Throughout the previous decades, doctors and nutritionists have been pounding in our heads about the dangers of saturated fats, and to an extent, they’re right. Saturated fats– in the form of hydrogenated oils and heavy red meats– have contributed to heart problems in current generations. However, not all saturated fats are bad. Now, many nutritionists are toting the numerous benefits of the medium chain triglycerides which actually help the body rather than hurt the body. Medium chain triglycerides are found in abundance in coconut oil, which is why I choose to use that oil for cooking and baking.
Not to mention, coconut oil has a substance called Lauric Acid which helps your body’s immune system and fights against bacteria. I’ve been using it a lot recently, because for the past few weeks, I’ve been fighting a mild sinus infection, and so far, I’ve been getting better thanks to some r and r.
Here’s some other benefits of coconut oil:
- It’s great for your hair (I use it occasionally on the ends of my hair to prevent breakage and splitting).
- It’s good for your skin (a great lotion!).
- Because of it’s antibiotic properties, it helps your immunity and your digestive system.
- Regulates blood sugar.
- Helps calcium and magnesium absorption– so it helps your bones.
- Helps prevent heart diseases because it has been shown to not affect LDL cholesterol (the yucky bad cholesterol).
So, this is great and all, but what do you do with coconut oil?
Well, coconut oil isn’t like other oils– it’s solid when it’s lower than 76 degrees fahrenheit, so often times, I use it like butter on toast with a little bit of honey or agave nectar. It tastes amazing and helps me to get some good fats in. Also, I use it as my primary cooking oil as well as for baking. If you don’t like the taste of coconuts, don’t get the virgin or extra virgin coconut oils because they have more of a coconut-like taste. Because we’re on a tight budget most of the time, I don’t typically get the organic virgin coconut oil, but rather, a cheaper brand.
Today, I used coconut oil in my oatmeal to help me fight off infection. Oatmeal in and of itself is good for you– it’s full of protein, fiber, and iron, and it’s so comforting when your feeling under the weather. Here’s my recipe for an immune-boosting oatmeal:
1/2 cup of oatmeal
1/2 cup of milk of choice (I used hemp :))
2 teaspoons of coconut oil
1 teaspoon of honey (or agave if you don’t use honey)
A dash of cinnamon
1. Cook oatmeal using whatever method you so choose (microwave or stovetop?).
2. Add in the coconut oil and drizzle on the honey (honey is also an antibiotic!).
3. If you want, add some cinnamon (it tastes amazing this way!).
4. Enjoy with some coffee or tea if you want 🙂
The weather was so nice and cool today, so I decided to go for a nice walk around the neighborhood, and afterwards, I enjoyed some of this oatmeal :). Maybe it’s just a placebo affect, but I feel better already and ready to start my day! Later, I’m planning on some afternoon yoga, and then, a friend of mine is throwing a party, so I’m pretty excited for that!
What do you do to help your immunity?
Even though it’s not cold or flu season, it’s still important to keep your immunity up for those colder months! Also, stress can only hurt your immunity, so don’t stress out today and stay positive!
Philippians 4:6-7 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.