Tuesday, February 19, 2013

beauty day


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Do you use coconut oil?
A few months ago I started replacing vegetable and olive oil in my cooking with coconut after reading about it at my local vegetarian/organic spot. Then I came across this amazing post on beauty maven Katey Denno's blog, The Beauty of It is.

Here she talks in depth about how she's "eaten coconut oil for the past three years" and hasn't had a cold or flu since, along with why coconut oil is good for your heart, immunity and how to use it on your skin (which I do daily as well).




If you haven't used it in your cooking, or on your hair, rough skin patches or lips yet, here's a legit list of reasons why  you should, stat:


WHY COCONUT OIL IS REALLY GOOD FOR YOUR HEART AND DIGESTION
It’s important for me to briefly address and then dispel the long-standing belief held by a good number of government agencies about the dangers of coconut oil as a whole. This negative connotation is solely based on studies done in the 1950′s-80′s on coconut oil produced by methods that used heat to extract the oil from the nut, resulting in a partially hydrogenated form of the oil and associated it with high levels of something  called ‘saturated fat’. Saturated fat, which is the generic term for a component of what is inherent in coconut oil , (and is in many other things we eat)  has been blamed as one cause of cardiovascular disease.
The beauty of using a coconut oil that’s extracted from the nut and processed WITHOUT HEAT, thus maintaining its’ status as EXTRA VIRGIN, RAW, AND ORGANIC,  is that even though it’s a saturated fat, its unique short and medium fatty acid chain structure makes it more available to the body to use to rebuild cells, and be more readily processed. There are very few sources of short and medium fatty acid chains available to us. Most fats are built with long fatty acid chains, which our bodies often can’t break down thoroughly, often resulting in weight gain.
THE IMMUNITY AND HEALING BENEFITS OF COCONUT OIL
I didn’t know this when I first started my daily use of raw/extra virgin/organic coconut  oil, but my ignorance didn’t prevent the oil from working its magic on me: this stuff  contains antimicrobial lipids, capric acid, and caprylic acid, which all have anti-fungal, antibacterial, and antiviral properties.  The human body converts lauric acid into monolaurin, which is said to help move viruses out of our system quickly, getting rid of bacteria that might otherwise settle in and cause us ulcers, throat infections, urinary tract infections, and pneumonia, as well as diseases like herpes, influenza, giardia lamblia (a pretty awful stomach bacteria that I once got!).
When applied topically, it forms a chemical layer to protect and heal the hurt/infected/raw body part from fungi, bacteria, and virus, and it can speed up the healing of bruises by repairing damaged tissue. It’s also great to use for all yeast infections – from systemic candidiasis to diaper rash.
USING IT ON THE SKIN 
Due to the antimicrobial powers, it’s a great option for healing skin all over the body. I know many people who suffer from acne who swear by its’ healing properties when used regularly as a moisturizer. People use it to remove eye makeup, people use it to shave instead of chemical-laden shaving creams, moisturize their bodies when stepping out of the shower. 
Read the whole post by the amazing Katey Denno, here.

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