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Reasons Why You Should Add Coconut Oil To Your Hot Coffee And Every Meal

Do you know that coconut oil can be extensively used in a cup of hot coffee or tea?  Surprised! Oh yes it is not just for dressing salads and baking only.
Coconut oil has become a darling of the whole food movement with good reason. It’s now considered a healthy fat and has antibacterial properties. It also tastes delicious in baked goods or  on vegetables before roasting.

Here are 3 reasons why we love it –
Why Coconut Oil?
1. Cooking with coconut oil, which is mainly a saturated fat, is ideal because it’s able to withstand higher temperatures than other oils (perfect for slathering on roasted veggies and using in stir fries).
2. Although it’s a saturated fat, studies have shown that the saturated fat in coconut oil is mostly lauric acid, which means it has a more neutral effect on long-term heart health.
3. Coconut oil can be substituted one for one with butter in baked goods, making the results taste a bit lighter and with a touch of coconut.

What Should I Buy?
There are two kind of coconut oil widely available commercially: “virgin” or “extra virgin” — or cold-pressed coconut oil — that contains antioxidants and has a stronger coconut flavor and aroma; and refined coconut oil — “expeller-pressed” — which is more processed and has a more neutral taste and scent and a higher smoke point than virgin. Both cold-pressed and expeller-pressed coconut oil can last about two years without refrigeration stored in a cool, dark place, but there are so many ways to use coconut oil I doubt you’ll have any hanging around that long.

How Can I Use It?
Use refined coconut oil for pan frying: preheat the oil in the pan to 350℉-375℉ and try it in your favorite fried chicken recipe. Or toss vegetables in a tablespoon of coconut oil and roast until lightly browned. Vegans will love using coconut oil as a sub for butter in dessert recipes.
Remember that coconut oil has a melting point of 78 degrees, so if you’re in a warm climate your oil may be liquid at room temperature. You may have to gently warm your coconut oil in the microwave or stove when a recipe calls for a liquid fat.

10 Foods To Boost Your Liver Function

A healthy liver plays a key role in relieving digestive issues, such as a sluggish metabolism, gas, bloating, and constipation. It regulates blood sugar levels, which, when out of balance, can cause sugar cravings, fatigue, and fuzzy thinking.
A toxic liver can lead to inflammatory diseases, such as diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure, and autoimmune diseases. Without a healthy liver, you may suffer from hormonal imbalances that can cause headaches, mood swings, and depression. It’s time to nurture this amazing organ with foods that help it function optimally.

Water-Glass

Water
Water plays a vital role in every bodily function. Other than oxygen, your body needs water more than any other substance, including food, just to survive. Your body uses water to flush toxins and waste products away from your body. Usually 8 to 10 glasses (8 oz) will do the trick; try these naturally flavored water recipes to start. Just don’t overdo it—too much water can be harmful, too.
And skip the ice when you’re drinking water between meals; your body uses energy to warm the ice, diluting important digestive enzymes.

Garlic

Garlic
One of the oldest land-based medicinal foods on the planet, garlic contains an active sulfur-based compound called allicin, a critical supporter of liver detoxification. It helps the organ rid your body of mercury, certain food additives, and the hormone estrogen. It is used for many conditions related to the heart and blood system, so you may want to ignore the smell when you chew it and enjoy the health benefits.chopped-onion

Onions and Leeks

Onion and leeks have multiple health benefits. These garlic relatives contain sulfur compounds that support your liver in its production of glutathione, a compound that neutralizes free radicals.

Egg salad

Eggs
Eggs provide some of the highest-quality protein, containing all eight essential amino acids, cholesterol, and the essential nutrient choline. Your liver needs these essential amino acids to perform detoxification processes. Choline, a coenzyme needed for metabolism, is found in egg yolk and protects your liver from toxins while detoxifying heavy metals.

Berries

The family of Beries such as; Blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, and cranberries are among nature’s superfoods because they contain phytochemicals—antioxidant-rich plant compounds that help your liver protect your body from free radicals and oxidative stress, which have been linked to chronic diseases and aging. Anthocyanin and polyphenols found in berries have been shown to inhibit the proliferation of cancer cells in the liver.

Apple

Apples
Apples, like berries, contain powerful phenolic compounds, including flavonoids, which can fight inflammatory disease. They also contain pectin, a valuable source of soluble fiber than can help eliminate toxic buildup.

Flaxseed

Flaxseed
A great source of omega-3 essential fatty acids, freshly ground flaxseed helps regulate hormone levels.

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Coconut Oil
An extremely healthy saturated fat, coconut oil is easy to digest and is almost immediately broken down by enzymes in your saliva and gastric juices. This means that your body doesn’t need to make fat-digesting enzymes, which puts less strain on your liver.

Avocado

Avocado
A vital source of monounsaturated fat rich in oleic acid, avocados contain glutathione, an essential nutrient for liver health.
Half an Avocado contains 3.4 grams of fibre, including soluble and insoluble, both of which your body needs to keep the digestive system running smoothly

Ginger

Ginger
Ginger antioxidants possess anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and antimicrobial properties. Ginger supports detoxification by nourishing your liver, promoting circulation, unclogging blocked arteries, and lowering blood cholesterol by as much as 30%.

We should Bear in mind that most of the food we eat are chemically grown or preserved so regular body cleansing is a sure way to live healthy.

Amazing Ways To Use Coconut Oil

It’s no secret that coconut oil can do some amazing things, from speeding up the healing process on a surface wound to developing better brain function. But the question is, do you trust and value it’s wonders?

Here are impressive health benefits of coconut oil that have been experimentally confirmed in human studies.

Coconut Oil can kill your hunger, thereby making you eat less

One interesting feature of coconut oil is that it can reduce your hunger.The fatty acids in coconut oil can significantly reduce appetite, which may positively affect body weight over the long term. So are you worried that you’re eating too much? Using coconut oil could do that trick.

Coconut oil can help heal wounds

Believe it or not, this is true. dermatologist Doris Day said it’s the coconut oil’s antibacterial properties that help cuts and scrapes heal faster.

You can use coconut oil as makeup remover

Yes, experiments have proven that coconut oil can even help remove stubborn eye makeup — but most oils can do this,Just be careful not to get it in your eyes.

You can use coconut oil as natural deodorant

Sure, if you don’t mind smelling like coconut! “It kills off bacteria and yeast, and that’s what causes odor,” Day said.

But dermatologist Doris Day points out that while coconut oil might be OK as a deodorant, it definitely doesn’t work as an antiperspirant.

Swirling coconut oil in your mouth will whiten your teeth.

Dentist Zack Zaibak of Chicago confirms this is true, adding that swirling coconut oil in your mouth for about fifteen minutes—known as oil-pulling—can also remove bacteria and help improve conditions like gingivitis.

“It’s a good addition to dentistry,” he said. “There’s not much testing on this, but I haven’t seen any negativity, from a dentist’s perspective.”

These and many more although not listed are benefits we can derive from using this natural oil.

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Coconut Health Benefits

Coconuts are one of the wonder foods on earth that provides for all human needs and have multiple health benefits.  They can even save your life!

Few people (even fewer doctors) understand how important coconut is to stabilizing once health. It amazing health benefits are:

• Lower cholesterol
• Improve digestion
• Ward off wrinkles
• Stabilize glucose levels
• Fight off viruses
• Build cells
• Regulate hormones
• Increase thyroid production
• Lose weight
• Increase metabolism
• Fight infections
• Stave off memory loss
• Kill bacteria
• And more!

Coconut oil, for instance, is considered the best and safest oil to use for cooking. Unlike other fats and oils that we typically use for cooking and baking,  which can raise our cholesterol levels,  clog our arteries and even make our skin sag and wrinkle.  Coconut oil does not form polymerized oils or dangerous trans fatty acids in our bodies.

This ultra-safe oil can give your body important antioxidants that can help build stronger cells and improve your overall health and well being.