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coconut oil

Following The Herd

Amberleigh CarterComment

Did you know that U.S. cattle farmers used to feed cows coconut oil to get them fat quickly, but it had the direct opposite effect? The cows became extremely lean, toned, and healthy. This is because coconut oil actually burns fat as fuel, instead of storing it for later.

Coconut oil also helps to regulate blood sugar, improve skin complexion, & boost the immune system, as this oil contains many anti-viral & anti-microbial properties. Who knew that eating fat can get you thin?

(Side Note: Today, cattle are given corn/vegetable oils to get them fat and weak so that their meat is much more tender and palatable for consumers. Yet these are the very oils that we are told are "heart healthy" in America, and we are fatter and weaker than ever....just some food for thought.)

Snack Time

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Looking for a clean, power snack? 

Jackson's Honest Potato Chips contain organic potatoes, coconut oil, and sea salt. That's it. No preservatives, no harmful oils, no artificial anything.
These babies trump anything that's been processed and coined as "gluten free". 

Potatoes contain high amounts of potassium, which actually aids in blood sugar regulation, lowering blood pressure, and muscle building. As well, sea salt helps to lower adrenalin, regulate hormones, absorb nutrients, and lower blood pressure. And finally, coconut oil is a natural anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-microbial agent that helps fight disease. It also tends to burn immediately as fuel, rather than store as fat on your body. In addition, it is perfect for people with no gallbladders, as it does not need bile to be emulsified. (I'm talking nerdy to you).

Enjoy!

"Thank You"- Your Sinuses

Amberleigh CarterComment

For all of you suffering with allergies this time of year, have some warm tea with some lemon juice, a teaspoon of coconut oil, and a dash of cayenne or red pepper (a little goes a long way). This concoction is a natural anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, and anti-bacterial boost to help out the immune system.

As well, rub some coconut oil and red pepper on the bottoms of your feet, throw on old socks, and get in bed. In the morning, your sinus cavities should thank you! As always, these ingredients should be organic.

Enjoy!

Tip of the Day: Spring Into Health

Amberleigh CarterComment

Spring allergies got you down?

Try drinking Yogi Bedtime tea with organic lemon juice, 1/4 teaspoon each of coconut oil and honey, and add a dash of cayenne pepper.

This concoction is a natural anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral immune booster! Feel better!

Photo Credit: Heather Grimm

We're All on Drugs

Amberleigh CarterComment

After recognizing the undeniable evidence supporting the healthy effects of coconut oil, the FDA wants a piece of it. This is only the beginning...

Dr. Bronner's Coconut Oil label: "Clinical research confirms that the saturated medium chain fatty acids (MCT's) in [Virgin Coconut Oil], such as lauric acid, actually improve blood cholesterol by increasing the ratio of HDL to LDL cholesterol."
The FDA's stance: This simple statement suggests that extra-virgin coconut oil is a "drug", as only drugs are capable of affecting human health. Dr. Bronner's is engaging in the sale and distribution of an illegal drug.

Dear, FDA,

This isn't a statement; it's a peer-reviewed, scientific fact. Coconut oil has many amazing benefits on the body, as does organic, real, whole foods. If everything that affects the body/human health is considered to be a drug by the FDA, then I guess we're all on drugs. 

Moral of the story: if it's not FDA-approved, there may be a high possibility that it's good for you.

For more information, please visit http://eatlocalgrown.com/article/13680-fda-dr-bronner-coconut-oil.html

FDA


How Do You Like Your Coffee?

Amberleigh CarterComment

If you are a typical American, then chances are good that you have a healthy (or maybe not-so-healthy) "addiction" to coffee.  Furthermore, if this rings true for you, I have wonderful news for you: coffee is good for you!

According to Ray Peat, Ph.D., coffee drinkers have a lower incidence of thyroid disease, cancer, and other diseases than non-coffee drinkers.  Coffee has been used medicinally throughout history, protecting the liver from alcohol, prescription medications, and other toxins, while also protecting the body against radiation, chemical carcinogens, and viruses. Additionally, coffee contains magnesium, a very important mineral for the thyroid gland and overall health.  Magnesium is a natural tranquilizer, and it reduces high blood pressure and assists in stabilizing blood sugar in the body.  With that said, it is not uncommon to see the general population today consuming the wrong type of coffee at the wrong time.

Here are some tips on how to get the most metabolic bang for your cup:

1) Put 1 teaspoon of coconut oil in your coffee.

  • Coconut oil is a medium-chain fatty acid, which means it tends to burn immediately as fuel, rather than store as fat on the body.
  • Coconut oil is also a natural anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and anti-microbial fat that boosts energy, supports thyroid function, insulin secretion, bone health, immunity, and digestion, and helps protect the body from breast, colon, and other cancers (Dr. Bruce Fife). 

2) Never drink coffee on an empty stomach, as it will cause a spike in adrenaline and other stress hormones, like cortisol.

  • Increasing stress in the body can lead to weight gain, wrinkles, and other hormonal chaos. 
  • It's best to consume it after a meal or snack containing an optimal protein (i.e., white fish, shellfish, grass-fed organic beef, venison, gelatin, bone broth, organic (local and insect-fed) eggs, etc.), carb (i.e., tropical fruits and/or root vegetables), and a fat (i.e., organic heavy cream, grass-fed butter, or coconut oil). (*Note: The protein, carb, and fat examples are not a comprehensive list of optimal food options).

3) Choose a quality roast and water. 

  • Pick a coffee that does not have artificial flavorings or perfumes (i.e., Folgers and other plain roasts or Organic roast coffee is acceptable).
  • It's best to brew at home with quality, filtered, mineral water (i.e., Evian, FIJI, etc.).

So go enjoy your cup of metabolic euphoria, guilt-free and by the cup! 

A word of caution though; be careful if you drink and drive.... You just might end up being nice to people on the road today.
 

Cause of Life: Coconut Oil

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The next time someone says, "Coconut oil is bad for you; it causes heart disease", please reply with, "That must be why the Pacific Islanders died off hundreds of years ago...."

Pacific Islanders' diets were studied by Dr. Ian A. Prior since that population is known for their beautiful, glowing skin, lack of disease, and optimal body compositions.  What was found was that 60 percent of their energy derived from food came from saturated fat, largely from coconuts.  But how could this be if saturated fat supposedly causes heart disease?

Let's look into some factors regarding saturated versus unsaturated fat:

In the 1950s and 1960s, researchers began to search for adverse effects of saturated fat, so they looked for a correlation between saturated fat and cancer.  What they found was actually a protective effect against cancer, rather than a causative one. 

Furthermore, processed non-hydrogenated polyunsaturated oils (such as vegetable oil) were identified as promoting cancer, and the more unsaturated, the higher the risk.  Other health problems that were caused by unsaturated fats were asthma, allergies, memory loss, senility, and a weakened immune system.  Interesting, but is the proof in the pudding?

Well, the Pacific Islanders of Dr. Prior's study had no signs of kidney disease, sluggish thyroid glands, or high cholesterol.  Digestive problems were also rare, and they were generally unfamiliar with heart disease, colitis, cancer, atherosclerosis, colon cancer, hemorrhoids, ulcers, diverticulosis, and appendicitis...and, again, 60% of their diets contain saturated fat (mostly from coconut oil). 

Most Americans get 32-38 percent of their calories come from fat, but most of which are unsaturated vegetable oils...and we all know how many diseases Americans are suffering from--especially heart disease, high cholesterol, and cancer.

So if we've cut out the saturated fats and are still getting these diseases, then what is the real culprit?  Food for thought....
[For more information on coconut oil, check out The Coconut Oil Miracle by Dr. Bruce Fife.]

Sun Worshippers...It's Your Lucky Day

Amberleigh CarterComment

All of you sun worshippers out there most likely battle between wanting that sun-kissed glow and risk getting another wrinkle.

Here's a tip: according to Ray Peat, Ph.D., sun exposure and the aging effect are variable and depends on our hormones and diet.

Two groups of shaved rabbits were fed diets containing either corn oil or coconut oil.  After being exposed to direct sunlight, the animals that ate corn oil developed prematurely wrinkled skin, while the animals that ate coconut oil didn't show any harm from the sun exposure.

Now, I wouldn't want to look like a shaved rabbit, but if I did, I'd want to be a wrinkle-free one :)  Eat your coconut oil and go enjoy those rays.