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Celebrities like Miranda Kerr, Dr. Oz and Gwyneth Paltrow swear by a superfood that isn’t rare or newly discovered; it’s coconut oil.
Coconut oil is shown to have antibacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-candida properties. As per some evidence-based sources and the testimonials of its users, coconut oil can also moisturize skin, fight acne, soften and moisturize hair, reduce appetite, increase metabolism and promote weight loss. The recommended type of coconut oil is organic, cold-pressed and extra virgin.
Coconut oil can be used as a hair mask and conditioner. Apply coconut to dry hair anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours before washing.
For oil pulling: Swishing coconut oil in the mouth for about 20 minutes (oil pulling) may help clean the mouth, heal sores, whiten teeth and decrease bad breath.
Coconut oil can be used as a moisturizer. Apply a thin layer over the face and neck 30 minutes before sleeping. Due to its antibacterial properties, the oil may help combat acne. During pregnancy, a woman may also apply coconut oil over her belly, hips, thighs and breasts to help prevent stretch marks. Some celebrities use coconut oil as a makeup remover.
Instead of using butter on toast, spread a teaspoon of coconut oil over toast. Some celebrities also use coconut oil as their coffee creamer of choice. Coconut oil smells and tastes great.
For weight loss: Coconut oil is not a miracle superfood that will melt away your fat and help you lose weight; however, when used properly, it may help you control your appetite, increase your metabolism and eventually lead to healthy and appropriate weight loss. For the past week, I’ve taken two tablespoons of coconut oil a day and have lost three pounds without changing my diet or exercising. I recommend using coconut oil in moderation and consulting your doctors before use as a dietary supplement.
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Please note that I am not endorsed by any companies that sell coconut oil– I’m just a firm believer of its beneficial properties. Use at your own discretion.