Is coconut oil the new miracle potion?

If you’re like me, you probably have spent hours trying to figure out how to pick out the right kind or healthier coconut oil in your local health food store. I’ve spent half an hour or more reading and comparing labels determining the difference between extra virgin coconut oil, unrefined virgin coconut oil, and refined coconut oil!


Difference between extra virgin coconut oil, virgin coconut oil, and refined coconut oil?

Let’s start with the processing of coconut oil.

Refined Processing

Whether coconut oil becomes refined or unrefined depends on what processing methods the oil undergoes. Refined coconut oil starts out as dried coconut meat, known as “copra.” Because coconut oil producers frequently dry the meat in open air, it can gather hazardous bacteria and pathogens-so any oil extracted from copra needs further purification before it’s safe to consume. During the refinement process, copra undergoes bleach filtration to screen out impurities, as well as heat treatment to remove its distinctive odor.

Unrefined Processing

Unrefined coconut oil, on the other hand, starts with fresh coconut meat rather than dried copra—ensuring the extracted oil is sanitary without the need for further purification. To produce unrefined coconut oil, the meat goes through one of two methods: “quick drying” or “wet milling.” Quick-dried coconut meat receives a small amount of heat to remove moisture, and then mechanical extraction separates the unrefined oil from the meat. With the wet-milling process, machines press the liquid out of fresh coconut meat—and then use boiling, refrigeration, centrifuging, fermentation or enzymes to isolate the oil from the extracted liquid. With both the quick drying and wet milling methods, the resulting coconut oil is safe for consumption without bleaching or deodorization.


Unrefined, Expeller Pressed Virgin Coconut Oil

As the name suggests, it is the crude coconut oil that has been obtained right from the expeller; unrefined, unfiltered and without any additives. Sometimes, it is also called the Pure Coconut Oil to mark its differences with the Refined Bleached Deodorized Coconut Oil, known as the Refined Coconut Oil.

Virgin Coconut Oil, Organic Coconut Oil, and Organic Virgin Coconut Oil can be unrefined too.

Note: there is no difference between extra virgin or virgin coconut oil.


Advantages of Virgin Coconut Oil

  • Taste: Unrefined Coconut Oil is tastier than the Refined Coconut Oil as it is neither bleached nor refined.
  • Flavor: Unrefined Coconut Oil has a beautiful flavor of that of fresh coconuts which is absent in Refined Coconut Oil, since it is deodorized.
  • Nutrients: It is more nutritious than the refined one, being least process and subjected to least heat. It is richer in proteins (this is almost absent in refined oil), vitamins and antioxidants. Contains medium chain fatty acids.
  • Natural: It does not undergo any chemical processing therefore is not refined. It has a more natural touch. It is derived from fresh coconuts and is not subject to heat. This preserves all the natural goodness of this oil, such as high content of Vitamin-E and minerals, which are otherwise almost stripped from the Ordinary Coconut Oil during processes like heating, filtration, refining, and bleaching which are done to make it colorless and odorless.
  • Wholeness: It is wholesome coconut oil.
  • Virgin Coconut Oil is very effective as a moisturizing agent.


Disadvantages of Virgin Coconut Oil

  • Hygiene: It is less hygienic than the Refined Coconut Oil, since it does not undergo any refining and may contain dust particles and other unwanted stuff.
  • Therapeutic Uses: It may not be suitable for therapeutic uses.
  • Internal Applications: The Refined Coconut Oil is better in this respect, being more hygienic.
  • Cost: Despite being less processed, it is bit more money than the refined one, since most of the coconut oil produced is converted to refined oil.
  • Availability: Unrefined Coconut Oil is less easily available than the refined grade.


Health Benefits of Coconut Oil

The health benefits of coconut oil include:

  • Hair care
  • Skin care
  • Stress relief
  • Maintaining cholesterol levels
  • Weight loss
  • Increased immunity
  • Proper digestion and metabolism
  • Relief from kidney problems
  • Heart diseases
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • HIV
  • Cancer
  • Dental care
  • Bone strength

These benefits of coconut oil can be attributed to the presence of lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid. Its properties are antimicrobial, antioxidant, antifungal, antibacterial, and soothing.

Organic Virgin Coconut Oil can be purchased at Whole Foods, Mother’s Market, and Sprouts.

For more information on coconut oil, a good book to read is The Coconut Oil Miracle by Bruce Fife, CN, ND. It is available on Amazon.com or your local health food store.


Sources:

http://www.organicfacts.net/organic-oils/organic-coconut-oil/health-benefits-of-coconut-oil.html

http://www.ehow.com/about_5392760_refined-vs-unrefined-coconut-oil.html

Edible Goddess Herbal Infused Organic Coconut Oil

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Edible Goddess Product Review:

Herbal Infused Organic Coconut Oil for Face, Body, Hair, and Bath. For Beauty and Culinary Use.  All Purpose Healing Oil, Natural Sun Tan Oil 100 ml

Ingredients: extra virgin organic coconut oil, Chaga mushroom, lavender flowers, horsetail leaf, vanilla bean, holy basil, tulsi, schisandra berries, rosebuds, rose hips, shatavari, white peony root, red raspberry.

I love it!  I used on my face, arms, and legs. Makes my skin feel so smooth. Her products are organic.

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Is Food Combining the Secret to Healthy Eating?

      Yes, food combinations is the secret to healthy eating.

The discomfort of indigestion is so common in today’s society that it’s almost considered normal. Instead of using medication to suppress symptoms, it be wiser to properly combine foods in order to remove the causes of indigestion.

According to Ayurveda, Chinese medicine, and other alternative medicine, if you combine the wrong foods, your body will become acidic and unbalanced, and actually will secrete enzymes that cancel each other out. This causes bloating, gas, weight loss and fluctuations in energy levels. It can also lead to slowed or impaired digestion. It also causes food to ferment in the stomach or toxins to be released in the intestines.

Proper food combinations are based on the idea that there are foods groups that digest well with each other and others that don’t. So what is food combining? What food is a protein and what food is a starch?

Food Combining Categories

• Lean proteins: Lean fish, lean meats and poultry, low-fat dairy, protein powder

• Starches and starchy proteins: Grains (including bread, pasta, etc), potatoes, sweet potatoes, beets, parsnips, carrots, pumpkin, winter squashes, beans, lentils, peas, tofu, tempeh

• Fats and fatty proteins: Avocados, olives, nuts, seeds, oils, butter, cheese, yogurt, eggs, fatty fish, poultry, meat

• Greens and non-starchy vegetables: leafy greens, sprouts, celery, cucumber, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, asparagus, radish, zucchini, onion, garlic, mushrooms, green beans, fresh corn

• Fruit: lemons, limes, grapefruit, oranges, tomatoes, strawberries, pineapples, apples, berries, pears, apricots, peaches, grapes, plums, cherries, mangoes, papayas, figs, bananas, dates, dried fruits, fruit juice, watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew

• Sweeteners: sugars, syrups, malt syrups, honey

Proper Food Combinations

• Greens and non-starchy vegetables combine well with pretty much any type of food.
• Lean proteins combine best with greens and non-starchy vegetables.
• Starches and starchy proteins combine best with greens, non-starchy vegetables and fats.
• Fats and fatty proteins combine best with greens, non-starchy vegetables, starches.
• Fruits combine best with greens and should be eaten first as they exit the body most quickly.
• Sweeteners are best eaten on their own (i.e. in tea).

Exceptions

• Acidic fruits (citrus, tomatoes, strawberries, pineapples) combine well with fats or proteins.
• Melons should be eaten alone, since they digest faster than other fruits.
• Bananas can be eaten with starches due to their starchy content. Once bananas are fully ripen, their content turns to sugar.
• One-pot meals cooked slowly with lots of water (like soups and stews) don’t tend to cause as much difficulty in digestion when there are poor combinations.

Poor Food Combinations

Starch and proteins should be eaten separately because they digest differently. Starch begins to break down in the mouth, as all carbohydrates do, whereas protein breaks down in the gastrointestinal tract. If eating a starchy carbohydrate with a protein, such as pasta or rice, the carb will sit in the stomach acid and will ferment and putrefy while the system is digesting the protein and fat. It’s best to eat starches and proteins with vegetables.

Avoid if possible:

• Proteins with other proteins, fats, fruits and sweeteners
• Starches with other starches, proteins, fruits and sweeteners
• Fats with proteins, fruits and sweeteners

To summarize, once the body is balanced, or alkaline, and the digestive system is healthy and active, you will be able to eat more combinations, unless you have digestive issues like IBS, chronic constipation, Crohn’s, candida, bloating, or other chronic issues. The digestive system is designed to digest food and will continue to do so as long as it isn’t overloaded too much or too often.

The most important point to remember is to keep the body alkaline or balanced. Most often, the body will tell you which combinations work and which ones don’t.

Every rule has an exception, and one person’s food is another person’s poison. Listen to your body’s messages and find out what works best for you.

Sources:

http://bodyecology.com/articles/food_combining_optimal_health_and_weight…

http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-3615/10-Common-Food-Combinations-That-Wre…

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Are you surviving or thriving in today’s toxic world?

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9 Ways to Alleviate Acid Reflux Naturally

Since I was in my twenties I had stomach issues.  My physician who was treating me at the time, advised me that I have gastritis and that I need to learn how to handle my stress.  Easier said than done since I am a Type A personality and being Asian did not help…there was constant pressure to do well. After ex husband and I got divorced in the early 2000s, I was treated with several proton-pump inhibitors and found that none of them alleviated my acid reflux. I researched natural ways to alleviate it.

These are nine ways I found to help alleviate reflux.

1. Avoid spicy.
2. Avoid citrus foods.
3. Add alkaline foods into your diet.  Adding alkaline foods into your diet will balance the acid in your body.
4. Avoid eating three hours before bed.
5. Avoid wheat products.
6. Avoid dairy products.  Try switching to either almond milk or coconut milk.
7. Reduce/eliminate processed foods.
8. Avoid the “white” stuff ie potatoes, white rice, pasta, flour, sugar,and breads. Try replacing white potatoes with sweet potatoes or yams. Switch white pasta to whole grain, white rice with brown rice, and white bread to a whole grain bread such as Elzekiel bread.
9. Eliminate foods with refined sugars.

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Note:  Consult with your physician before you discontinue use of any medication.

What is the difference between blending and juicing?

Several of my clients have asked me what the difference is between blending and juicing.  In this first post, we will discuss the differences.   In my second and third post, we will discuss the differences between a blender (VitaMix), a juicer (Breville), and an extractor (NutriBullet), and we will compare brands.

Blending

Blending is a technique that creates a smoothie out of a number of fruits and vegetables.  You can include as little as two or three, or add more. Blending liquefies and emulsifies the ingredients you throw in the blender, creating a relatively thick, homogenous and voluminous beverage. While technically you could throw anything in there, the more ingredients you add the more important it is to keep an eye on complementary flavors and textures, or you’ll end up with a weird tasting, weird looking, and texturized drink. With blending you should cut fruits and vegetables in smaller pieces, remove skins and pits, and be careful not to overload the blender. High speed blenders like Vitamix and Blendtec are hardly sensitive for such ailments. The smoothies made with a blender can be made more nutritious by adding ingredients such as yogurt, flaxseeds, avocado, coconut oil, protein powder, etc.

Juicing

Juicing is the extracting of juice from fruits and vegetables. The vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytonutrients end up in the juice, while the pulp and the fiber is removed and discarded. This makes for a very liquid and smooth drink. By separating the pulp from the juice, it is also a very concentrated beverage. This can be an advantage as well as a disadvantage. The level of concentration makes it easy to consume a large quantity of fruits and vegetables. People juice because all of the nutrients get assimilated into the bloodstream straight away, your body gets to use it all without having to digest food first. Juice is also a very clean drink, containing only juice from freshly juiced produce.

Reasons to Blend Fruits and Vegetables

These are some of the reasons why blending is not only a convenient way to get your greens, but also a superior way:

Quantity:To get the most out of eating leafy greens, you need to eat a LOT of them.  This is actually a time consuming task, and unless you love greens more than any other food in the world and plan to eat several large salads a day; you aren’t likely to eat them in the quantities that will deliver serious health benefits.  You may find that you are able to consume up to three times as many greens in a smoothie as you are in a salad or steamed dish.

Taste:Thanks to our modern processed diet, many of us have a hard time appreciating the flavors of greens.  Some of us love them, but for the many more who don’t, hiding greens in a smoothie is the perfect way to eat them without tasting them.

Benefits of Raw:  There is a lot of evidence pointing to the benefits of eating raw foods.  Most plants, when cooked, tend to lose their nutrients and digestive enzymes to varying degrees, depending on the temperature at which they are cooked, the method, etc.  Anything heated over the temperature of 118 degrees is considered cooked.  Raw Foodists use this temperature as a baseline.  Since the greens in your smoothie are always raw, you get the benefit of all the nutrients in their purest whole food state.

Digestion:  Greens are called roughage for a reason; they can be pretty rough on our intestinal tracts.  And when we chew, we don’t always get all the benefits of the food.  According to Dr. Joel Fuhrman, longtime advocate of achieving nutritional excellence through the consumption of a plant-based diet: “When we simply chew a salad, about 70 to 90 percent of the [plant] cells are not broken open. As a result, most of the valuable nutrients contained within those cells never enter our bloodstream.”  He considers what he calls a “blended salad” a “powerful and delicious way to maximize your intake of nutrients.” Since the food in a smoothie has already been mostly pulverized from going through the blender, your body will digest the food much more easily, and assimilate the nutrients much faster.  Once the nutrients are in your system, you often feel the difference in terms of energy and well-being immediately.

Welcome!

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My name is Shaline Miller. I am a Certified Holistic Health Coach, Institute for Integrative Nutrition graduate, author, Raw Food Educator, and Certified NLP Practitioner. I am a Santa Ana Digestive Health Examiner at http://www.examiner.com, and a featured health blogger for http://www.modernmom.com.

My Story

I graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Administration with a major in Human Resources Management from California State University Long Beach. I worked in aerospace for seven years then become a stay-at-home mom for 15 years. I divorced after 16 years of marriage and re-entered the work force. I worked temporary jobs before landing a position as an Assistant Property Manager. I worked in commercial real estate/property management for three years before becoming one of the “unemployed” statistics. This led me to pursue my passion: nutrition and helping people get healthy as well as myself. It is my health issues with acid reflux that led me to study holistic nutrition and become a health lifestyle coach. I took several acid reflux medications but found that none of them alleviated my acid reflux. One day, I decided that I needed to stop taking the medication and make some changes. I naturally alleviated my acid reflux symptoms by changing my diet and making lifestyle changes.

I received my Professional Nutrition, Diet, and Health Certificate from Ashworth College and am a member of the International Honor Society Delta Epsilon Tau having graduated with honors.

Health Coaching is my passion and I hope my blog is a source of information and inspiration!