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.

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!

Trying a herbal capsule.

Upon the recommendation of a colleague, I tried an herbal capsule said to battle whatever ailment you have in your system. It fights cancer cells, aches and pains in your joints, repairs damaged cells, detoxifies the body, and so much more. It can actually make you healthy if you religiously drink it, according to the leaflets given to my colleague.

Before anything else, I’d like to make a confession. I am wary of herbal medicine. I know some of those out there work but I have heard about people being duped out of their hard-earned money into buying a lot of these herbal medicine stuff and not getting the results they expected out of it. I am wary also of herbal medicine because not all are tested by the FDA.

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But I’ve been experiencing some tingling in my joints specifically in my ankles. I know that it is a symptom of gout and high uric acid. Since I don’t like going to the doctor to get myself checked, I thought why not give the herbal capsule a try?

I took 6 capsules. Took and drank one immediately that day my colleague gave it to me for trial. After 24 hours of taking the first capsule, I felt the lessening of the tingles in my ankles. It might be a trick of the mind, you can say, so I continued taking the capsules. I stopped at capsule number 3. You know why? The tingles in my ankles were gone!

I have not changed anything in my diet. I didn’t take anything else, not even my daily dose of vitamin C. I just took the herbal capsule once each day for three days and I felt so much better.

I gave the remaining 3 capsules to my sister. She felt the same way. We were both experiencing symptoms of gout and high uric acid so I knew the capsules worked their magic.

I want to continue drinking it but I am still saving up some money to buy a box. Quite pricey if you are on a budget like me. I think I’ll pick up a box by January next year.

I have heard other great results to those who took it. I will update here again about this herbal capsule once I am regularly taking it already.

Gallstones: Painful little stones

What are gallstones?

Gallstones (commonly misspelled gall stones or gall stone) are solid particles that form from bile cholesterol and bilirubin in the gallbladder. The gallbladder is a small, pear-shaped organ on the right side of your abdomen, just beneath your liver. The gallbladder holds a digestive fluid called bile that’s released into your small intestine.

gall stones

Gallstones normally form when there is too much cholesterol in the bile. The liver basically helps dissolve these stones through the bile but if there is more stones than the bile can dissolve, it creates gallstones. I believe this is the most common cause of gallstones just like what happened to my sister a couple of weeks ago. She kept experiencing sudden and intense pain in the upper right area of her breastbone so she consulted a specialist who immediately conducted an abdominal ultrasound as well as other tests on her. She tested positive on gallstones and since she already has too many that taking oral medicine couldn’t help solve anymore, she was scheduled to undergo a cholecystectomy or the removal of the gall bladder.

Those who are without gall bladders are advised by their doctors to be careful of what they eat. Avoid oily food or anything that will be hard to digest. Exercise and keep a really healthy diet.

Of course, prevention is always better than cure. Stay healthy, exercise and watch your weight. It will help prevent gallstones and will make your body healthy.