Coconut Oil: A Natural Yeast Buster!

Coconut_oil_2Why Coconut Oil?

Candida yeast is a fungus.  That’s why anti-fungal medications are used to treat yeast infections.  However, prescription anti-fungal medications can have negative side effects, including stomach upset, headaches, and skin rashes.  At worst, they can affect your liver and kidney function, which are so important for detoxification.

Two of the most powerful natural anti-fungals are lauric acid and caprylic acid.  Where do these substances come from?  Coconut Oil!  In fact, the medium-chain fatty acids in coconut oil are known to kill viruses and bacteria as well as yeasts and other fungi.  Adding coconut oil to an anti-candida diet can help control, and even eliminate, candida overgrowth.

Many people have found that after adding coconut oil to their diets (of course, a yeast-fighting diet is highly recommended) they experience relief from candida-related symptoms, including fatigue, joint pain, irritability, and recurrent bladder infections.

But Aren’t We Supposed To Avoid Saturated Fats Like Coconut Oil?

Coconut oil has been getting a lot of recent attention, as it has many benefits.  In the past, when saturated fats were the ‘bad guys’, it was assumed that we should avoid coconut oil because it contains saturated fats.  However, research is now showing that saturated fats may have been unfairly demonized, partly because research lumped them together with the truly evil fats – trans fats. TIn fact, saturated fats are quite necessary to keep our bodies functioning well, and are a major component of human breast milk.  If saturated fats were so bad for us, why would nature put them in the ideal food for growing babies?

What Kind of Coconut Oil Should I Buy?

Look for unrefined, virgin coconut oil.  With its growing popularity, you may be able to find it in regular supermarkets, but you can certainly find it at health food stores, Whole Foods, and Trader Joe’s.

When solid, it should be snow-white in color, and when it is melted it should be clear, like water.  It should also have a pleasant coconut aroma and flavor.  If the oil is discolored, do not use it.  If the oil has no coconut aroma or flavor, it has probably been highly refined, which decreases its beneficial properties, and the refining process may have included the use of toxic chemicals.

How Do I Use Coconut Oil?

Coconut oil is solid below about 76 degrees F, so unless you live in a very warm area, it is likely to be solid at room temperature.  It can easily be softened by placing the jar in hot water for a brief time.  It is very stable at room temperature, and can be safely stored in a cabinet for weeks or even months.  However, you will probably find that you use it up pretty quickly once you start using it.

Coconut oil can be easily added to your anti-candida diet.  Coconut oil is great for sauteeing and frying, as it has a higher smoke point than other oils.  It can also be used as a butter substitute in baking, and can also be added to smoothies and soups. Because it is solid at room temperature, it is not particularly suited for use in salad dressings.  Extra virgin olive oil is a better choice for salad dressings.

Coconut oil can also be used topically – it is a terrific moisturizer, and can help clear up fungal skin infections, including diaper rash.

But Won’t It Make Me Fat?

Don’t worry about the added calories from adding coconut oil to your diet!  Not only has coconut oil been shown to increase metabolism significantly, causing you to burn more calories even when resting, but it also helps you feel fuller and stay satisfied for longer, which should result in you eating less.  Adding fat to your diet also slows down your metabolization of simple carbohydrates, avoiding spikes in blood sugar, which are very detrimental to your health, and can contribute to candida overgrowth.

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