Healthy eating – day 25 – Five Ninja-Like Ways Coconut Oil Boosts Your Health

Healthy eating – day 25 – Five Ninja-Like Ways Coconut Oil Boosts Your Health

Five Ninja-Like Ways Coconut Oil Boosts Your Health

Anthony Punshon is a dedicated Fitness & Nutrition Specialist, Author, Public Speaker, and Trainer based in West Sussex, United Kingdom. To date, Anthony’s work has been featured in a multitude of prominent health, fitness, and lifestyle magazines. Additionally, he authored the “Sculpting the Perfect Waistline” series.

Currently, Anthony is the proud Owner and Head Transformation Coach of PW Physique and Fitness, one of the most renowned transformation studios in Sussex. He is also the Creator of Power Burn Xtreme, Power Living Intensive, Metabolic Xcelerator, and MCX: 30/30 weight loss and body transformation programmes.

He is very experienced at what he does and clearly understands healthy eating. Here is Anthony’s guest blog!

Coconut oil’s a bit of a healthy-food celeb right now.

spoon of coconut oil

Walk down any street and the paparazzi would be all over it like snakes on Samuel L Jackson’s plane.

With studies now in the thousands attesting to coconut oil’s health benefits and the product itself being widely accessible in supermarkets, there’s a tonne of ways coconut oil can give any healthy eating plan a boost.

It reduces inflammation and arthritis

In a world that’s becoming increasingly more stationary, inflammation and arthritis are rising faster than the head of the BBC’s blood pressure when he got the news that channel 4 stole Bake Off. Virgin coconut oil contains high levels of antioxidants, which work towards decreasing prostaglandin levels (think of these as inflammation mediators). As a result, those who suffer from arthritis can experience reduced bouts of inflammation, leading to less pain. In another study, researchers found that coconut oil also reduces inflammatory blood cells. Double bubble!

It reduces heart disease too

As anybody who’s health savvy knows, coconut oil is high in fat. In fact it’s basically entirely fat. However, it also contains high amounts of lauric acid, which is a medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) that may reduce cholesterol. There’s also evidence pointing towards the idea that MCTs reduce the risk of atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis isn’t just a word you can get your drunk mates to try and say to liven up any pub conversation, it’s a disease that sees plaque build up on the arterial walls. With more room for blood to flow, there’s less stress placed on the heart, and a reduced risk of blood clots.

It can cut Alzheimer’s risk

While many fats go through a 26-step process to break down into a form that’s used as energy, MCTs only require three steps. As a result, they’re instantly available, they move on to the liver, and they eventually turn into ketones, which are known to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s and limit the damage caused by epilepsy.

It fights a whole host of nasties

As well as lowering cholesterol levels, the lauric acid targets pathogens such as candida (which is a fungus. An actual fungus, not a bogeyman.), and has proven antibacterial properties too. While your body’s immune system goes a long way towards combatting viruses, bacteria, and fungal parasites itself, like Robin to Batman, it can always do with a helping hand. As bacteria thrive in sugary environments, it may be worth backing away from the carbohydrates when you feel ill, and find ways to add coconut oil to your diet instead.

It may reduce the risk of kidney disease

OK, so this one isn’t conclusive right now, but there’s a whole bunch of reasons coconut oil may reduce the risk of kidney disease too. One theory is that this is due to the reduced heart disease risk; when less strain is placed on the heart, less strain is placed on the kidneys, as high blood pressure can damage their filtering system. Another is that those with kidney disease suffer more when their immune system is under attack, as their kidneys have more waste to filter.

As coconut oil has immune system enhancing properties, it’s protecting the kidneys as a secondary benefit. More research is certainly needed here, but it certainly won’t hurt to add coconut oil to your diet to raise the odds in your favour.

 The best way to use coconut oil…

As with any dietary bolt-on, coconut oil is best used as part of a balanced eating plan, alongside drinking more water and moving yo’ ass. That’s exercise if you didn’t get that…

Evidence supporting its health benefits is certainly promising. Whether you use it to cook with, add it to your baking, or hold your nose and down a spoonful with your oats in the morning, in my opinion it’s a healthy eating essential you should jump on.

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A note from Honey

Thank you Anthony for sharing those cool facts about coconut oil. Now where did I put my bulletproof coffee!

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Honey

30 days to a happier you – Day 28 – 7 things that will affect your energy

30 days to a happier you – Day 28 – 7 things that will affect your energy

7 things that will affect your energy

human energy

I hope you enjoyed the past five days of guest bloggers talking about how exercise (Anthony Punshon), food (Katie Hedges), spiritual (Susan Ellis-Saller), art (Justine Van De Weg) and uncertainty (Dawn Breslin) affect your happiness.

But you will find it hard to be happy without energy. We are energy beings. There are some key things that will drain your energy like poor diet, lack of exercise or emotional turmoil but what about the less obvious ones?

1 – Thinking about the past

If you live to 80 years old you will have 29,200 days of life. How many will you spend thinking about things that happened in the past? Of course it’s not always possible to just stop thinking about the past by yourself so you may need to get professional help. I’m a Hypnotherapist and NLP Master practitioner which means I change the way the past feels for people by making changes in the subconscious. This is a big topic and I have a blog on it here

2 – Thinking of the things you can’t do rather than the things you can

You might wish you were good at something or had certain opportunities but when you look at the things you can’t do you drain your energy from the things you can. So if you don’t have the money to go on a certain trip, create a different trip that you can afford. If you can’t run a 5k, walk one or build up to one. Focusing on the can, rather than the can’t feeds your energy (and confidence).

3 – Disliking your body

How often do you look down at your belly and think you are fat or it is gross? That belly is working hard for you on the inside! The digestive system is amazing! Often referred to as the second brain. Try nourishing it with probiotics and see how great you feel. Some things are functional and don’t look pretty! So your legs are wobbly but aren’t they the same legs that carry you up the stairs to be the tooth fairy and down the stairs to be Santa?

4 – Not discovering new things

dog swimming

Can you imagine a dog that was kept in a dog cage and never went to the park, sniffed trees, met other dogs, ran for a stick, jumped in a lake, followed a scent, ran free in the grass, made doggy friends, chased a cat, ate something he shouldn’t, dug a hole, got made a fuss of by people other than his owner….. life is an exciting adventure. There are 7 billion people on the planet, 195 countries and over a billion websites! Discovering new things enriches and excites us.

5 – Overspending your energy

Energy is not unlimited. You only have a certain amount. Sportspeople understand this and footballers are advised not to have sex before a big match! So do you know how you are spending your energy? Is work draining you? Or a relationship? Or are you spending your energy on worry? Awareness is the first step and then looking at balancing the ‘energy books’ can make huge differences to your life.

6 – Not nourishing your soul

Do you know what makes you happy? Or are the things that used to make you happy not working anymore? We are fluid creatures and whilst you may have a passion that lasts a lifetime, you might evolve and need new hobbies and interests to match your current state. By trying new things and having an open mind you might just find that belly dancing makes your soul feel alive!

7 – Your mindset

Some people find the phrase ‘positive thinking’ cheesy. And it can be; not everything is awesome! I really liked this blog that Michael Neill wrote recently where he talked about choosing our attitude to tasks we don’t enjoy. The purpose of the post was boosting productivity but what I took from it was by choosing our attitude, everything can be better.

If you are in a job you don’t enjoy, people may advise you to leave. But this just isn’t practical in all cases. By changing your mindset, it could feel like a new job!

So you see you may be leaking precious energy without even realising it. But if you aren’t enjoying your life as much as you want to or find it hard to get motivated, start by plugging energy leaks.

Here’s the plan:

  • Think about your energy levels. Can you identify any leaks?
  • Use a page in your notebook/journal and split it into seven squares. Label each one with a day of the week and make a note each day of your energy level out of ten and why you think that might be.

 

See you tomorrow

Happy hug 🙂

Honey

 

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