Oh, be sure to brush your teeth to remove any sticky food residues before pulling with coconut oil to boost the overall effectiveness of oil pulling.