Coconut Oil is AMAZING stuff! It is a true multiple purpose oil and can be used for so many more things than just in a recipe. From the base ingredient in an organic toothpaste to a healthy fat in your morning smoothie, your body will be happy and healthier with it’s daily use.
What you may not be aware of is that coconut oil is also very beneficial for your gut health. In this post, I want to share 3 reasons why coconut oil is good for your gut.
I. It Fights Pathogenic Overgrowth
Due to many unfortunate factors, most people suffer unknowingly from an overgrowth of pathogenic bacteria in their gut. This is where the bad bacteria dominate and outnumber the healthy, beneficial bacteria.
This is due to many factors such as: the unhealthy Standard American Diet ( comprised largely of sugar, gluten, processed foods, conventional dairy, hormone laden meat, GMOs, rancid oils etc.), prescriptive antibiotic usage, being born via c-section, toxins, and the body being acidic rather than alkaline.
Some of the most common gut pathogens and bacteria are Candida Albicans, Helicobacter Pylori or H. Pylori, Clostridium difficile and many more. In fact, it is estimated that around two-thirds of the word’s population is infected with H. Pylori which is the root cause of many digestive issues such as ulcers and acid reflux. (2)
Many doctors will prescribe antibiotics for gut pathogens such as these. However, this is actually counterintuitive as antibiotics will murder your good bacteria, further aggravating the problem. To truly rid yourself of pathogenic overgrowth, you need to eat in a way that will change your internal environment. It needs to be a lifestyle change, not just a 10 day prescriptive antibiotic pill.
Coconut oil is one of the most powerful superfoods you can incorperate into your diet to fight a pathogenic overgrowth as it is both anti-fungal and anti-microbial. In this 2010 published study, virgin coconut oil was shown to inhibit the growth of the pathogen Clostridium difficile, which is the leading cause in hospital-acquired antibiotic associated diarrhea worldwide. (3)
II. It Helps Balance a Candida Overgrowth
We ALL have Candida Albicans. And it isn’t necessarily a bad thing, IF it is under control. The problem is, for most people, it isn’t under control. It is considered the most common bloodstream infection in the US. (4)
As I mentioned earlier with other pathogenic infections, the cause of an overgrowth of Candida Alicans is caused by many factors such as: the unhealthy Standard American Diet, prescriptive antibiotic usage, being born via c-section, toxins, and the body being acidic rather than alkaline etc.
Although it’s best to avoid antibiotics, it is worth mentioning that this systemic yeast infection has become resilient to many of the antibiotics and anti-fungal medications often prescribed by doctors in recent years.
Therefore you need to address this horrible life-suppressing infection with diet and lifestyle changes as well as herbal antifungals. You need to change your internal environment if you truly wish to keep in balance for the rest of your life. One of the main components of Coconut Oil is Lauric Acid, which has been shown to be a powerful anti-fungal against Candidiasis. (5) (6) (7) (8)
Another powerful way to get the benefits of coconut oil without the taste you can try MCT oil. See the difference in this article MCT Oil Vs Coconut Oil.
III. It Provides Relief for Digestive Problems & Diseases
Last, but certainly not least, Coconut oil can be used to provide relief for digestive problems and diseases. It has powerful inflammatory properties that have been shown to help in cases of Leaky Gut, Crohns, and IBS. (7) (9)
There are MANY easy ways to ingest coconut oil and incorporate it into your diet. Use it in cooking in place of other oils or butter.
2. Oyi, A. R., J. A. Onaolapo, and R. C. Obi. “Formulation and antimicrobial studies of coconut (Cocos nucifera Linne) oil.” Research Journal of Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology 2.2 (2010): 133-137.
4. Wisplinghoff, Hilmar, et al. “Nosocomial bloodstream infections in US hospitals: analysis of 24,179 cases from a prospective nationwide surveillance study.” Clinical infectious diseases 39.3 (2004): 309-317.
9. Mañé, Josep, et al. “Partial replacement of dietary (n-6) fatty acids with medium-chain triglycerides decreases the incidence of spontaneous colitis in Interleukin-10–deficient Mice.” The Journal of nutrition 139.3 (2009): 603-610.