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3 Ways to Use Coconut Oil

By Genevieve Cunningham

Coconut oil has been growing in popularity over the past few years. It was only a few short years ago that you could only find this commodity in a health food store or online. Now it can be found at your local grocer. If you haven’t jumped on the coconut oil bandwagon, it’s time to climb aboard. If you’re still unsure about what to do with the slightly sweet oil product, check out these three popular and beneficial ways to take advantage of the oily goodness.

Cook With It

Coconut oil can be used just as you would use any other kind of oil. The only catch is that you need a very small amount in order to prevent the sweet taste from overpowering your meal. If you’re baking a sweet treat, coconut oil is a fantastic option. If you’re using it to fry food, barely coat the pan, and play a bit with the amount that should be used. Over time and with experience, you’ll figure out the perfect ratio for a much healthier meal.

Use It On Your Skin and Hair

Coconut oil is a great moisturizer for your skin. After you get out of the shower, slather it all over your skin to make it glow. You can also use it as a natural sunscreen, though extensive hours in the sun will require something heavier duty. For the hair, coconut oil is like nature’s perfect conditioner. Again, the only catch is using the proper amount. Too much and you’ll look like a greased animal, so start small and work the oil into your hair before adding more.

Take it Raw

As long as you’re OK with the texture, coconut oil can be taken raw, and it even tastes sweet too. Just get a teaspoon and swallow. Because it's so oily, do the process quickly. This can help give you a little blast of Vitamin E, but most people who do this do so because of the effects on digestion. If you’re having trouble in this area, coconut oil may help move everything along and keep you regular.

Coconut oil is a great addition to any diet and routine. Look for it on the same aisle as the other oils in your local store. It might be a little bit expensive, but remember that a little bit goes a really long way. Give it a try and watch the healthy benefits unfold in your life.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Lakewood, Calif.

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