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New Month, Same Ol’ Thing
Time to talk about the latest challenge I did! I’ve slightly moved away from the water-related posts. I’m still trying to drink a lot of water, but this month I ate a spoonful of coconut oil, in one form or another.
The Benefits of Coconut Oil
There are so many different ways you can use coconut oil for, like hair care or skin care. I’ve yet to utilize my giant-ass jug of oil for those purposes, but I got really interested in eating it after finding out about how good it is for your body!
Body: Coconut oil boosts metabolism, helps digestion and allergies, doesn’t store as fat, and helps with weight loss. It kills yeast in the body and improve joint pain. It can improve insulin levels, thyroid functioning cholesterol levels, and heart health.
Mind: It’s been heard to improve (or even reverse) the effects Alzheimer’s, as well as autism in children. Coconut oil can also help with digestion, anxiety, and hormone production.
Skin: Coconut oil can be used as a cold sore remedy and can help with eczema.
I collected this information over time off of the interwebs. I am not a medical health professional, this is only meant for informational purposes, and shouldn’t be considered a diagnosis or treatment in any type of doctor-patient relationship. You should consult a doctor if you have questions or concerns about this, or about your health.
Ways to Consume Coconut Oil
You can eat coconut oil by using it as a creamer in coffee or tea. It can also be used when cooking and baking. You can mix it into things like a smoothie, yogurt, and oatmeal. It can also be ingested straight-up, but personally I think it tastes terrible and I don’t recommend that option.
During the challenge this month, I would put the oil in my tea or in a breakfast smoothie, depending on how much work I wanted to put into it.
So it’s still pretty incremental, but I’m happy with it! I’d just like to get over the 165 threshold I’ve been gearing toward, and maybe get off the border of overweight on my BMI. But progress is progress.
Other than that, I didn’t really notice a lot of benefits that I listed above. The one thing I noticed was smoother lips when I used the coconut oil in my tea. It was like a natural lip balm! I’m sure other great things were happening, but I’m also pretty sure that I didn’t hurt anything by adding this new element to my diet!
You Can Try it, Too!
If you decide to try this challenge for yourself, share your results! I would get a small container of coconut oil at any nearby store, so you’re not stuck with it if you don’t like it. It comes in both solid and liquid form. I got a huge container of solidified oil at Costco, because it lasts like two years, it’s cheaper, and I can heat it up if I need to melt it to liquid form. Anyway, I’m going to keep using it. If you try it out, share your thoughts!