Diet and Exercise – Coconut and Coconut Oil

Coconut (Cocos = Monkey Face / Nucifera = Nut Bearing)

The name Coconut comes from Spanish explorers who thought the coconut resembled the face of a monkey and called it coco, which translates to mean “monkey face.” Nucifera means “nut-bearing.”

Coconuts offer a amazing amount of nutrition in one simple source. The meat, juice, milk, and oil are all a great way to improve your diet and is a healthy staple for people around the globe.

On many islands coconut is a staple in the diet and provides the majority of the food eaten. Nearly one third of the world’s population depends on coconut to some degree for their food and their economy. Among these cultures the coconut has a long and respected history.

Coconut is highly nutritious and rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals. It is classified as a “functional food” because it provides many health benefits beyond its nutritional content. Coconut oil is of special interest because it possesses healing properties far beyond that of any other dietary oil and is extensively used in traditional medicine among Asian and Pacific populations. Pacific Islanders consider coconut oil to be the cure for all illness. The coconut palm is so highly valued by them as both a source of food and medicine that it is called “The Tree of Life.” Only recently has modern medical science unlocked the secrets to coconut’s amazing healing powers.

In traditional medicine around the world coconut is used to treat a wide variety of health problems including the following: abscesses, asthma, baldness, bronchitis, bruises, burns, colds, constipation, cough, dropsy, dysentery, earache, fever, flu, gingivitis, gonorrhea, irregular or painful menstruation, jaundice, kidney stones, lice, malnutrition, nausea, rash, scabies, scurvy, skin infections, sore throat, swelling, syphilis, toothache, tuberculosis, tumors, typhoid, ulcers, upset stomach, weakness, and wounds.

As our long term martial arts camp is on a tropical island of Thailand which is abundant in coconuts – we are able to ensure that our students are getting a regular diet of coconut.

Coconut Oil

Once mistakenly believed to be unhealthy because of its high saturated fat content, it is now known that the fat in coconut oil is a unique and different from most all other fats and possesses many health giving properties. It is now gaining long overdue recognition as a nutritious health food.

Coconut oil has been described as “the healthiest oil on earth.” That’s quite a remarkable statement. What makes coconut oil so good? What makes it different from all other oils, especially other saturated fats?

Contrary to what you have been told, coconut oil is the healthiest oil on the planet! People can literally survive on nothing but coconuts and their oils, and not just survive: thrive! Cultures that have eaten just coconut oil as their only oil have almost no heart disease, cancer or other ‘western’ diseases. Coconut oil also has the highest flash point of any oil, allowing you to even fry without creating harmful oil side-effects. NO other oil can ‘take the heat’ like coconut oil can: you should only cook in coconut oil, using all other oils cold.

Coconut oil contains large amount of medium chain fatty acids, which can easily be digested and turn into energy without being stored in the body as fat. It also contains about 50% lauric acids which transforms into monolaurin, the same chemical as the mother‘s milk which also provides immunity to the body during the first six months of its growth. It also contains vitamin E, an antioxidant that fights against free radicals.

Coconut oil has a long history of use in Asia and the Pacific. Due to its high content of saturated fatty acids, coconut oil has been blamed to be the cause of heart disease. Recent researches have verified that coconut oil is not only heart-healthy, but can be used to cure a number of health problems including cancer, diabetes, obesity, influenza and several infection including avian flu and AIDS.

Despite the anti-coconut oil campaigns, there have been a number of scientific studies in the US on coconut oil which view coconut oil in a much more favorable light than the ones cited by the American Soybean Association.

Dr. Narong Chomchalow, chairman of the Coconut Oil Conservation and Development Society (COCDS) and former coordinator of the planting of soybean and other oil-producing plants for the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), says he is not surprised with the research findings. Studies show that the saturated fats of coconut oil are unique and cause no health problems.

“As the studies note, not all saturated fats are alike. Each has a different structure, giving it different qualities.”

A good quality of coconut oil is that it contains lauric acid, which is essential in building and maintaining the immune system in the human body.

Lauric acid is also found in mother’s milk, the richest food source for the new born baby. Lauric acid is also known for its ability to fight dangerous micro-organisms – bacteria, yeasts or fungi – and viruses. Another important quality of coconut oil is that it is comprised of medium-chain fatty acids, which are easily digested. This is good for the liver and the entire digestive system.

It is processed in the liver and converted into energy. Meanwhile, other oils have long chain fatty acids which cannot be digested so easily. They will be deposited in fat cells, and take time to burn off, leading to obesity.

Coconut oil is used in our local medicines and that people on Tahiti and other islands in the South Pacific use coconut oil on their highly praised and healthy skin and hair.

Virgin cold pressed coconut oil can be added to your daily diet. Take two table spoons by itself or mixed with juice every day.

Virgin coconut oil is now used by many sports teams as a quick source of energy, which may explain how during the week Dr. Narong gets up at four every morning and arrives at his office at five to perform his duties as editor of a technology journal at Assumption University. After he gets off at three in the afternoon, he often gives lectures and training sessions to the public on how to produce virgin coconut oil.

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by Rick Tew

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About the author:

Rick Tew is an internationally acclaimed Sensei or teacher in the martial arts and founder of CMS – College of Martial Science and NinjaGym. He runs Live-In Short and Long term Martial Arts Training and Adventure Camps in California and Thailand.

Utilizing the martial arts as a gateway to excellence, he created his personal development programs. His courses are for everyone who wants to integrate mind, body, and spirit to access his or her true potential.

Rick Tew’s Winjitsu, The Mental Martial Art System for Success, has helped his students to overcome their fear and become successful in what they love and passionate about.

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