Thursday, February 13, 2014

A Truly Remarkable Food and Medicine.

Coconut Oil

While coconut possesses many health benefits due to its fiber and nutritional content, it's the oil that makes it a truly remarkable food and medicine.



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?

The difference is in the fat molecule. All fats and oils are composed of molecules called fatty acids. There are two methods of classifying fatty acids. The first you are probably familiar with, is based on saturation. You have saturated fats, monounsaturated fats, and polyunsaturated fats. Another system of classification is based on molecular size or length of the carbon chain within each fatty acid. Fatty acids consist of long chains of carbon atoms with hydrogen atoms attached. In this system you have short-chain fatty acids (SCFA), medium-chain fatty acids (MCFA), and long-chain fatty acids (LCFA). Coconut oil is composed predominately of medium-chain fatty acids (MCFA), also known as medium-chain triglycerides (MCT).

The vast majority of fats and oils in our diets, whether they are saturated or unsaturated or come from animals or plants, are composed of long-chain fatty acids (LCFA). Some 98 to 100% of all the fatty acids you consume are LCFA.

The size of the fatty acid is extremely important. Why? Because our bodies respond to and metabolize each fatty acid differently depending on its size. So the physiological effects of MCFA in coconut oil are distinctly different from those of LCFA more commonly found in our foods. The saturated fatty acids in coconut oil are predominately medium-chain fatty acids. Both the saturated and unsaturated fat found in meat, milk, eggs, and plants (including most all vegetable oils) are composed of LCFA.

MCFA are very different from LCFA. They do not have a negative effect on cholesterol and help to protect against heart disease. MCFA help to lower the risk of both atherosclerosis and heart disease. It is primarily due to the MCFA in coconut oil that makes it so special and so beneficial.

There are only a very few good dietary sources of MCFA. By far the best sources are from coconut and palm kernel oils.  To read more about Coconut Oil here's a newsletter I'm sure you'd enjoy Lucy Bee

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This website is for educational purposes only. The information supplied here comes from a variety of sources and authors and not every statement made has been evaluated by the FDA. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

What is Soap?

Interestingly, few people know what soap really is and how it is made.  Soaps are made by combining lye, animal fats and/or vegetable oils, and botanicals herbs and water in a process known as saponification.

website Handcrafted soaps made from scratch require three ingredients to become soap: oil (animal or vegetable oil, not petroleum-based oil), water and lye. These three ingredients, mixed together in correct proportions, combine and chemically change into soap - a process called "saponification". They may include other ingredients to provide additional benefits or to color or scent the soap, but these are not part of the chemical process that results in basic soap.
An accurate recipe is necessary, in order to ensure that the right amount of lye is used for the specific oils selected. #natproducts2 twitter.

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Why I love Coconut oil So Much

Coconut In Modern Medicine

Modern medical science is now confirming the use of coconut in treating many of the above conditions. Published studies in medical journals show that coconut, in one form or another, may provide a wide range of health benefits. Some of these are summarized below:

Kills viruses that cause influenza, herpes, measles, hepatitis C, SARS, AIDS, and other illnesses.
Kills bacteria that cause ulcers, throat infections, urinary tract infections, gum disease and cavities, pneumonia, and gonorrhea, and other diseases.
Kills fungi and yeasts that cause candidiasis, ringworm, athlete's foot, thrush, diaper rash, and other infections.
Expels or kills tapeworms, lice, giardia, and other parasites.
Provides a nutritional source of quick energy.
Boosts energy and endurance, enhancing physical and athletic performance.
Improves digestion and absorption of other nutrients including vitamins, minerals, and amino acids.
Improves insulin secretion and utilization of blood glucose.
Relieves stress on pancreas and enzyme systems of the body.
Reduces symptoms associated with pancreatitis.
Helps relieve symptoms and reduce health risks associated with diabetes.
Reduces problems associated with malabsorption syndrome and cystic fibrosis.
Improves calcium and magnesium absorption and supports the development of strong bones and teeth.
Helps protect against osteoporosis.
Helps relieve symptoms associated with gallbladder disease.
Relieves symptoms associated with Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, and stomach ulcers.
Improves digestion and bowel function.
Relieves pain and irritation caused by hemorrhoids.
Reduces inflammation.
Supports tissue healing and repair.
Supports and aids immune system function.
Helps protect the body from breast, colon, and other cancers.
Is heart healthy; improves cholesterol ratio reducing risk of heart disease.
Protects arteries from injury that causes atherosclerosis and thus protects against heart disease.
Helps prevent periodontal disease and tooth decay.
Functions as a protective antioxidant.
Helps to protect the body from harmful free radicals that promote premature aging and degenerative disease.
Does not deplete the body's antioxidant reserves like other oils do.
Improves utilization of essential fatty acids and protects them from oxidation.
Helps relieve symptoms associated with chronic fatigue syndrome.
Relieves symptoms associated with benign prostatic hyperplasia (prostate enlargement).
Reduces epileptic seizures.
Helps protect against kidney disease and bladder infections.
Dissolves kidney stones.
Helps prevent liver disease.
Is lower in calories than all other fats.
Supports thyroid function.
Promotes loss of excess weight by increasing metabolic rate.
Is utilized by the body to produce energy in preference to being stored as body fat like other dietary fats.
Helps prevent obesity and overweight problems.
Applied topically helps to form a chemical barrier on the skin to ward of infection.
Reduces symptoms associated the psoriasis, eczema, and dermatitis.
Supports the natural chemical balance of the skin.
Softens skin and helps relieve dryness and flaking.
Prevents wrinkles, sagging skin, and age spots.
Promotes healthy looking hair and complexion.
Provides protection from damaging effects of ultraviolet radiation from the sun.
Helps control dandruff.
Does not form harmful by-products when heated to normal cooking temperature like other vegetable oils do.
Has no harmful or discomforting side effects.
Is completely non-toxic to humans.
See Research to read some of the published studies regarding the above mentioned uses of coconut products. To purchase bath and body products made with coconut oil click here.


Copyright © 2004 Coconut Research Center


This website is for educational purposes only. The information supplied here comes from a variety of sources and authors and not every statement made has been evaluated by the FDA. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Monday, February 3, 2014

What is Hyaluronic Acid?

Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring polysaccharide (carbohydrate) in the human body. It’s present in large amounts in the spaces between skin cells, where it provides moisture, plumpness, firmness and suppleness to the skin.Hyaluronic acid isn’t harsh or skin-stripping at all. In fact, it’s the exact opposite – a powerful humectant (aka moisture-binding ingredient) that keeps skin plump and hydrated and, yes, young-looking. The other way to help plump up skin is to use a serum or moisturizer that contains hyaluronic acid. See our lotions here.  While it won’t give you the dramatic, instantaneous results that a hyaluronic acid filler can, you will see benefits in the form of softer, smoother, more hydrated skin.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Natural Handmade Versus Store Bought Lotions

Many commercially produced body lotions contain alcohol, which dries the skin, while body lotions are supposed to do something quite the opposite: keep it moisturized!  visit our website for more . Designed to have a long shelf-life, these products are often stuffed with artificial preservatives that do nothing good for your skin. Among the most commonly used preservatives are parabens. According to some researchers, these substances can be a cause of concern; some even link using paraben-containing products to cases of breast cancer and other adverse health effects. Traces of parabens have been detected in the blood of people a few hours after application of paraben-containing lotions on their skin. Before more scientific evidence emerges through further research, some health experts suggest caution when using skincare products that contain parabens. So, do you really want to pay your hard earned money for a mixture of cheap fillers and chemicals? I guess not. If you really care about your skin, use natural and organic body lotions! You do not have to pay companies for fancy packaging, branding and advertising. Instead, you can invest your money in high quality, natural ingredients! visit our website for more .



Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Suggested Essential Oil Choices for Different Skin Types and Problems

Essential oil choices for different skin types and problems 

Skin Type  Recommended Essential Oils  

Oily, acne-prone    Tea tree, lemongrass, rose geranium, ylang ylang 
 Dry, damaged , calloused Ylang ylang, patchouli, sandalwood, rose, frankincense  
Normal   Lavender, rose geranium, palmarosa,   
Sensitive   Lavender, chamomile, jasmine, neroli  
Eczema, psoriasis        Lavender, sandalwood, frankincense, rose , jasmine  
Scars & stretch marks     Helichrysum, lavender, patchouli, rose geranium , emu oil
This is just a short list of thousands of essential oils that are beneficial to the skin visit our website for more information.

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Why Try Luxuriously Natural Lotions?

Our natural body lotions view our store offer plenty of benefits to the skin and general health.  We make our products with natural ingredients, free from artificial preservatives and enhancers, these products improve the skin condition by:
-Moisturizing & Hydrating  Every day our skin gets exposed to harmful elements, such as sun, wind, or environmental pollution, which dehydrates it. Spending time in overheated spaces can also dry the skin, making it looking tired and flaked. Body lotions based on high quality ingredients, such as Shea Butter, olive, coconut, or almond oil penetrate deep into the skin, leaving it re-hydrated and rejuvenated.
-Improving blood circulation  Massaging body lotions into the skin improves local blood and lymph circulation. As both blood and lymph carry and delivers important micro elements to the skin cells, the process leaves the skin well-nourished and healthier.
-Protecting against ageing  Natural ingredients used in body lotions are often reservoirs of anti-aging elements. For example: coconut oil is full of vitamin E, known as the vitamin of youth, protecting the skin against free radicals and formation of wrinkles. Essential oils used in making natural body lotions, such as frankincense, also display anti-wrinkle properties.
-Stimulating regeneration Body lotions based on herbal extracts (such as Echinacea) can stimulate the skin regeneration processes. Applying body lotion on the skin can be very relaxing and therapeutic. Carefully selected aroma composition can positively affect your mind, either by stimulation, or the opposite: calm your senses, remove stress and restlessness.  view our store  http://www.luxuriouslynatural.com or our facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/luxnatsoap

 
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