Your mission, if you choose to accept, is to find a new way to keep the sick bugs away, naturally.
I have to admit, this is as much my personal mission as it is yours, and I plan to learn along with you all this week as we explore foods and herbal remedies to build immunities and battle the germs when they do come.
We’ll talk about the many ways to use garlic (I’m hosting the Whole Foods for the Holidays: a Progressive Dinner Carnival tomorrow with some garlicky appetizers for you!), foods to keep you healthy and get you better, and herbal remedies and essential oils that I know nothing about (but I’m learning).
You’ll want to start with my column over at Simple Organic today where I am finishing up the series that started with 5 Foods Women Should Be Eating. Today’s post is called 5 Foods Everyone Should Eat More Often for Optimal Health (and Avoiding the Flu).
Here’s a secret-spilling excerpt about food number five:
Why everyone should eat more: As a saturated fat, poor coconut oil has gotten a bad reputation in our time. However, coconut oil is still a plant oil, and its medium-chain fatty acids are unmatched in their ability to give quick energy. Lauric acid, a crucial component of breastmilk, is found in nature almost exclusively in coconut oil, to the point that formulas have to include coconut oil just to get it right. This fat is metabolized quickly and would be hard-pressed to stay on your figure as stored fat/extra pounds.
Coconut oil is naturally antiviral and antibacterial, so who wouldn’t want to have it regularly in their system while the viruses and bacteria from your neighbor’s sneeze are trying to take root?
Why women should eat more: The lauric acid is great for mother’s milk supply, and coconut oil also promotes strong bones for women as we age. Personally, I think the easily digested saturated fats may have been my cellulite’s undoing. Including coconut oil in our regular diet was one of many changes I’ve made in our family’s nutrition over the past two years, so my claim is certainly not backed by empirical data…but the coconut oil surely isn’t hurting!
If you’ve never used coconut oil before, you might appreciate the tips and recipes at my FAQ post: How to Use Coconut Oil. If you don’t know whether it’s a liquid or solid fat, you’ll definitely need to click that link. 😉
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Photo from Andres Rueda.
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