Here’s a party question for you, “What 3 foods would you want if you were stranded on an island?” The good news is one key food source may already be provided for you on the island: coconuts.
Coconuts are an incredible superfood. Loaded with healthy saturated fats (no, that’s not anoxymoron), coconut oil also contains trace elements of iron and vitamins E and K.
The Benefits of Coconut Oil: Get Healthy Inside and Out!
The oil from a coconut can be used in cooking, topically, or as an ingredient in health and beauty products. Whether you’re ingesting it or slathering it all over your body, you’ll be the better for it.
Here are some of the benefits of coconut oil along with examples of how you can incorporate it into your diet or your daily beauty regimen:
- Eat some healthy saturated fat. Saturated fats get a bad rap because not all saturated fats are created equal. The type found in that juicy fast food hamburger or mac-and-cheese are comprised of long-chain fatty acids that do, indeed, cause cholesterol, weight gain, and other undesirable health conditions. Coconuts, however, have medium-chained fatty acids that are almost immediately metabolized by the liver and converted into energy, preventing it from packing on as extra fat. Try cooking with coconut oil, spreading it on toast with some honey or jam, or throwing a spoonful or two into your morning smoothie.
- Coconut oil kills the bad guys! One of the ingredients in coconut oil, lauric acid, is an antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral. Ingesting it is good for your body, and applying it topically can be good for the skin. You can also look for it as an ingredient in your all-natural skincare products like soaps, lotions, exfoliants, etc. Our all-natural soaps contain coconut oil, in addition to other nourishing ingredients, to help rid your exterior self of toxins while boosting your skin’s natural moisture levels.
- The ultimate skin moisturizer. Speaking of moisturizing, you can use coconut oil straight from the jar as a moisturizer to heal dry, sensitive skin. A little goes a long way, so start small and see how much you need. It can also revitalize dry, brittle hair.