Wellness Wednesday: The Coconut Cure-All
If you haven’t yet adopted at least one of these five tropical quick-fixes, consider embracing the benefits of coconut ASAP…
If you could only live off of one ingredient, coconut would make for a quality choice. The superfruit is packed with natural fats and nutrients that deeply nourish you from the inside out. Still, if you’re like me, you might be new to experimenting with this food-grade beauty find. Can you really slather it on your toast in the morning AND the tips of your hair? I’ll admit that concept took me a minute to get used to. But after cracking into a jar of Kiki Health’s Organic Raw Virgin Coconut Oil, I’ve become a coconut convert. For the newbies out there, here are 5 fun ways to embrace this tropical wonder.
Mix it into your smoothies.
Add a tablespoon to your go-to recipes — it’s especially great alongside slightly bitter-ish greens like spinach and alfalfa. And thanks to its high concentration of antibacterial, anti-viral lauric acid, coconut helps support your immune system. Cheers to that.
Swap it for butter.
One of the amazing things about coconut oil it how it can change states, morphing from a liquid to a creamy salve, depending on the temperature at which you store it. If you put it in the fridge, coconut oil hardens into a butter-like consistency, which makes it ideal for spreading on everything from toast to bagels.
Blend it into your coffee.
Brew your favorite cup and while it’s still hot, put in the blender along with a tablespoon of coconut oil. Combine and you’ll end up with a delicious frothy concoction that you’ll want every morning for a bit of long-lasting energy.
Drizzle it on popcorn.
Turn regular popcorn into a gourmet experience — just pour a tiny bit of melted coconut oil into a just-popped bag, shake and voila: movie popcorn like you’ve never tasted it before.
Let it cool down your skin.
After a long day at the beach or an intense workout, store your coconut oil in the fridge and scoop out a little bit to spread over your limbs. You’ll instantly rehydrate your skin and bring down your body temperature. Plus, the subtle scent doubles as your perfume.
What else makes coconut so amazing? Here’s a quick recap of its wellness benefits:
Supports immune system
Deeply hydrates skin and hair
Promotes digestive health
Increases nutrient absorption
Maintains a healthy heart
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