Take extra care not to buy processed coconut oil for this detox. Only unrefined and cold-pressed organic extra virgin coconut oil is suitable for this cleanse. This detox takes about 3-5 days to complete. You are only allowed to use organic extra virgin oil (plus water, yogurt, sugarless limeade, or warm lemon water) during these days. Use about 10-14 tablespoons of organic coconut oil per day. Space out your intake during the day. You may take 1-2 tbsp of coconut oil every few hours throughout the day. You may mix coconut oil with water, warm lemon water, or sugarless limeade to make its horrible taste more tolerable. You can also add a small amount of stevia to your mixture too, but no sugar should be used during the detox. You may also eat up to 4 ounces of fresh coconut meat daily during the detox. Make sure to drink at least 8-10 glasses of filtered water each day to accelerate the detox process. You may experience symptoms and discomforts such as headaches, diarrhea, or dizziness during the cleanse. In order to reduce the symptoms and avoid discomforts you may need to introduce coconut oil into your daily diet for about one or two weeks before starting the cleanse. Use 1 tbsp of coconut oil before each meal for one week and then 2 tbsp before each meal for the next week. After that you’re ready to start your cleanse. In this way you make your body feel comfortable taking the oil before starting the cleanse. Avoid any physical exertion that could put more stress on your body during the cleanse. You may do light household chores during the day but not strenuous exercises or activities which make you sweat. If you experience symptoms such as extreme dizziness, lightheadedness, or faint during the cleanse, stop the cleanse immediately and eat some solid foods. Never do this detox for more than 7 days (3-5 days is recommended) even if you feel comfortable with it. Your body needs many different types of nutrients to function properly. Coconut oil alone cannot provide all of the nutrients your body needs and so a long-term coconut oil detox may pose the risk of nutrient deficiency. After this cleanse, try to follow a healthy and nutritious diet for at least 2 weeks in order to avoid any kind of nutrient deficiencies. It’s especially recommended to consume lots of fruits and veggies after completing your detox.
Additionally, some studies indicate that MCTs are beneficial for weight loss. The supposed MCT content of coconut oil is what makes it popular for cleanses ( 4 ).
A diet that contains saturated fats?! 😱 Coconut oil is rich in medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs), a type of fat that your body metabolizes differently than the long-chain fatty acids found in most other saturated fats.
Coconut oil contains a type of MCT called lauric acid. MCT oil, on the other hand, is a product that’s specifically designed to be high in MCTs.
Coconut oil is a saturated fat derived from the kernel of ripe coconuts. It contains nourishing fatty acids, such as linoleic acid (vitamin F) and lauric acid ( 1 ).
In 1995, a study by researchers from New Zealand described beneficial effects of non-hydrogenated coconut oil, especially in women. Another study from Philippines published in 2011 suggested that coconut oil intake can improve the lipid profile in pre-menopausal women. Indian scientists in 2004 showed in their animal study that virgin coconut oil (VCO) lowered total cholesterol, lipoproteins and phospholipids and increased HDL-C. The authors attributed this effect to the biologically active polyphenols in this oil. Additionally, this could be because coconut oil is made up of medium chain fatty acids (MCFAs) which are easily metabolized into energy and does not majorly form or transport cholesterol. This mechanism was suggested by Dayrit in an article published in 2003 in Philippines Journal of Cardiology.
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