If you're still using corn oil, safflower oil, sunflower oil, peanut oil or other unsaturated oils, use them in other ways like greasing your wooden furniture, oil pulling (if you're fine with swishing oil in your mouth), lubricating mechanical parts or whatever you can think of instead of using them as cooking oils because unsaturated fats in these dietary oils can... find out more ›
Toxins have a pronounced impact on our liver and a weak liver function relates to acne formation. Let me explain.
When your liver gets overloaded with toxins via your junk food intake, your liver may fail to shut down the androgenic hormones in time.
Androgenic hormones are what stimulate your sebaceous glands to secrete sebum (skin oil). If these oil glands are not shut down in time, they'll keep secreting sebum that makes your skin oily and hence, acne-prone.
Eating coconut oil helps your internal system to get rid of toxins, thus reducing your liver's detoxification load that in turn enabling your liver to more effectively shut down the androgenic hormones when sufficient sebum has already been secreted.
That's one good way coconut oil removes toxins from your body to aid in acne treatment. Another way is... find out more ›
What are the differences between coconut oil and coconut milk?
Coconut oil contains 100% fats whereas coconut milk contains only about 20% fats and the rest are water, proteins, carbohydrates, minerals and vitamins.
Although coconut milk is the diluted version of coconut cream, consuming coconut milk is almost like consuming the whole coconut since the nutritional composition of coconut milk is pretty similar (but with some differences in the nutritional amount) to a whole coconut that contains coconut meat and water.
But you won't find such a rich mixture of nutrients like carbohydrate, protein, calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium and zinc etc in coconut oil. However, coconut oil does contain very small amount of fat-soluble nutrients like... find out more ›
When someone says "eat fat to lose fat", the fat that he refers to must be coconut oil without a shadow of a doubt. That's because coconut oil so far is the only dietary fat that truly helps to effectively reduce your calorie intake for weight loss. How does it help you with that?
1. A Low-Calorie Fat
Coconut oil is a low-calorie fat by itself. It comprises about 64% medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs). All animal fats and most other vegetable oils (including olive oil but excluding palm kernel oil, relative of coconut oil) contain 100% long-chain fatty acids.
As the name suggests, long-chain is longer than medium-chain, so the effective energy value of long-chain must be greater than that of medium-chain.
After some studies, researches and calculation, I realize that one tablespoon of coconut oil has an energy value of only... find out more ›
Coconut oil can boost your metabolism, thus activating your fat-burning mechanism and keeping it running 24 hours round the clock. But you must eat it the right way in order to achieve the weight loss result you're expecting from eating it.
1. Choose Organic Coconut Oil for Weight Loss
If the coconut oil you eat is not organic, which means, it may contain certain degrees of pesticides, bacteria, fungi and other contaminants, then your body, instead of fully concentrating on burning fat to lose weight, has to partially handle removal of these bad, toxic chemicals.
What's even worse is that the fat-burning compounds in coconut oil which are also capable of fighting bacteria and purging toxins will be used by your body to deal with these unwelcome invaders.
As far as I'm concerned, coconut oil is extremely good for skin care such as moisturizing skin, blocking UV radiation and treating acne. But there are some specific details you need to know in order to maximize its uses as a skin moisturizer, sunscreen or acne treatment lotion. Let me show you.
1. Skin Moisturizer
If your skin is dry and it even cracks , like on your palms or heels, apply a small amount of coconut oil and then rub it gently until your skin absorbs it. Re-apply as often as the dryness of your skin requires.
Some people say that coconut oil sinks into their very dry skin quickly, but it does not moisturize their skin deep enough. Actually, if you re-apply as often as necessary, even with very dry skin, the dryness will go away within a day and cracks will heal in 3-7 days, depending on how deep the cracks are.
Trust me. I'm the kind with very dry skin for years particularly in a low humidity environment. My palms crack and become flaky easily. My heels crack even more easily. Coconut oil saves them all and return them with a smooth, flawless texture.
Of course, you should also drink enough water. Don't rely on coconut oil alone even though moisturizing skin is one of its best uses. Coconut oil plus water will help to keep your skin more flawlessly smooth and supple at all times.
Special note for uses of coconut oil on heels and lips: Heels normally heal relatively slower due to... find out more ›
Coconut oil has hundreds of uses, but I'll just share with you these 9 common uses to give you a good head start. They are all tested and proven and you'll probably find two or more uses that apply to your everyday life and help fix your problem.
1. Dry, Cracked Skin
Drip a dab of coconut oil on the dry (or cracked) area, rub and massage for about 5 minutes. Coconut oil will penetrate and moisturize your skin. It works wonders on cracked heels too. I suggest that you use coconut oil on your dry or cracked skin as often as possible until the dryness are gone and cracks are healed, and then continue to use it every night before bed to maintain the softness of your skin.
2. Dry or Cracked Lips
Many lip balms contain the fatty acids in coconut oil as staple ingredients. But you can make your own portable lip balm by pouring coconut oil over to a small, clean bottle. It keeps your lips smooth, silky, and shiny. And it heals any cracks on your lips too.
3. Scrapes and Cuts
Applying coconut oil to an open wound forms a thin, protective layer which prevents outside... find out more ›
You can't possibly finish off a jar of virgin coconut oil in just a day, so you must know how to store it to make sure its health properties (hence, health benefits) do not degrade over time like the best grade olive oil.
1. Cool or Warm Places?
Storing virgin coconut oil in a cool, dry place sounds good. But it may not apply to all people residing in different regions.
If you're living in countries like Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand or Indonesia where there is no winter, it's ideal just to keep virgin coconut oil in a cool, dry place since it will always stay in liquid form and ready to be used.
But if you're residing in regions where your room temperatures tend to fall below... find out more ›
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.
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.
As organic virgin coconut oil is normally made from fresh grated coconut meat without exposure to molds or other contaminants, it should look... find out more ›
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... find out more ›