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5 Unusual Ways Coconut Oil Can Improve Your Health

5 Unusual Ways Coconut Oil Can Improve Your Health

This may come as a surprise to you, but coconut oil has an abundance of benefits that can greatly improve your overall health. Coconut oil contains a combination of short chain and medium chain fatty acids, which have antioxidant properties. They help your body absorb all the vitamins and minerals it needs in order to function properly and fight free radicals that can cause damage on a cellular level.

You are certainly aware of its common use in cooking, but it has a number of interesting benefits to your health that you may not know about. Let’s take a look at some of the ways coconut oil can impact and improve your health.

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1. It can help speed up your weight loss

Since coconut oil contains short and medium chain fatty acids, it improves your digestive system, thus helping you lose weight more effectively. Coconut oil also reduces the stress on the pancreas, which helps you burn more energy. If you have a weight problem, you can start using coconut oil as your primary cooking oil.

The effects are amazing! You will be able to notice the wonders it can do for your body. Don’t be misled by the fact that coconut oil contains a lot of fats. Capric acids, which there is a lot of in coconut oil, improve thyroid function and help you burn more energy.

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2. It can improve the quality of your hair

A great little-known fact is that coconut oil has great benefits for your hair. Fatty acids can greatly improve the quality of your hair, especially if you have a dandruff problem and dry hair. It can make your hair very soft, shiny and dandruff-free, since it is rich with proteins that nourish and heal damaged hair.

You can easily achieve such results by using coconut oil as your natural hair conditioner. This amazing oil also helps your hair grow faster, as well as reduce protein loss, which will lead to your hair looking strong and healthy.

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3. It fights infections and improves your immune system

Lauric acids in coconut oil have antibacterial properties that are excellent in fighting various kinds of infections and fungi. These acids also have antimicrobial properties that help kill bacteria, protozoa, viruses and fungi by dissolving their cellular walls. The human body manages to fight those by converting lauric acids into monolaurin.

It is the most effective way of fighting infections. Using coconut oil on a regular basis can improve your digestive health. It can even cure stomach ulcers, as well as improve your overall immune system. Consider replacing sugar and grains in your diet with coconut oil.

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4. It moisturizes your skin

Coconut oil is full of vitamin E, which is an antioxidant and a natural moisturizer that can help your skin look wonderful, especially if you have dry skin. Its antioxidant properties also help with reducing the signs of aging, so you can say goodbye to annoying wrinkles. This oil is very powerful in treating various skin problems, such as eczema, dermatitis, and psoriasis.

Caprylic and lauric acids reduce skin inflammation, both external and internal, additionally making coconut oil an ideal solution for many skin conditions. Due to all of these fantastic properties that can help your skin, it has become one of the main ingredients in various soaps, lotions and creams.

5. It improves brain function and helps people with Alzheimer’s

In people with Alzheimer’s, the brain cells tasked with supplying nutrition to other cells are unable to effectively utilize insulin, which is where coconut oil can be of great help. Medium chain fatty acids in coconut oil help the liver create ketones, which improve brain function by creating an alternate source of energy for the brain. Coconut oil can be used in amazing natural treatment sessions in these cases. It can be helpful when dealing with other brain disorders as well.

Your health is the most precious asset you have, and you should do everything you can to improve it in every way possible. Consider including coconut oil in your everyday routine and diet, so you can enjoy all the marvelous benefits it has to offer.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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