How to Distinguish Genuine Virgin Coconut Oil

Millions of people around the world have discovered and are now enjoying the wonderful benefits of coconut oil. This latest trend in health and wellness products is actually already centuries old—many traditional cultures and societies in tropical countries have long been using coconut oil on their bodies and consuming it as a natural antidote for numerous health conditions and illnesses.

With such strong demand for coconut oil in the market, there are a lot of manufacturers and suppliers who are now offering coconut oil products especially on the Internet. The important thing to consider these days is making sure that the coconut oil you are using is of top quality. First of all, virgin coconut oil is generally synonymous to quality coconut oil, so always make sure to go for this type.

Compared to ordinary coconut oil which is processed from coconut copra, virgin coconut oil is raw and taken straight from the white, pulpy meat of the coconut fruit. Ordinary coconut oil is also called refined coconut oil because it goes through a number of processes in order to deodorize, bleach, and purify the oil. Virgin coconut oil, meanwhile, undergoes less or no processing at all, making it more similar to fresh coconuts in terms of flavor and aroma.

Quality sources

In order to make sure that you get excellent and genuine virgin coconut oil, check the label to determine its source. Virgin coconut oil suppliers in the Philippines are considered as one of the best sources because the coconut tree is endemic to the tropical archipelago. Coconut produce is in high abundance all-year round, so manufacturers enjoy a steady and reliable supply of the fruit to meet high global demand.

With the health trend toward everything organic, you might also want to consider patronizing virgin coconut oil that is certified organic. This means no pesticides or harmful chemicals were used in cultivating the trees and the fruit. Especially if you intend to consume virgin coconut oil as foodstuff, going organic may be a good idea. Again, just check the label to make sure you are getting the good stuff.

Product quality

Genuine and good quality virgin coconut oil can also be evaluated by its appearance and physical qualities. When buying virgin coconut oil, make sure there are no visible impurities floating in the oil. It should be clear, pure, and colorless. Virgin coconut oil should have a strong and discernable coconut aroma and flavor. It should not smell bad or moldy. Coconut oil that is not fresh will tend to smell off or rancid.

Don’t be alarmed if your virgin coconut oil suddenly turns white and opaque even if it was just sitting on your table or cupboard. Coconut oil has a high melting point and as such, it solidifies quite easily especially in cool environments. At around 75 degrees Fahrenheit, coconut oil starts to look like lard. If you need to consume it, a good way is to dip the container into a bowl of warm water so that the oil starts to melt slowly.

Price

Finally, if a product is too cheap, it may be too good to be true. Especially for specialty products such as virgin coconut oil, you usually get what you pay for. This means that products that are too much of a bargain may not be good in quality. Conversely, good-quality coconut oil usually does come at a premium. You would need to shell out a bit more in order to enjoy excellent virgin coconut oil that is truly beneficial.

Coconut oil for you

If you haven’t discovered the benefits of virgin coconut oil, why don’t you give it a try? Aside from being a great moisturizer and hair conditioner, when consumed, virgin coconut oil provides an antioxidant boost that works to strengthen your immune system against a host of diseases and illnesses. There’s good reason why virgin coconut oil is considered a valuable plant-based medicinal substance. Just make sure to learn how to choose the best virgin coconut oil so that you enjoy its optimum benefits.

Essential tips on the cigarette ratings for beginners

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Have you decided to stop smoking with the help of the electronic cigarettes? Congratulations! First of all, you need to know that the internet is full of useful information, some of which you can find here, that will help you make this transition. Although, at first, the volume of information can be overwhelming, especially nowadays, when there is such a large variety of electronic cigarettes on the market, you should read e cigarette reviews with patience and curiosity. Here are some basic tips that will help you get a good start on this fascinating journey of vaping.

Find out more on e-liquids

If you have never vaped before, you will probably start with a disposable electronic cigarette, which is very simple to use. But shortly you will want to vape out of a better electronic cigarette, which is why you will need to know some basic things about the e-liquid.

Proportion of PG / VG

Electronic cigarette liquids are composed of water, VG (vegetable glycerin), PG (propylene glycol) and flavors. The ratio between PG and VG directly influences how you perceive the taste and aroma of the e-liquid, the throat hit (the feeling of “strength” when inhaling the vapor), and the vapor production.

High concentration PG liquids are often the most recommended for beginners due to the strong hit offered by it, simulating more accurately the experience of smoking. At the same time, a PG-based e-liquid will offer less vapor production but will give the flavor much better.

E-liquids that contain predominantly VG are gummier, which is why the vapors will be denser and richer. These are ideal for those who are less interested in throat-hit and more into the steam production, often being the preferred option of advanced vapers who leave behind huge aromatic clouds of steam.

Also, the electronic cigarette liquids composed exclusively of vegetable glycerin are indicated for those who have allergies to propylene glycol.

The nicotine concentration

The nicotine concentration is probably the most important aspect that you have to consider as a beginner because it will directly influence your success in quitting smoking definitively. It is important to choose an e-liquid with a higher nicotine concentration at first, depending on how many classic cigarettes you used to smoke. At first, nicotine withdrawal is perhaps the most difficult to overcome.

Choose an electronic cigarette for beginners

One of the most common mistakes of the beginners, especially if they are over-excited and have the necessary budget, is to buy an expensive e cig with features they will not need at first. As the smoker in you “retires” and makes room for vaping, you can try more advanced electronic cigarettes and more advanced features, capable of meeting your new demands.

How to moisten your electronic cigarette liquid for a more intense flavor

Let’s imagine the following scenario: you’ve been thinking about trying a liquid for a new cigarette with a new flavor. You return home enthusiastically with the new acquisition and begin to unleash the seal of the e-liquid, fill your atomizer, and start to vape. And … nothing special! The flavor has no intensity. If you want the electronic cigarette liquid that you will buy in the future to have a more intense flavor, there is a secret: maceration.

Macerating the electronic cigarette liquid is the process that allows the flavor to intensify over a period of time. There are several ways to macerate the e-liquid, and vapers always come up with new innovations about this process. Rightfully so, because just by macerating the electronic cigarette liquid, it helps you get the most out of the flavor.

One of the simplest methods of maceration, which always yields results, is the classic one. This involves shaking it for 30 seconds (of course, making sure the lid is tightly closed) and then placing the e-liquid bottle in a cool, dark place. After 5-7 days, repeat the process at least twice. As you may have already realized, the maceration of the electronic cigarette liquid is a process that, if executed correctly, takes about 3 weeks.

So, if you want the flavor of the electronic cigarette liquid to be as accurate as possible, you will need to be patient with it. You probably wonder: Why does e-liquid maceration take so long? The answer to this question lies in the chemical compounds that render the taste and aroma you perceive when you vape the liquid for the electronic cigarette. At their base, e-liquid flavors are simple chemical compounds that interact with other compounds found in the e-liquid.

A change in lifestyle.

Healthier. More productive. Efficient.

Those are just three words that I aim to focus on this year. I plan to change my lifestyle. I am honest enough to admit that I am lazy when it comes to exercising. I just love to sit somewhere and gaze at nothing. It is one of my fool-proof ways of de-stressing.

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But I realized just how efficient it is to de-stress by walking. Two purposes in one activity. De-stressing and exercising! A co-worker has been encouraging everyone in the office to participate in a fitness program he’s been designing for the whole team. I am wary of joining such activities because as I’ve mentioned, I am lazy with anything fitness-related. Also, my commitment to anything that will require so much energy from me that will not give me monetary in return. TMI? It’s the truth! I was once a breadwinner so I made sure that my activities outside of work would yield me a side income. Of course, I know that a healthy body will actually save me a lot of money so I am considering the offer of a fitness activity at work.

I plan to be more productive this year and I am talking about my writing life. I am a published novelist. I write romance novels and I have three published novels in my name and two more waiting to be published. The past couple of months yielded zero results, writing-wise. I am searching for an inspiration, seeking words and even physical items like an industrial chandelier lighting to inspire me to complete a novel again. Hopefully, I can finish this one I am currently working on.

It’s not easy juggling so many things in a single day. My intent of an efficient working hours is a serious undertaking because I want to be able to accomplish so much this year.

A change of lifestyle is definitely in order!

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cafeI’ve been in a dilemma since I acquired this domain and made it a blog. I wanted so badly for the blog title to be around the domain name but I dismissed one idea after another. It just didn’t match what I had in mind for this blog. I wanted one where it will immediately show what I am as a person and what I would like the over-all feel of the blog will be.

Espresso Shots!

I love coffee. I drink it at least twice a day, once in the morning and once in the afternoon. There are days when I drink it four to five times, especially when I need a boost of energy. Basically, I run on caffeine. Ha-ha!

So, it’s espresso for me.

This blog will be talking more on health and lifestyle, still on education, and a little bit more on what’s happening around the metro on a daily basis. Plus, a sprinkle of positivity here and there.

Welcome to my not-so-new blog!

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