Coconut Cleanse! Simple Ways To Add Coconut Oil To Your Diet

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Coconut Cleanse! 6 Simple Ways To Add Coconut Oil To Your Diet
Self, Health And Wellness

Coconut oil is a superfood. A powerful antiviral and natural antibacterial, it both satiates and heals the body. Truly, the benefits of coconut oil are endless.

Dr. Bruce Fife has written dozens of books on the topic of coconut oil and agreed to give us a "coconut oil detox" for those of us in need of kickstart. He kindly took the time to write down the most vital information, included below. 

And while we may know about coconut oil uses for our hair, skin, and cooking, here’s what you need to know about nature’s most remarkable natural detoxifier:

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How much coconut oil do you need?

Adding coconut oil into your daily diet can help balance your blood chemistry, boost your immune function, improve your energy levels, and protect you from a wide assortment of degenerative conditions. If you're in relatively good health with no major health issues, Dr. Fife recommends that you consume between 1-3 tablespoons of coconut oil daily. If you have health issues, you should consider increasing this amount to 3-6 tablespoons daily. 

The term tablespoon does not refer to the spoon you use to eat with; it is a precise unit of measurement, just like other forms of measurement such as cup or quart. 1 tablespoon = 15 ml, so 3 tablespoons equals 45 ml.

Coconut oil can be used with any type of diet.

The health benefits of coconut oil are enhanced when it is combined with a good diet. Coconuts are plants, and 100 percent raw coconut oil is available at the store, so you can add coconut oil to a vegan or raw foods diet. Coconut oil works especially well with low-carb, Paleo, and ketogenic diets.

What foods should you avoid?

No matter what diet plan you follow, Dr. Fife reccomends avoiding the following. Staying away from this dietary offenders allows your body to get the max benefit when coconut oil is then added:

  • Polyunsaturated vegetable oils (Corn, soybean, safflower, sunflower, cottonseed, canola, peanut oils, etc.)
  • Trans fats (Shortening, margarine, hydrogenated and partially-hydrogenated vegetable oils)
  • Sugar, sweets, and desserts
  • Artificial sweeteners
  • Refined grains (white bread, pasta, cereal, etc.)
  • Processed foods containing food additives (MSG, dyes, preservatives)

When people read Dr. Fife’s books on coconut oil, they often get so excited about the potential health benefits that they start off consuming 3, 4, 5 tablespoons of coconut oil a day. This is a mistake.

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Most people are fat-deficient and their digestive systems have temporarily lost the ability to properly digest fat. When they suddenly add several tablespoons of fat into their diets, their bodies have trouble handling it, resulting in stomach pain and/or diarrhea.

Therefore, coconut oil should be added slowly to your diet to allow time for the body to adjust. Some people can add 3 tablespoons of coconut oil into their daily diet without any problem, while others will have problems with as little as 1 tablespoon.

Always consume the oil with food. Once you are able to eat 3-4 tablespoons a day without problems, you can consider eating it off the spoon like a dietary supplement.

One of the most remarkable aspects of coconut oil are the massive scientifically-proven benefits.

You’ll have to pick up Dr. Fife’s book to discover the research being done with AIDS patients, but here are a few other incredible perks:

  • Improve brain health and mental clarity
  • Improve digestive function
  • Improve blood sugar control
  • Boost HDL (good) cholesterol
  • Boost energy levels
  • Boost immune function
  • Lose excess body fat
  • Improve thyroid function
  • Improve skin tone and appearance
  • Protect and restore joint function
  • Prevent and treat degenerative brain diseases (Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, MS)
  • Prevent cardiovascular disease (high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke)
  • Prevent cancer
  • Balance intestinal flora
  • Prevent and treat Crohn’s disease
  • Protect against bacterial, viral, fungal, and parasitic infections

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Brooke Lark is a professional food photographer and videographer, and has worked for General Mills, Disney, World Kitchen, FitMenCook, Simple Green Smoothies, and NatureNates. She is also the author of 10+ cookbooks.

This article was originally published at Cheeky Kitchen. Reprinted with permission from the author.