We are lucky that there are so many healthier alternatives available to us today. There are more choices than ever and more time put into researching these new and exciting alternatives. Today, I would like to explore the benefits of coconut oil. If you haven’t incorporated this amazing oil into your lifestyle already here are some remarkable reasons why you should.

Aids in weight loss– Coconut oil assists your weight loss efforts. It speeds up your metabolism, curbs your appetite, and facilitates your body’s ability to burn fat. It even targets and helps decrease that stubborn belly fat.

Helps fight infections- It is known to have powerful antibacterial effects. This is because coconut oil is comprised of lauric acid which works to destroy bacteria and viruses in the body.

Lowers risk of heart disease- Coconut oil is high in saturated fat. We are learning that saturated fats are not the enemy. In fact, saturated fats increase your HDL (or good cholesterol) in the body. Higher levels of HDL protect the heart and lowers your risk of heart disease.

Moisturizes skin- If your skin needs some hydrating, coconut oil is your best bet. Coconut oil is gentle, non-irritating, and it has antibacterial properties. Your skin will be smooth to the touch and if you have any type of skin problems such as eczema or dermatitis, it will help relieve symptoms.

Prevents gum disease and tooth decay- Oil pulling has become quite popular and for very good reason. The use of coconut oil can help reduce plaque and decay in the mouth due to its antibacterial properties.

Reduces inflammation- The high levels of antioxidants in coconut oil help with reducing inflammation in the body. Studies have shown that coconut oil can be more effective than traditional medications.

Improves digestion- Digestion is improved because coconut oil helps the absorption of important fat-soluble vitamins, magnesium, and calcium. This will help your body will run tip-top.

Hormone balance-  Coconut oil also assists in balancing hormones, particularly females’ hormones. It has been especially helpful to women who have entered menopause by having positive effects on estrogen levels.

Prevents cancer-  Coconut oil aids in preventing cancer because of the presence of ketones in the oil. For tumors to survive they must have glucose present. Ketones don’t allow tumors to access the energy they need to grow and therefore, create a barrier.

Prevents osteoporosis– We already learned that coconut oil improves the body’s digestion of calcium.  With improved calcium absorption, your body and bones are getting the nutrients it needs to be strong and healthy. Coconut oil also fights off free radicals which are another factor that can lead to osteoporosis.

Has anti-aging benefits-  It has been found that coconut oil can actually slow down the aging process. Coconut oil reduces the number of free radicals floating around the body. It also helps with wrinkles and sun damage. It has also has proven to stimulate collagen production.

 With incredible benefits like these, why wouldn’t you want to start incorporating coconut oil into your lifestyle? These aren’t even all the benefits of coconut oil, they are just some of perks of this healthy oil. Try it out and see what benefits you reap!