Coconut connection: the health benefits of coconut

15 Jul 2016

Brain health
Our brains need fat, plain and simple. All fats will give you a mood boost, but coconut is one of the best fats linked to preventing depression, memory loss, and aiding in stress management. One of the reasons is due to the MCT fats in coconut which bypass digestion and are immediately absorbed. Your brain can turn these into ketones for fuel, which benefits your mood as a result. These fats also enhance focus, ward off mental fatigue, and can help stabilize your blood sugar which also boosts your mood in a whole other way. Coconut’s fats and amino acids fuel neurotransmitters in the brain that boost serotonin levels to stabilize your mood and hormones. It can help with PMS, general anxiety, poor focus, and mild depression. Use a few tablespoons of coconut butter, shreds, or oil a day in conjunction with an otherwise healthy, whole foods diet.

Liver health
Coconut’s MCT fats allow the liver to use it for immediate energy, not storage. While an excess of anything may lead to fat storage, mild to moderate intake of coconut can be used for detoxification and energy without the need for supplements and over-the-counter drugs. Due to coconut’s anti-viral benefits, it also has the ability to reduce toxins that back up in the bloodstream and lead to a sluggish liver. Of course, it should go without saying that alcohol and an unhealthy diet cannot be compensated with using coconut; you still need to lead a healthy lifestyle.

Coconut is useful for digestive health. Because of the unique way it is digested, it doesn’t cause digestive upset; it can, in fact, help with IBS, slow motility, inflammation, poor nutrient absorption, regularity, and can help seal the lining of the digestive tract that may be inflamed from leaky gut syndrome, inflammation, or other gastrointestinal problems. While overdoing it is not smart, a tablespoon at meals can actually have quite the healing effect. Because it boosts your digestive health, it will also in return, boost your brain health and your overall sense of well-being.

Coconut flour is also a wonderful fiber and protein source for those who eat a grain-free diet and suffer digestive illnesses. It is healing, filling, and will regulate the system without causing ill side effects. And finally, coconut fats fight candida yeast that lives within the digestive tract. Though your body needs candida, it can easily take over the good bacteria in your body and feeds off sugars, processed foods, and a weak immunity. Since coconut builds immunity, supports gut health, and fights harmful bacteria, it’s an extremely beneficial food to keep around for a happy tummy, which means a happier you!

And it’s really as simple as that – coconut is not a fat to be feared. Fat is not a negative term and the sooner we can embrace nature’s best sources that are there to protect and enhance our health, the happier and healthier we will be for the long-haul.

Digestive health
Coconut is useful for digestive health. Because of the unique way it is digested, it doesn’t cause digestive upset; it can, in fact, help with IBS, slow motility, inflammation, poor nutrient absorption, regularity, and can help seal the lining of the digestive tract that may be inflamed from leaky gut syndrome, inflammation, or other gastrointestinal problems. While overdoing it is not smart, a tablespoon at meals can actually have quite the healing effect. Because it boosts your digestive health, it will also in return, boost your brain health and your overall sense of well-being.

Coconut flour is also a wonderful fiber and protein source for those who eat a grain-free diet and suffer digestive illnesses. It is healing, filling, and will regulate the system without causing ill side effects. And finally, coconut fats fight candida yeast that lives within the digestive tract. Though your body needs candida, it can easily take over the good bacteria in your body and feeds off sugars, processed foods, and a weak immunity. Since coconut builds immunity, supports gut health, and fights harmful bacteria, it’s an extremely beneficial food to keep around for a happy tummy, which means a happier you!

And it’s really as simple as that – coconut is not a fat to be feared. Fat is not a negative term and the sooner we can embrace nature’s best sources that are there to protect and enhance our health, the happier and healthier we will be for the long-haul.

This article originally appeared on: http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/leisure/2016/03/08/coconut-connection-the-health-benefits-of-coconut/


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