Life is better with a dog. Or two in my case. In my family, we tag each other in cute and funny dog memes. We are, for better or worse, unconditional dog lovers. My dogs get their yearly check ups, I bought a fleece jacket for my black lab-Bassett hound mix for when its too cold out and the fur doesn’t keep her warm. My corgi, on the other hand, seems to stay nice and toasty under all that long fur of hers. I make sure they exercise often (it’s a win-win because it means I exercise too), and I feed them only what’s good for them (their food, fruits, vegetables and coconut oil).
Yup, coconut oil. It’s all the rage for people, and now even the American Kennel Club agrees that it’s good for dogs too. Did you know that coconut oil contains Lauric Acid which has anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. It may also fight off viruses. Coconut oil is made up of roughly 90% Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs) which some vets believe can help with digestion and digestive issues, along with improving brain function in older dogs. And, that’s not it, there are benefits to using coconut oil topically like helping itchy, dry skin, hot spots and even make their coats shiny and sleek.
My dogs get a teaspoon full of coconut oil every morning and they LOVE it!! But, not all coconut oil is created equal. Look for organic virgin unrefined coconut oil ( I love the one from Carrington Farms) to make sure your furry friend is reaping all the benefits this amazing oil can give them. It’s tail-wagging goodness from the inside out.
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Let’s face it. This has been a very long winter. In fact, our feet have been shoved into our snow boots for way too long. But, that all begins to change now. The snow is melting and its time to dig out our shoes without shearling. Reach deep into the closet and you will find that your open toe clogs, sandals, and flip flops are still there, waiting to be worn.
But, the question is…are your feet flip-flop ready? If the answer is “no”, there’s one beauty must-have for the season: coconut oil.
Why coconut oil?
Coconut oil is ideal as a lightweight, non-greasy, pleasant-smelling moisturizer for your skin. Unlike moisturizers on the drugstore shelves which are mainly water or petroleum based, coconut oil is a natural remedy that conditions, hydrates and moisturizes our skin cells. You can use it as an all-over foot conditioning treatment (including the cuticles which benefit from the additional moisturizing too) or mix it with sugar or sea salt for a heavenly foot scrub. What better way to get rid of the dry, scaly, flakey skin on your feet before stepping out into the warmth for the world to see?
Even more amazing is that coconut oil can protect your feet from those dreaded fungal infections that can occur during the summer months when your feet are exposed. How? The anti-fungal, anti-bacterial properties come naturally from the medium chain tryglicerides in the oil. Coconut oil also has been shown offer some protection of UV rays during the long, sunny days and, when mixed with tea tree oil it can be used to keep those pesky mosquitos away during the warm, humid nights.
So…what are you waiting for? Grab a container of Carrington Farms Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
, warm some between your hands, then apply generously to feet and become “flip flop ready”. You’ll be glad you did.
A study published in the Journal of Lipids compared results of people using coconut oil versus vegetable oil. On a reduced calorie diet and regular exercise regimen, both groups had a reduction in BMI. However, only the group using coconut oil had a reduction in waist circumference and an increase in HDL levels (good cholesterol). Vegetable oil group had a lowering of the good cholesterol and raising of total cholesterol levels. Coconut oil has an overall positive effect on cholesterol levels and may play a role in reducing abdominal fat.
The Journal of Nutrition published a study explaining that medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) like those found in Coconut Oil can increase your metabolism and promote fat burning. MCTs are metabolized differently than long chain tryglycerides (LCTs) which are in vegetable oils. Unlike LCTs which are readily stored in your body, MCTs are not stored, but sent directly to the liver where they are used immediately as energy.
Adding Coconut Oil
to coffee yields many positive results. It can help raise HDL levels and reduce waist circumference for overall health. It can also help to increase metabolism and give you an additional boost of sustainable energy.
It is important to note that, as part of a healthy diet, all fats should be limited. Coconut oil should replace other oils, not be in addition to them.
Coconut oil comes in both a liquid and solid form. When adding to coffee, choose the solid form. Brew your coffee as usual. Pour hot cup of coffee into either a blender or blender bottle. Add nonfat milk (dairy, soy, almond,etc) to coffee. Then add 1/2 tablespoon coconut oil. (Limit to 1 Tablespoon Coconut Oil for 2 cups of coffee a day.) Blend or shake well. Enjoy your delicious and creamy blended drink that is not only good for your heart but also good for your body.