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10 Coconut Oil Secrets Every Fitness Fanatic Should Know

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photo for Coconut Oil Secrets blogIf there is one thing we have an abundance of here in Thailand, it is coconuts. There is so much goodness that comes from just one coconut- the water, the flesh, the oil and even the shell have an abundance of uses.
From a health perspective, coconuts should be a part of everyone’s diets, especially coconut oil, which has some really amazing health benefits. So lets have a look at our coconut oil secrets.

Healthy Fats

Even though coconut oil is a fat, it is one of the good guys that we need to have for heathy muscles and brain functioning. A medium-chain saturated fatty acid, your body will metabolise this type of fat for immediate use (and won’t make you fat- promise!).

Boosts Your Immunity

There are three immune boosting compounds in coconut oil- lauric acid, caprylic acid and capric acid. These acids are known to have properties that are antifungal, antiviral and antibacterial, meaning they can strengthen your immune system and even help to naturally heal viruses.

Improves Digestion

The fatty acids mentioned above also have super powers when it comes to treating digestive concerns such as Candida, irritable bowel syndrome or even in soothing the effects of stomach problems caused by bacteria and parasites. Adding a tablespoon of coconut oil to your smoothie might help to relieve bloating and have a positive effect on overall digestion.

Reduces Hunger

Not only do these fatty acids help with metabolism of fat, but they can also help to reduce your appetite so that you eat less calories, making coconut oil a great weight management ingredient.

Increases Metabolism

On top of its ability to suppress the appetite, coconut oil can also aid in speeding up the metabolism to burn calories more quickly. Turns out that coconut oil has thermogenic qualities, which means that it burns fats more efficiently than the same amount of calories from other fats. Help to keep your weight off by adding a tablespoon or two of coconut oil to your diet each day and increase your energy expenditure to about 120 calories per day!

High Smoke Point

Forget the olive oil for cooking and start using coconut oil, especially when making dishes at high temperatures. Coconut oil has a high smoke point of 171 degrees Celsius which means that you can heat it at very high temperatures and it won’t oxidise and cause disease-causing free radicals to be released into your food.
Look out for coconut oil brands that are neutral in taste and smell so that it doesn’t affect the flavour of your food, and always be sure to choose organic, cold-pressed varieties to get all the health benefits from using coconut oil.

Prevents Cravings

Often when we have cravings- particularly for sweets- it is because we are lacking in good quality fats. Coconut oil Photo of coconut treecan be a great solution to sugar when you want a sugary hit which will leave you feeling satisfied. Try making some coconut oil bark by mixing coconut oil with cacao powder and pouring the mixture on a tray, then leaving it in the freezer to set. Break off small pieces when you have sugar cravings and find them dissipate in an instant.

Skin and Hair Nourishment

You don’t have to consume coconut oil to get all its benefits. You can also apply it to your skin to hydrate it and in your hair to condition it completely naturally. Coconut oil can help prevent stretch marks, reduce wrinkles, and is even good for treating skin disorders such as acne, psoriasis, and eczema.

Removes Toxins and Whitens Teeth

The ancient practice of oil pulling involves swishing a tablespoon of oil in your mouth on an empty stomach for around 20 minutes every day. This action draws out toxins from your body and can improve your oral health as well as whiten your teeth. Use coconut oil in this way daily to reduce bacteria, plaque, and infections in the mouth.

Tasty (Healthy) Treats

One of the best ways to enjoy coconut oil is in delicious desserts and snacks. This tasty recipe for raw cookies not only uses coconut oil but some of the coconut’s other awesome bi-products too (and the recipe is simple and easy!).

You will need:
1 cup dry almonds
¼ cup coconut flour
¼ cup coconut palm sugar
¼ teaspoon sea salt
¼ cup coconut nectar
2 tablespoons melted coconut oil

Combine all the dry ingredients in a food processor for 30 seconds, then add the coconut nectar and oil to make a dough. Scoop teaspoonfuls of the batter onto a baking tray and press into cookie rounds. Put into the freezer until firm.

Photo of Louise and Richard founders of fitness holiday ThailandCoconuts are one of my all time favourite foods! I swear you can use them for basically anything from cooking, baking and beauty. I use the neutral non-tasting kind to bake my veggies and to fry my organic eggs in. I also add 2 teaspoons to my morning smoothie and I use it as a moisturiser all over my body! Have you ever wondered how to open a fresh coconut here is a video to help you out.

Living in Thailand at the fitness holiday we have an abundance of coconuts and feel very blessed to have easy access to so many and we definitley make use of  the coconut oil secrets! We treat our boot camps guests to fresh coconuts and they all rave about them!

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Stay happy and healthy Louise xxx

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