How to use coconut oil for maximum health benefits

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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.

Oh, really?

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.

That's why besides eating it, you should also apply coconut oil to your skin every day as well to make sure you're harvesting more benefits from coconut oil.

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.

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  1. I used organic extra virgin coconut oil after a double chest infection and antibiotic allergy, it cleared right up. However, I ate Raw Coconut Oil for almost a year since that so being told to have it every 2 hours was my excuse...I looooove it and I sold a purer version direct from India. Beautiful. But you must balance, because it IS FAT!!! So I put on a little weight so working on goin back to my Partially RAW and FRUIT Only diet. Thanks for your Blog. Will email you soon.

    • Hi Diana, shouldn't be a problem. Try adding one teaspoon of coconut oil to your diet per day for a few days and see whether any odd reaction with your stomach takes place.

      The more coconut oil you consume, the better you are. But because you've had gastric bypass, you must gradually increase your intake of coconut oil until you find the right amount for your condition. Don't rush.

    • Hi David, of course you can take coconut oil to help with your leucoderma condition. Cells that are unhealthy may not produce sufficient melanin for your skin. Consuming coconut oil can help improve functions of cells.

      However, you don't need 2 tablespoons in every 2 hours. Just mix one or two tablespoons each into your breakfast, lunch and dinner. And you should have enough intake of coconut oil for the day. This, at the same time, helps you avoid the adverse reactions caused by taking too much coconut oil in a day.

      Apply coconut oil to the affected skin as well for even better results. Coconut oil may not have high spf value, but it does help to minimize the damages free radicals can have on your skin upon stimulation by UV from the sun.

      Last but not least, don't rush. Healing takes time. So, be patient.

  2. 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?

  3. Respected Sir,
    I thank you again for your esteemed advice. I again have some other doubts about coconut oil swishing this time. I did for the first time, today, coconut oil swishing for approximately 4 minutes. Then I spat it out and immediately rinsed out my mouth with water. But almost immediately after doing it, I felt my stomach very full and bloated sensation, which lasted for some time. I had had a light lunch 45 ms to one hour prior to doing the oil swishing. Then after almost 2 hours later I started getting severe belching. Was these side-effects of coconut oil swishing, or due to some other problems? Also, I read in some report that one should not swallow even one drop of coconut oil also while doing swishing, otherwise it would cause lungs pneumonia. Is this true? Is it so dangerous to swallow one drop of the swished coconut oil also while it is in the mouth? Then for how long do I have to do it each time? I can max. upto only 5 minutes at a time, and I read everywhere one should do for 15 to 20 ms at a time. Also, should I do it daily, or only for 3 or 4 times per week? Please let me know of your opinions. I am looking forward to them. And thank you very much in advance.

    • Hello Mr.Soon,
      I have some more questions to ask you. Today, my first day at oil pulling, I did it for the second time (could manage only for 4 minutes), and then after I had spat out the swished oil, I immediately (reflex action) swallowed I think a tiny bit of the swished oil residue left in the mouth, after I had spat it all out. Was that a harmful thing to do? Would I have swallowed some toxic bacteria also, or could it cause me Lipoid Pneumonia, as it could cause this if one swallows some of the swished coconut oil while oil pulling? Also, after I had swallowed a tiny amount of the residue left in the mouth after I had spat it out, I felt terrible mainly in the stomach. I am frightened I could have caused my body some harm by swallowing some of the swished oil residue, or maybe cause myself Lipoid Pneumonia. Please please advise me, I am very worried and scared now. Thank you very much for your advice.

      • Hi Sudha, coconut oil pulling may disgust some people because swishing oil in mouth is after all, quite gross especially for beginners.

        It could be this repulsion that nauseates you and makes you feel as if your stomach has become full. I'd say it's the psychological effect of coconut oil pulling. I feel nothing from it since I'm used to it.

        No doubt it's suggested that you should not swallow after coconut oil pulling, but you won't get any severe or fatal effect just by accidentally swallowing some at times. I'm the best example. I've swallowed some quite a number of times, but I'm still as fit as a fiddle. So, don't get too paranoid over such exaggeration and scare yourself.

        If I tell you the toxins from meat are even more toxic, will that scare you and make you quit taking meat? You won't, right? So, why worry unduly over that little bit of residue? It definitely won't kill you.

        Each time you should swish 15–20 minutes for a more complete cleansing of your teeth and gums. But if 5-minute is the max for you, so be it. Don't force yourself. But you can work up the length of time from there and slowly reach 10 minutes or more.

        My suggestion is twice daily. Once in the morning upon waking up and the next round is at night before bed. But you can choose to do only once a day or 3 times a week. Up to you.

        • Hello Dear Mr.Soon,
          I thank you very much and appreciate very much your replying to each of my queries. I have another query, today I did swishing for 8 and half minutes in the afternoon, and after spitting it out, and washing my mouth with warm water, I then brushed my teeth with Colgate toothpaste(which is the one I have been using since childhood), immediately I got terrible burning sensation in the inside part of my lower lip, along with a whole lot of sores all along the inside part of the lower lip. Why did this occur? Could it have been aggravated by the Colgate toothpaste, as until I started brushing, everything was totally in fine condition. Should I not brush my teeth with that toothpaste after washing mouth with warm water? Or should I switch to some other toothpaste? Can you recommend any good toothpaste which is available in India (as I live in India), and which won't cause me such aggravations? Or should I not brush my teeth at all after rinsing with warm water, except only in morning?
          One more question, is that as soon as I awaken in morning, I immediately drink 645 ml of water on empty stomach before brushing my teeth or doing anything else. I have daily maintained this habit from some months and I do not want to quit now. But I read that coconut oil swishing should be done on empty stomach before eating and drinking anything (not even water also?), and before brushing teeth also. What should I do in this case as I do not want to leave my early morning habit of drinking water as soon as I get up? Please kindly advise me on both these issues. Thank you in advance.

          Sudha Rao

          • Hi Sudha, warm water can make our skin more sensitive since warm water opens up our skin pores. When the skin pores on your lip opens, the many unknown chemicals from Colgate can easily seep through and may cause irritation. This could be why the reactions after rinsing your mouth with warm water.

            If you check through each and every chemical used in your Colgate toothpaste, you would have found that some of them do cause skin irritation and may have an adverse effect on health if they manage to gain entry and run in your bloodstream. But just as advised before, don't get too paranoid since you're not eating the toothpaste every day. A small amount getting into your bloodstream should be fine. If you're still worried, go see a doctor.

            Next time round try to brush your teeth with the toothpaste without prior rinsing with warm water and see how.

            Sorry, I don't live in India so I can't tell you what good toothpaste you can buy there. You can try to get a herbal toothpaste which carries more natural ingredients, and of course, it must suit you.

            To give you an idea, I'm using Auromère ayurvedic herbal toothpaste. It feels more watery than a conventional toothpaste. It's not white in color though. I wonder if you can find it in India. If not, try to buy online.

            I think your drinking of water right after wake-up is a good habit. I do this every morning too. But I will rinse my mouth with tap water first before I consume drinking water. Why?

            After a long night's sleep, our mouth is filled with bacteria and the toxic waste of bacteria (bacteria do poop too). Which is why it's so smelly first thing in the morning. (If you blow at a mosquito, I think it will die immediately, so to speak. LOL.)

            I don't want to take that down into my stomach early in the morning. So I rinse them off before drinking a glass of water, which helps to facilitate bowel movement. And then followed by my coconut oil pulling. After oil pulling, I brush my teeth and then, I take my breakfast. That's what I do every morning.

            You can go straight to pulling with coconut oil followed by brushing teeth before drinking water. The key here is to get rid of as much oral bacteria as possible early in the morning before you start consuming anything.

  4. Dear Mr.Soon,
    I sent you a message yesterday, about some queries regarding my coconut oil pulling but you did not answer, I think you must have not checked yesterday. Can you please answer it today along with this message also? I have been eating 1 tbsp of Extra virgin coconut oil daily once with my breakfast food from last 5 -6 days. Today, after I had completed my morning routine of coconut oil pulling with 1 tbsp for 7 ms or so, I had third time bowel movement, but it was totally loose stools. The other days I did not have even once loose stools also, in spite of eating coconut oil daily. Then I took 1 more tbsp of Extra Virgin Coconut oil with my lunch also, and before eating lunch I did another time coconut oil pulling. After lunch, around approximately 2 hours later, I got terrible upset stomach, and had completely loose bowel motion again. And another problem I encountered with doing coconut oil pulling three times per day, is that after the second time of pulling, in the afternoon, when I brushed my teeth, after gargling with warm water, my gums felt terribly sensitive and delicate, and they bled also a little. Am I doing pulling too many times per day and should I cut it down only to 2 or 1 time per day? And how much exactly should I eat daily, as eating 2 tbsp, is causing me loose bowel motions? PLEASE PLEASE kindly respond to all my queries, and also the previous message which I sent you yesterday also. Thank you very very much for your replies.

    • Hi Sudha, having loose stools means that your bowel is moving rapidly. I would say for your case, it's good news. Obese usually have very sluggish bowels due to exceptionally slow metabolism and restrictions of bowel movement caused by the compression of excessive abdominal fats against the intestines.

      After few days of taking coconut oil, I think your body is beginning to respond positively to the metabolism-boosting effect of coconut oil.

      Gum bleeding is a sign of sub oral health. Plaque formation can cause that. I suggest that you go to a dentist. Healthy gums do not bleed easily.

      If you're worried, cut your oil pulling to once a day. And make sure to rinse your mouth or brush your teeth after each meal to get rid of the debris stuck between the teeth. This is to help reduce the odds of bacterial growth since bacteria feed on food debris left in our mouth.

      Consuming 2 tablespoons of coconut oil per day in fact, is not a lot. Did you mix into your food? Mixing coconut oil with food will mellow its bowel-loosening effect. But if you still get loose stools and you don't like that, cut it down to one tablespoon.

      Last but not least, let me set the record straight here. I have a lot of other works to do too. So, I cannot sit at my desk all day long and wait to respond to each of your queries immediately. You're busy. So am I. So, please understand this and be patient. If you need immediate attention, please go to your doctor.

      • Dear Mr.Soon,

        I thank you very much for your responses. I am taking only one tbsp now mixed with my breakfast daily. I haven't got any loose stools from last 2 days. And also I was doing 3 times daily coconut oil pulling maybe that is the reason why I got bleeding gums, as I have sensitive gums. And also I am using a new toothbrush, so it could be having harder bristles, although it is an ultra soft toothbrush, so this could also be the reason why my gums were bleeding. I cut down on oil pulling for only 2 times daily, and today in the morning when I did my morning first session of oil pulling, again my gums bled a lot, maybe because I brushed my teeth too vigorously. So from now on, as you have advised me, I will do oil pulling for only once per day. Maybe then it won't bleed.

        I thank you again for responding to each of my questions with so much patience. I really appreciate your advice.

    • 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 mixture (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 (see Benefits of Coconut Oil for illustration). 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, coconut oil can never be alkaline unless they add alkalizing substances to the oil.

          It's like naming their 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".