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10 Benefits Of Coconut Oil You Didn’t Know About

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10 Benefits Of Coconut Oil You Didn’t Know About

Coconut oil can be used for just about anything, from cooking, health, to beauty. It is high in saturated fats, antibacterial, and anti-fungal. It is also a medium-chain fatty acid that increases your metabolism and promotes energy. You may be surprised at just how beneficial coconut oil is.

1. It has a high heat point

You can use coconut oil for cooking, frying, and baking at high temperatures. The oil does not oxidize and break down until 450 degrees Fahrenheit or 252 degrees Celsius. Replace your vegetable oils with coconut oil today. It can be used as an equal substitute in all of your recipes.

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2. Moisturizer

Kiss that dry, flaky skin goodbye. Coconut oil can be used all over the body and on the face. It is a great, all natural moisturizer that will not cause your skin to be oily. It boosts collagen production in your cells and will keep wrinkles at bay.

3. Can help speed metabolism and weight loss

Coconut oil is a medium-chain fatty acid (MCFA), also known as a medium chain triglyceride (MCT). It is a healthy fat without any trans fats. The fatty acid particles immediately go to the liver, increasing energy and metabolism. This then yields weight loss. Start consuming a few tablespoons a day to get your body back in shape.

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4. Toothpaste

Due to the antibacterial and anti-fungal properties of coconut oil, you can easily mix the coconut oil with baking soda and brush on your teeth. Store in a container in a cool place, as coconut oil turns to a liquid above 74 degrees Fahrenheit and 23 degrees Celsius.

5. Hair conditioner

If you can consume it and use as a body moisturizer, it must help your hair too. You can leave on your hair overnight or as little as 15 minutes to get its moisturizing effects to have healthy, shiny hair. Shampoo, rinse, and style normally after using.

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6. Speed healing of cuts and sunburns

As it is a natural moisturizer, coconut oil, together with a drop or two of lavender oil, will heal your burns so that your skin doesn’t peel. Use daily on your skin, and it will heal in just a fraction of the time that you were used to. Coconut oil promotes collagen production and repairs the skin cells.

7. Increases breast milk in breastfeeding mothers

If you are a breastfeeding mother, you know that your milk supply is key to the development of your baby. Consuming coconut oil increases your milk supply, because healthy fats are a key component to hormone production, which increases milk production.

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8. Natural deodorant

Apply coconut oil to your skin to eliminate odors. The lauric acid in coconut oil kills odor-causing bacteria.

9. Consume in your coffee

Increase your consumption by replacing the cream in your coffee with coconut oil. It adds a slight nutty taste that is smooth and rich. Welcome to the world of bulletproof coffee. It adds to your consumption of coconut oil to increase the uptake of vitamins and nutrients in your body, as essential healthy fats are a necessity.

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10. Body Scrub

Exfoliate your skin by using this simple body scrub. Mix together equal parts coconut oil and sugar. Use in the bath and shower to have soft skin.

As you can see, coconut oil can be used in all sorts of ways, and the benefits of coconut oil extend across all spectrums. Buy your jar of coconut oil today at your local grocery store in either the natural foods or oil section. What are you going to use coconut oil for?

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Last Updated on November 22, 2021

Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

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Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

Thanksgiving, a day of pure gluttony, football, and possible uncomfortable situations with family members that you may or may not like. Oh, yeah, and the whole “know and reflect on what it is to be thankful and grateful.”

During the holiday season many people forget what this time of year is bout and are too worried about getting the “early-bird” deals on Black Friday and making sure that they have the perfect gifts for their loved ones. I am sort of a “Grinch” when it comes to the holiday season, mostly because of that mentality by many of the poeple around me.

But instead of being grinch-like this holiday season, I decided to simplify things and get back to what this time of year is actually is about; being thankful for what I have and what I can give.

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Simplify

I’m not a “minimalist” in any real sense, but in the last few months the talks of Patrick Rhone and others have got me to rethink my stance. Can you really have too much stuff?

Absolutely.

And with all that stuff comes the burden and the weight of it on your back.

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If you feel that the things around you are out of control, maybe it’s time to simplify and be thankful and grateful for what you have and use. Here are a few things that you can do to simplify:

  • You know those gadgets in the drawer that you said you were going to sell? Well, time to get the listing on eBay and sell them. Or, send them to a place like Gazelle. Even if they are old and won’t get money, you can at least recycle them.
  • Get rid of things you don’t need. Like old books, clothes, tools, etc. Have something that’s been laying around forever with no use? Donate it to a charity or church. If you aren’t using it, someone else could be.
  • Find your productivity tools and stick with them. Use tools and gadgets that serve multiple purposes so you can simplify your tool set.

Be Mindful

You don’t have to be a master Buddhist or meditator to be mindful (although, it can definitely help). Being mindful comes down to being cognizant of the present and not keeping yourself in the past or future. It’s about living in the moment and being aware of yourself and everything around you. It’s just being.

Without getting too “California” on you, it is super important to be mindful during the holiday rush. Rather than worrying about the things that you forgot at your house on the way to relatives or thinking about the next stop in your endless holiday travels, just breath and think about what you are currently doing.

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Spend the time with your family and friends and don’t crush the moment. Try not to concentrate so hard on getting the perfect photo of the “awesome moment” of the day and actually miss the awesome moment.

Being mindful over the holidays will help you be with your families, friends, and yourself allowing you to enjoy your time.

Reflect

As the year is coming to a close (yes, it really is that close!) it’s a great time to start reflecting on what you have accomplished and what you haven’t. Within the next few weeks we will have a more throrough reflection article here at Lifehack.org, but reflecting every now and then over your holiday break is a great way to see where you have been doing well in your life and where you need to improve.

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Reflection shouldn’t be used to “get down” on yourself. Reflection should be used to take an honset inventory of what you have accomplished, how you handeled situations, and what you can do better. If you journal everyday (a daily form of reflection) it may be a good time to start going over some of the things that you have written and start to put together a year’s end journal entry. I mean, how else will you write your autobiography?

But, seriously, reflecting on yourself makes you aware of your successes and faults and helps you plan and make goals for the coming year. It makes you a better person.

So, while you are stuffing your face with bird, stuffing, and mashed taters’, remember that the holidays are much more than the superficial things. Use this holiday to become a better person.

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Featured photo credit: Libby Penner via unsplash.com

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