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Coconut Oil

Coconut oil

Leigh Carter

Personal Trainer Kelowna

Private Gym

 

Coconut oil, or copra oil, is an edible oil extracted from the kernel or meat of mature coconuts harvested from the coconut and it has been consumed in tropical places for thousands of years. Studies done on native diets high in coconut oil consumption show that these populations are generally in good health, and don’t suffer as much from many of the modern diseases of western nations where coconut oil is seldom consumed anymore.

In the past, all saturated fats were thought to be bad for health and cause heart disease but many studies have proven the opposite. Coconut oil is one of the richest sources of saturated fats, with almost 90% of the fatty acids being saturated. Coconut oil contains primarily medium chain triglycerides unlike most other saturated fats which are long chain fatty acids. These medium chain fatty acids are different because they are processed differently in your body by going straight to the liver from the digestive tract where they are used as a quick energy source or turned into so-called ketone bodies, which can have therapeutic effects on brain disorders like epilepsy and Alzheimer’s.

Coconut oil has more than 50% lauric acid, and has been found to prevent high cholesterol and high blood pressure. It is healthier than a polyunsaturated oil, like vegetable oil, is because it is not prone to oxidisation and when it oil oxidises and we consume it, inflammation can increase in our bodies. It has also been shown to reduce atherosclerosis which is plaque damage to an artery causing the artery to reduce its size. Studies in both humans and rats show that coconut oil improves important risk factors like total, LDL and HDL cholesterol, which may translate to a reduced risk of heart disease.

Coconut oil can be applied topically as well, those suffering from various skin diseases are also seeing tremendous health benefits by applying coconut oil directly on the skin and studies showing it to be effective as a skin moisturiser and protecting against hair damage. It can also be used as a mild form of sunscreen, as mouthwash and for fighting off bacterial infections and viruses, it contains antimicrobial fats which have anti-fungal and antiviral effects as well, and increases the positive action of our immune system.

Digestive issues can be lessened by the antibacterial properties that also enhance digestion and absorption of fat soluble vitamins (vitamins A, D, E and K).

There have been studies done with coconut oil and it is said to have many health benefits. Some of the most recent research has come from people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, with reports of people improving or even reversing the effects of Alzheimer’s by using coconut oil.

Over recent years there have been positive results from people with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes in using coconut oil. Also some reports of coconut oil health benefits from those suffering from hypothyroidism, as coconut oil helps boost metabolism and raise body temperatures to promote thyroid health.

There are different varieties of coconut oil, these being:

  • Pure which is unprocessed and usually used for cosmetic and medical
  • Refined which is processed and usually used for cosmetic and medical uses
  • Virgin comes from the primary pressing and is used in foods
  • Organically raised and has a variety of uses
  • Organic Virgin which is organic raised and from the first separation of the coconut
  • Extra Virgin is the premium oil and uses wet-milling fermentation or centrifuge for extraction

So how will you try it?

Maybe incorporating it in your daily diet to promote health benefits.

In your daily personal and beauty routine, for your skin, hair, oral health and general body cleansing

Use its anti fungal, anti viral properties to help with minor infections and skin irritations

Or perhaps in baking as it is ideal for all sorts of cooking and baking, as it can withstand higher temperatures without being damaged like many other oils olive oil. Try replacing your usual fat in cookies, delicious.

Whatever you do it uses are endless and it’s worth trying.

 

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Back Pain

Back Pain

Leigh Carter

Personal Trainer Kelowna

Private Gym

 

Most people will experience some degree of back pain during their lives. Back pain comes in many forms, from lower back pain, middle back pain, or upper back pain to low back pain with sciatica. Common back pain causes include nerve and muscular problems, degenerative disc disease, and arthritis. Many people find relief from symptoms of back pain with medication and physiotherapy. There are a number of reasons for back pain – perhaps you have poor posture, maybe you don’t sleep in the right position, you may be overweight, there are many possibilities.

Back pain itself can cause difficulty sleeping and lack of sleep can make the pain even worse, it’s a vicious cycle that is incredibly hard to break. By addressing any sleeping problems that you have may be the key to easing your back pain. Even small changes like rearranging your sleeping position, reducing or increasing the number of pillows or relaxing your muscles with a hot shower right before you go to bed could make all the difference. Or perhaps you need to assess the mattress you are sleeping on, it is important to change your mattress at least every 6 to 8 years and do some accurate research to figure out what kind of mattress will suit your back’s needs.

Regular exercise and being active on a daily basis will help keep your back strong and healthy. Activities such as walking, swimming and yoga are popular choices. Exercising the muscles in your abs and back can have a huge impact on lower back pain, and even doing something as simple as correcting your posture while you’re sitting at your desk works those muscles and can have a lasting effect on your back pain in the long run. If you feel like taking it a step further, practise sitting upright on an exercise ball for 30 minutes a day. Better still talk to your personal trainer who will be able to advise on the best programme of exercises to benefit your back.

It used to be thought that bed rest would help you recover from a bad back, and you may feel the best way to deal with the pain is just to lie exactly where you are without moving a muscle, but it’s now recognised that people who remain active are likely to recover more quickly. With severe pain it may be difficult but by moving around as soon as you can and aiming do a little more each day you could feel an improvement. As simple as a walk around the garden for a few minutes at a time, admiring the view to distract you from the pain and just increasing these walks could help.

Hot or cold therapy can also be hugely beneficial for soothing lower back pain. Heat application stimulates blood flow, which sends healing nutrients to the area of your body that’s in pain. Cold application reduces inflammation and also acts as a local anaesthetic by slowing down nerve impulses, which prevents your nerves from spasming and causing you discomfort. There are many ways to incorporate hot or cold therapy into your daily routine, such as cold packs, hot water bottles and hot showers.

It is also possible that the source of your lower back pain could be found in your feet. According to a study in the journal Rheumatology, women whose feet roll inwards when they walk may be especially prone to lower back pain. If you suspect that your feet may have something to do with your pain, it’s definitely worth speaking to a specialist about your concerns. You can then look into whether taking extra measures, such as wearing orthotics to correct the arch of your feet, is exactly what you needed all along to help with your lower back.

Look after your back by following these few simple rules:

  • Exercise and activity are the most important ways of helping yourself if you have back pain
  • Strengthen your trunk muscles as this may help to protect your back
  • Keep moving and continue with activities such as walking or swimming
  • Gently stretch to prevent stiffness
  • Avoid sitting for too long when driving or at work
  • Make sure your car seat and office chair are adjusted correctly and support your back
  • Check your posture when using computers/games or watching television
  • Eat a healthy diet and exercise, as being overweight can be a cause of back pain
  • Take care when lifting, bending your hips and knees to use the power in your legs
  • Check the mattress on your bed to ensure it supports you properly
  • Don’t smoke – it impairs your circulation, which affects how quickly your body can recover

 

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