Girl vs. Food: Coconut CrazeWritten by Monica Mikolajczyk | | firstname.lastname@example.org
There have been more than a few days in which I could have been mistaken for a lizard, considering my skin had begun to resemble the reptiles’ scales more than I would like to admit. I lather on lotion every day, but it hasn’t won the fistfight against the winter’s dry, cold temperature. I had heard through the grapevine (honey, honey, yeah …) that coconut oil (saturated fat made from dried coconut meat) could make my skin as soft as a baby’s bottom. I knew that I needed to get my hands on this product, immediately.
After my shower, I lathered it (actually, a small amount of this solid that becomes a liquid goes a long way) all over my thirsty skin.
My resemblance to an oiled-up body builder ready for photo shoot was painstakingly similar, but I knew my skin would slurp it up in no time. I was right. As a matter of fact, the jar of oil states that the product can be used for skin and hair. I love a new adventure, so I put a little in my hair as well. Ok, maybe a little too much, and my hair was slightly slick, but sure enough my hair follicles absorbed the moisture by the next morning. After just a week, give or take a few days, of this process my skin was noticeably less dry and my hair much softer.
This oil had already worked as a catalyst for a few miracles, so what else could it do? I am an avid runner, meaning my Asics don’t get a break if the temperature falls below zero. I can cover most of my body in warm, moisture-wicking clothing, but there are a few parts of my face that still feel the sting of the frigid air. Since the coconut oil had been working wonders on my dry skin, I decided to put a little on my face before my outdoor run.
It was as if my face had a protective shield, because it was never cold. I have to believe that the oil was not only protecting my precious skin from wind chill, but also from the sun’s harmful rays. As a matter of fact, I read that the oil is good for healing cuts and sunburns. Oh, it naturally assists in restoring the body’s collagen … Take that, wrinkles!
Speaking of hydration, if the oil can hydrate skin so well, can the juice or water, hydrate our bodies like our friend H2O? Check this out: Coconut water has the same osmotic pressure as blood (meaning it has the same electrolyte balance as our blood). For all of you athletes, coconut water can do the same for you as your favorite sports drink, but it has less sugar, less sodium and more potassium…Take that, PowerAde!
As one who aspires each and every day to be a 100% raw foodist, I cannot tell you how many recipes coconut oil, milk and meat are used. Listen closely. Even though coconut oil contains saturated fats, it actually helps our bodies metabolize cholesterol more quickly (resulting in lower cholesterol levels). The oil also stimulates the thyroid gland. In case you were curious, George, a properly functioning thyroid gland assists your body in maintaining a healthy weight, lowers your risk of cancer (rates of cancer have are lower, or nonexistent, in areas that rely on this saturated oil), and slows the aging process. The oil also contains Lauric Acid, which your body uses to fight off all different kinds of infections.
The meat from a coconut contains a high percentage of dietary fiber compared to other plant foods. In addition to the normal benefits of dietary fiber (regulating blood sugar, improving digestive function, preventing cancer and reducing the risk of heart disease), it also aids in mineral absorption and relieves symptoms associated with Crohn’s Disease and Irritable Bowel Syndrome. The milk from the coconut contains a long list of vitamins, minerals and electrolytes, short-chain fatty acids (the body turns these into energy instead of storing them as fat), relieves sore throats, symptoms of ulcers and is, of course, dairy-free.
The coconut has been around for quite some time, for centuries it has been a dietary staple and a method for alternative healing…Unfortunate that the Western Culture has been missing out. In Sanskrit, the coconut tree is known as “Kalpavriksha”, or the tree which gives all that is necessary for living. I think they were onto something.