As a saturated fat, we know some are weary about using coconut oil in their daily diets.
But in fact, coconut oil has a different type of saturated fat (called medium chain triglycerides) that can give you amazing health benefits!
Here are our 11 reasons to keep coconut oil in your kitchen for a healthier body and a healthier kitchen!
1) Improves digestion:
The medium-chain fatty acids in coconut oil does wonders to your digestive system.
Taking a spoonful first thing in the morning can help improve your digestive tract’s function for constipation relief, as it acts as a natural laxative.
2) Staves off infections:
Individuals who have applied coconut oil to fungus infections, such as athlete’s foot, have found great results.
Again, the natural compounds of the oil helps attack the fungus to keep it at bay, getting rid of the problem.
When digested, it can also fight off harmful pathogens.
3) Improves cholesterol levels:
With its high level of lauric acids, coconut oil helps boost HDL levels for better cholesterol.
At the same time, these acids help convert bad cholesterol into a subtype that causes no harm, greatly improving all cholesterol levels in the body.
4) Better blood pressure:
Paired with better cholesterol levels, people who use coconut oil daily have also seen improved blood pressure levels.
Overall, coconut oil helps reduce the risk of heart disease.
5) Healthier skin:
As a lotion, the coconut oil helps to lock-in moisture while healing your dry, damaged skin, making it a great alternative to man-made, chemically-based lotions.
Some have also seen the coconut oil help fade age or sun spots.
6) Healthier hair:
As a conditioner, coconut oil’s uses in hair ranges from reducing split ends, healing dry scalps, reducing dandruff, getting rid of frizzy hair appearances, and even removing or preventing lice.
The oil helps improve the look of your hair as well, keeping it shiny and healthy.
In all cases, a little goes a long way, so start with small amounts before adding to your head!
7) Boosts your energy levels:
Many people have found that coconut oil can help with their mental clarity and energy levels, so add a teaspoon to your morning smoothie!
8) Helps reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s:
Introducing two teaspoons of coconut oil in one’s diet can help improve cognitive function.
The ketones in the oil can help improve memory, and therefore potentially help reduce the effects of Alzheimer’s on a person’s brain.
9) Has anti-inflammatory properties:
The lauric and capric acids in coconut oil can help soothe inflammation in the body, helping to take away pain from ailments like arthritis.
Used as a rub, it can also soothe rashes and itches and keep things from swelling.
10) Help with managing weight loss:
For those who want to maintain a better weight, coconut oil can be a helpful too.
It can reduce one’s appetite and improve your body’s fat burning abilities, helping you shed off pounds from your waistline without added exercise.
11) Improves your kitchen wood counters (and tables, and chairs…):
Coconut oil is a well-known alternative to store-bought (toxic) wood polish.
The oil helps keep the wood looking healthy and shiny for longer, with a natural look.
In addition, you can use coconut oil to condition your wood cutting boards, keeping them cleaner and in better shape.
All the more a reason to keep coconut oil in your kitchen!
So how can you start using coconut oil in your raw kitchen?
You can add it into drinks and “baking” recipes as a sort of dairy substitute for a creamy effect.
For example, our raw cheesecake recipe uses coconut oil for a rich, creamy texture.
There are a multitude of ways to start incorporating coconut oil into your life today!