We’ve discussed many different health trends on this site, including eating bone broth, drinking lemon water, and the many benefits you’ll get from taking shilajit. Today, we’re going to look at another health trend: Coconut oil. We all know that it’s beneficial for many things related to our health. Here are 5 of our favorite benefits of coconut oil, and why you need to add it your life!
1. Two Words: Bulletproof Coffee
Coffee is delicious, but the creamers we all add don’t do much for our health. Add a bit of coconut oil to your coffee, and you’ll get a delicious, coconut-ty flavor, as well as a health boost. Coconut oil contains medium-chain triglycerides (MCT’s), which may help with weight loss.
2. Use it as an Antibiotic
Believe it or not, coconut oil can be used as an antibiotic. Put it on your scrapes and cuts to fight germs. The reason this works? Coconut oil is rich in lauric acid, which has strong antifungal, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, and anti-viral properties (remember, consult with a doctor before using natural remedies to treat health issues).
3. It Can Clean Your Teeth
Because of its anti-microbial properties, coconut oil can keep your teeth clean and healthy. We’ve discussed oil-pulling on this site before, and studies and dentist’s agree: Oil pulling can reduce plaque and microorganisms that cause gingivitis. In fact, one study found that oil pulling is “preventative as well as curative.”
4. It’s Great for Your Skin
Coconut oil can be used in a variety of ways to soothe and moisturize your skin. It can be used as a makeup remover, a detox bath, as a face wash, or even a moisturizer. There are countless ways that it can be used for your skin – and it smells delicious and natural!
5. It’s Great for Cooking and Baking
Coconut oil makes a great substitute for oil in cooking and baking. If you’re allergic to butter, many recipes allow for substitution with coconut oil. It doesn’t add a weird flavor, either, so it can be used for cooking savory foods as well.
Benefits of Coconut Oil: The List Goes On
The list of benefits of coconut oil could go on for miles. How do you use this wonderful, natural substance? Let us know – we’d love to update our list!