"Yoga Secrets"

Women's Health Magazine




"Bulletproof coffee - what exactly is it?"

www.bulletproofexecutive.com



If you search for "bulletproof coffee" on the internet, the first website that will come up will be www.bulletproofexecutive.com. It is rightly so because the guy behind this website is the same guy who came up with bulletproof coffee. While doing our research on this new breed of coffee that health buffs seems to be raving about, we found Dave Asprey who came up with the idea of bulletproof coffee on a trip to Tibet where the locals gave him yak butter tea. That was when the light bulb in his head went off.

Now, I am not a coffee drinker so the first time I heard about butter in your coffee, I did not know how to react. I do know that butter with JUST ABOUT ANYTHING is delicious but coffee with butter?

It is important according to Asprey and other bloggers/videos that I have seen online, that butter source be grass-fed. Grain-fed sources of butter supposedly do not taste as good, and does not blend well and hence does not lend you BULLETPROOF.

I do know someone who takes this coffee every morning and she claims that there is an increase in energy. Other beneifts cited, which also appeared in Dr. Weil's website, says that when Dr. Jeffrey Gladd, M.D., experimented with coffee made according to Asprey's recipe, he reported good results. "It keeps hunger at bay and has enhanced my mental clarity and sharpness 20 to 25 percent," he says. The doctor believes that a morning dose of almost pure fat may help stimulate the body's fat-burning potential, leading to easier weight loss. He also advises using organic coffee and butter from grass-fed cows for optimal results.

(source: http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/QAA401262/Should-I-Drink-Bulletproof-Coffee.html)


"The best new superfoods for men"

Men's Health Magazine

Coconut Oil If a food wants to be 'super' then it must have benefits beyond its nutritional and calorie content and coconut oil has got it covered. The Journal of Nutrition found regular consumption (approximately 1 tablespoon per day) resulted in a rise in metabolism, a higher rate of calorie-burning, and a reduced body fat mass and overall bodyweight. You can thank the medium-chain triglycerides (as opposed to the long-chain kind found in butter), absorbed directly by the liver and used more like carbohydrate than fat. This makes coconut oil an excellent source of energy for endurance exercise and because it's low in cholesterol it won't make a mess of your heart either.

Read full article: http://www.menshealth.co.uk/food-nutrition/superfoods/the-best-new-superfoods-for-men-308896


10 facts about coconut oil

By Michele Chevalley Hedge

From beating sugar cravings to aiding weight loss, there are more benefits of coconut oil than most of us may realise.

1. All fats are not created equal Coconut oil contains short term medium-chain saturated fatty acids (MCFAs), which is a "healthy" form saturated fat compared to trans fat. Trans fatty acid consumption is linked with heart problems, depression and increased cholesterol levels. What does consuming MCFA fats in coconut oil mean for your body? Our body metabolises these fats in the liver, immediately coverting this into energy (fuel for the brain and muscle function) rather than it being stored as fat.

2. Controls weight One 2009 study looked at the weight loss link between women's consumption of coconut oil and found that it reduces abdominal obesity. Researchers discovered coconut oil is easy to digest and also protects the body from insulin resistance. To try coconut oil for weight loss start by adding one teaspoon to your diet and gradually work your way up to four teaspoons per day.

3. Eases digestion If you suffer from poor digestion or tummy bloating try adding coconut oil to your diet. Coconut oil has been found to benefit digestive disorders including irritable bowel syndrome and microbial related tummy bugs. Fatty acids in coconut oil contain anti microbial properties, which have a soothing affect on bacteria, candida, or parasites that cause poor digestion.

Read full article: http://www.bodyandsoul.com.au/food+diet/nutrition/10+facts+about+coconut+oil,18271


"7 things that keep Bobbi Brown young"

By Victoria Kirby



Read full article: http://www.redbookmag.com/beauty-fashion/tips-advice/bobbi-brown-anti-aging-tips


10 facts about coconut oil

By Michele Chevalley Hedge

From beating sugar cravings to aiding weight loss, there are more benefits of coconut oil than most of us may realise.

1. All fats are not created equal Coconut oil contains short term medium-chain saturated fatty acids (MCFAs), which is a "healthy" form saturated fat compared to trans fat. Trans fatty acid consumption is linked with heart problems, depression and increased cholesterol levels. What does consuming MCFA fats in coconut oil mean for your body? Our body metabolises these fats in the liver, immediately coverting this into energy (fuel for the brain and muscle function) rather than it being stored as fat.

2. Controls weight One 2009 study looked at the weight loss link between women's consumption of coconut oil and found that it reduces abdominal obesity. Researchers discovered coconut oil is easy to digest and also protects the body from insulin resistance. To try coconut oil for weight loss start by adding one teaspoon to your diet and gradually work your way up to four teaspoons per day.

3. Eases digestion If you suffer from poor digestion or tummy bloating try adding coconut oil to your diet. Coconut oil has been found to benefit digestive disorders including irritable bowel syndrome and microbial related tummy bugs. Fatty acids in coconut oil contain anti microbial properties, which have a soothing affect on bacteria, candida, or parasites that cause poor digestion.

Read full article: http://www.bodyandsoul.com.au/food+diet/nutrition/10+facts+about+coconut+oil,18271


Nourishing Coconut Oil

By The Sun Daily

Unlike long-chain saturated fatty acids from meat, poultry and milk, the medium-chain fatty acids (MCFA) from coconut oil are more efficiently metabolised and converted to energy by our body. The water from young coconuts are also quite similar to human plasma, which forms some 50% of human blood. It's a traditional drink for dehydration.

Health Benefits

Contrary to popular belief, virgin coconut oil (VCO) is virtually cholesterol free. There are no major studies implicating VCO in heart disease or other chronic health disorders. Its MCFAs raise metabolism and may induce satiety. Consequently, VCO promotes weight loss rather weight gain. Interestingly, the 60% composition of MCFAs in VCO is rather similar to that found in human breast milk.

VCO can also help neutralise adverse health effects of dietary hydrogenated and trans fats, which are implicated in numerous metabolic disorders including cancer, diabetes, stroke, hypertension and heart disease.

Currently, there is little or no evidence to link VCO consumption to cardiovascular disease. Research suggests VCO can improve one's lipid (blood fat) or total cholesterol profile. MCFA does not even participate in the biosynthesis and transport of our blood cholesterol.

As part of its heart-protective properties, a coconut-based diet can lower lipoprotein(a), which is a crucial blood marker associated with elevated risks of heart attack. Furthermore, VCO raises the good high-density cholesterol levels leading to less-clogged heart arteries.

Read full article: http://www.thesundaily.my/news/521754


"Get supple skin with coconut oil"

In Style, May 2012




Once a Villain, Coconut Oil Charms the Health Food World

By Melissa Clark

A FEW years ago I noticed something odd at the health food store. There, rubbing elbows with the extra-virgin olive oil and cold-pressed canola oil was virtually the last fat I expected to see in such esteemed company: coconut oil.

The last time I checked, coconut oil was supposed to be the devil himself in liquid form, with more poisonous artery-clogging, cholesterol-raising, heart-attack-causing saturated fat than butter, lard or beef tallow.

Two groups have helped give coconut oil its sparkly new makeover. One is made up of scientists, many of whom are backtracking on the worst accusations against coconut oil. And the other is the growing number of vegans, who rely on it as a sweet vegetable fat that is solid at room temperature and can create flaky pie crusts, crumbly scones and fluffy cupcake icings, all without butter.

According to Thomas Brenna, a professor of nutritional sciences at Cornell University who has extensively reviewed the literature on coconut oil, a considerable part of its stigma can be traced to one major factor.

"Most of the studies involving coconut oil were done with partially hydrogenated coconut oil, which researchers used because they needed to raise the cholesterol levels of their rabbits in order to collect certain data," Dr. Brenna said. "Virgin coconut oil, which has not been chemically treated, is a different thing in terms of a health risk perspective. And maybe it isn't so bad for you after all."

Read full article: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/02/dining/02Appe.html?_r=2&pagewanted=all


STYLE S.O.S. By Tingting Cojuangco, Lucy Torres-Gomez and Rissa Mananquil

Philippine Star



Spotting A Cure For Freckles

Dear Ms. Tingting,
I'm seeing liver spots beginning on my skin. What can I apply to stop its spread and make them disappear? - Jing Maceda

One of the classic signs of old age is the appearance of brown, freckle-like spots on the skin. This pigment is called lipofuscin. It is also known as aging spots or liver spots. It is a sign of free-radical deterioration of the lipids in our skin, thus the name lipofuscin.

Let me quote author Dr. Bruce Fife, an advocate of coconut oil: "Because cells cannot dispose of the lipofuscin pigment, it gradually accumulates within many cells of the body as we age. Once lipofuscin pigment develops, it tends to stick around for life, but you can prevent further oxidation and perhaps even reduce the spots you already have by using the right kind of oils in your diet and on your skin."

The ideal lotion is one that not only softens the skin, but also protects it against damage, promotes healing, and gives it a more youthful, healthy appearance. Coconut oil fits that description. Pure coconut oil is the best natural skin lotion available. It prevents and protects against destructive free-radical formation. It can help prevent the skin from developing liver spots and other blemishes caused by aging and overexposure to sunlight. It helps to keep connective tissues strong and supple so that the skin doesn't sag and wrinkle. - Tingting

The Skinny On Coconut Oil

Dear Tingting,
Would you recommend using coconut oil to moisturize hair? - Myles

It's not surprising that many of the plants that provide medicinal remedies can cure. How else could indigenous people live longer?

Remember this: Coconut oil is a moisturizing remedy for the skin and hair. It penetrates the skin. Its triglycerides serves as a replacement for lipids lost to aging and dehydration in the skin's barrier, according to Dr. Vermen M. Verallo-Rowell, author of Rx: Coconuts! (The Perfect Health Nut). Coconuts are rich in growth factors, including kinetin. It's a plant hormone that promotes cell division to slow age-related changes in human skin cells. Additionally, the antibacterial monolaurins in coconut oil outperform isopropyl alcohol as an antiseptic, making it a soothing acne-fighter and non-drying natural alternative to Purell.

Coconut oil moisturizes and strengthens hair to stop breakage. Oily as it is, it prevents water and protein loss in the hair shaft. - Tingting


Tapping the tree of life for natural-healing food

Philippine Daily Inquirer

Coconut water as sports drink

Coconut researcher Bruce Fife, a naturopath doctor, writes in his book that electrolytes, also known as ions, are atoms or molecules with an electrical charge. The ability to charge allows electric current to flow through our bodies and facilitate many biological functions. We lose these electrolytes through sweat, urine, etc. That is why athletes need to replenish their body after every workout.

Commercial sports drinks list more ingredients that are far from natural and whose function is for taste, texture and stability rather than nutrition. Mainly water, the ingredients of the sports drinks are sucrose and high fructose syrup, and their sole source of electrolytes is salt.

Coconut water has 100 percent all natural ingredients with no preservatives. It is a liquid endosperm with a natural combination of easily absorbable electrolytes, sugars, amino acids and other nutrients compatible with the body. Compared with commercial sports drinks, buko juice has more minerals and nutrients-including sodium and potassium-and significantly less sugar than most natural fruit juices. In comparison, no amount of water can replenish the lost liquids. Without a source of electrolytes, drinking only water, aside from causing discomfort and bloating, dilutes the remaining electrolytes in your bloodstream which can send you to the hospital.

Read full article: http://opinion.inquirer.net/26803/tapping-the-tree-of-life-for-natural-healing-food


"I have my ancestors to thank for my skin"

Nicole On Coconut Oil




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Going Nuts About Coconut Oil!

by Audrey Kunin MD
http://www.doctoroz.com/blog/audrey-kunin-md/going-nuts-about-coconut-oil

I love to cook. Yet much of my domestic culinary life has been shadowed by my obsession to remove unhealthy saturated fats from my family's diet. After all, isn't it a given that fat is bad for you? And haven't I struggled with my weight, my heart health and my love of a good French fry?

As a dermatologist, I've taken comfort in the knowledge that many of those good-for-us unsaturated fats also have healthy skin benefits. The omega-3s from sources like fish, walnuts and olive and canola oils work to keep skin less eczema-prone, and reduces dryness and sensitivity. Hair looks lustrous and becomes less brittle while nails get stronger.

Yet I have avoided one of my favorite food sources due to my concern that it was high in "bad" fat. Warned about the high levels of saturated fat found in coconut oils, I sadly said goodbye to coconut milk-based sauces, macaroons, pina coladas and Mounds bars. My palate protested the unfairness of a plant saturated with saturated fat!

To my delight, I've since learned that sometimes a "bad" fat (at least in modest portions), can be a skin-healthy choice. Initially, I discovered that my general health concerns about using either coconut or coconut oil in my recipes was unfounded. Coconut oil is composed of an unusual medium chain fatty acid. These fats don't wreak the havoc on the cardiovascular system that its saturated-fat cousins cause.

Virgin coconut oil has an amazing ability to fight free-radical damage, presumably because it is rich in ferulic and p-coumaric acid. Consumed, this means these powerful antioxidants can fight free-radical damage and is now yet another tool in my wrinkle-busting arsenal. Applied topically, it has been shown to be useful in wound healing.

A recent journal article put omega-3-rich fish oils head to head with omega-6-rich coconut oil. Guess what they found? A diet rich in omega-3 fish oil alone led to a significant decrease in the body's ability to fight free-radical damage, presumably due to a noticeable drop in blood levels of vitamins E and A.

End result, while fish oils decreased plasma blood fats, they created a challenge to the antioxidant defense system. Not good news for banishing wrinkles. The best way to handle this for maximum skin health is to incorporate both omega-3 and omega-6 fats into your diet, both in moderation, of course.

Another plus, coconut oil contains lauric acid which boosts immunity and fights infection. The only other major source is mother's milk. Presumably for one prone to skin concerns that leave broken skin exposed to possible bacterial infection (such as eczema), having adequate levels of lauric acid could prove useful in reducing the risk of a secondary bacterial infection.

And finally, it has been suggested that individuals consuming virgin coconut oil instead of soybean, olive or corn oils may see a boost in metabolism and an edge in their attempts to lose weight. Now isn't that worth cooking for?

Dr. Audrey Kunin is a board-certified dermatologist, author, clinician, educator and President of DERMAdoctor, Inc. Dr. Kunin moved her office online to DERMAdoctor.com in 1998 to make consulting with a dermatologist an educational and convenient experience. Believing that nature and medicine can work synergistically, Dr. Kunin has created clinically proven formulations that target a number of overlooked yet common skin concerns.


Dr. Oz Coconut Oil and Alzheimer's

http://www.bestpricenutrition.com/blog/dr-oz-coconut-oil

Dr. Oz and Dr. Mercola discuss the benefits of taking coconut oil. Here are some of the benefits they talk about:

Dr. Mercola Coconut Oil

Dr Oz asks Mercola "what have you found in coconut oil that is so profound in our health?"

Dr Mercola; "Coconut oil is interesting because one of the new advances is we learned that it may be useful in treatment of Alzheimer's Disease and we have an epicdemic of alzheimer's, not only treatment but most likely the prevention and this is because we have learned that the brain has an alternate fuel source, it actually uses something called Keytone bodies which is the derivative of fat break down, unlike glucose it can use this an alternate fuel supply to feed the brain as it's being starved and the neurons are dying."

Dr Oz; "Once we treat the alzheimer's with cocnut oil, and I do have to agree its not as dangerous as to some other things you would give somebody, so how do you give it ? how much?"

Dr. Mercola; "With alzheimer's the materials are on the side and there have been relatively few studies, but even if you really large doses like 3 tablespoons which you would not use normally, for a typical adult of coconut oil for alzheimer's is 1 -3 teaspoons. Coconut Oil interestingly is solid in most room tempertures below 75 degrees is a solid but when it gets hot in the summer it actually forms as a liquid."

Dr Oz: Coconut Oil Skin Secret from Belize

The first beauty secret is to use Coconut Oil on your skin to soften fine lines. Women in Jamaica even use Coconut Oil to protect their skin from the sun.

Dr Oz: Coconut Oil & Weight Loss

Dr Oz said that the first health benefit of coconut oil is weight loss. Which is healthier - olive oil or coconut oil? Well, from a calorie perspective they both have 119 calories and 13 grams of fat per TB so there is no difference from that angle. Coconut Oil is a solid at room temperature, but becomes a liquid when you heat it, because Coconut Oil is a saturated fat (hence its bad reputation!). However, Dr Oz said that Coconut Oil is made up of Medium Chain Fatty Acids which get dissolved into your blood and metabolized by your liver with no problems. Steaks on the other hand are made up of Large Chain Fatty Acids which do not go to the liver to be metabolized and they make you fat.

Dr Oz: Coconut Oil & Eczema or Psoriasis

Dr Oz said that the second benefit of Coconut Oil is that it treats skin conditions. Coconut Oil has been used for centuries to help cure Eczema and Psoriasis. In fact, Dr Oz likes to try Coconut Oil on just about any skin ailment because it is inexpensive and easy to try out. Coconut Oil contains Lauric Acid, which helps to fight off fungal infections too. What I try to do with my husband when his Eczema flares up is to put some Coconut Oil on his hand before going to bed and I wrap it in plastic wrap and cover it with a cotton sock. Then, in the morning it is like he had a deep skin treatment all night long.

Dr Oz: Coconut Oil & Ulcers

Dr Oz said that the third benefit of Coconut Oil is that it treats ulcers that are caused by the H Pylori bacteria. The Lauric Acid in the Coconut Oil can help to kill off H Pylori.

Dr Oz: How Much Coconut Oil To Use Each Day

Even though Coconut Oil has lots of health benefits, it is still high in fat and calories so you should make sure not to overdo it. Dr Oz suggested adding 1 TB of Coconut Oil to your diet every day.


The Benefits of Coconut oil

by Charles Mattocks
http://www.doctoroz.com/blog/charles-mattocks/benefits-coconut-oil

Diabetes
This is one fat that diabetics can eat without fear. Not only does it not contribute to diabetes, but it helps regulate blood sugar, thus lessening the effects of the disease. Island people have consumed large amounts of coconut oil for many generations without ever encountering diabetes, but when they abandoned it for other foods and oils, the results were disastrous.

Weight Loss
The connection between coconut oil and weight loss is interesting. Farmers in America discovered this early last century when they tried to fatten their cattle by feeding them coconut oil. Instead of gaining weight, their cattle lost weight! So again, this is not news. Do a simple Internet search such as "benefits of coconut oil" and you will get plenty of details.

Bone and Dental Health
Coconut oil improves calcium and magnesium absorption in the body, which in turn is greatly beneficial to dental and bone health. The improved calcium absorption created by coconut oil use ceases tooth decay and aids in the development of strong teeth. The combined increased calcium and magnesium absorption are of great benefit to middle-aged women who may become afflicted with osteoporosis.

Coconut Oil: A good saturated fat?
You may ask, isn't coconut oil a saturated fat? And aren't saturated fats harmful? Yes, coconut oil consists of 90% saturated fats. But whether or not saturated fats are harmful depends on who you ask. Among mainstream nutritionists, the idea that saturated fats cause heart disease is an "absolute truth" that is never questioned. Those who question this belief, however, point out that mankind has been consuming mainly saturated fats - in the form of butter, lard, coconut oil, etc - for thousands of years, yet heart disease was rare before the 1920s. If anything, the rise of heart disease in recent decades may correspond to the increasing use of polyunsaturated vegetable oils like corn, safflower and canola, as well as margarine.

Charles Mattocks, aka The Poor Chef, has made a name for himself as the author of Eat Cheap but Eat Well. His famous tag line, "What can you cook for $7?" has taken the country by storm. His meals are healthy, cost-effective and delicious.