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Coconut Oil for thyroid health and weight loss

By Jenni Madison on 17 March 2013

Mother nature’s plant based saturated fat, coconut oil, offers amazing health and beauty benefits, in particular when it comes to thyroid and hormone health.

Research points to the fact that an underactive thyroid gland may be the number one cause of weight problems, especially among women. Thyroid hormones are required for normal health and the activity of every cell in the body. It therefore makes sense that the lack of these hormones will have a detrimental affect on the entire body.

The thyroid gland is the body’s metabolic thermostat, controlling body temperature, energy use and the growth rate in children. Symptoms of having a sluggish thyroid include lack of energy, depression, weight gain, low body temperature, headaches, menstrual disorders, dry skin, insomnia, puffy eyes, brittle nails, mental dullness, dizziness and low sex drive.

Consuming coconut oil regularly is known to help restore thyroid function. The medium chain fatty acid composition of coconut oil converts by the liver directly into energy. This process increases metabolic rate and assists the transport of the thyroid hormone into the cells. This promotes hormone balance and an increase in energy levels, which leads to healthy, lasting weight-loss.

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Leading researcher in the field of hormones, Dr Peat says that the sudden surge of polyunsaturated oils into the food chain post World War II has caused many changes in hormones. These polyunsaturated oils interfere with the thyroid gland and block the secretion of this hormone. Unrefined virgin coconut oil does not inhibit thyroid function in the way that these unsaturated vegetable oils do.

I have met ladies who have lost weight by taking coconut oil daily, bringing their hormones back into balance and using it on their skin to avoid the sagging from rapid weight loss. Simply switching from using heated unsaturated oils in cooking to using coconut oil, can be enough to start experiencing these amazing benefits.

Maintaining a diet high in healthy fats, in-particular coconut oil, will contribute to your inner and outer beauty in so many ways. Good fats play a vital role in our health and nutrition.

For more information on the health and beauty benefits of coconut oil visit www.coconutmagic.com

About the author

Jenni Madison

Founder Director Coconut Magic

Jenni is an entrepreneur whose journey has taken her from the strategic and corporate business world of branding and creative marketing, to a career in the development health consciousness. Jenni’s…  Read full bio