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5 Scientific Reasons Why You Should Use Coconut Oil

5 Scientific Reasons Why You Should Use Coconut Oil

We all know what coconut oil is. We have, in fact, used this specific oil either in cooking or for skin and hair purposes. But it is often that we miss out on the advantages of things like the reason why coconut oil is so good for us. We can see the surprising results of using coconut oil. This article will show you the scientific reasons why coconut oil is beneficial for us, in every aspect.

Coconut oil can be made in two ways — the dry process or the wet process. The basic, and common form of oil that we normally get is extracted through the dry process. It takes 12 months for a coconut to mature from the flower. Sometimes a coconut is taken when it is around 9 to 11 months old. During the dry procedure, the coconut meat is extracted from the shell, and is dried using extreme heat, such as fire, kiln, or even sunlight. This is known as copra.

The wet process takes longer time. Here, water and emulsion oil are used to create the coconut oil. So it takes rigorous boiling and a series of hard work to separate the oil from the water. The task is quite expensive, and a lot of pre-treatments, such as cold, shock waves, acids, and more, are used before transforming into coconut oil.

This specific oil has health benefits, and we shall have a sneak peak at how it is beneficial for us. Here are five scientifically supported reasons why we should use coconut oil.

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1. Boost Brain Function in Alzheimer’s Patients

Coconut oil contains fatty acids. These fatty acids are capable of increasing blood levels of ketone bodies that supply energy to the brain cells. Ketone bodies play a vital role in reducing symptoms in Alzheimer’s through producing alternative energy source for the malfunctioning brain cells in these patients. Usually reduction of glucose energy in certain parts of the brain leads to Alzheimer’s disease. It is found in studies that consuming medium chain triglycerides can lead to significant improvement in brain functions of the patients. And the other term for medium chain trigycerides is fatty acids, that can be found in coconut oils.

2. Improve Blood Cholesterol Levels & Lower Risk of Heart Disease

Cholesterol has direct link to heart diseases. If the LDL (the bad) cholesterol is high, the chance of having heart disease is also high. But the higher the HDL (the good) cholesterol is, the better it your health is. It is found out the coconut oil contains saturated fat. This saturated fat increases the HDL level, and reduces the LDL level. It also regulates blood clotting factors, and contains antioxidants that are very much required in our bodies. As a result, the risk of having heart diseases decreases,

3. Coconut Oil, and a Beautiful You

Another reason why you should use coconut oil is because of the significant change it can bring to your outer appearance. If you massage this oil on your scalp at least once (or twice) a week, you will have thicker mane in about 6 weeks. It is also recommendable for frizzy hair since it fights frizz away and smooths the hair. Coconut oil is a great natural moisturizer for your skin. It will keep your skin hydrated all year around. It is also a good way to remove make-up. And, it can be used as an alternative to highlighting your cheeks. Coconut oil, if used regularly, is an exceptional way to soften your nail cuticles.

4. Coconut oil in your diet

Coconut oil is a recommended substitute for butter or shortening in bakery. It is very healthy, and the taste comes out a little sweet, but full of coconut flavor. It is always asked to use virgin coconut oil, as it is healthier than soybean oil. Also, it is suitable for vegans. You can use this oil in baking, in cooking curries, or even in smoothies.

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5. Food for you

Here are some recipes for you that you can try with coconut oil. I hope you will like the tastes of them. If you don’t make it your regular oil, at least use it once a week for a change in flavor.

Carrot-Coconut Soup with Harissa and Crispy Leeks

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    This recipe is very healthy, bursting with the combination of sweet, salty, and spicy flavors.

    Kerala-Style Fried Chicken with Coconut Oil and Curry Leaves

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      If you want to try something in a curry style, then this contemporary Kerala influenced chicken curry is the one for you.

      Fluffy Coconut Cupcakes

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        These coconutty cupcakes are very coconut lovers dream dessert!

        Raspberries and Cream Breakfast Smoothie Recipe

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          A perfect way to start your morning with. Or to accompany your weekend brunch with. Kids will love this smoothie too!

          Apart from all the above recipes, you can drizzle coconut oil in your popcorn, make french fries or saute vegetables, spread it on top of your toast, or even make your own vegan ice cream with it.

          With the varieties of health benefits, this can easily be your favorite oil. From consuming it to using it for outer beauty, start using coconut oil and stay healthy!

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          Last Updated on September 18, 2020

          7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

          7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

          Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

          Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

          1. Exercise Daily

          It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

          If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

          Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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          If you’re a morning person, check out these morning exercises that will start your day off right.

          2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

          Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

          One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

          This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

          3. Acknowledge Your Limits

          Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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          Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

          Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

          4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

          Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

          The basic nutritional advice includes:

          • Eat unprocessed foods
          • Eat more veggies
          • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
          • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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          Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

            5. Watch Out for Travel

            Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

            This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

            If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

            6. Start Slow

            Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

            If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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            7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

            Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

            My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

            If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

            I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

            Final Thoughts

            Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

            Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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