3 Steps to Relieving Constipation for Babies with Coconut Oil

Why do babies get constipated so easily nowadays? Thanks to the infant formula that contains little or no dietary fiber and medium-chain fatty acids that are critical for infants to move their bowels regularly.

In contrast, exclusively breastfed infants are rarely constipated because breast milk has a good amount of medium-chain fatty acids that almost always help to soften stools and stimulate bowel movement for infants.

So, if you exclusively feed your baby infant formula, you need coconut oil since coconut oil has considerable amount of medium-chain fatty acids (especially lauric acid) that are also present in breast milk. Here are the 3-step guide to help your baby relieve constipation with the correct use of coconut oil.

Step 1: Choose Organic Virgin Coconut Oil

Virgin coconut oil carries the best nutritional structure for both health improvement and bowel movement. And if it's organic, that will be even better for infants since you wouldn't want to expose them to pesticides, unknown substances or artificial chemicals. So, make sure you choose only organic virgin coconut oil for your baby.

Side note: If you feel like using refined coconut oil since it costs relatively cheaper and it has no coconut odor, you can try ...read more »

2 Disadvantages of Coconut Oil on Skin

Frankly speaking, it's actually quite a challenge to list the disadvantages of coconut oil on skin especially this tropical oil has given me so much goodness and health benefits for the past 10 years. The only few so-called disadvantages I can think of are the way our skin reacts to the oil.

1. Causes Breakout on Skin

Coconut oil has created quite a hoo-ha among the acne sufferers. Because they got more breakouts than before they use it on their skin, they started to accuse coconut oil of being pore-clogging and hence, passing the verdict that coconut oil is bad for skin and causes acne. Even if you have no acne you should not apply coconut oil to your skin for fear you might get some tiny bumps popping up on your skin.

Well, that's not true.

The reason for coconut oil to break out more acne is not because it clogs pores, but because of the ...read more »

4 Mistakes When Using Coconut Oil for Skin Care

It may seem easy to just put some coconut oil on your skin and your skin will become good and glow. Actually not. Some people got some "side effects" by using coconut oil the wrong way for skin care.

1. Applying Too Much in One Sitting

You should apply a thin layer and wait till this layer gets absorbed before you put on another thin layer. The reason for doing this is our skin can only absorb that much of the oil, so if you apply too much the oil will simply sit on your skin for hours and will make you feel greasy and dirty as dust in the environment sticks to you.

A small amount goes a long way.

2. Freaking out on Breakout

Even when you have a clear skin (without acne), you may experience breakouts in the form of small oily whiteheads. This is due to toxins being drawn to the surface of your skin by the detoxifying effect of coconut oil.

That is why acne sufferers who try to use coconut oil to treat their acne problems freaked out when their acne becomes ...read more »

5 Tips on Choosing the Best Virgin Coconut Oil

Virgin coconut oil is the best among the different types of coconut oil, but not all virgin coconut oils are created equal. I'll show you how to choose the best quality virgin coconut oil that stands head and shoulders above the rest.

If you're at a health food store and there's no sample for you to smell or taste, you can only rely on these 4 tips (for the time being) to help you sift and sort out the best quality at the store. Yes, 4 tips first, the fifth tip later.

1. Organic

Check the label for the word 'organic'.

Organic means the virgin coconut oil is not processed in an environment that exposes it to pesticides. Here we have to give the brand the benefit of the doubt because there's no way we can verify if it's really organic unless you know the brand and its company very well.

We, the consumers, can only rely on trust in this case to choose what we deem is good.

2. Color

As organic virgin coconut oil is normally made from fresh grated coconut meat without exposure to molds or other contaminants, it should look ...read more »

5 Disadvantages of Virgin Coconut Oil

Like all good things, virgin coconut oil does have its disadvantages that may discourage some people from using or eating it even though it possesses massive health benefits.

1. Odor

To me, virgin coconut oil's natural coconut scent is an aroma. But to some people, they may find it nauseating or even disgusting.

Different qualities of virgin coconut oil produce different degrees of coconut scent. My experience tells me that a strong coconut odor means the oil carries more phytonutrients than those with a milder odor.

If you simply cannot stand that odor, or you don't like it to overpower the flavor of your other food in cooking, the best option for you to gain health benefits from it would be using ...read more »

7 Facts about Virgin Coconut Oil

How much facts do you know about virgin coconut oil?

Before you ever begin your first drop of virgin coconut oil to reap its health benefits, it's good to learn about some hard facts about this health-promoting food to avoid some common misunderstandings.

1. Cloudy at Certain Temperatures

Below 76 °F (24 °C), virgin coconut oil will turn cloudy. As the temperature falls even further, it'll start to harden and form solid chunks. This occurs because virgin coconut oil contains some fatty acids (like lauric, myristic and stearic acids) that have ...read more »

4 Types of Coconut Oil – Which One Best Benefits You?

How many different types of coconut oil have you come across? Virgin coconut oil... just because everyone on the web is talking about its health benefits?

Despite virgin coconut oil provides the greatest health benefits, it may not best suit your needs. You're probably better off using another type that best serves your requirements. Anyway, let's take a closer look at each type of coconut oil and from there you shall decide the one that best benefits you based on your needs.

1. Fractionated Coconut Oil

Fractionated coconut oil is a type of refined coconut oil that contains solely medium-chain fatty acids.

It is also known as "MCT (medium-chain triglyceride)" oil or recently "liquid coconut oil", which is made by removing all the long-chain and some relatively longer medium-chain fatty acids (like lauric acid) in coconut oil to retain only its fraction of shorter medium-chain caprylic and capric acids.

Why do manufacturers want to make fractionated coconut oil? They want to have a type of coconut oil that will ...read more »

3 Tips to Get the Most Health Benefits from Virgin Coconut Oil

Maximizing virgin coconut oil's health benefits

Of the different types of coconut oil, virgin coconut oil gives you the most health benefits due to the way it is extracted and handled. However, its health benefits can easily be depreciated or even neutralized when you eat it the wrong way. By contrast, you can get the most benefits for your health when you apply these 3 tips...

1. Don't Take It Like a Supplement

Virgin coconut oil is more than just a supplement. It's a food by itself. And you should eat more of it just like any other food. I recommend a daily dose of 3-4 tablespoons of virgin coconut oil for best health benefits for both men and women.

So, how can you achieve that amount every day? Simple. Just substitute it for ...read more »