Lose your unwanted belly fat with coconut oil!

Coconut oil is one of the most weight loss-friendly fats in the world. Rich in a combination of fatty acids, it promotes optimal metabolism function which ultimately helps with weight loss!

Several studies show that by simply adding coconut oil to your diet, you can lose fat – especially the “dangerous” fat in your abdominal area, which has been linked to chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

To learn more about how coconut oil can help you lose weight and belly fat, keep reading!

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Four ways that coconut oil helps with fat loss

#1: Coconut oil boosts your energy levels

Coconut oil is comprised mainly of medium-chain triglycerides AKA MCTs and lauric acid. This essential fatty acid metabolises differently in comparison to other saturated fats, such as those you find in dairy and meat products.

Your body doesn’t store MCTs as fat, but instead transports them directly to your liver, where they’re quickly converted into energy. So what does this mean for your weight loss efforts?

By adding two or three tablespoons to your daily dietary regimen, you’ll boost your energy levels by an average of 5% for a full 24-hour period! I find that adding coconut oil to my morning smoothie is the best way to get my energy kick for the day.

#2: Coconut oil decreases hunger and curbs pesky cravings

You already know that MCTs go directly to your liver during digestion. Not only does this provide your body with a natural energy boost, the processing of MCTs also forms keytone bodies, which have the added benefit of reducing hunger and curbing cravings.

I recommend enjoying two to three tablespoons of coconut oil each day to feel fuller for longer and to kick the habit of snacking on unhealthy foods between meals. You can enjoy the oil in tea, coffee, smoothies or directly from the jar!

#3: Coconut oil burns fat amazingly fast

Are you looking to reduce your daily caloric intake and lose weight faster without compromising your health? Well, then, you’re in the right place. Coconut oil enhances your body’s ability to digest food and absorb nutrients so that you can eat less without feeling unsatisfied, tired or weak all the time.

Plus, because coconut oil is a natural mood enhancer, eating it daily will help you reduce your stress levels and feel more motivated to partake in heart-healthy activities, which will only help you burn off persistent fat stores even faster – bonus!

Consuming coconut oil regularly will power up your body’s fat-burning potential – especially for losing stubborn belly fat. It will also regulate your appetite, improve digestion and just make you feel great!

#4: Coconut oil helps maintain healthy blood sugar levels

Because your body absorbs coconut oil easily without the need for digestive enzymes, your pancreas is less stressed and able to produce insulin more effectively. Plus, as a saturated fat, coconut oil makes it easier for your cells to bind with insulin during digestion.

When your body has the required amounts of insulin, your cells get the glucose (or blood sugar) that they need to fuel your daily activities. So how exactly does this translate into belly fat loss?

A daily serving or two of coconut oil will help your body maintain healthy blood sugar levels by promoting the efficient use and production of insulin. As a result this will provide your cells with more glucose to give you energy and help you lose fat.

PS: Just remember – coconut oil is high in calories, so it’s important that you use it in moderation. I recommend limiting your intake to one or two tablespoons a day to avoid unwittingly sabotaging your weight loss efforts. Good luck!

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Why you should start using coconut oil as toothpaste

You’ve heard it already – coconut oil has endless uses. But one you may be unaware of is that it’s an incredible base for toothpaste!

Conventional toothpastes are packed with harmful chemicals and agents, but alternative natural formulas are expensive.

So why not start using coconut oil as toothpaste as an affordable alternative that’s excellent for your oral health? Here are three reasons why you should make the switch ASAP.

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Three benefits of brushing your teeth with coconut oil

#1: It’s completely natural

As already mentioned, one of the biggest downsides to traditional toothpastes is the harsh chemicals that they contain. Some toothpastes even provide a warning on the label that tells you to call poison control if you swallow some. If it’s not safe to swallow, do you really want to be using it?

Coconut oil, on the other hand, is completely natural. It contains no harmful chemicals and is actually super-healthy to eat, so if you swallow some, it would only benefit your health!

#2: It’s anti-bacterial

Coconut oil has powerful anti-bacterial properties and is very effective at killing the bad bacteria in your mouth. I like to think of it as Mother Nature’s mouthwash!

Oil pulling, which entails swishing coconut oil around in your mouth, will in fact give you the same effect as a traditional mouthwash. It’s a fantastic practice to adopt to improve your oral health.

#3: It contains no foaming agents

Toothpastes commonly contain a soap called sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS). It’s used as a foaming agent to give people the illusion that the toothpaste is cleaning their teeth simply because it’s foaming up.

However, SLS has been linked to canker sores, a very painful oral problem that you surely don’t want to deal with.

Seven amazing beauty tricks with coconut oil

Let’s work backwards. When you think of the benefits of coconut oil, I’m guessing that the last thing that comes to mind is rubbing the edible plant grease all over your face and body. Or your hair. But a growing body of research, countless experts and an army of natural beauty devotees like myself swear by the stuff for just about everything. Are we onto something? Uh, yes!

 

Tons of natural beauty products contain coconut oil, and for good reason: It’s naturally antibacterial and antifungal, it’s a brilliant moisturiser, it can penetrate your hair, and it leaves you smelling like a pina colada. Seriously – is there anything more luscious? I can’t think of anything. But what I can think of, are seven amazing uses for it in your very own home that don’t require spending a fortune on store-bought products.

 

In fact, all you need is one thing: Raw (and preferably organic) virgin coconut oil!

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Seven ways to incorporate coconut oil into your natural beauty routine

#1: Use it to soothe dry hands

This won’t work for dry digits when you’re on the move, but at home, coconut oil works wonders on your dishwashing-parched palms. Keep a jar by your kitchen sink and apply a little to your hands after you wash your hands or dishes to keep them soft and moist.

#2: Use it to highlight your cheekbones

Nothing perks up a tired face like a little highlighter, right? You don’t need store-bought products to achieve this effect – simply sweep a little coconut oil on top of your make-up and leave it alone. It’ll make your skin look glowier, which is why many natural make-up brands use it as an ingredient in their formulas.

#3: Use it to shave your legs

Conventional shaving cream is nothing but a pricy cocktail of chemical that you don’t need for a nice, clean shave on your legs and under your arms. Coconut oil, on the other hand, is super-cheap, naturally antimicrobial, and smells heavenly! Plus, its skin-soothing properties will leave your skin looking hydrated (but never greasy).

#4: Use it as a deep conditioner

There are many reasons conditioners contain coconut oil. For one, it’s better able to penetrate hair and prevent protein loss than mineral oil. Use it in your hair and on your skin for deep conditioning. Just a small dollop is enough to moisturise a large area. It’s very effective at hydrating a dry or flaky scalp, too.

#5: Use it as a body moisturiser

When you apply coconut oil to your skin, it can help speed up wound healing. It’s also great for increasing hydration and reducing water loss in very dry skin. Sounds like a recipe for a great lotion to me!

#6: Use it to cleanse your face

Thanks to coconut oil’s antibacterial, antifungal and moisturising properties, it makes for a great facial cleanser. Simply rub the oil in circular motions all over your face, neck and chest, then wash off the residue with warm water.

#7: Use it as a massage oil

Many store-bought massage oils actually contain a natural oil like jojoba or coconut as their base. Cut out the middleman and go straight to the bottle, baby! It’s slippery, skin-friendly and oh-so-moisturising, too!

Share your coconut oil beauty hacks with me in the comments below!

How to remove your make-up with coconut oil in five quick steps

Oh, coconut oil… You sure are one of the most versatile health and beauty products around! This amazing oil is the darling of the nutrition world (an easy-to-digest source of fatty acids that doesn’t change form when you heat it), is super-economical (a giant tub is really cheap), and it smells like a tropical island.

 

With a multitude of beauty uses, from soothing haywire hair to moisturising skin, coconut oil also makes a brilliant cleanser! I recently started using coconut oil to remove my make-up. I don’t think I’ll go back to using conventional make-up remover or wipes! Here’s how you can do it, too.

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The benefits of using coconut oil as a make-up remover

  • It’s 100% natural so it won’t irritate your skin
  • It’s intensely moisturising so you don’t have to apply a moisturiser afterwards
  • It gets rid of even the most stubborn eye make-up
  • It smells divine!

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Five steps to removing your make-up with coconut oil

Step #1:

Scoop a small handful of coconut oil out of the jar. It’ll usually be solid, unless it’s a hot day.

Step #2:

Turn the oil into a liquid by gently rubbing it between your palms.

Step #:3

Smear the oil all over your face Massage it into your eyes if you’re wearing thick eye make-up. Leave it on your skin for two minutes so all the make-up dissolves.

Step #4:

Remove the oil and excess make-up by splashing your face with warm water, then wiping it with a damp face cloth.

Step #5:

Massage the coconut oil residue into your skin for a moisturising treatment!

Note: It’s important you always opt for virgin organic coconut oil.

You’ve got to try this quick and easy coconut oil lotion recipe for healthy, hydrated skin!

Do you suffer from dry skin? Have you been looking for a homemade lotion recipe that really works?

 

Look no further than this simple coconut oil lotion recipe!

 

This concoction I’m about to share with you is super nourishing, wonderfully versatile and ridiculously easy to whip up.

 

Read on to find out all about it…

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Benefits of this coconut oil lotion

  • It’s non-greasy
  • It has flexible ingredients (you can use pretty much whatever you have on hand)
  • It smells delicious
  • It helps keep your skin hydrated for longer
  • It helps improve blood circulation

Nourishing hand and body coconut oil lotion recipe

You’ll need:

  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/8 cup shea butter
  • 1/8 cup cocoa butter
  • 1 tbsp aloe vera juice
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 5-10 drops coconut essential oil

Method:

  1. Heat the shea butter, coconut oil and cocoa butter over low heat until melted.
  2. Remove from the heat.
  3. Stir in the aloe vera juice, olive oil and coconut essential oil. Make sure it’s combined well.
  4. Store the lotion in a container of your choice. I recommend small canning jars.

This lotion is solid at room temperature (just like coconut oil in its solid form), but it’s not too hard. It softens up really quickly in your hands.

How to use coconut oil lotion

If you want seriously soft and smooth skin that’s noticeably healthy, use your homemade lotion like this:

  1. Apply a little warm water to your arms, legs, hands, feet and elbows (areas of your body that are likely to be dry).
  2. Smooth the coconut oil lotion all over your body before bed. When you wake up, your skin will be intensely nourished and much happier (and healthier, too).

You can also keep the lotion in a small container (like an empty lip balm container) and use it on your lips, face and hands whenever these areas of your body feel dry. It’s a really practical product to keep in your handbag or on your desk at work. Especially during the cold winter months when your skin’s prone to dryness!

Twenty-five health and wellness benefits of coconut oil you’re going to wish you knew earlier

Coconuts, and more specifically their oil, have gained an amazing reputation over the past few years. And it’s no wonder!

 

Touted as one of the healthiest foods to include in your diet thanks to its high lauric acid (a medium chain fatty acid that keeps your cholesterol levels healthy) content and impressive vitamin profile, coconut oil also has a myriad of health and wellness uses.

 

Thanks to its drastic increase in popularity in recent months, this brilliant product is becoming more and more accessible. Right now is the perfect time to stock up and experiment with its many uses!

 

If you’ve already bought a jar but aren’t quite sure as to do what to do with it, don’t worry – I’ve got you covered. If you haven’t already got your hands on this magic oil, you’ll want to by the time you finish reading this… That I guarantee you!

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Twenty-five amazing health and wellness benefits of coconut oil

  1. When you mix it with peppermint extract, you can use it as a natural chest rub.
  2. It helps calms eczema flare-up.
  3. It helps reduce stinging, itching and swelling for any insect bite.
  4. It’s a brilliant insect repellent.
  5. It can help soothe burns and speed up the healing process – sunburns included!
  6. Its anti-viral properties help get rid of cold sores really quickly.
  7. Mixed with honey and lemon juice, it makes a comforting anti-bacterial drink for a sore throat.
  8. When you add it to ginger tea, it’s effective at alleviating nausea and heartburn.
  9. It’s great for repelling lice and protecting you from any outbreaks.
  10. Its strong anti-viral, -bacterial and –fungal properties will help boost your immune system.
  11. It soothes dry, scratchy coughs.
  12. It’s great for oil pulling.
  13. You can use it in aromatherapy.
  14. It helps hydrate dry, chapped lips.
  15. It helps improve calcium and magnesium absorption into your system.
  16. Its medium-chain saturated fats are fantastic metabolism boosters.
  17. It’s an effective appetite suppressant.
  18. Ingesting it regularly can help protect you against dementia.
  19. It helps ease joint and muscle pains.
  20. It helps small cuts and wounds heal quickly.
  21. Mixed with baking powder, it makes a great teeth whitener.
  22. Used in tandem with sunscreen, it’ll help you achieve a gorgeous, even tan, and protect your skin.
  23. Added to warm bath water, it’ll help keep your entire body silky smooth and hydrated.
  24. Mixed with ten drops of grapefruit essential oil, it makes an effective cellulite remedy.
  25. Mixed with lavender essential oil and sprinkled onto your pillow, it can help encourage sleep.