week 7: Coconut Oil

There are many Benefits of coconut oil to use in your daily life

Coconut oil is a good addition to your diet. It works wonders for your hair and skin and supports various health problems & it has an antibacterial, fungicidal and antiviral effect.

Cost Saving.
Due to the many different applications you save on all kinds of jars and cremes.

How you get coconut oil?
Coconut oil is extracted from fresh coconuts by removing the coconut meat from the coconut and then placing it under a press, after which the oil drips out. This is called cold pressed, extra virgin or extra virgin coconut oil.
Always buy this kind of oil and not an oil that is deodorized and smells less of coconut,  as nutrients have been lost and / or leftovers of chemicals have remained behind.
Buying good quality oil will be more expensive but you will have all benefit from it.

At room temperature the oil is solid, when heated fluid.

Fact & Fats
Coconut oil is very rich in saturated fats (about 92%), 
know that not all saturated fats are the same and there is no relation between saturated fats and hear & vascular diseases.  

The reason that the saturated fats in coconut oil are so healthy is because they consist of 50% lauric acid, which in the body are converted into monolaurin, a monoglyceride that can destroy viruses with a lipid envelope. In addition, a large part of the saturated fats in coconut oil consists of medium-chain fatty acids, which increase the cholesterol level less quickly than other saturated fats.
Moreover, it needs less bile and enzymes to be broken down in the body, making them much more digestible than other fats.

Here are some known and unknown benefits of coconut oil which you must give a chance!

1. Energy boost & supports weight loss.
The medium chain triglycerides found in coconut oil provide a perfect source of energy, as they only have to go to a three step process to turn into fuel, as other fats have to go through a 26 step process.  the 3 chain triglycerides are: Caprylic acid / Lauric acid  / capric acid.
Also, the oil curbs hunger and cravings and therefore helps with weight loss, as you feel more and longer full.

Replace all vegetable oils in your kitchen into coconut  and olive oil.
Coconut oil can tolerate very high temperatures without losing its nutritional value or oxidizing. Olive oil you should not heat.

2. Skin Health: Healing Bruises
With bruises, the little veins and blood vessels under your skin gets broken and causes ruptures. This leads to bleeding and thus huge bruises appear. The bruises get darker and also you may feel swelling and pain in the affected area. You can use coconut oil to massage the area, the massage will regulate the blood flow and restores the skin more quick.

3. Skin Health: infections, inflammation, folliculitis and athlete's foot
Chronic inflammation is an important component of many different skin conditions, including psoriasis, contact dermatitis and eczema
Coconut oil has proven to contain anti-inflammatory properties. Antioxidants work by stabilizing free radicals in the body and neutralize the reactive atoms that can contribute to inflammation
Skin problems caused by bacteria or fungi can benefit from Coconut as it can kill harmful microorganisms

4. Skin health: Pigmentation spots, acne & Suntan Remover
With regular use pigmentation spots on for example your face, will fade and sometimes even disappear.  It can also supports with acne treatment.
With suntan, your skin cells get damages and patchy . For sun tan remover you can mix coconut oil with papaya, lemon juice or milk.

5. Skin health: moisturizing (dry) skin and helps skin ageing
Coconut oil can hydrate your skin while maintaining the pH balance of the skin. Also very good for dry and itchy skin or other skin problems. The oil would restore the moisture balance, nourishing  it and  can tighten your skin. Use coconut oil before you go to bed or before you bathe. The oil can stain your pillow.

6. Skin health: Lighten Stretch Marks & cellulite
Due to growth and weight gain or due to pregnancy, the stretch marks appear over body parts like arms, legs, belly and over the thighs.  Massages with Coconut oil  can make your skin tightened and would also eliminate the stretch marks when applied regularly.  It also stimulates the blood flow what helps reduce cellulite.

7. Skin health: Sunscreen
Depending your type of skin and the amount of sun, you can you coconut oil to prevent sunburn.  

8. Skin health: help with wound healing
Coconut oil accelerated wounds healing, increases levels of collagen (an important protein that helps with wound healing) and improves antioxidant status
coconut oil in combination with an antibiotic on the skin, is effective in curing burns
In addition to improving wound healing, antimicrobial properties can also prevent infections, one of the most important risk factors that can complicate the healing process.

9. Hair masque and to Remove Frizz from Hair 
Coconut oil is filled with hair pampering taming ingredients which not only would fight extremely frizzy hair but would also make your hair super strong and glossier!
Massage coconut oil into your hair and let it work overnight. Regular use of this remedy would make your hair smooth, silky and frizz free.

10. Lip Balm
Good for dry lips and pigmentation

11. Calm the Bug Bites
Bug bites can cause swelling, inflammation, pain and various other infections.
The antibacterial properties of coconut oil fight the bacteria causing infections

12. Whiter Teeth & Better breath
Mouth Wash: When you rinse the oil for 5 minutes in your mouth, it kills bacteria and reduce and reduce bad breath.  Don't forget to spit the oil out!
When you have dark, yellow and patchy teeth, you can brighter  them by  massaging coconut oil with coffee powder on your teeth. 

13. Boost Immune system
Coconut oil contains antimicrobial lipids, lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid, which have antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties. This can help in fighting harmful bacteria and illness in the body!

14. Use as shaving cream

15. Use as lube :-)

16. Natural Makeup Remover
You can use coconut oil as a natural makeup remover which would remove makeup easily and fill your skin with nourishment and moisture! 

From now on, you can declutter your bathroom as well!