We would like to welcome Amber Williford to the blog. She is a Holistic Health Coach and is guest blogging for us this month! She helps both women and men find their happy healthy life balance by teaching them how to eat delicious foods to nourish their bodies, manage weight by taming pesky food cravings, find a workout program that fits their goals, improve digestion, and easily deal with food allergies and sensitivities. In addition to that she also has her own blog Exsoycise, so be sure to check out her blog for more great tips!
Coconut oil is beginning to be a pantry staple in most households these days and for good reason. It not only smells and tastes delicious, but it also aides in helping you to lose belly fat, and improves digestion. Also, it’s a great high-heat cooking oil to use in place of other more delicate oils that become rancid at high temperatures.
But there is so much more to coconut oil than pleasing your palate. Did you know that you can actually use coconut oil to help your body detox?
Why detox you ask? Well we live in a world where we are exposed to hundreds of chemical toxins each day through our air, food, water, household cleaning and Beauty products. Not to mention there are over 80,000 new chemicals released into our environment each year and that number is only growing.
So finding simple ways to detox your life daily is essential to living a vibrant healthy disease-free life.
Here are 3 ways you can start detoxing with coconut oil right now!
Cleanse your teeth by oil pulling with coconut oil. Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic practice that will help to remove toxins, bacteria, mucus and plaque from your mouth. This is a result of swishing and pulling oil around your mouth which traps the bacteria and toxins making it easy for removal. You can use different oils for this, but I prefer to use organic coconut oil because of its antibacterial properties. Monolaurin is found in coconut oil and is a fierce bacteria and virus killer. As a bonus, it’s also said to whiten teeth and freshens breath!
Do this first thing each morning:
- Scoop 1 Tbsp of organic coconut oil into your mouth. When first getting started, you can cut the amount in half and work your way up to the full tablespoon.
- Swish and pull the oil all around your mouth for 15-20 minutes. Don’t worry if it’s weird at first, you can start with 10 minutes and build up if needed.
- Spit the oil out into the trash. Make sure not to swallow any so you don’t reabsorb all the toxins and germs that you worked so hard to remove. It’s important to remember not to spit the coconut oil in the sink because it will solidify and clog up your pipes.
- Brush teeth immediately after.
Use organic coconut oil as a safe natural moisturizer. Each day the average woman uses about 12 personal care products which contain over 160 chemicals. Men are no different using an average of 6 personal care products which contain over 80 chemicals. These chemicals are absorbed right through our skin, our body’s largest organ. Anything we can do to cut down on exposure to these toxins will help in a big way! Not to mention using coconut oil is much easier on your wallet than buying several of beauty products each month.
- Replace your facial moisturizer with coconut oil. You may think that putting oil on your face is silly especially if you already have oily skin, like I do, but your body will naturally balance out the oil on your skin rather than produce more oil. It’s a great way to get rid of acne because of its antimicrobial, antifungal, and antibacterial properties.
- Swap out expensive lotions for coconut oil. Your skin will soak up this goodness and feel soft and smooth. Add your favorite essential oils to create your own personalized scent.
- Use as an eye makeup remover at night. The skin around our eyes is very delicate as it is, so when you use coconut oil to remove your eye makeup you are not only hydrating the skin but also irritating the skin less.
- Use coconut oil in place of massage oil. Add some essential oils like lavender for a calming effect.
Swap out your morning cup of Joe with coconut oil. You probably gasped when you read that and don’t worry, I’m not asking you to remove coffee forever. But it is good to detox from it every once and a while to help your body easily remove toxins. Unless you are using a high quality organic coffee, which it’s likely you’re not if you’re stopping by the corner coffee shop on a daily basis. You are probably drinking large quantities of coffee that has been sprayed with chemical pesticides. Not to mention you are providing your body with fake energy, masking how you are really feeling.
So instead of grabbing a coffee, reach for a shot of coconut oil first thing in the morning for a boost of natural energy. Coconut oil contains Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs) which do not need to be digested like normal foods, but instead it goes straight to the liver, our body’s main detox organ, and metabolized rapidly. This is what gives your body that clean burst of energy. As an added bonus, coconut oil can also help you to reduce some of that pesky belly fat you may be trying to lose.
Start adding these simple detox practices into your daily routine and you will start to feel amazing in no time!
Amber Williford, Holistic Health Coach