For me, too much coconut will exacerbate die off
symptoms of headache, aching, general malaise.
If drinking water does not move things along, it
is best to cut back on your intake. It is all
about balance and it is a personal thing since
the anti-fungal and anti-bacterial, and many of
the other aspects of coconut oil benefits when
ingested do also carry the responsibility of
gauging the body's reaction and regulating the
dose appropriately. I like to suggest starting
with one teaspoon. Either add or subtract or
skip days to find the optimal dose for you.
As far as using it topically, in hair and on
skin, I have not experienced any die off but
have seen many benefits~~
We found the following information from various sources over the internet:
You can take coconut oil both internally or externally. Those who are proponents
of this cure do both. The typical amount to take internally per day is 3 TBSP. It
is recommended that you take 1 TBS with every meal. Coconut Oil apparently gives
an instantaneous energy lift and may help you give up caffeine! Many sports nutrition
bars and drinks include coconut oil for its energizing properties.
Warning: Coconut Oil is contraindicated for those with hypertension / high blood
pressure! But if you suffer from low blood pressure, this is a great remedy for
Lots of research has been done on the subject of Fatty Acids and Monogycerides (found
in coconut oil). Some of the reported cures from research are:
Promotes loss of excess weight by increasing metabolic rate; Is utilized by the
body to produce energy in preference to being stored as body fat like other dietary
fats; Helps prevent obesity and overweight problems;
Applied topically helps to form a chemical barrier on the skin to ward of infection;
Reduces symptoms associated the psoriasis, eczema, and dermatitis; Supports the
natural chemical balance of the skin; Softens skin and helps relieve dryness and
flaking; Prevents wrinkles, sagging skin, and age spots; Promotes healthy looking
hair and complexion; Provides protection form damaging effects of ultraviolet radiation form the sun.; Helps control dandruff.
Studies have found that coconut oil can kill viruses that cause influenza, herpes,
measles, hepatitis C, SARS, AIDS, and other illnesses. It also kills bacteria that
cause ulcers, throat infections, urinary tract infections, gum disease and cavities,
pneumonia, and gonorrhea, and other diseases; Kills fungi and yeasts that cause
candidiasis, ringworm, athlete's foot, thrush, diaper rash, and other infections;
Expels or kills tapeworms, lice, giardia, and other parasites;
Coconut oil may provide an effective defense against many parasites including giardia. Like bacteria and fungi, giardia can't stand up against MCFA found in coconut oil. Research has confirmed the effectiveness of MCFA in destroying giardia and possibly other protozoa. By using coconut oil every day, you may be able to destroy giardia. Another possible use for coconut is for the removal of intestinal worms.
In India it has traditionally been used to get rid of tapeworms. In one study it
was reported that treatment with dried coconut, followed by magnesium sulfate (a
laxative), caused ninety percent parasite expulsion after twelve hours. In India
coconut oil is also rubbed into the scalp as a treatment to remove head lice.
By taking coconut oil daily, you may also be eliminating the possibility of developing food allergies, chronic fatigue, and other related symptoms. If you're currently troubled with these conditions, coconut oil used liberally with meals may provide a source of relief. Because MCFA are quickly absorbed by the tissues and converted into energy it seems logical that those suffering from chronic fatigue would gain a great deal of benefit.
Coconut Oil provides a nutritional source of quick energy; Boosts energy and endurance,enhancing physical and athletic performance; Improves digestion and absorption of other nutrients including vitamins, minerals, and amino acids; Improves insulin secretion and utilization of blood glucose; Relieves stress on pancreas and enzyme systems of the body; Reduces symptoms associated with pancreatitis; Helps relieve symptoms and reduce health risks associated with diabetes;
Coconut Oil reduces problems associated with malabsorption syndrome and cystic fibrosis; Improves calcium and magnesium absorption and supports the development of strong bones and teeth; Helps relieve symptoms associated with gallbladder disease; Relieves symptoms associated with Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, and stomach ulcers; Improves digestion and bowel function; Relieves pain and irritation caused by hemorrhoids; Reduces inflammation. Supports tissue healing and repair.; Functions as a protective antioxidant; Helps to protect the body from harmful free radicals that promote premature aging and degenerative disease; Helps relieve symptoms associated with chronic fatigue syndrome; Relieves symptoms associated with benign prostatic hyperplasia (prostate enlargement); Reduces epileptic seizures; Helps protect against kidney disease and bladder infections; Dissolves kidney stones; Helps prevent liver disease; Supports thyroid function;
Helps protect the body from breast, colon, and other cancers;
Is heart healthy; improves cholesterol ratio reducing risk of heart disease; Protects
arteries from injury that causes atherosclerosis and thus protects against heart
Helps prevent periodontal disease and tooth decay.
COCONUT OIL FOR POOR CIRCULATION
Do you feel cold much of the time? You might try coconut oil, which is said to increase body temperature (and blood pressure). This is due to the increasing metabolic rate as medium-chain fatty acids of the coconut oil are burned.
CURE FOR ATHELETE'S FEET
The 8% caprylic acid in coconut oil is said to be effective against fungus, and
on skin conditions like planter's warts and athlete's foot.
CURE FOR ROSACEA
Used externally and internally, we read one report on the internet of a 15 year
bout of roscea clearing up within 2 weeks with Coconut Oil!
I hope this has helped. As the issues you are using
coconut oil to remedy begin to improve, you can use
more oil. I stay in the 3-6 tablespoon range myself,
although even dosing in teaspoons is very helpful.
~~let us know how it goes for you~!
Absolutely. The melting point of coconut oil is 76 degrees F. Since your body temperature is higher than that it will just melt in your mouth--might take a couple minutes depending if you're in very cold climate. It's warm where I am:) and I prefer it melted first. Just one thing-the volume can be larger at solid state than melted when you take it using a tablespoon since the spoon will hold less melted.
I agree~! I actually prefer the solid melt-in-your
mouth method to just slurping the liquid oil. I live
in the south so now that it has gotten HOT, I keep my
coconut oil in the fridge and use a spoon to scrape
out a bunch. I also like it on oatmeal or hot rice
and will scrape some off into that. Of course all ways
are good ways to ingest coconut oil.
Wasn't answering for you Zoe:), I just thought I would take an opportunity to answer because I love coconut oil......yum it is so good stirred in hot brown rice with lime juice squeezed over. But now i'm eating raw so haven't had that in a while:) I can't stomach it yet solid, it makes me gag when it's cooler weather and I've been in a hurry and eaten it that way.
ggg...glad you jumped in since I have been
preoccupied myself these days and what is
important is that the poster knows that all
ways of using coconut are good. I would not
care for it crunchy either though and allow
it to melt in my mouth. When I am baking
with it and need it liquified, I will put
it in the oven on warm. I really really
like it in baked goods.
Good luck with your raw diet. I suppose
you could sprout stuff like rice or seeds
and drizzle with the oil?? For the most
part, I just take a teaspoon by mouth a
couple to three times a day, although I
use it on my food when oil is called for.
I also cook my eggs and stir fry my
cooked rice and veggies in it.
Do you know if the dried coconut is better for parasites versus the oil? I was trying to find better specific information on this site or just searching to figure out how much to take and if better to take with food or on empty stomach. I have lots of dried plus flour plus oil. Thanks