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The Healthy Benefits of Eating Coconut

By Genevieve Cunningham

Coconut might be a fruit that is most synonymous with the summer months. They make us think of palm trees and the beach and the sun basking down on us. It’s a great thought. But the truth is that coconut is good for us at any time of the year. It’s considered a superfood in many health circles, and this title comes for good reason. If you enjoy a bit of coconut in your diet, take a look at these wonderful benefits that you may be bringing into your life.

The Water is Especially Hydrating

If you've never had coconut water, you’re in for a nice surprise. Coconut water is tasty. It’s an interesting mix of bitter and sweet, which somehow makes it even better. But the best part about coconut water is the health factor. The water of a coconut is thought to be incredibly nourishing and hydrating. It contains natural electrolytes, which then help to keep your body energized and healthy. If you want a delicious way to stay hydrated, coconut water may be one of your best (and most natural) options.

The Oil is Amazing

You’ve probably heard of coconut oil. Most people in today’s world have given it some thought. But what’s so great about it? Coconut oil is wonderful for the skin. It helps it stay moist, wrinkle-free, and can even protect it slightly from the elements. It’s also good for digestion when taken internally, but the benefits don’t end there. Many find that coconut oil speeds up fat burn, energizes the body, and enhances focus. It’s a true superfood that should definitely be included in your everyday menu.

It Raises Good Cholesterol

Most of us hear the word cholesterol and immediately think it’s bad. But there is good cholesterol in the body as well. The idea is to keep the good and bad in check. You want to lower the bad and raise the good, and coconut may help do both. Those who consume coconut regularly have been found to have higher good cholesterol counts in the body. If you have concerns, always talk with your doctor, but consuming coconut might be a great way to keep your cholesterol in a good place.

Coconut is delicious and healthy. It’s an excellent fruit to keep in your arsenal, and adding it to your diet can be a great way to bring in some healthy benefits. Look up some new recipes, eat it raw, drink the water, use the oil … or use them all! Just add coconut to your life and your health will likely improve.

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

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