So, this post is a long time coming…I have no idea why I haven’t talked about coconut before!
Ever since I started Whole 30 I have been COCONUT CRAZY!
Legit. All coconut all the time.
Coconut wraps, oil, desiccated, milk, cream.
So much coconut.
To stick with my theme, this week’s installment of “Health & Beauty Benefits Of,” features, you guessed it, coconut!
“For thousands of years, the coconut palm has entwined itself in history, from tropical coasts to typical shelves in global groceries. Called the “tree of life” by the many cultures that have depended upon it through time, it provides sustenance, succor and shelter. While it now grows on every subtropical coastline around the world, genetic testing underwritten by the National Geographic Society in 2011 showed the coconut originated in India and Southeast Asia. From its original home, the nut—which can float—made its way independently, traversing both hemispheres.”
Just a little history for ya.
You can’t go anywhere without hearing about this nut. It’s in every grocery store, loved in the health world and is part of so many beauty crazes.
So what are some benefits of this nut?
Health & Beauty Benefits of Coconut
Reduces the Risk Of Cancer
Preventing cancer is one of the amazing benefits of coconut oil for health. Coconut oil has the ability to fight cancer cells and reduce the risk of cancer because coconut oil digestion can help increase the production of ketones. According to some recent studies, there is a close link between a ketogenic diet and cancer.
Balance Your Hormones
Coconut oil is effective in balancing your hormone because it contains saturated fat like lauric acid and its consumption can help balance the estrogen levels in your body.
Reduce Food Cravings
Since coconut oil can make your stomach feel full for longer, it helps decrease the calories you take daily. There is a close link between healthy fatty acids and lower food intake.
Not only does it burn body fat but also assists in building muscle. There is a reason why it is in many muscle building products!
Coconut oil is loaded with capric acid that has the ability to improve the functioning of thyroid gland.
Makes Cuticles Healthy And Strong
Due to coconut oils natural healing properties, it moisturizes and has anti fungal properties which can make your cuticles healthy and strong.
The oil can be used to treat a dry scalp by hydrating the scalp and increasing lipid levels of the skin. This can then reduce signs of a dry, itchy, head.
Protect Your Skin From UV Rays
Natural substances found in coconut oil have the ability to protect your skin from UV rays. Coconut oil is considered as a natural sunscreen and can help block out UV rays.
Reduce Age Spots
The nut oil contains antioxidant properties which can help reduce the effects of free radicals and overexposure to sunlight.
Shave Your Legs
Coconut oil contains antimicrobial properties which have skin-soothing effects that leave you hydrated.
This nut is so versatile!
Usually in this series I share a health or beauty recipe to go along with this post – but since there are SO many I will leave you with a few of my favorites below from health.com.
Chapped lips don’t stand a chance against ultra-hydrating coconut oil. Scoop some into a spare contact lens holder and throw it in your purse so you can dab it on with your finger throughout the day.
The skin under your eyes is thin and delicate, making it prone to fine lines, puffiness, and dark circles. If you hate the idea of dropping big bucks on expensive eye cream, then sub in coconut oil. Just rub a pinch in between fingers to warm it up before patting it underneath your eyes.
Rub a pea size amount of coconut oil between your fingers to warm it up, and then apply it to the bottom couple inches of your hair for all day frizz protection. If you have thicker, coarser hair, apply the coconut oil from mid-shaft to ends for added frizz control. Bonus: It also leaves hair extra shiny and soft!
Glowy, fresh skin is in! But if that doesn’t come naturally for you, just dab a little liquified coconut oil onto the tops of your cheekbones, cupid’s bow (the dip above your upper lip) and just above eyebrows for hydrated skin that looks lit!
Just a teaspoon (or less) can take off a day’s worth of makeup with ease, no matter the staying power. Massage a dollop of warmed, liquified coconut oil straight onto skin and watch as makeup melts away, then rinse with warm water. To make your own coconut oil makeup remover wipes, melt 1 teaspoon of coconut oil per round cotton pad in a microwave-safe container. Then, lay the cotton pads in an even layer and let them soak up the oil overnight. Store them in the same container or in a plastic baggie and throw them in your carry-on or gym bag for easy makeup removal on the go.