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Coconut Oil Is Incredible!

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Once a Villain, Coconut Oil Charms the Health Food World With Its Incredible Properties

I love, love, coconut oil for a myriad of reasons that relate to many different aspects of my health and wellness. First of all, coconut oil is a medium-chain fatty acid. This is a saturated fat that’s found in coconut and in mother’s milk. Because of the medium bonds in this fat, it burns in a completely different way than other fats. Coconut oil is burned in the liver instead of going through the longer process of using bile and breaking down into a usable fat. This becomes a fast food source as it can raise metabolism and help thyroid function.  I witnessed this many times with my daughter Maci when she would consume coconut oil while she was struggling with IBS. She would suddenly get a burst of energy and I would hear her dancing and exercising in her room when moments before she had been laying around. Coconut oil is burned like a carbohydrate, it will burn first and not last like most fats.

Removes Cysts and Ringworm

In addition to being a good energy source, coconut oil contains lauric acid, a fat found in mother’s milk that has antibacterial, antiviral, and antioxidant properties. I witnessed this firsthand when it got rid of a case of my ringworm (which is caused by a fungus). Coconut oil also removed cysts that I had on my skin for years that would never go away – after I started applying coconut oil topically, they dissolved and went away. I wish more people knew about this. Just recently, my daughter Holli found a large cyst on her leg and one that a nurse said needed to be lanced or removed surgically. We decided to try coconut oil instead and Holli was faithful, rubbing it on a couple of times a day. We were amazed as we watched it shrink until it was gone. It is also fabulous for diaper rash and will work miracles on skin issues of any kind.

Why did this super fat disappear for many years?

Since it is so powerful, why did this super fat disappear for many years? It got a bad rap because they took this incredible oil and changed it through the process of hydrogenation which will make any fat a bad fat. Then they did studies on the hydrogenated fat, deemed it bad, and we all stopped using it. Coconut oil faded into the background while polyunsaturated fats took its place. They changed it to make oils more stable on store shelves because fats can go rancid very quickly.  Coconut oil doesn’t have this problem; but just the same, they changed it anyway and turned it into a harmful fat. Fortunately, that has all changed and it is back in its original form. It has been shown that lauric acid increases the good HDL cholesterol in the blood to help improve cholesterol ratio levels and now many are singing its praises.

When I discovered it back in 2001, I was blown away by all its wonderful uses and to this day it is my favorite fat.
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Here are some different ways to use coconut oil.

Candida Killer

Coconut oil is great for helping to kill Candida because of the caprylic acid, a potent anti-fungal agent found exclusively in coconut oil. There can be significant die-off reactions from consuming this, so don’t be surprised if you detox from coconut oil when you start consuming it. Check out my Candida and Cultured Food Post.

coconut oilHigh Heat Cooking Oil

I use coconut oil to cook with, and even at high heat it remains stable. Oils that are healthy at room temperature can become unhealthy when heated above certain temperatures. Coconut oil can withstand the high heat of cooking and even deep frying, and is resistant to oxidation compared to highly unsaturated vegetable oils. It’s wonderful in breads and baked goods, and so good when making a tub of popcorn, or putting a spoonful in smoothies.

coconut sun screenSun Protection

I use coconut oil on my skin as a lotion. When applied to the skin, coconut oil can block out up to 20% of the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays, as shown in this 2011 study. Check out my Whipped Coconut Lotion Recipe!

toothsoap 2Toothsoap

I make my own toothsoap and it’s made with coconut oil. It’s fabulous for keeping cavities at bay and works wonders on gum disease, too.You can find the recipe here.

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Last year I couldn’t find my coconut oil anywhere and finally found it with my husband. He was so excited because he found that coconut oil is fabulous for waxing our boat, so I bought him his own bucket of coconut oil.

There are many coconut oils on the market so let me tell you about some of the ones I use. Virgin coconut oil has a coconut taste, and extra vitamin E. These are just a few of the ways I use and consume coconut oil.  I also have lots of coconut recipes, too. Coconut oil is wonderful for you.

Here are a bunch of my favorite recipes.

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Chocolate Kefir Coconut Pudding
I probably make this at least once a week for my daughter Holli. It is one of her favorite breakfast.
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Coconut Almond Kefir Ice Cream
Coconut milk is full of medium chain fatty acids, which supports the thyroid and gives you energy. It also provides important minerals needed to maintain blood volume, regulate heart health, and help with digestion. This recipe is a great way to enjoy kefir. Remember, you can make kefir in any kind of milk.
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Coconut Hot Chocolate
Coconut milk adds an incredible richness to hot chocolate, as well as a delicious and smooth taste
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Coconut Kefir Cheese
One of my favorite things to do with coconut kefir cheese is to top it with pineapple and shredded coconut and drizzle with honey and a splash of rum.
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Coconut Kefir Eggnog
This is a decant delicious eggnog that I absolutely love. One of my close friends said it was her favorite eggnog ever! This tastes best to drink right away as it will keep fermenting slowly in the fridge. It will last about a week before it gets really sour and starts to separate. Don't miss making this eggnog, it's so good and good for you!
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Coconut Kefir Ice Cream
Coconuts is one of the best sources of lauric acids, a protective type of fatty acid that can help with cholesterol and heart health. Lauric acid is also found in breast milk. In the body, lauric acid is converted to monolaurin, a molecule which has antiviral, antimicrobial, antifungal and antiprotozoan properties. Monolaurin destroys fungus, bacteria and virus at the molecular level in the body by attacking their lipid membranes, thus destroying them.This is a yummy kefir ice cream. The coconut milk makes it extra creamy. Don't forget to top this with shredded coconut or my Magic Chocolate Topping. It makes this an ideal dessert for parties or company.
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Coconut Kefir Mojito Mocktail!
Limes, mint, and coconut kefir are a match made in heaven. I don't think I ever drink Coconut Water Kefir without adding a slice of lime. With the addition of mint, its refreshingly clean taste makes this drink something special.
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Coconut Lime Green Tea Kombucha
I have tried everyway to make this recipe and this is the only one that worked. Coconut milk hardened and left a strong flavor, coconut water wasn't strong enough. But this coconut extract was just right!
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Coconut Milk
This is my homemade coconut milk. Super easy to make and wonderful for coconut kefir.
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Coconut Kefir
When making non dairy kefir, you just need to be sure the non dairy milk has 8 grams of carbohydrates to give the bacteria something to eat. It takes the sugars and makes it into probiotics for you. You don’t get the sugar but instead lots of healthy bacteria. If it doesn’t have 8 grams of carbohydrates than you can add 1 teaspoon of date paste or raw sugar per quart to give the bacteria food so it can make probiotics.
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Coconut Water Kefir
This recipe is made using water kefir grains, which are different than milk kefir grains. You can use them again and again to make a lot of water kefir.
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Coconut Water Kefir - Easy Kefir Style
You can culture your first batch and then use a portion of this to make it many times over. This coconut water kefir gets very cloudy and this is normal.
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Coconut Water Kefir Saffron Lemonade
Saffron is actually the dried stigma (tiny threadlike strands) of the crocus flower (Crocus sativus). They are hand picked, and you only need a tiny bit, as saffron is very strong and has many benefits. Saffron is known to help with depression, asthma, arteriosclerosis, cancer, and known to offer menstrual relief. Many people do not know the many health benefits that can be gained from using a small amount of saffron.
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Creamy Coconut Kefir
You can use any kind of coconut milk or make your own. When making non dairy kefir, you just need to be sure the non dairy milk has 8 grams of carbohydrates to give the bacteria something to eat. It takes the sugars and makes it into probiotics for you. You don’t get the sugar but instead lots of healthy bacteria. If it doesn’t have 8 grams of carbohydrates than you can add 1 teaspoon of date paste, or raw sugar, per quart to give the bacteria food so it can make probiotics. I have placed the recommended amounts for coconut milk in the recipe below.
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Kombucha Coconut Smoothie
This smoothie is made with Greek yogurt which is food for bacteria in your gut. It's important to eat different types of cultured foods because they have different strains of bacteria in them which enhance the bacteria that live inside of you.
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Kombucha with Coconut Milk
Try adding a slice of lemon or lime for extra flavor.
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Kombucha with Whipped Coconut Cream
Two brands of coconut milk I recommend are Thai Kitchen and Whole Food 365 Everyday Value Organic Coconut milk brand.
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Strawberry Gingerade Coconut Kefir
This Drink is so delicious you’ll want to drink it every day. It is fizzy and bubbly and full of flavor. This is a great way to get probiotics into your kids.
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Whipped Coconut Lotion
If your home gets above 76 degrees, the coconut oil will start to melt. But you can whip it again to keep it fluffy.
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White Russian Kombucha & Coconut Kefir Mocktail
This Mocktail combines two different cultures so you get a wide variety of pre- and probiotics!
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