So I’m usually like, “hey, fats are good, eat ‘em suckaz!” This time I wanted to get specific though, because true virgin coconut oil is a powerful substance deserving special attention. Coconut oil’s affect on the body can be so noticeable, particularly for those who have been avoiding fats for many years, that is seems almost druglike. I’d go so far as to say that the only people who wouldn’t notice a dramatic physiological effect from consuming coconut oil are those with a high metabolism, those already eating lots of utilizable fats, or those who have particularly stable blood sugar otherwise. The most noticeable effects are a rise in body temperature, increased energy, and lack of hunger and sugar cravings. Coconut oil has a long litany of other less noticeable benefits as well, from stronger immunity (an understatement) to healthier skin.
Coconut oil is a unique fat, comprised mainly of the Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCT’s) lauric acid, caprylic acid, and capric acid. These three MCT’s are rarely found in significant quantities in other fats. Coconut oil is the best source of lauric acid, which is a highly protective fat found also in the milkfat of mammals, but in smaller quantities. Lauric acid is known to be produced in mother’s milk for its protective, immune system enhancing properties, and should definitely be consumed abundantly by pregnant and nursing mothers.
MCT’s are unique in how they are metabolized by the body. They are not packaged into lipoproteins but are immediately processed by the liver and converted into usable energy. This energy is significant and sustained, almost like a timed-release caffeine without side effects. MCT’s virtually cannot be stored as excess adipose fat in the body, which is one of several reasons that coconut is considered the ultimate dietary fat for weight loss.
The isolated effect on weight loss, enhanced energy, and immune system strength aside, coconut oil’s most profound effect is its ability to stop and even reverse the degenerative disease process. I call it a process because most degenerative disease, at the core, is a sugar metabolism problem. Excessive weight gain, allergies, lack of energy, depression, irritability, gout, hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, hypothyroidism, hypoglycemia, and diabetes are all expressions of an endocrine system imbalance – rooted in the oversecretion of insulin in response to refined sugar and alcohol. And although no one has ever proven the “cause” of heart disease for example, the top risk factors for it are well documented as old age, diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, smoking, family history, and imbalanced cholesterol ratios in that order (many would also make a strong case for undiagnosed hypothyroidism making that list).
All of these imbalances can be traced back to the endocrine system. Even a “hot temper” is associated with heart disease, which from my experience is a virtually unachievable emotional pattern when blood sugar levels are kept stable. Lack of sleep, a low fat diet, yo-yo dieting, excessive exercise, and stress are not root causes of degeneration, but they all exacerbate blood sugar instability. In other words, with stable blood sugar, the physiological effects of stress, lack of sleep, etc. are all tolerable.
After having said that, coconut oil is the absolute ultimate blood sugar stabilizer, especially when used in conjunction with animal protein. Everyone stands something to gain by having more stable blood sugar, from losing weight to eliminating emotional irrationality, which is what makes coconut oil such a powerful substance. The physiological effect that you can feel is that you “don’t get hungry all day.” This is of revolutionary significance for type II diabetics. Coconut oil is of tremendous benefit for those who have accumulated this imbalance. All unadulterated fats help stabilize blood sugar, but coconut oil does it significantly better. This also makes it a powerful tool for overcoming addictions to endocrine-altering substances, sugars(refined and natural), alcohol, caffeine and other stimulants, cigarettes, and the bubonic chronic.
Coconut oil also raises body temperature (through increasing the metabolic rate) significantly. Those with slight hypothyroidism will notice a dramatic decrease in their sensitivity to cold. Again, I’ve got to believe that when it stabilizes blood sugar, more thyroid hormone is secreted, which is the root cause of that effect. Obviously, by stimulating metabolism, bodyfat loss is often effortlessly achieved. This is true Thermogenesis, which is what highly-caffeinated weight loss pills are suggested to induce. In actuality, the caffeine releases glycogen (a stored sugar) from the liver into the bloodstream. Because blood sugar levels are high, this suppresses appetite (for a few weeks until glycogen stores are depleted) and puts you in an irrationally good mood while its diuretic effect causes you to urinate out several pounds of water in your tissues. In other words, “lose 10 pounds in 2 weeks!” Afterwards you are depressed, have no energy, and gain weight faster than ever (cellular rehydration) until you hop back on the pills which have little effect on body fat. Holy Starbucks that’s a good business strategy!
Feel free to use your knowledge of the endocrine system for both personal health and financial investment purposes. Any industry that thrives on American ignorance and addiction is a blue chip baby! Sorry to go off on a tangent, but I’ve personally witnessed tens of thousands of dollars being spent on weight loss pills during my brief stint in the “Health Food” industry.
What was I talking about? Oh yeah, coconut oil. Uh, eat a lot of it. Several tablespoons per day is a standard recommendation (1-3 pint jars per month).
How Do I Get That Goodness In Me?
Coconut oil is best in mildly sweet smoothies. Place the jar of coconut oil in warm (not hot) water until it liquefies. Pour 2T in while blender is turning to emulsify. This keeps it from being chunky.
Coconut oil is also decent sucked right off the spoon at mealtime.
Coconut oil is the best, most stable oil on the planet for cooking. Replace vegetable and olive cooking oils with extra virgin coconut oil.
Some people like a tablespoon or two mixed in with warm tea.
Coconut oil can be used as a spread or condiment like butter, and can even be mixed with butter to top cooked meat dishes, toast, vegetables, etc.
*Consume coconut oil and other fats in conjunction with ample protein at mealtime for the best results. Taking it by itself is not nearly as stabilizing and sustaining.
*Continue to eat plenty of other fats from meats, fish, raw whole dairy products, butter, avocado, etc.
Da’ Kine coconut oil is extra virgin coconut oil from Wilderness Family Naturals, which uses a natural fermentation extraction, and the oil never undergoes heating. Tropical Traditions and Radiant Life also have good quality coconut oils. The best store-bought variety is Jungle Products.
Other Forms of Coconut
It’s not like the oil is good for you, and the other coconut products don’t have the magic. Fresh coconut meat and coconut cream (basically fresh juiced coconut meat) are the best forms of coconut. Canned coconut milk is not ideal, but still excellent. Dried unsweetened coconut is great too and has many uses. Coconut water is a great liquid for hydration and restoring electrolytes. Coconut kefir is a delightful fizzy drink like a ginger ale.
Coconut oil can also be applied topically for:
Skin disorders (psoriasis and eczema)
Healing cuts, blisters, infections, etc.
I know I’ve made coconut sound overly miraculous, but I’ve been repeatedly surprised by people’s instant and noticeable reaction to it. At first I was like, “big whoop, so you’re warmer, have lost a little body fat, and are never hungry anymore.” Now I realize the important significance of those effects, and how it can be touted as such a prominent force against the big ones like Cancer and heart disease. Hey man, it’s not like I’m saying it cures AIDS. It would be neat if it was like, the most effective known substance in the treatment of HIV and AIDS though wouldn’t it?
P.S. – Start slowly (1T at a time) if unaccustomed to consuming a lot of pure oil. A friend of mine had some squirts after getting overly excited about it and eating it like it was a bowl of oatmeal.