Coconut is the newest health food darling, with it being used in everything from cooking to hair care. And coconut milk, used for centuries in eastern food cultures, is now hitting the mainstream in North America, where it can be found weaving seamlessly into our diets – and for good reason!
Coconut, whether in oil, milk or water form, is effective in destroying intestinal parasites, which are a byproduct of suspect food consumption. With the northern American diet rich in processed foods, coconut detoxifies the kidneys and urinary tract and can be a godsend for women who suffer chronically from the dreaded urinary tract infection.
A terrible side effect of a nutritionally devoid diet is stomach ulcers. By ingesting coconut, we help repair the damage. With its incredibly high lauric acid content, coconut makes an effective natural antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal remedy, helping to naturally boost our immunity. And with some harsh winter weather still ahead for some parts of the country, coconut is essential in any cold and flu fighting arsenal.
For those among us undertaking a strenuous exercise regime, the juice of coconut has a high resource of electrolytes, facilitating quick exercise recovery and reducing pain associated with working out. In addition to reducing pain and recovery time, it also increases the metabolic rate of our bodies – meaning that energy is consumed faster and excess body weight is burned off!
This makes coconut, in its many forms, an excellent addition to any weight loss oriented endeavor.
Coconut is a friend to our skin, as it balances our PH levels and therefore supporting the chemical balance that our skin so heavily relies on. Coconut’s high antiviral content also makes it an effective remedy for mild acne, psoriasis and even eczema, helping to calm even the most reactive skin types from the inside out. And to keep teeth gleaming, the consumption of coconut water and milk have both been proven to prevent tooth decay and mouth disease.
On a far more serious note, heart disease claims more women than any cancer, including breast and cervical, and the consumption of coconut milk improves cholesterol ratio and protects the arteries from injury causing atherosclerosis. And fellas can benefit from coconut milk too, as we should all be doing what we can to reduce our chances of heart attack and stroke.
Get your coconut on!
Smoothies – gotta love ‘em! They are single handedly the most efficient way to infuse nutrients into our bodies, and you know very well by now that my love for them knows no bounds. They enable even the pickiest of palates among us to meet our daily nutritional requirements.
Any smoothie effort can be supercharged with coconut, which boasts all of the aforementioned health benefits. Sweet, cool and smooth are words that describe this smoothie recipe perfectly, making it an excellent introduction to the smoothie way of life for any blending novice!
Coconut Blueberry and Peach Smoothie
- ½ pint blueberries
- 1/3 cup shredded coconut
- ¾ cup frozen peaches
- 240 ml coconut milk
- 2 tbsp Greek yogurt, vanilla flavor
Combine all ingredients in a blender, reserving 1 tablespoon of shredded coconut. Blend on high until completely free of lumps. Garnish with shredded coconut and a blueberry.
So, how do you take your coconut? Tell us in the comments below!