Why Raw Coconuts are an Essential Beauty Food!
I have to admit I love COCONUT not only for the taste but the huge beauty benefits, tip to toe and inside out.
Raw coconut is one of natures’ gifts to us. Coconuts, especially young ones, possess some miracle beauty benefits. The coconut water in them is beautylicious (yes that is my own word…). It gets stored up in the coconuts over the months and gets purified and enriched with many essential nutrients.
Young coconut water closely resembles human blood plasma by its formula. Making it great for purifying our blood, detoxing and keeping us healthy and beautiful. Indeed, young coconut water can be called the water of life. It matches perfectly the electrolytic balance of human blood. Forget the Gatorade before a workout or after a workout, drink young coconut water instead!
Now lets talk about unrefined coconut oil that can be used both internally and externally for great beauty benefits. First of all, you can and should include some raw coconut oil into your diet. It’s a must have to get healthy and shining skin but it can also help you lose weight (coconut oil has short and medium-chain fatty acids which actually help burn fat). That’s right, what more could you ask for! You can take it by the spoonful, use it in salads, toss your cooked veggies in it or get really creative and make some raw chocolate with it! (I will cover how in another post soon)
Raw coconuts are a fiber source at 7 grams per cup and fiber is essential for your skin health. Here is one of the most amazing fiber facts: we cannot digest it! And that is the very reason, why we should consume it! Fiber sort of ‘sweeps’ your intestines. It removes all the toxins stored there. It also improves your digestion. This is the direct way to improving your skin look. If your digestive tract works well and stays clean of toxins, you get great and healthy skin color and fewer acne problems and outbreaks. So, consuming raw coconuts supplies you with more fiber to keep your skin young and fresh.
Besides, raw coconuts are rich with selenium. This essential mineral keeps your cells and membranes alive and healthy. It prevents cell damage in your skin and the rest of your body. It also binds free radicals and prevents various types of cancer. Supplying your body with enough of selenium is essential. Its daily dose comes up to 80 micrograms. Just one cup of raw coconut a day supplies you with over 10 percent of that dose.
Coconut oil can be used both for your skin and your hair. Raw coconut oil is a great moisturizer, I use it after I shower.
Rub it onto your skin whenever you feel dryness. This oil is hydrating and, don’t forget, it looks sexy on you! It has a great smell and it makes your skin smooth and soft. It can penetrate deep inside the skin and bind free radicals, stopping the aging process inside your skin. What more could you want!
Another good reason to use raw coconut oil on your skin is to stop or prevent skin infections and even acne. Internally it also helps fight viruses! This oil possesses strong germ killing properties. It keeps your pores clean from inside out and prevents inflammation, skin redness and dryness. Remember, dry skin is prone to irritation and irritated skin is acne prone. So, using raw coconut oil as your topical, you prevent acne outbreaks.
Finally, you can use raw coconut oil on your hair and scalp. It prevents the overly dryness of scalp skin and deeply moistures damaged hair. You can use raw coconut oil as your natural and safe hair treatment. You can apply it to wet or dry hair, let it sit for at least 20 minutes, I like to wrap my head up in a plastic cap and blow dry, heat helps the oil penetrate and than shampoo it out. Here is how it works to make your hair gorgeous: It penetrates the hair shafts, which consist of cuticles (or plates). The coconut oil prevents hair from getting too dry and from breaking down.
All these health and beauty benefits of coconuts and coconut oil along with the affordable prices for them, makes them great natural health products and topicals. Remember a little goes a long way.