Among the latest health trends, coconut oil has emerged as a be-all-end-all for fixing just about any health problem that you can think of. Renowned for its healing and antibacterial properties, healthy fats, and the wonders it can work for your body, you can now find coconut oil on the shelf of almost any grocery store. If you’re trying to cut saturated fats from your diet, coconut oil is a great replacement for butter and other animal fats. It can be added in small doses to smoothies, used on toast, heated for frying foods, and included in a baking recipe for flavor. But coconut oil is good for more than just your diet, it also carries with it properties to enhance your daily health and beauty routines. Whether you’re troubled by dry skin or looking for a way to keep your breath fresh longer, chances are that a little coconut oil can help out. Here are a few ways to work this wonder into your routine.
Oil Pulling for Your Teeth
Oil pulling a method of promoting oral hygiene the involves swishing one to three teaspoons of a food-safe oil in your mouth for about twenty minutes to “pull” bacteria and toxins off of your teeth and gums. Coconut oil is a great choice for this practice, because of its taste and antibacterial properties. To add oil pulling to your daily routine, take the amount of coconut oil described above, set a timer, and swish it around in your mouth while you go through other parts of your morning. When your time is up, spit it out into a trash can. Don’t spit it down the sink, and DON’T swallow – the oil should now be a milky white color is chock full of bacteria. Afterwards you can brush your teeth to get the remaining oil and bacteria out of your mouth. This acts not only to clean your mouth, but also to whiten your teeth and to freshen your breath by removing the stinky bacteria hiding in your mouth.
Use It as a Natural Way to Moisturize
If you don’t like the greasy feeling left by some lotions or other oils, coconut oil works as a great moisturizer for your dry skin. Unrefined, fresh-pressed coconut oil has a molecular composition that is absorbed deep into your skin, so it doesn’t leave a greasy film behind. Since it’s edible, there’s no funky toxins or chemicals to get in the way of the positive effect it has on your body, unlike in commercial lotions. It also acts as a way to safely replenish the natural oils produced by your skin when you bathe with harsh soaps. While you’re at it, you can rub a good amount of coconut oil in your hair once of twice a week before you shower. Letting it sit for half an hour to an hour before washing it out with shampoo will give you hair some deep conditioning and help to prevent split ends.
Battle Acne by Using It for Your Skin
You can not only replace your body lotion with coconut oil, but your facial moisturizers as well. Unrefined coconut oil not only helps to refresh the protective layer of oils on your face and aids in lowering inflammation, it also has antibacterial properties to help your face clean and clear of the harmful bacteria that can cause acne. Both Capric Acid and Lauric Acid are found in coconut oil, and one of their only other natural sources is breast milk, where they naturally prevent infections in infants. These same acids used on your skin or ingested will help to keep your body healthy and your skin clear.
Improve Your Digestion
Coconut oil is composed of medium chain fatty acids, which are far more easily broken down and digested by our bodies than the long chain fatty acids we usually consume. Because it requires little to no bile to be produced for digestion, these acids (which are primarily the Lauric and Capric acids mentioned earlier) are sent straight to your liver. There, they get right to work revving up your metabolism and giving you a boost of energy. Learn More Here How Coconut Oil Can Increase Your Energy. Coconut oil in moderate doses has also been known to ease the effects on constipation by helping you break down food faster and moving it along your digestive track a little smoother than it may have been going before. If you’re careful not to take too much, daily coconut oil is great for your digestive health.