5 Good Reasons To Drink Coffee Every Day For Better Health

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By contributing author– Rudy Caretti (biography below)

“So, you love coffee? You are not the only one. Fortunately, an everyday dose of coffee in the right quantity is attributed to various health benefits.

5 Reasons To Drink Coffee Every Day

1. Coffee helps you perform better during workouts.

You may already know, but most supplements taken by athletes contain coffee extracts such as caffeine. There is a scientific reason behind this. Caffeine has several effects on the human system that causes one to do better during physical activity. When taken 30 minutes before any physical activity, black coffee promotes the release of endorphins. These hormones are responsible for our happy moods and adrenaline. These two hormones cause the body to respond positively to any training, leading to better results.

Besides, caffeine alters the way the nervous system responds to pain. This causes the body to endure more strenuous reasons to drink coffeesituations. In this case, your muscles will tolerate longer sessions of intensive endurance- and strength-building exercises.

In a nutshell, caffeine can propel one to train harder, thus improving their results. No wonder scientific research has found coffee can improve athletic performance by about 11-12%.

2. It is loaded with minerals and antioxidants.

The red berry is one food substance packed with many essential nutrients. If you prepare your cup rightly, you are sure to ingest these into your body.

Also, some of the nutrients obtained by drinking coffee include:

  • potassium
  • magnesium
  • niacin
  • riboflavin
  • pantothenic acid

Coffee also contains more antioxidants than a single serving of fruits and vegetables combined.

3. Coffee can keep diseases at bay.

Research shows coffee can help keep dangerous diseases away. Some of these diseases have claimed the lives of many people. Others do not have any known cure. Luckily, one can lower their chances of contracting such ailments by drinking coffee. Some of the said ailments are listed below.

  • Parkinson’s disease: According to Mayo Clinic, “Parkinson’s disease is a progressive disorder of the nervous system that affects movement. It develops gradually.” A 2002 report published in the Annals of Neurology showed those who drank java daily lowered their chances of suffering from Parkinson’s by 32% and 60%. This finding was unique to those who enjoyed caffeinated coffee only.
  • Diabetes II: A study by Harvard School of Public Health researchers looked at information collected over 4 years on people with diabetes II and some without. The study was divided into 3 sections. The researchers were interested in finding the relationship between type 2 diabetes and the kind of diet the study subjects were eating. The results showed that among the 7,269 subjects, the people who took at least one cup of coffee each day for those 4 years decreased their chances of developing diabetes II by 11%.
  • Cardiovascular diseases: Contrary to the popular belief that caffeine in coffee can lead to high blood pressure and consequently endanger your heart, research has shown the effect is dismal. Regular intake will not only cause the blood pressure risk to disappear, but also lower your chance of developing heart disease by 20%. This finding was upheld by a Korean study published in 2014. The study found that taking coffee in moderate amounts reduces one’s disposition to coronary artery calcium (CAC). CAC is a key indicator of possible cardiovascular disease.

With the burden of such ailments off your shoulders, you are likely to lead a long, healthy and happier life. No wonder, another benefit you could be enjoying by simply sipping your cup of Joe is the possibility to live longer.

4. It makes your skin and hair blossom.

As mentioned earlier, coffee is packed with many antioxidants and minerals which could help keep your skin healthier and glowing. When the body is getting rid of various toxins successfully, one part that is likely to blemish is your skin. Also, the vitamins and minerals cause your hair to grow faster. Also, did you know you can treat your hair with a cool brew of a strong pot of coffee to make it shiny, stronger and healthier?

reasons to drink coffee5. Coffee improves your mental health.

Good mental health is a result of a combination of several factors. However, the most important one is happiness. Most benefits of coffee discussed above work together to make you a happier person. In this regard, you are likely to enjoy better mental health. There are other ways, however, coffee could be good for your mental well-being.

Based on a 2011 Harvard study, people who enjoyed at least 4 cups of coffee daily lowered the risk of falling into depression by 20%. Depression is one of the many mental disorders that can deprive one the joy of leading a fulfilling life.

The Takeaway

In conclusion, coffee is a delicious beverage many of us enjoy each and every day. There are many reasons to drink coffee including health benefits for our skin, hair, mental health and disease prevention.

For more about coffee, you might like you check out: reasons to drink coffee


Author, Rudy Caretti, has more than 15 years of experience in the coffee industry, a passion that started in Italy within the family business and brought him to found Gimoka Coffee UK and G Coffee Pod with a group of friends, who share the same passion.

Since he roasted his first batch of coffee seeds as a teenager, he was fascinated by the many ways it can be processed to get the many distinctive flavors we all love.

As a coffee connoisseur, Rudy has always been aware of the vital role coffee plays in people’s social life. And he is especially active through the company’s social media and blog. He loves sharing his knowledge with readers around the world, writing and posting articles that range from the coffee brewing techniques to raising awareness of the importance of responsible production to help protect the rights of farmers and protect the environment.

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9 Impressive Health Benefits of Coffee

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Coffee is incredibly healthy. Research has recently found coffee has impressive health benefits such as helping prevent diabetes and improve liver and brain health.

It’s the second most consumed beverage in the world, after water. And did you know that 54% of Americans report drinking coffee every day (1)?

Personally, I’m not a morning person, but the robust scent of coffee brewing helps me (and several members of our family of six) wake up each morning.

The delightful experience of drinking coffee brings with it the promise of each new day. Who can relate? 🙂

Coffee is extremely high in antioxidants, which can help protect against aging, oxidative stress and many diseases, such as cancer.

Nutrition Information About Coffee

One cup of coffee has about:

  • 2 – 5 calories
  • 0 sugar
  • 10 mg magnesium
  • 0 carbs
  • 124 mg potassium
  • 0 fat
  • 11% of the RDA of Vitamin B2
  • 6% of the RDA of Vitamin B6

The amount of caffeine in coffee varies, depending on the type of bean used and the manufacturer.

Health Benefits of Coffee

1. Coffee Is High In Antioxidants

According to research, coffee provides more antioxidants in American diets than even fruits and vegetables (2).

Antioxidants reduce inflammation in the body. And, because inflammation leads to all sorts of diseases and conditions, this is a very good thing for coffee drinkers!

The polyphenols found in coffee may also help prevent oxidative stress and raise the body’s immune function.

The strong antioxidants, caffeic acid and chlorogenic acid found in coffee, help fight free radical damage.

2. Coffee May Reduce The Risk Of Some Types Of Cancer

Cancer is a leading cause of death worldwide, but drinking coffee may help prevent it.

In fact, research has shown coffee drinkers have up to a 40% reduced risk of liver cancer (3) (4).

Colorectal cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer death worldwide (5). In a large study of 489,706 people, drinking 4-5 cups of coffee a day reduced the risk of colorectal cancer by 15% (6).

3. Coffee May Improve Brain Function And Give You More Energy

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Drinking coffee can give you more energy!

The caffeine in coffee is a stimulant, which can help you be more alert and diminish fatigue (7).

Coffee has also be shown to help reduce your risk, or delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease in older adults (8).

In other research coffee was shown to protect against Parkinson’s disease (9). Also, patients with Parkinson’s were shown to have an overall improvement of symptoms when they drank coffee regularly.

4. Coffee Can Boost Your Metabolism

The caffeine in coffee was shown to boost the metabolism 3-11% (10).  Most supplements designed to burn fat contain caffeine.

Another study showed caffeine can boost the burning of fat by as much as 29% in people who are lean, and 10% in people who are obese (11). That’s pretty impressive!

If you add coconut oil to your coffee you might able to boost your fat burn even more.

(For more about natural ways to burn fat, please check out 8 Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar.)

5. Coffee Could Lower Your Risk Of Developing Type 2 Diabetes

About 300 million people worldwide have Type 2 Diabetes, and those numbers continue to increase.

Research suggests drinking coffee (six cups or more per day) could lower the risk of Type 2 Diabetes (12).

Another study showed that people who drink four or more cups of coffee per day could reduce their risk of Type 2 Diabetes by 50% (13)!

If you’re drinking this much coffee, just make sure to drink plenty of water to counteract the diuretic effects of coffee.

6. Coffee Can Help Protect Your Liver

The liver is the largest organ (and gland) in your body. It’s responsible for more than 500 important roles in the body. It removes toxins and produces chemicals which help with digestion.

And, a fun fact about the liver is that it is the only organ in the body that is able to regenerate! Pretty cool, huh?

Cirrhosis of the liver happens when healthy liver tissue is replaced with scar tissue. This is caused by alcohol or viral hepatitis B and C (14).

People who drink 4 or more cups of coffee per day have up to an 80% reduction in their risk for cirrhosis of the liver, or alcoholic liver disease (15).

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Coffee can boost your mood and help you feel happier.

7. Coffee Can Help You Feel Happier

Depression is an illness that affects the brain chemistry. Depression has a variety of symptoms such as insomnia, feeling hopeless or worthless, feeling persistently sad or irritable and having trouble concentrating.

Coffee is a mild anti-depressant because it aids in the production of neurotransmitters, like seratonin and dopamine.

A Harvard study showed drinking 2-4 cups of coffee per day could reduce the risk of suicide by 50% (16).

8. Coffee Boosts Your Athletic Performance And Endurance

Coffee is a performance enhancer.

Many athletes know drinking a cup of coffee before athletic training or an event can boost their endurance and performance.

Caffeine increases the levels of Adrenaline in the blood (17).  This “fight or flight” hormone primes the body for intense exertion.

In fact, caffeine can boost athletic performance by about 11-12% (18).

9. Coffee Can Improve Heart Health And Reduce The Risk Of Strokes

Consuming coffee regularly is associated with reduced mortality for all causes, including cardiovascular disease (19).

In addition, coffee was shown to reduce the rate of heart problems and stroke (20) (21).

The Takeaway

Despite any bad press you may have heard about coffee, it actually healthy and chock full of antioxidants.

Regularly drinking coffee can help with athletic performance, boost your metabolism, protecting against cancer, strokes, heart disease and cirrhosis of the liver.

All in all, coffee is pretty awesome, don’t you think?

Drink coffee. Be well!

You might like to try My Healthy Coffee Drink (With Coconut Oil) Recipe.

Can you think of more health benefits of coffee you would add to the list? Please leave your comments or questions below. I’d love to connect with you!


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Top 10 Habits To Help You Live Longer

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Abraham Lincoln said, “In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” I tend to agree.

On the other hand, there is something about being human that causes us to want a long life.

Live Longer

The average life expectancy has been steadily increasing for years. Many people think genes and heredity play a major role in determining how long they will live. But, genetics are not as influential as we once thought.

It appears that other factors, such as eating habits and lifestyle are much more important. This is great news, since it means we can affect the quality and length of our lives by making healthier choices.

Here are 10 habits that will help you live longer:

1. Drink Coffee Or Tea

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Drink coffee to increase longevity.

Do you love your morning cup of joe as much as I do?  If so, you can reap some impressive benefits!

Coffee and tea are full of antioxidants. Drinking coffee and/or tea may help prevent chronic disease, which can lead to early death.

Drinking green tea was shown to cut the risk of major disease, including heart disease, cancer and diabetes (1, 2. 3).

Drinking coffee is linked with a reduction in the risk of brain diseases (like Parkinson’s Disease and Alzheimer’s Disease), cancer, and type 2 diabetes (4, 5, 6).

Please keep in mind that coffee and tea contain caffeine (unless you drink decaf). Drinking them too late in the day may interrupt your sleep.

Also, if you consume too much caffeine you may feel jittery, so you might want to limit your intake to 4 cups of coffee a day.

You may want to try this recipe for my favorite healthy coffee drink. It has coconut oil, which might sound strange at first…until you try it!

2. Don’t Overeat

If you’re like me, you might thinking, “That’s easier said, than done”. (especially when it comes to chocolate)

But, research has shown that reducing caloric intake may increase your life expectancy (7).

Eating fewer calories has also been linked to a reduced chance of chronic disease, lower body weight and healthy change in body composition (8, 9).

Some of the oldest people in Japan eat until they feel about 80% full and then they stop (10).

Obviously, starving yourself is not the goal here. Neither is it recommended. 🙂

But, dishing out smaller servings of food, eating on a smaller plate, chewing slowly or leaving food uneaten are all things we can do to reduce our calorie intake and help prevent overeating.

3. Exercise And Be Active

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Stay active and keep moving.

Studies have shown the ill effects of being a couch potato and not getting enough exercise.

According to Health.com, a 2010 study linked watching too much TV to early death:

The study followed 8,800 adults with no history of heart disease for more than six years. Compared to those who watched less than two hours of TV per day, people who watched four hours or more were 80% more likely to die from heart disease and 46% more likely to die from any cause. All told, 284 people died during the study.

Another study showed a link between sitting too much and premature death (11).

Exercise is essential to living a long and healthy life (12).

You might even be able to increase your lifespan by exercising as little as 15 minutes a day (13).

The more you exercise and stay active, the more you can reap the benefits (14).

Exercising more than 150 minutes a week has the most benefits, but any time you move is good for your health and can help increase longevity.

If you’re just starting out with a fitness plan, focus on gradually increasing the time you spend exercising.

For example, the first week you could set a goal of walking 15 minutes (or 5 or 10 minutes, whatever works for you), 5 days a week. Then the following week you can increase your goal to walking 20 minutes a day. Continue increasing your goal each week until you’re walking 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week. By then you’ve reached your 150 minutes a week of exercise!

You might want to try this stand and sit test which can predict longevity.

Warning: It’s not for the faint of heart. My husband and I just tried it out. Lol!

Let me know how you do!

4. Don’t Smoke

Smoking is linked to a decreased lifespan.

A study of women in the UK showed that smokers may lose 10 years of their lifespan and are much more likely to die prematurely (15).

The good news is that it’s never too late to quit smoking. Here are some resources to help people quit smoking.

5. Include Spices In Your Diet

Consuming spices such as turmeric and cinnamon can help you live longer.

Turmeric has a bright yellow chemical compound called curcumin. It’s a member of the ginger family.

Curcumin has many antioxidants which protect the body from oxidative stress (16).

Curcumin is an anti-inflammatory which fights against cardiovascular, pulmonary and autoimmune diseases  (17).

Cinnamon is rich in antioxidants and smells great! It’s an anti-inflammatory and lowers blood sugar.

Here’s a recipe for Cinnamon Tea.

 

6. Manage Stress

Reducing stress and anxiety are essential skills to learn for increasing your lifespan.

Everyone experiences stress in one way or another. People experience different types of stress and anxiety, and in varying amounts.

The key is learning skills to manage the stress in our lives so it doesn’t negatively impact our health. Having a positive outlook is often part of this.

You might like to check out these tips for managing stress.

Studies show that laughter and having a positive outlook is good for you and may actually add years to your life (18).

7. Sleep Well

When you’re sleeping your body works hard to heal and rejuvenate.

Developing a regular sleep routine is essential to your health. Relaxing habits such as taking a warm bath and reading a book can help you fall asleep faster.

It’s also important to go to sleep and wake up at the same time each day. I realize this is a challenge for those with small children, or a job where you’re constantly changing the hours you work. But, it’s a good idea to keep your sleeping schedule as regular as possible.

The recommendation is to get between 7 and 8 hours of sleep per night. Sleeping much more or less can shorten your life expectancy (19).

Please keep in mind that we all go through seasons of life that we get more or less sleep than others. Many times this cannot be helped. So try not to stress if you’re in one of those times now.

8. Eat Nuts

Amazingly, eating nuts just might add a few years to your life!

Nuts are chock full of antioxidants, minerals, vitamins, fiber, and protein.

One study showed that people who ate at least 3 servings of nuts per week lowered their risk of premature death by 39% (20).

Eating nuts has to have a therapeutic effect on inflammation, heart disease, some cancers and diabetes (21).

Here are some healthy nut recipes you might like to try.

9. Eat Your Fruits And Veggies

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Fill up on fresh fruits and vegetables.

Filling your diet with lots of plant foods is a healthy choice for many reasons.

Several studies have connected a prolonged lifespan with eating a Mediterranean diet. This way of eating was shown to cut down on cancer and cardiovascular disease (22, 23).

There are many ways to get your fill of fruits and veggies each day:

  • add them to smoothies
  • eat veggies raw with hummus or your favorite dip
  • roast vegetables in the oven with seasoning
  • make fruit kabobs
  • make a fruit and yogurt parfait
  • ferment your veggies to get a healthy dose of probiotics
  • stir fry
  • make a giant salad

10. Do Things That Make You Happy

We may not be able to control bad things that happen to us in life (you can read about my experience here if you like). But, we can control how we respond to difficult situations.

We can mope around feeling sorry for ourselves. (been there, done that, boo!) But, it’s been my experience that this never helps.

Choosing to live life with joy is contagious!

I’m not saying you need to become Pollyanna. But a little happiness never hurt anyone, right!?

If we frame our thoughts in a positive way, we can keep ourselves on track and stay hopeful. When we take the time to look up from our own problems, we are better able to see other people who need support and encouragement.

When we are intentional about keeping a positive mindset, it can actually add years to our life. One study found a correlation between feelings of happiness and an increase in longevity (24).

One of my favorite verses that gives me perspective when I need it the most is “The joy of the Lord is my strength”. (Nehemiah 8:10)

Do you have a favorite verse, song or activity that helps you stay positive and find joy and happiness in everyday life.

The Takeaway

Genetics play a small role in life expectancy. But, we can develop healthy habits that will greatly decrease our risk of disease and help us live longer.

What do you think about this list? Do you have healthy habits you would add?

You might like to watch this short video about a 110-year-old man and the 5 foods he recommends eating for a long, healthy life.

 

 


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Healthy Coffee Drink (With Coconut Oil) Recipe


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If you’re like me, you’re not fully awake and ready for the day until you’ve had your morning cup of joe.

In the past, I’d add Stevia, a splash of milk and our favorite sugar-free coffee creamer, Italian Sweet Cream, to my coffee. That was until I realized the creamer had Splenda in it. 🙁 You can check out information on the potential dangers of Splenda here.)

So, I started looking for new ways to drink my morning java that would be equally (or even more) delicious and much less harmful to my health. I wanted to make healthy coffee!

When I was researching coconut oil, I learned that some people add it to their coffee. I tried it, and liked the way it tasted, but I couldn’t get past the oily and less-than-appealing way it looked.

Then I noticed  that some people mix their coffee, coconut oil and add-ins in a blender (I use my NutriBullet), so I decided to give it a try too.

Why Try This Healthy Mocha Coffee Drink?

  • Because it’s amazingly delicious and rivals anything you buy at the overpriced Starbucks
  • Because coconut oil is a rich source of saturated medium chain fatty acids, so it can help you lose weight (if that’s what you’re going for) (1).
  • It is quick and easy to make
  • It gives you a boost of energy that lasts all morning
  • Who doesn’t love chocolate for breakfast?

So without further ado…

Recipe for Healthy Mocha Coffee Drink (with Coconut Oil)

Recipe for Healthy Mocha Coffee Drink (with Coconut Oil)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of coffee (or more), hot
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons of coconut oil
  • a splash of pure vanilla
  • stevia
  • 1 teaspoon of cocoa powder or cacao nibs
  • a sprinkle of cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Put all the ingredients except the cinnamon in a blender. Blend thoroughly, 30 seconds to a minute, depending on your desired froth. Sprinkle lightly with cinnamon.
  2. Drink and enjoy!
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  • Please note that if you’ve never eaten coconut oil you will probably want to start with 1 teaspoon and work your way up. If you’re not used to it, you might notice some mild side effects because coconut oil speeds up your metabolism. (I’ve never experienced any side effects, but want to make you aware because everyone is different) 😉

Do you love coffee? Will you try this healthy coffee recipe and let me know what you think?

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81 Uses For Coconut Oil

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You’ve likely heard coconut oil is a superfood. Did you also know that it is used in many ways to promote better health?

Health Benefits Of Coconut Oil

Coconut has amazing health benefits, including:

  • Speeding up metabolism, causing the body to burn as much as 120 calories extra within a 24-hour period (1)
  • The Lauric acid in coconut oil kills fungi, bacteria and viruses, preventing illness (2).
  • Kills candida
  • Polynesian people who have consumed coconut oil in large quantities for many years, such as those living in the South Pacific, are among the healthiest in the world.
  • Studies have shown that it can lower bad cholesterol (LDL) and raise the good cholesterol (HDL) (3).
  • Balances hormones
  • The fatty acids in coconut oil can benefit memory in Alzheimer’s patients (4).

81 Uses For Coconut Oil

Today I want to share 81 uses for coconut oil. I’ve tried many of these ideas and use some of them daily. I’m oil pulling now, as I type this. 😉 I hope this list will give you some good ideas about ways you can use coconut oil too. 

So here we go!

  1. Use it as a skin cream. It’s a great moisturizer and is easily absorbed in the skin. It just takes a dab and can even reduce wrinkles!
  2. As a makeup remover
  3. To fade age spots when rubbed into the skin
  4. As a low SPF sunscreen. It makes the skin glowy! (Not sure that’s a word, but you understand.
  5. Apply to the ends of hair after styling to tame fly aways and provide moisture and shine.
  6.  Applied to the lips it makes an incredibly moisturizing chapstick. Here’s a great recipe for a DIY tinted lip balm.
  7. Take to improve insulin levels
  8. Use instead of butter, on toast, pancakes, or baked potatoes.
  9. Incorporate into a smoothie, like My Favorite Peanut Butter Protein Shake, for an energy boosting meal or snack.
  10. As a personal lubricant
  11. Rub a tiny amount under eyes to help diminish dark circles.
  12. As lice prevention. If you hear of an outbreak at your child’s school put a little of the oil on a comb and gently comb through your child’s hair.
  13. Melt a little to put over popcorn. Add Himalayan pink salt or coarse sea salt and enjoy! This is another favorite at our house.
  14. Taken internally to improve neurological health and possibly prevent migraines.
  15. Apply to a jammed zipper to lubricate it and help get it unstuck.
  16. As an all-natural diaper cream for your sweet baby
  17. Apply a small amount to skin to soothe bug bites.
  18. Taken daily it can speed up weight loss. Because coconut oil is mainly made up of medium chain fatty acids it metabolizes differently than many saturated fats. It goes directly to the liver and provides the body with amazing energy.
  19. As a delicious coffee creamer – my new favorite! I put about a tablespoon in my morning java. And if you have a little extra time it’s delicious this way.
  20. Gargle to relieve a sore throat.
  21. In homemade salad dressing
  22. To saute vegetables
  23. As an all-natural bug spray
  24. A natural massage oil – Simply add a cup of liquid coconut oil to a large ziplock bag. Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil. Mix it up and enjoy.
  25. Use it to deep-condition your hair. Apply to the most damaged parts of your hair, usually the ends, and leave it on for several minutes before rinsing.
  26. Apply to pimples. The oil has antibiotic properties which fight bacteria that can contribute to acne.
  27. Exfoliator – Combine about a half cup of coconut oil with 1 or 2 tablespoons of sugar. Apply to the face or anywhere the skin needs exfoliating.
  28. Apply a small amount to help heal cuts.
  29. Use as a tanning oil.
  30. Check out this delicious recipe for Coconut Granola.
  31. Applying a small amount daily can help soothe and heal eczema.
  32. Use as an all-natural deodorant
  33. Use to remove ear wax.
  34. As a teeth whitener, via oil pulling. In my humble opinion it works better than whitestrips or trays and is much more affordable. Just make sure not to swallow the oil and don’t spit it down your sink because it could clog up the plumbing! That would not be good. Spitting it in the trash works.
  35. To soothe a sunburn
  36. Use to deeply moisturize feet overnight. Apply to feet and put on a pair of thick, cozy socks. Wake up to super soft skin. Hello!
  37. As a natural baby lotioncoconut oil
  38. Massaged into the scalp to help heal dandruff
  39. As a healing bath – Add 1/4 to 1/2 cup of coconut oil and 1/4 cup of  Epsom salts to bath.
  40. Add your favorite essential oils. This provides moisture to the skin and is a good detox.
  41. DIY homemade toothpaste.
  42. As an energy booster after a sleepless night
  43. Feed it to your dog to help heal dry, itchy skin.
  44. DIY aromatherapy – Mix a small amount with a few drops of calming essential oils. Apply behind the ears and to the back of the neck.
  45. To fight cellulite – Try this DIY Grapefruit Cellulite Cream
  46. Use as a wood polish to keep your wood furniture looking beautiful.
  47. As a cure for cold sores. Apply it to the sore several times a day.
  48. Apply to feet to heal athlete’s foot.
  49. Soothe and heal a chapped nose and lips when you have a cold.
  50. As shaving cream. Warm it up in your hands and apply.
  51. As a substitute for butter in recipes, such as these super yummy (gluten-free) Best EverChocolate Oatmeal No-Bake Bars. Kid tested, mother approved. 😉
  52. Use as a highlighter by applying to the cheekbones and eyelids.
  53. To heal stretch marks
  54. As a nipple cream for nursing mothers
  55. To season cast iron skillets
  56. To soothe rashes
  57. Vapor rub – mix coconut oil with a couple of drops of peppermint or spearmint essential oils. Apply to chest.
  58. Dog treats – Mix some coconut oil and peanut butter, freeze small servings in an ice-cube tray and give to your pup outside. (Inside might be a bit too messy.)
  59. As leather polish – Apply a small amount to shoes and handbags.
  60. To eliminate bad breath swish in your mouth, then spit it out in the trash can.
  61. Use to grease baking pans, instead of pan spray.
  62. Make homemade chocolate bars.
  63. To help prevent and repair ingrown hairs
  64.  Apply to skin to soothe poison ivy.
  65. To soothe cracked pads on your puppy’s paws
  66. Apply as a metal polish with a soft rag.
  67. Make homemade hand soap.
  68. Makeup brush cleaner – Apply a small amount to brushes. Massage them gently under warm water. Rinse and lay on a towel to dry.
  69. Apply to relieve painful hemorrhoids. ‘Nuff said.
  70. Mix nuts with some coconut oil to make creamy nut butter.
  71. To clean a retainer. Apply to retainer with a soft cloth, then rinse.
  72. To clean up ink messes.
  73. For detailing your car, including leather seats and the dashboard as well as the exterior.
  74. Apply to body to reduce friction and chafing.
  75. To remove gum stuck in carpet
  76. Taken internally it may improve circulation
  77. Aftershave – massage a small amount into the skin to reduce redness and irritation.
  78. As a makeup primer.
  79. As a rust remover – Apply to the rusty area, wait 1 or 2 hours, then gently rinse and wipe dry with a soft cloth.
  80. Include coconut oil in your daily diet to regulate the thyroid.
  81. Take internally to treat acid reflux or heartburn.

You’ve reached the end! I hope you found this article helpful.

Coconut really is an amazing superfood!

I’m including this YouTube video, by Dr. Mercola if you’d like to learn more. He does a great job dispelling some of the myths associated with coconut oil.

Have you tried any of these uses for coconut oil? What are other uses you can think of or use?


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10 Effective Treatments For Migraines

Treatments for migraines

Did you know over 12% of the population has migraines? (This includes children.)  🙁

Migraines include an array of neurological symptoms. They also tend to run in families and are debilitating, causing a loss of productivity in work and missing out on life in general.

Treatments for Migraines

There are a variety of treatment options for people who suffer from migraines. Personally, I’ve tried a variety of treatments, exploring both holistic and traditional medicine. For me, a combination of both works best.

My current treatment regimen includes taking steps to prevent my migraine triggers. For example, I know that skipping meals is one of my triggers, so I am mindful of this and try not to go too long without eating.

The bright sun or fluorescent lights can also be a problem, so I wear dark sunglasses when I’m outside, and my sweet husband had the windows on my car tinted to the darkest shade that is legal. 🙂

I also take supplements that have been proven to help migraine sufferers (more on this later).

When I have a migraine, I immediately drink a cup of coffee (Caution: Caffeine is a trigger for some people) and close the shades in our bedroom if I’m at home. If the radio is on I turn it off to eliminate noise.

I take anti-nausea medicine (Zofran), 3 or 4 Ibuprofen, and migraine medicine, Fioricet with Codeine. I’ve tried different medicines over the years, including Excedrin Migraine (which didn’t seem to do anything for me) but this combination seems to help me the most.

Even though we have room-darkening curtains, I usually cover my eyes with a washcloth to block out every bit of light. If you get migraines you may understand how painful light is.

I’ve also found that applying a cool compress to my head and face can help. I use essential oils as well. My favorites for migraines include peppermint, M-Grain, frankincense, lavender, and PanAway.

What about you? What treatments help you when you get a migraine?

As always, please consult with your doctor to help you decide what treatments are best for you.

Here are 10 that may help relieve your migraines.

Natural Treatments

  • Hydration – Drink a lot of water to keep your body hydrated. Dehydration is a trigger for some people.
  • Diet – Avoid foods which contain MSG, nitrates and nitrites, such as hot dogs.
  • Acupuncture – is effective for many. In one study, people receiving several acupuncture treatments reported fewer migraines and less side effects (1).
  • Stress management – including yoga, relaxation techniques and Tai Chi
  • Massage therapy – You can do this yourself by massaging your temples or asking someone to rub your shoulders, neck and back (2).
  • Supplements – Coenzyme Q-10, Magnesium, melatonin and Vitamin B-2 may help prevent migraines and/or make them less intense.

Medical Treatments

  • Pain relievers – NSAIDS, aspirin and Tylenol may be effective for reducing pain, especially combined with other treatments.
  • Triptans – This group of drugs includes Imitrex, Maxalt and Zomig.
  • Antidepressants – These are a possible option for people suffering from anxiety or depression.
  • Tricyclics – This group of drugs includes nortriptyline and amytriptyline. These are given in low doses daily to treatments for migrainesprevent migraines and are good for people who trouble sleeping.

Experiencing recurring migraines is difficult, but with all the treatment options there is hope for relief and a better quality of life.

I would love to hear from you about your experiences with migraines. What have you tried that works? Do you have any natural remedies that help? What questions do you have about migraines?


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17 Ways To Lose Weight Faster

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Can you guess what America’s number one New Year’s Resolution was for 2015? If you guessed losing weight you’re 100% correct! This is one of my goals too. 🙂

So what are the best ways to lose weight and keep it off?

Many believe the key to weight-loss is burning more calories than you eat. But sometimes there’s more to it. Sure, this works for many people, but sometimes there are more factors to consider, including toxins, motivational and time factors, and problems with the thyroid.

So, if you’ve tried to lose weight in the past but didn’t have success with burning more calories than you eat, then you might want to look into other areas that could be slowing your weight loss to a crawl. Believe me, I’ve been there!

Here Are 17 Ways To Lose Weight Faster:

  1. Drink a glass of water before each meal. Our bodies function more efficiently with plenty of purified water. Drinking water helps with the digestion process. The general recommendation is to drink 8 8-ounce glasses per day, or 2 liters, but depending on your size and activity level you might need a slightly different amount. Here is a more detailed explanation to help you decide how much water you should drink.
  2. Eat breakfast and include protein. This is a tough one for me to follow because I’m never hungry until about noon. I love to drink my coffee in the morning, but if it weren’t for my sweet husband reminding me to eat breakfast (and sometimes making me a protein shake), I probably wouldn’t. The thing is, when I don’t eat breakfast I have blood sugar issues, feel lousy, and eat more the rest of the day than I would if I’d eaten a protein-rich breakfast.
  3. Fill up on fiber-rich vegetables and fruits.
  4. Get a good night’s sleep. If you have trouble winding down at night, taking a hot bath or shower may help. How much sleep should you be getting? Aim for 7-9 hours of quality sleep per night.
  5. Only buy healthy whole food. Stay away from pre-packaged foods that have a long list of ingredients. This usually indicates many artificial additives which can wreck havoc on our bodies.
  6. Find opportunities to move your body throughout the day. Examples are taking the stairs instead of the elevator, parking further away from your destination so you can log the extra steps, or doing crunches (or other exercise) while you watch TV.
  7. Fill up on healthy soups, like these. They are quite satisfying and lower in calories than other options.
  8. Eat nuts. My personal favorite is pecans. They’re so rich and delicious! Other healthy options include walnuts, almonds and pistachios.
  9. Drink whey protein. It has many health benefits. Just make sure it is all natural and does not contain harmful sweeteners, like Splenda or Aspertame.
  10. Eat spicy foods. They can fire up your metabolism, causing you to burn more calories.
  11. Chew your food well before swallowing. We’ve all heard this before but it works, so it’s worth repeating. 🙂
  12. Eat your meals on a small salad plate instead of a typical dinner plate.
  13. Keep a food diary. Writing down everything we eat makes us much more aware of our caloric intake, as well as whether we’re eating enough fiber, protein, and essential vitamins. My favorite way to keep track of what I eat each day is myfitnesspal.com. I also love that it syncs with my Fitbit so I’m sure I don’t miss anything important.
  14. Avoid white foods, such as white flour, white sugar, white bread and white rice. They can dramatically alter your blood sugar and cause weight gain.
  15. Drink green tea. It has substances that cause fat cells to release fat, especially with exercise. How cool is that?
  16. Include full-fat foods in your diet. This includes grass-fed beef, coconut, eggs and avocados.
  17. Drink coffee! It speeds up your metabolism and causes you to burn more calories (1).

lose weight fasterI hope this list helps you meet your weight loss goals and become the healthiest you can. Please let me know if I can help you in any way on your journey to health!

 

Do you have weight loss tips to add to this list? I’d love to hear from you below in the comments section!

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