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Top 4 Myths of Coconut Oil What Is the Truth

Coconut OilCoconut oil’s popularity is increasing day by day. Whilst there are many articles and statements in the web claiming this product to be one of the miraculous foods available today, there are still those who beg the different. In this midst of arguments and discussions, myths are born, some true and some false. These myths have become so popular that, people believe each and every one of them, even if it is a false one. Therefore, to prepare ourselves better, we need to search for the truth and this article aims to achieve just that.

Myth #1: As coconut oil is predominantly composed of saturated fats, it raises cholesterol levels and is not good for the heart.

Fact: Yes, it is true that it does contain saturated fats but that does not mean that it affects the human heart unlike what many believe. When people hear oil, they think that it is bad for the health. However, that’s not the case. First, you need to understand that there are two types of cholesterol: bad and good and the good one is something that your body requires. Coconut oil helps in raising the good cholesterol which helps lower bad cholesterol and in fact clears the blockages in the arteries connected directly to the heart. In addition to this, researchers have not found conclusive evidence that saturated fats raises the bad cholesterol levels in any way.

Myth #2: Only Virgin Coconut Oil is healthy – Refined is bad for you

Fact: That’s incorrect because all coconut oil types found in the market today are healthy. This myth is prevalent because of the saturated fat bias that has spread through uncontrolled and untested marketing strategies. Most people think that saturated fat is bad – somehow from these marketing and presume that virgin oils are free from these fats and refined are not. However, all coconut oils have medium chain fatty acids that are present in all products. These fatty acids do not break down when heated and are actually good for health. Also, there is no difference between ‘virgin’ and ‘extra virgin’.

Myth #3: Coconut oil is good for the skin

Fact: Now, this is true it is indeed good for the skin – mostly when applied directly. It helps in retaining the moisture in the skin, gets rids of the rashes and promotes a more lively skin. Upon eating, the anti-oxidants in the oil can help combat skin complications like infections to some extent. Though, you have to remember to use it in an appropriate quantity.

Myth #4: It is bad for metabolism as it thick and not absorbed easily

Fact: Many people think that coconut oil is thick because in colder temperatures, this particular oil condenses. Due to this belief, people say that it is not absorbed easily in the body and is bad for metabolism, but this is entirely false. Coconut oil does condense in lower temperatures but that does not mean that it is thick, sticky or greasy. That’s just its physical property. In reality, this oil is good for metabolism processes because it acts as a catalyst for absorbing various nutrients.

These are the top 4 myths of coconut oil that is mostly found in our society. Now, you know the fact behinds these myths. So, spread the actual information to other people and stay away from these kinds of myths in the future.

Reaction of the Body to Alcohol

Reaction of the Body to AlcoholWhichever type of alcohol you consume, they all cause burns, not literally but they give a burning sensation. In extreme cases like dry shots, you might feel like your mouth and the entire throat are being scalded. The reason why alcohol burns you when you drink it is because it messes with the heat receptors found in the mouth, which normally react to heat from boiling water and/or fire.

These cells, known as VR1 receptors, usually react when exposed to heat by shooting up signals that there is something to the brain. You eventually feel the nerve as a burning sensation and sometimes pain. This is basically the same sensation that you experience after consuming some spicy sauce.

So now, what is the actual reason why alcohol burns you when you drink it? Let us try to answer this. Alcohol lowers the threshold of temperature that the receptors need to send the signal, which is normally 42 degrees to 32 degrees.Normal body temperature is around 37 degrees. This leaves you feeling like the alcohol is actually burning you. Even if the alcohol is chilled, it will still cause a sting on cuts. This explains why water causes no stings on a cut since there is no reaction involved.

Alcohol drains water from the skin cells causing them to dry out and they indicate the stress as a burning sensation. Once you take alcohol, it makes you feel warm because when consumed, it acts as a drug and causes the blood vessels to expand. This causes more blood to flow to the skin, feet and hands and leave you with a warm sensation. The inflammation of the cells generates heat, which is the source of the burning and stinging sensation and the fact that the threshold of the receptors has been lowered too much leads to pain.

However, this feeling of warmth does not mean you really are warm! Blood act as a medium for transferring heat, and if it is at the body surface, then this means that you are losing heat. It is therefore very risky for someone suffering from hypothermia to take alcohol. However, if you are just cold and in a warm place, taking shots of spirit to keep you warm and make you comfortable does not do you harm.

Exposing these receptors to alcohol is basically the same as applying an antiseptic on a cut. There are people who believe that alcohol-based disinfectants are the best for applying to a cut. This could never be more wrong! What these chemicals actually do is that they kill all cells, including the good healthy ones. Don’t you think that this is the reason why you feel that burning pain? Therefore, as much as they clear off the bad bacteria, they also slow down the whole process of healing. If you want the best and sure most healing process, do yourself a favor and leave antiseptics out of the question. Just run some clean, cold water over the wound. By so doing, you get to clean the wound without killing any healthy cells.

 

Having Fun Is So Important While Eating

Having Fun Is So Important While EatingWhen I was setting my goals for this year, my main theme was around having fun. This is because I realised that even though I love my work, I wasn’t having enough down time, relaxation and fun. This is so important because if we’re not having fun then what is the point.

This definitely transfers over to eating. Being on a diet is not fun. Depriving and restricting yourself is not fun. Feeling guilty around food is not fun. However it is fun to be in control of how you are eating in a positive way. What I mean by that is that when you eat naturally or mindfully you are listening to your body’s natural instincts. Therefore when your body tells you its hungry you eat. You eat exactly what you feel like, you stop when you’ve had enough and then you move onto something else, preferably something that is FUN! You are totally in control, but you are not depriving or restricting yourself.

What you are doing is empowering yourself to choose exactly what is right for you at that time. In some instances it will be something healthy, in others it won’t. I get just as much pleasure out of a beautiful piece of pineapple as I do a piece of chocolate, but only if I decide I want the pineapple at that time. If someone told me I had to eat the pineapple instead of the chocolate then I would not enjoy it. But if I’m allowed to make that choice for myself more often than not I’d probably choose the pineapple.

I eat approximately 80% healthy food and 20% not and to me that is a perfect balance. Physically, I feel great because I eat predominantly healthy food. But emotionally I feel great too, because I am not depriving myself of my favourite foods. This means I do not crave them and therefore never binge on them.

A number of my clients haven’t enjoyed their food for several years. This is often because they were always on some sort of diet or constantly worried about their weight or body image. Once they know that they can eat whatever they want whenever they are hungry, the enjoyment starts to come back, because they can now choose what they want. They start to eat food they haven’t allowed themselves to have, often for years and eating becomes a joy again instead of a worry. Also, because they are mindful as they eat, they don’t overindulge or constantly crave the unhealthy options.

Therefore I encourage you to start to having fun with your food. I remember as a child with a mallow puff, I would break it over my head, pick the chocolate off, nibble the biscuit and suck the marshmallow. I loved it and I never had more than one because I got so much enjoyment out of it I was easily satisfied. If you inhale your food you won’t enjoy it and you won’t get satisfaction because you are not mindful or focused while you are eating it.

Bring the fun back by listening to and trusting your body. Eat for nourishment and not for comfort. Allow yourself to enjoy your favourite food without guilt and overindulging. Then you will find that eating will be a joy and not a burden.

Uses Of Essential Oils

Essential OilsEssential oil is a hydrophobic liquid which is generally extracted from leaves, stems and elements of a plant. You cannot consider it as oil because generally oil contains the fatty acids, which are not found in this. Its aromatic fragrance can even help to lift your mood and make you feel refreshed and relaxed. It has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties which make it beneficial in aromatherapy, cleaning, cosmetic and natural beauty products.

From the ancient time, this can be used in traditional medicine and cosmetic products. So before purchasing this, just make sure that the product you are going to buy is certified pure and therapeutic grade. This can be used in many ways, as you can apply it on your skin, diffused in the air, added to your bath, used in aromatherapy, used to add flavor to food and drink and in medical products as well. Some of its uses are as follows.

Use for cleaning home: This oil has various uses and properties which make it all-rounder and highly demanded in the market. Apart from its health or skin benefits, this can be also used to clean your home in several ways. You can use this as a bathtub scrubber, carpet cleaner, use to remove burnt pans, bathroom freshener, fridge purifier, dish cleaner and also helps to eliminate the smell of smoke and so on. Nowadays, this is a must for every household to make their home clean and fresh, and this is the best product to use.

Use for Spa relaxation: Its aromatic fragrance is very helpful to release the stress of your body and mind. You can use this in a lot of ways like as a massage therapy, detox bath, foot bath, yoga and Pilates, sauna therapy, lip balm, body lotion and much more. Its aroma will definitely helps to energize your body and soul.

Use for skin and beauty: This is very skin-friendly and your skin can easily absorb it. You just need to add a few drops in your beauty products to make them skin-friendly. You can also use this oil to reduce wrinkles, strengthen nails, heal dry cracked feet, get natural skin, and for scrubbing your face, remove dandruff and in many more ways.

Use for medicine: One of the major things which attract numerous customers toward this natural oil is that it is traditionally used to get relief from various health issues. You can use this to get relief from migraine, sinus, heal burns, toothache, sunburn and many other diseases.

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