… And the coconut just keeps on giving

It really does seem like the coconut can do no wrong.  As my reading and research continues on Whole Self Health (try saying that one 3 times fast!), I’m continually finding information about how healing and nourishing the beautiful coconut really is.

My most recent adventure with Miss Coco?  Cracking her open and drinking her glorious water!

I must admit, I never really gave the mound of coconuts much thought when passing them by at the grocery.  Maybe a quick glance.  An occasional thought or wonder.  But I never contemplated long enough to give in to the temptation.  To be completely honest, I had no idea how to open them, and so my sliver of intrigue wasn’t enough to motivate me.

Until, that is, I learned a thing or two about them.  First off, it’s the young coconuts that are the easiest to open.  In our grocery here in Sai Kung, they’re small and white (Opposed to the larger brown ones that are much more difficult to open.  I once tried unsuccessfully with a hammer and and nail!) and have two visible “eyes”, kind of like a bowling ball.  These will be very hard and very difficult to penetrate.  But if you press opposite these eyes, you should be able to feel a soft spot.  This is where you want to cut/stab in order to get to the juice.  Often times, the soft spot will be just under the tip of the coconut.  So just cut off the top and stab around and you should be able to easily punch a knife or straw through it.

Young coconut

Half the fun of drinking coconut water is drinking it straight from the coconut with a straw.  You just feel like you’re on holiday.  But once that juice is finished, don’t forget about the meat inside.  Equally tasty, equally yummy.  Crack it open a bit more and scrape the insides with a spoon and wah-la!  The perfect snack.  Or a great addition to any smoothy.

And now for the good stuff.  Why coconut water, you ask?

  • An amazing source for minerals, especially calcium, magnesium and potassium.  Because coconuts grow near the sea, the roots have a continual supply of mineral rich sea water to drink from.
  • Dubbed “God’s Gatorade” by some, it is the perfect sports drink.  Bruce Fife, a well-respected researcher of coconuts, has said, “One of the secrets to coconut water’s success as a rehydration fluid is its mineral or electrolyte content. Coconut water contains the same major electrolytes as those in human body fluids. When we perspire, we also lose electrolytes. It is necessary to replace both water and electrolytes. Coconut water does this; plain water doesn’t.”
  • Comparatively to other fruits, it’s sugar content is very low.  About 1/5 the sugar to that of apple or grape juice.
  • Well known for it’s rehydration abilities.  It is highly combative against diarrhea and cholera (extreme diarrhea and vomiting stemming from a small intestine bacterial infection).  There have been several instances throughout history where people’s lives have been saved by giving them coconut water intravenously.  Because it’s mineral content is so similar to human blood plasma, it can be given in this way.  There are accounts of soldiers using it during war as an IV substitute, as well as third world countries who have not had proper medical supplies.
  • It has also been reported to help with bladder infections and kidney stones, dissolving them enough to pass.
  • Makes an amazing alternative to processed drinks and sodas.  Nothing within this drink can harm you.
  • It comes straight from heaven!
  • It makes you feel good!

References

Some of this information was sourced from Coconut Research Center.

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A Tbsp of Coconut Oil a Day, Keeps the Doctor Away!

NutiveOrganicCoconutOilBenefitsI am absolutely becoming obsessed with coconut oil!  I’m cooking with it, using it as a lotion on body and face, and now taking a tablespoon or two of it every day to aid in the regeneration and restoration of my beautiful bowels.  Amen!  The more I learn about it’s health benefits, the more I’m willing to use it liberally.

Whole Self Health, in my opinion, is a pot full of many different ingredients.  A bit of food nourishment here, a little inner healing there, a dash of love everywhere, and what have you, and you’ve got yourself a very highly functioning Self.  This has been my experience anyways, and that’s the only place I can speak from.  We are holistic beings yes?  Yes.  So sometimes, or all of the time in my case, we need holistic healing.

Which is why I was so excited to meet dynamic Miss Coco Oil.  She’s another weapon for my holster.  Another shiny tool for my tool belt.  And quite a slick one at that!  So let’s take a look.  The benefits:

  •  Antiviral, antibacterial and anti-fungal properties, so anything that might fall into these categories could be helped.  Some examples would include: athlete’s foot, eczema, herpes, candida, influenza, AIDS, urinary tract infections, ulcers, diaper rash, hepatitis C, etc.
  • Is completely non-toxic without any harmful side-affects (How many pharmaceutical companies can make this claim?  Wouldn’t you rather medicate with something like this?)
  • Helps to increase metabolic rate, which in turn leads to weight loss – “Back in the 1940s, farmers discovered this effect accidentally when they tried using inexpensive coconut oil to fatten their livestock.  It didn’t work!  Instead, coconut oil made the animals lean, active and hungry.” ~ Dr. Joseph Mercola
  • Supports thyroid function.
  • Unlike trans fats, coconut oil does not form any harmful by-products when heated during cooking, so it is a great option when frying.
  • Anti-inflammatory.
  • Boosts the immune system – “The lauric acid in coconut oil is used by the body to make the same disease fighting fatty acid derivative monolaurin that babies make from the lauric acid they get from their mothers’ milk” ~ Mary Enig
  • Increases energy – Nature’s richest source of medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs), which means it is very easily digested and immediately burned by your liver for energy without any insulin spike.
  • Supports beauty – use as a lotion to alleviate dry skin, prevent wrinkles, eliminate dandruff.  Also use it on psoriasis, dermatitis, eczema or any other skin ailment.
  • Has been documented to aid in the relief of digestive disorders: irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), Crohn’s disease, constipation, diarrhea.

And since real life testimonials are sometimes better than research and case studies, you can check out some of those HERE.

And don’t forget these things to remember when purchasing some of this miracle oil sent straight from the heavens:

  • The oil will solidify in cold temperatures and become liquid in warm temperatures.  This is a good thing, so no worries.
  • The oil should always be crystal clear/white.  If it’s any shade of yellow, it’s not the real thing.
  • Make sure you buy cold pressed (which means destructive heat has not been used to extract it), organic (chemical free) raw/unrefined (least amount of processing) and in a glass jar (the oil will leach chemicals from plastic).
  • It should have the aroma of coconuts!
  • No need for refrigeration and will stay fresh for up to 2 years!
  • GO SLOW if ingesting this as a supplement.  You may experience nausea or diarrhea if you take a big heaping tablespoon of it and never have before  (this is actually a detoxification affect), so start with maybe a teaspoon/day and increase the amount every week or so.

Three cheers for coconuts!

For those interested, here is one man’s story of how coconut oil helped heal him from Alzheimer’s.