Yoga & Wellness

Go Nuts for Coconuts

Coconut oil is one of the most beneficial there is, and Bali has one of the best in the world.

When people imagine paradise, there is in most cases some beautiful beach with turquoise sea and coconut trees somewhere in the picture. Bali is just that. Plus it has so much coconuts that you will be able to indulge your body and soul in it, as long as you stay on The Island of Gods.

In Western countries, coconut oil has been demonized for decades because it contains saturated fat. However new data is showing that saturated fats are harmless and coconut oil does not contain your average run-of-the-mill saturated fats like you would find in cheese or steak.

They contain so-called Medium Chain Triglycerides—fatty acids of a medium length that go straight to the liver from the digestive tract, where they are used as a quick source energy. Exactly— coconut oil is super healthy for you and you should use all the benefits it offers.

HEALTH

Almost 50 percent of the fatty acids in coconut oil is the 12-carbon Lauric Acid. When coconut oil is enzymatically digested, it also forms a monoglyceride called monolaurin.

Both lauric acid and monolaurin can kill harmful pathogens like bacteria, viruses and fungi.

Not only is it bacteria killer, coconut oil is a weight burner. The medium chain triglycerides in coconut oil have been shown to increase 24 hour energy expenditure by as much as 5 percent, potentially leading to significant weight loss over the long term.

So when cooking—try to use this divine oil. Since coconut oil has 90 percent of saturated fatty acids it makes it highly resistant to oxidation at high heats. For this reason, it is the perfect oil for high- heat cooking methods like frying. Spicy carrot and lentil soup with ginger on coconut oil instead of olive one? You will never want to go back to any other oil, that is for sure!

BEAUTY

With coconut oil it is easy and cheap to follow beauty routine. Have you heard about oil pulling? It means using an oil as mouthwash. You put a tablespoon of oil in your mouth (or just take a gulp in tropical areas since it becomes butter on temperature lower than 24° Celsius), then swish it around for 15-20 minutes. It reduces plaque, gingivitis and bad breath.

The main benefit of doing this, is that it reduces the amount of harmful bacteria in the mouth.

Have problem with dry hair? After shampooing, apply a generous amount of the coconut oil to wet strands and twist hair into a bun. Let it sit for at least five minutes before rinsing to add moisture and shine back into limp locks.

Dab it on your lips if they are chopped or under your eyes to fill the fine lines— coconut will work its magic.
You can use it also as make up removal, shave your legs with it instead with shaving cream or make an excellent body scrub. How? Put half a cup of rough salt or sugar and mix it with same amount of virgin coconut oil. After showering indulge in this mixture that will leave your skin soft as baby’s.

Also a bit of coconut oil rubbed into a sunburn or a rash caused by a plant will instantly stop the stinging and it will look and feel much better if you put it on your skin and let it sit until morning.

Need more convincing? How about this?

WEIGHT LOSS

Coconut oil enhances the bodies ability to digest food and absorb nutrients so you can eat less without feeling weak or tired all the time. Also, because it is a natural mood elevator, daily intake of coconut oil can help you to feel less stressed and more motivated to partake in healthy cardiovascular activities which help you to burn off persistent fat stores even faster.

Regular consumption of coconut oil has the power to ramp up your fat-burning potential—especially for losing stubborn belly fat—improving digestion, regulating appetite, and just making you feel good!

HOW TO CONSUME IT

Roast vegetables using coconut oil. You can coat vegetables in melted coconut oil and seasoning and roast as you normally would. A good start is to make coconut roasted broccoli. You can mix it in your favourite smoothie—just add a tablespoon of it in your dragon fruit, bananas or lime shake. If you are crazy about snacks and just can not help yourself—how about popping your popcorn on coconut oil? Use enough coconut oil to coat the bottom of the pan, and use just enough kernels to make a single layer. We promise you this is amazing!

Coconut oil is a fantastic, healthy super food that is easy to find and even more easy to love here on Bali!

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