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HEALTH BENEFITS OF COCONUT You Cant Resist!!!

Coconuts have slowly become a very hot and versatile food commodity, and are being used in everything from our daily cuisine to our beauty regimens. Not too long ago coconuts had a bad reputation as being an artery clogging, cholesterol packed food that contributed to heart disease. Today however, the coconut is making a huge comeback as the new miracle food. Coconuts are highly nutritious, rich in fiber, and packed with essential vitamins and minerals. From culinary creations to magic beauty potions, coconuts pack a good punch.  What is it about this exotic food that continues to tantalize and intimidate us at the same time? Let’s explore more of the amazing health benefits of coconuts and what they have to offer.

 

Fresh coconuts can be either young or mature. Young coconuts either have a green shell or a white husk (where the green shell has been removed).  These are typically Asian coconuts. There is also the more familiar brown-haired variety which is the more mature coconut. Young coconuts contain more water and soft, gel-like meat whereas mature coconuts have firm meat and less water.

Young coconuts are the most health enhancing of the two. The water in the young coconut is one of the highest sources of electrolytes. Electrolytes are responsible for keeping the body properly hydrated so the muscles and nerves can function appropriately. Therefore it is more beneficial to drink the water from a young coconut after an intense workout rather than the commercial sports drinks we see advertised.

coconut_oil_is_great_for_skin_and_hair_imageCoconut water is also low in calories, carbohydrates, and sugars, and almost completely fat-free. In addition, it is high in ascorbic acid, B vitamins, and proteins. Furthermore, the soft meat, or flesh, inside the coconut helps to restore oxidative tissue damage and contains a source of healthy fats, proteins, and various vitamins and minerals.

Despite its natural healing wonders, a lot of people are still confused as to whether or not coconut oil is good for our health because of its high content of saturated fats. However, do not mistake hydrogenated coconut oil with pure cold-pressed extra virgin coconut oil.  Pure coconut oil is derived from the mature coconuts which contain a harder flesh. The white flesh is shredded, collected, and then cold pressed at 90–100 degrees Fahrenheit.  Unprocessed, unrefined virgin coconut oil is not hydrogenated, and is a safe choice for consumption.

Although coconut oil is a saturated fat it is unlike the high calorie, cholesterol-soaked, long chain saturated fats.  It is rich in a medium-chain fatty acid that can actually help boost metabolism and aid in fat loss. It is metabolized quickly and instead of fat sticking to your belly, it gets burned off as energy. It also helps detoxify your body and balances your digestive tract.

One of the better known uses for coconut oil is for cooking foods. Coconut oil is one of the most stable oils when cooking with high heat, and does not form harmful by-products when heated to normal cooking temperatures like the other vegetable oils do. In addition, it can be used as a spread, for baking, and for making delicious raw, vegan desserts.

 

To add to its impressive list of benefits, coconut oil can also be used topically on skin and hair. Instead of bathing your skin with synthetic toxic lotions and creams, coconut oil can be used to nourish and moisturize our skin, scalp, and hair. Coconut oil has been used as both food and medicine for many centuries.

Top 10 Health Benefits of Coconuts

  1. Supports immune system health: it is anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-parasite
  2. Provides a natural source of quick energy and enhances physical and athletic performance
  3. Improves digestion and absorption of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals
  4. Improves insulin secretion and symptoms associated with diabetes
  5. Helps protect the body from cancers due to insulin reduction, removal of free radicals that cause premature aging and degenerative disease
  6. Reduces risk of heart health and improves good cholesterol (HDL)
  7. Restores and supports thyroid function
  8. Helps protect against kidney disease and bladder infection
  9. Promotes weight loss
  10. Helps keep hair and skin healthy and youthful looking, prevents wrinkles, sagging skin, age spots, and provides sun protection

In the Kitchen with Coconuts

The benefits and uses of coconuts continue to impress, especially in the kitchen with creative culinary delights. Due to its health advantages and natural low glycemic index rating, coconuts have replaced cream and butter and refined sugar and flour. The health benefits of coconuts have allowed more and more products that enable a broader use for coconuts to surface. Here is a list of coconut products that have replaced some of our common, everyday ingredients for healthier, delicious recipes.

 

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Coconut flour

Coconut flour is simply dried, ground up coconut meat. Coconut flour is gluten-free, low in carbohydrates, high in fiber, and ideal for baking.

Coconut Milk & Cream

Coconut milk is made by mixing shredded, fresh coconut meat with water, then squeezing it through a sieve or cheesecloth. The thick, creamy liquid that comes out is coconut milk and can be used for Thai curries and stews. Coconut cream on the other hand is basically coconut milk without all the water. It is thicker and pastier. If you want to make a thicker coconut curry without all the added liquid, use coconut cream in place of milk.

Coconut Sugar

Coconut sugar is derived from the coconut sap, the sweet juice extracted when the budding flower is just about to grow. This process offers a delicious, sweet taste similar to brown sugar with a hint of caramel, with vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. Coconut sugar is considered a low glycemic food and is diabetic friendly. Use coconut sugar as you would commonly use other sugars and sweeteners.

The wonders of coconuts never cease to amaze. They can add flavor, variety, and healthy nutrients to our diet. Fans of coconuts these days are raving about the health and beauty powers that range from consuming coconuts both externally and internally, and coconut is finally getting the respect it deserves.

 

 

source: SUNWARRIOR

17 Undenied Amazing Reasons to Use Honey and Cinnamon

CinnamonPeople of many cultures have been using honey and cinnamon to treat many different health situations for centuries. Folk wisdom still retains knowledge of the healing properties of both raw honey and cinnamon.

1. ARTHRITIS: Take daily, morning and night, one cup of hot water with two teaspoons honey and one small teaspoon cinnamon powder. If taken regularly even chronic arthritis can be cured.
2. BLADDER INFECTIONS: Take two tablespoons of cinnamon powder and one teaspoon of honey in a glass of lukewarm water and drink it. It destroys the germs in the bladder.

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3. CHOLESTEROL: Two tablespoons of honey and three teaspoons of cinnamon powder mixed in 16 ounces of tea water reduces the level of cholesterol in the blood by 10 percent within two hours.
4. COLDS: Take one tablespoon lukewarm honey with 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon powder daily for three days to cure most chronic cough, cold, and clear the sinuses.

5. HEART DISEASES: Make a paste of honey and cinnamon powder, apply on wheat-bread f or daily breakfast to reduce the cholesterol in the arteries and save the patient from heart attack.
6. UPSET STOMACH: Cures stomach ache and also clears stomach ulcers from the root.
7. GAS: If Honey is taken with cinnamon powder the stomach is relieved of gas.
8. IMMUNE SYSTEM: Daily use of honey and cinnamon powder strengthens the immune system and protects the body from bacterial and viral.
9. INDIGESTION: Cinnamon powder sprinkled on two tablespoons of honey taken before food relieves acidity and digests the heaviest of meals.
10. INFLUENZA – FLU: honey contains a natural ingredient which kills the influenza germs and saves the patient from flu.
11. LONGEVITY: Take daily, four spoons of honey, one spoon of cinnamon powder, and three cups of water and boil to make like tea to arrests the ravages of old age.
12. PIMPLES: Apply three tablespoons of honey and one teaspoon of cinnamon powder paste on the pimples before sleeping and wash it next morning with warm water for two weeks to remove pimples from the root.
13. WEIGHT LOSS: Daily in the morning one half hour before breakfast on an empty stomach, and at night before sleeping, drink honey and cinnamon powder boiled in one cup of water to avoid fat to accumulate in the body.

14. SKIN INFECTIONS: Apply honey and cinnamon powder on the affected parts cures eczema, ringworm and all types of skin infections.
15. FATIGUE: Sugar content of honey is more helpful rather than being detrimental to the strength of the body. Half tablespoon of honey taken in a glass of water and sprinkled with cinnamon powder, taken daily after brushing and in the afternoon increases the vitality of the body within a week.
16. CANCER: Advanced cancer of the stomach and bones have been cured successfully taking one tablespoon of honey with one teaspoon of cinnamon powder for one month three times a day.
17. HEARING LOSS: Daily morning and night honey and cinnamon powder, taken in equal parts helps restore hearing.

Keep these two powerhouses on hand in your home-remedy medicine chest.

How To make cinnamon and honey recipe:

All you need is cinnamon, honey and water! You need 2 tablespoons of honey and 1 tablespoon of cinnamon for a cup of water. It’s so simple! Bring everything to boil and simmer until it becomes smooth. Let it cool down or drink it warm. I prefer using raw honey and to grind the cinnamon stick myself to get fresh cinnamon powder.

Enjoy!

 

Courtesy: Health Unlocked

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