15 Life-Changing Benefits of Coconut Oil

15 Life-Changing Benefits of Coconut Oil

Gives you energy

![Coconut Oil gives you energy](http://www.helthi.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/shutterstock_122364328-e1457137277827.jpg) Coconut oil has been getting a lot of attention due to the myriad of benefits it contributes to a healthier and happier lifestyle. This amazing oil is so easy to add to your routine. Who would have believed that so many benefits could come from one jar? Here are 15 healthy reasons why you need coconut oil in your life.

Coconut oil fats are not the fats you are used to. The special structure of this superfood oil fats means that your body can break down and absorb it faster, so you have a fast and easy source of energy. Consuming coconut oil right before a workout or busy day could be just the boost you need. If you are trying to lose weight or just have a lot of stress causing you to feel fatigued, coconut oil is an inexpensive and great solution. Those suffering from metabolic conditions or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome may notice some improvement with coconut oil usage.

Remember to start off with just a tablespoon of coconut oil and mix it into food or a hot beverage to get your body used to it. This is a great oil for busy parent’s that wish they had a little bit of extra energy to get through the day.

Radiant skin

![healthy skin with Coconut Oil](http://www.helthi.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/shutterstock_144298723-e1457137339262.jpg)Many people have heard about how beneficial antioxidants can be in eradicating free radicals from the body. Coconut oil is amazingly rich in naturally occurring antioxidants. Those that consume high levels of antioxident-rich foods have age defying skin. Switching to coconut oil moisturizers rather than your typical lotion can help with many common skin problems and even prevent infections. If you suffer from flaky skin or eczema, then you may benefit a lot from a tub of coconut oil. If you have lines and sagging on your skin and want a natural solution, start applying pure coconut oil in place of your regular moisturizer, and you will see the lines soften and skin will have a firmer feel and appearance. Great skin can help boost your self-confidence, and that can have a positive influence on all aspects of your life. When you look and feel better, it is easier to dedicate yourself to the things that matter most in your life.

Cleans your liver

![clean liver with coconut oil](http://www.helthi.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/shutterstock_155303081-e1457137446108.jpg)While enjoying the occasional glass of wine is something a lot of doctors recommend, if you indulge in alcohol very often, then detoxifying your liver may be a concern. Coconut oil’s amazing properties include the fact that it contains fats that are easily broken down and thus easy on the liver. The oil’s antioxidant components reduce oxidative stresses. Cheers to this oil for helping undo the damage! Even if you don’t indulge in alcohol, your liver is an important organ that regulates a lot of your bodies processes. Reducing the stress on this important organ can promote better overall health and well-being for a lifetime of good health. Coconut oil doesn’t interact with medications or special diets, so it is a viable and great choice for a wide range of people. More and more people are living longer so reducing stresses on major organs could reduce the chances of suffering from major diseases when older.

Healthy blood sugar

![lower blood sugar with Coconut Oil](http://www.helthi.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Dollarphotoclub_73526308-e1457137768714.jpg)The special fatty acids you get with coconut oil consumption break down quickly so they can be used as a source of energy. This process has a blood sugar stabilizing effect. Coconut oil can help prevent diabetes, but it can also help current diabetics maintain a healthy blood sugar level and thus reduce doctor visits or possibly even the amount of medication they have to take over time. Diabetes is one of the most common health conditions today. More young people than ever are being diagnosed with the condition. Coconut oil may be able to help prevent some of these diagnosis from ever occurring if it is regularly used. Blood sugar levels also have an influence on mood. If you have every experienced being hungry and in a poor humor it might have likely been caused by low blood sugar levels. This is also another reason coconut oil makes it easier for some people to lose weight without mood swings.

Weight loss

![weight loss with Coconut Oil](http://www.helthi.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/shutterstock_90369691-e1457137835611.jpg)Losing weight can be hard, but experts have discovered that those that make coconut oil a part of their diet have a higher chance of losing weight and keeping it off. Combine this fact with the energy boost it can give you, and it is easy to see why so many fitness experts are discovering just how great this miracle oil is.

Studies have found that the increased weight loss is due to the medium chain triglycerides (fats) that are contained in coconut oil. When this oil is consumed, it boosts your body’s metabolism because it doesn’t stress the pancreas as it breaks down. Since blood sugar is more regulated, dieters don’t experience dramatic crashes in blood sugar that can cause mood swings and irritability. Success at the scale requires a combined approach, and coconut oil can make the whole process of healthy weight loss a lot more comfortable and easier to achieve.

Maintain a healthy heart

![healthy heart with Coconut Oil](http://www.helthi.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/shutterstock_275804624-e1457137915902.jpg)Heart disease is a big concern since it is one of the leading causes of death, particularly in the United States. While a balanced diet and good fitness routine are important, coconut oil is a very easy way to help reduce your odds of suffering from this disease at some point in your life. This miracle oil reduces the oxidization of harmful cholesterol which prevents plaque buildup in the arteries that can lead to atherosclerosis, a condition where arteries become clogged. Atherosclerosis is a leading primary cause of heart attacks and stroke. Coconut oil also boosts the levels of healthy cholesterol in your body. Prevention of heart disease is key to avoiding heart attacks. Often the first major sign that someone is suffering from heart disease is a cardiac event. When one takes into account that 1/3 of heart attacks are fatal, it is easy to see why so much stress is placed on prevention.

Reduces cholesterol

![lower cholesterol with Coconut Oil ](http://www.helthi.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/shutterstock_218113867-e1457137991932.jpg)There is such a thing as bad cholesterol and good cholesterol. Unfortunately, many of the foods so popular today do a lot to boost the levels of the one you don’t want. Coconut oil is amazing because it actually combats harmful cholesterol and elevates your level of good cholesterol.

The fatty acids in this miracle oil reduce plaque buildup in the arteries by preventing oxidation. Good levels of cholesterol are important to overall heart and cardiovascular health. Coconut oil goes a long way towards undoing a lot of the damages that diet and lack of exercise can contribute over the years. Since coconut oil boosts energy levels, it can be easier to get some exercise injected into your daily routine which can help increase the positive effects on your body.

Boosts immune system

![Builds a strong immune system with Coconut Oil](http://www.helthi.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/shutterstock_239046574-e1457138067379.jpg)Coconut oil contains the antibacterial and immune-boosting lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid. When you consume coconut oil these substances go to work fighting off the bacteria and viruses that can make you and your family sick. If you work around a lot of people or have kids in school, then you may very well dread the cold season. This miracle oil is a delicious way to strengthen the immune system of everyone in your family. Cooking with coconut oil is the easiest way to add it to your child’s diet. Kids that don’t like the taste of coconut oil will never know it is in there if you use the refined version.

Enhances digestion

![Coconut Oil and better digestion](http://www.helthi.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/shutterstock_88430068-e1457138135783.jpg)Coconut oil is full of good saturated fats that enhance your body’s ability to breakdown vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. Better absorption of nutrients and taking stress off of your digestive system means that coconut oil can decrease your chances of stomach upset, heartburn, and other gastrointestinal distress. Consumption of this miracle oil is much more delicious and inexpensive than stomach supplements or suffering from chronic digestion problems. Since coconut oil aids in the absorption of vitamins, you get the most out of your food. Good levels of nutrients will have a positive effect on the long-term health of your whole family and help them be less susceptible to viruses and other illnesses from work or school. Coconut oil is easy to include in daily meals because it can be used for frying, baking, salad dressing, and much more. Once you start cooking with coconut oil you will be amazed how many ways you find to use it.

Takes stress off kidneys

![Coconut Oil improves kidney function](http://www.helthi.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/shutterstock_125888873-e1457138201892.jpg)Since coconut oil improves your metabolic rate, it takes stress off of your kidneys. Electrolytes such as potassium and sodium are excreted through the kidneys and urinary tract. An increased metabolism means that kidneys don’t have to work so hard to filter your body. For those that suffer from kidney-related problems such as kidney stones or low kidney function, coconut oil can help contribute to a healthier you. Chronic kidney stones are a very common yet painful condition that effects a lot of people so the discover that coconut can literally dissolve them has made a lot of people happy. Those that are suffering from low kidney function as a result of diabetes or other conditions can doubly benefit from using coconut oil because it can help with blood sugar levels as well.

Increases bone density

![increase bone density with coconut oil](http://www.helthi.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/shutterstock_220995898-e1457138256172.jpg)Building strong bones is important in growing kids but many people begin to forget that bone density is harder to maintain as we age. Women in particular are prone to osteoporosis. Including coconut oil in the diet helps your body retain calcium and vitamin D more readily, thus enabling you to strengthen and maintain your bones. Better bone density means that you are at less risk for fractures and bone diseases. Some coconut oil users have reported a reversal in the first signs of osteoporosis so even if you are already suffering from a bone related disease, this oil can help you repair and heal.

Reduces plaque

![Reduces plaque and tooth decay with Coconut Oil](http://www.helthi.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/shutterstock_138420443-e1457138316765.jpg)Since coconut oil helps your body retain calcium, it also contributes to stronger teeth. Rubbing the oil on your gums once a day can help prevent plaque buildup and gum disease. Some coconut oil fans say that the oil has the power to rebuild tooth enamel and thus heal cavities.

The modern diet is full of sugars that have made many of us very susceptible to tooth decay. Dental health is important to your bodies overall health. Problems in your mouth can have a big impact on your cardiovascular health if left untreated. With the high cost of dental treatment, a bit of prevention can save you a lot of time, money, pain, and make you have a higher level of overall health.

Improves hair

![Coconut Oil Improves hair](http://www.helthi.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/shutterstock_243356671-e1457138385572.jpg)The strong, shiny, and beautiful hair, you have always wanted may be more achievable than you might think. Rather than spending a lot on fancy treatments that promise a lot, adding coconut oil to your diet and beauty routine can transform your hair. When coconut oil is applied to the hair it adds and helps retain moisture. Coconut oil fans have fewer split ends and breakage and can often grow their hair longer in a shorter period of time. Environmental stresses such as sunlight and air pollution can cause hair to appear dull and lifeless, so if you are hard on your hair, then coconut oil may be the solution to all your hair woes.

Promotes healing

![Coconut Oil heals skin](http://www.helthi.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/shutterstock_350059418-e1457138443950.jpg)Coconut oil has antibacterial properties and is nourishing to the skin. Bruises and lacerations have been shown to heal much faster if coconut oil is applied throughout the healing process. If you don’t like the stronger smell of extra virgin coconut oil all the time, you can get refined coconut oil. In a time when there is concern about the overuse of antibiotics, anything we can do to prevent infections will have a positive effect not only on you but the world around you. Coconut oil doesn’t sting when applied to scrapes and cuts, so it is a great healing balm to use on kids or those with very sensitive skin. Some people use coconut oil as a base for balms that contain additional essential oils to enhance the healing and antibacterial properties or add additional scent.

Helps eliminate yeast

![Coconut Oil helps eliminate Candida yeast](http://www.helthi.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/shutterstock_177538787-e1457138500949.jpg) Candida is a yeast that naturally occurs in the body at a low level. The use of hormonal forms of birth control, age or environmentally caused hormone level fluctuations, and the use of antibiotics, can all increase the chance of yeast overgrowth resulting in an infection that can sometimes be hard to clear up. Candida infections plague a lot of women, but men can also suffer from candida outbreaks. Coconut oil can reduce or eliminate yeast infections in both men and women. Yeast infections are something that most women suffer from at least once in their lifetime. Chronic or recurrent ones can be a sign of a larger problem. Coconut oil can help you avoid the hassle, mess, and expense of doctor visits and medications that can cause unpleasant side effects.