Coconut Oil is probably the most important addition to your diet you can make.
You may be using it from time to time as an external application, but very possibly not in its most effective form.
There are a lot of products which use coconut oil as one of the ingredients - but in spite of the fact that the products may sell well, they're not the best use of this highly beneficial oil.
The very best use is easily accomplished by only buying it in its purest form with no additives - especially no preservatives or other chemicals.
I'm sure there are many products that lots of folks are very happy with which contain some form of the coconut, including the oil. Soaps and lotions of all kinds have utilized parts of the coconut for decades, and have been very successful.
And eating coconut itself in its natural form as well as drinking the coconut milk is a practice going back centuries among various cultures.
It's easy to understand why.
The flavor of coconut meat is amazing.
Lots of trailmix products have coconut flakes along with raw nuts and seeds. It's not too uncommon to find trailmix products with roasted components along with candies such as M-n-Ms mixed in.
They taste great, but the very high glycemic index of the candies makes it inadvisable if you're wanting to prevent the sudden spikes in blood-sugar levels.
Blood sugar concerns are not the only reason to avoid various candies.
The more processing which goes into the manufacturing of any food product the less likely you should include it in your diet.
So, if you enjoy trailmix products, go the extra mile to find the ones made from raw organically grown foods only.
Adding coconut oil to our diet is a relative new thing for us.
We made this addition to our regular diet less than a year ago.
It's fascinating that several diseases are mysterious diseases as far as Western medicine is concerned. Organizations have been formed to promote research to find cures.
Maybe the most famous condition in that category is Parkinson's, but there are several others which fall into the same category.
Alzheimer's, Huntington's, Multiple Sclerosis, and Dementia are related by the fact that they are all the result of degeneration of the central nervous system. They're all brain disorders.
Regular consumption of raw, organic coconut oil is a great preventative measure for all the above conditions.
Very recently it's been discovered that coconut oil can actually reverse those conditions. Apparently it has been used for decades for the treatment of epilepsy, with great success.
When I've mentioned this simple idea to friends or acquaintances - even family members - the frequent response is eeeuwww - disgusting. This response comes when the person has tried eating coconut oil by itself.
But many have only tried the non-pure forms.
The taste and texture varies dramatically depending on whether the product is actually pure - free of any additives and made from organically grown coconuts.
My favorite way to eat this stuff is as an ingredient in the smoothies Joyce prepares for my breakfast.
The other ingredients vary from day to day in order to provide some variety.
Here are the other ingredients: fruit, such as pineapple, blue berries, mangoes, or occasionally strawberries; Barlean's Greens, flaxseed meal, psyllium husks, a little stevia, and almond milk.
Ice made from distilled water is added while the mixture is being blended.
The fruit and other ingredients are always organically grown.
This miracle food is also a fantastic cooking oil. We use it when we have stir fry. The flavor is wonderful.
For anyone who is experiencing symptoms of Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, or any other neuro-degenerative disease, eating pure coconut oil by itself may be the only actual cure.
It's necessary to drastically reduce the consumption of carbohydrates at the same time, so the smoothies are out for anyone who is showing symptoms or has been diagnosed with any of the brain disorders mentioned above.
This site has a page devoted to Alzheimer's, and another to Parkinson's. More information about the use of this great oil, along with other oils, can be found there.
If you love to read non-fiction, and enjoy some technical information vital to your own health, buy a copy of Stop Alzheimer's Now! by Bruce Fife, N.D.
The subtitle is How to Prevent and Reverse Dementia, Parkinson's, ALS, Multiple Sclerosis, and Other Neurodegenerative Disorders.
The author is a naturopathic doctor, but the book has very strong endorsements by no fewer then seven medical doctors.
To me, many medical doctors are not part of the solution to personal health problems - but many others have determined that drugs or medicines are a big part of the problem, and not part of the solution.
Coconut oil, from organically grown coconuts is definitely part of the solution.