Coconut Oil: One of the Best Kept Secrets-Part III

Coconut Oil: One of the Best Kept Secrets-Part III

As I have said in earlier blogs, germs do not make us sick. Again you might ask, “How is that possible since people do develop infections?” In reality, germs (bacteria and viruses) are all around us and on us. There’s no escaping them. We’re bombarded every day. These microorganisms only become a problem when our bodies are unable to live in harmony with them. What causes this to happen? The three keys are: maintaining a strong immune system, a healthy liver and overall good health. Numerous factors contribute to developing and maintaining this level of health. In past blogs we have discussed the role of diet, pure water, a positive attitude and exercise. In this blog we will discuss the part coconut—both fresh and oil—play in helping us maintain a strong immune system and healthy body.

It is those medium chain fatty acids (MCFA’s) that strengthen our immune system and help us handle all the microorganisms that come our way. There are three major sources of MCFA’s: breast milk, coconut oil and butter. It is well known that breast milk helps to strengthen the baby’s immune system. It is interesting to note that the more MCFA’s the mother eats (coconut oil/butter) the more she will have in her breast milk.
The skin is also an important defense to help protect the body from germs. One of the ways the skin does this is by secreting oil from the sebaceous glands—located at the root of every hair. This oil contains MCFA’s. As with breast milk, the more regularly we eat coconut oil or butter the more MCFA’s we will have in this oil and the stronger our immune system.

You may have heard of or used caprylic acid as a supplement for yeast/fungal infections. Caprylic acid is a medium chain fatty acid derived from coconut oil. These infections can be found in the GI tract, vagina and the feet. It takes a strong immune system to keep all opportunistic microorganisms in check. Two more great reasons to use coconut in your diet! Unlike coconut oil, polyunsaturated vegetable oils put a heavy strain on the immune system. Another good reason to eliminate them!

There are so many ways to use coconut: fresh, dehydrated (Lets Do® Organic is a great brand) or unrefined organic coconut oil. Try spreading this oil on toast or crackers as a snack or on potatoes and/or other steamed vegetables. You can even bake with it. Unrefined coconut oil has a great taste that can add flavor to many foods. Be adventurous in your use of this amazing oil and ENJOY! Your body will thank you!