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8 Ways Coconut Oil Can Change Your Life

At this point it seems that the world could not function without coconut oil, that's just how essential and healthy it is for your everyday life. Some of its benefits you may know, but others may be a surprise.

If you really wanted to, you could probably round up at least a hundred ways that coconut oil is essential and beneficial to your life. Since that process would prove to be entirely too lengthy, perhaps narrowing down the life-changing effects of coconut oil to a much smaller list is a better option. You may be pleasantly surprised to learn that coconut oil is not only great for cooking and beauty tips, but it’s an outright miracle worker for more complicated bodily functions and afflictions. Check out some of the amazing ways it works!

Fight Infection – By simply adding a daily serving of coconut oil to your diet, you can easily increase the body’s resistance to illness, heal stomach ulcers and kill viruses, bacteria, and fungi by dissolving their cellular walls. Read more about it here.

Stabilize Blood Sugar and Thyroid – Coconut oil contains MCTs which aid in the conversion of cholesterol into pregnenolone, one of the major factors in the synthesis of the human hormones that are responsible for healthy thyroid function. Read more about it here.

Digestive Help – The highly concentrated fats in coconut oil make it very helpful in the process of digestion. The antimicrobial properties it contains also makes it ideal for fighting infection and/or irritation in the gut. Read more about it here.

Weight Loss – There seems to always be new ways to lose weight, but injecting coconut oil into your diet actually makes the process incredibly easy to achieve. The capric acid found in coconut oil resulted in an impressive decrease of food consumption over a short period of time and a parallel loss of body weight. Read more about it here.

Promotes Heart Health – Having a healthy heart is one of the most essential and crucial steps to living a long and healthy life. Luckily, coconut oil can help with this process. Coconut oil increases healthy cholesterol and converts bad cholesterol into good cholesterol, which lowers the risk of heart disease and promotes overall heart health. Read more about it here.

Good for Oral Health – You are probably familiar with all of the additional ways to achieve superior oral health that don’t include traditional toothpaste and mouthwash, but did you know that coconut oil is beneficial to your oral health as well? The process is called oil-pulling, and it involves simply swishing coconut oil around in your mouth for 15 to 20 minutes and then spitting it out. This helps to cleanse the mouth of bacteria, help freshen breath and heal periodontal disease. Read more about it here.

Rehydrate Dry Skin – This is probably one of the most popular and well-known uses for coconut oil and the results are instantaneous. Simply apply coconut oil wherever you are experiencing dry skin and watch your skin become deeply hydrated. Read more about it here.

Works As a Hair Mask – For a deeply penetrating hair mask that results in shiny, bouncy strands, you should use coconut oil as a mask for your hair. After your regular shampoo, apply coconut oil to your wet hair, twist into a bun and let it sit for about 5 to 7 minutes before rinsing it out. Read more about it here.

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