Advertising
Advertising

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.

Advertising

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.

Advertising

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.

Advertising

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.

Advertising

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.

More by this author

Vladimir Zivanovic

CMO at MyCity-Web

Successful People Seldom Worry Too Much Because They Master This Thinking Skill 5 Rules for Overcoming Adversity and Emotional Pain 7 Coming of Age Books That Should Be on Your Reading List The Active Holiday: 5 Great Activities for Adventurous Spirits Why Lack of Movement is Our Biggest Enemy and How to Deal With It

Trending in Health

1 How to Get the Best Deep Sleep (And Why It’s Important) 2 How to Practice Meditation for Anxiety and Stress Relief 3 7 Morning Rituals to Empower Your Day And Change Your Life 4 10 Emotional Regulation Skills for a Healthier Mind 5 13 Best Energy Boosting Foods to Help You Stay Sharp All Day

Read Next

Advertising
Advertising
Advertising

Last Updated on September 16, 2019

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

Advertising

  • (1) Research
  • (2) Deciding the topic
  • (3) Creating the outline
  • (4) Drafting the content
  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
  • (6) Revision
  • (7) etc.

Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

2. Change Your Environment

Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

Advertising

Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

Advertising

As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

6. Get a Buddy

Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

7. Tell Others About Your Goals

This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

Advertising

9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

Reality check:

I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

More About Procrastination

Featured photo credit: Malvestida Magazine via unsplash.com

Read Next