Coconut is a very common fruit in the Dominican Republic. If you raise your head and look at the tall palm trees that are everywhere, you will see many coconuts. But take care, It’s better to not lay under a palm tree that has coconuts on because it is very dangerous if they fall down.
When you are in the Dominican Republic you see coconut sellers everywhere. They just open it with their machete and let you drink the water inside, then the broke it in half and you can eat the tasty coco. It is not just the fabulous taste that will take your heart but all the experience of having it from some Dominican on the street that just climbs up to the tree to have you the coconut than he opens it and broke it for you with such an enthusiasm and a grateful gaze.
In the Dominican Republic, the production of coconut oil is one of the most common productions of all. Today Getaway DR would like to introduce you this tropical trooper that has a host of health benefits. So here are 10 reasons to pick up some coconut oil today.
Kiss that dry, flaky skin goodbye. Coconut oil can be used all over the body and on the face. It is a great, all natural moisturizer that will not cause your skin to be oily. It boosts collagen production in your cells and will keep wrinkles at bay.
- Can help speed metabolism and weight loss
Coconut oil is a medium-chain fatty acid (MCFA), also known as a medium chain triglyceride (MCT). It is a healthy fat without any trans fats. The fatty acid particles immediately go to the liver, increasing energy and metabolism. This then yields weight loss. Start consuming a few tablespoons a day to get your body back in shape.
- Speed healing of cuts and sunburns
As it is a natural moisturizer, coconut oil, together with a drop or two of lavender oil, will heal your burns so that your skin doesn’t peel. Use daily on your skin, and it will heal in just a fraction of the time that you were used to. Coconut oil promotes collagen production and repairs the skin cells.
- Body Scrub
Exfoliate your skin by using this simple body scrub. Mix together equal parts coconut oil and sugar. Use in the bath and shower to have soft skin.
- Great for high-temperature cooking
Because of its high smoke point, coconut oil, not oxides at high temperatures like olive oil sometimes does.
- It’s a natural energy booster
When paired with chia seeds, the medium chain triglycerides in coconut oil can work nicely to become a great afternoon pick-me-up.
- It can be used as a coffee creamer
Believe it or not, coconut oil can be used as a substitute for milk. Some people even use it to smooth their coffee!
- It Can Reduce The Risk Of Type 2 Diabetes
According to Health Impact News, coconut oil can actually have a positive effect on blood sugar levels, therefore it reduces the risk of diseases like Type 2 Diabetes.
- Controls weight
One 2009 study looked at the weight loss link between women’s consumption of coconut oil and found that it reduces abdominal obesity. Researchers discovered coconut oil is easy to digest and also protects the body from insulin resistance. To try coconut oil for weight loss start by adding one teaspoon to your diet and gradually work your way up to four teaspoons per day.
Coconut oil is made up of healthy fats lauric acid, caprylic acid and capric acid which contain antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral prosperities to boost the immune system. Lauric acid contains the highest concentration of MCFA fatty acids, approximately 75 percent. The body turn this fat into monolaurin which is claimed to help heal viruses such as herpes, influenza, cytomegalovirus, helicobacter pylori, and candida.
As you can see, coconut oil can be used in all sorts of ways, and the benefits of coconut oil extend across all spectrums. Buy your jar of coconut oil today at your local grocery store or if you are in the Dominican Republic or your are planning to come, you can find it everywhere, from supermarkets through little stores to sellers on the beach and streets.
What are you going to use coconut oil for?