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After decades of being grossly underrated, vitamin C is beginning to move back into the spotlight. Research demonstrates that this humble nutrient offers benefits far beyond the prevention of scurvy, thus vindicating the writings of early pioneers like Linus Pauling.

In past articles, we’ve detailed how vitamin C fights cancer and improves survival rates, fights heartburn and stomach ulcers, keeps skin radiant and wrinkle-free, provides immediate stress relief, allows for recovery from advanced sepsis, and improves cardiovascular health.

In the 1940s, Dr. Fredrick Klenner followed in Linus Pauling’s footsteps by using vitamin C as a therapeutic agent in his medical clinics—with mega-doses of vitamin C, he claims to have cured his patients of pneumonia, encephalitis, Herpes zoster (shingles), Herpes simplex, mononucleosis, pancreatitis, hepatitis, bladder infections, alcoholism, arthritis, cancer, leukemia, atherosclerosis, ruptured intervertebral discs, high cholesterol, corneal ulcers, diabetes, glaucoma, schizoprenia, burns, infections, heat stroke, radiation burns, heavy metal poisoning, venomous bites, multiple sclerosis, chronic fatigue, and more.

The work of both Linus Pauling and Dr. Klenner is quite controversial. They have routinely been referred to as quacks, and are only just beginning to regain favor. As you can see from the article links above, though, there’s more than enough conclusive research to support vitamin C’s healing and health-supporting potential, regardless of your stance on these original vitamin C enthusiasts.

One important area that has vitamin C researchers especially interested is endocrine support.

Vitamin C can regenerate hormones, study finds

As we’ve discussed in past articles, hormone and endocrine dysfunction is a serious and prevalent health issue. Hormones are fundamentally involved in the regulation of the body’s cells, neurotransmitters, and organs. Thus, endocrine imbalance can lead to a staggering array of health problems, including fertility issues, chronic fatigue, cardiovascular issues, depression, anxiety, and other neuropsychiatric disorders, diabetes, cancer, and many others.

Luckily, research suggests that vitamin C can offer powerful endocrine support. In one prominent study, researchers set out to explore the mechanisms through which vitamin C may prevent the breakdown of hormones into toxic metabolites. The results were even more impressive than they expected: vitamin C was shown not only to prevent hormone degradation, but also to regenerate estrone, progesterone, and testosterone.[1]

These findings have remarkable implications. They expand our understanding of vitamin C as an antioxidant, insofar as they demonstrate that ascorbic acid not only neutralizes free radicals, but also prevents the analogous production of “hormone transients.”

This mechanism is especially important because it highlights vitamin C’s potential use as a safe alternative to hormone replacement therapy (which is inconsistently effective, and tends to make the problem worse by making the body dependent upon an external source of hormones).

Lastly, this study strengthens the case for vitamin C as a potent protector against the toxins of modern living. The endocrine system is centrally involved in the body’s detoxification functions; thus, by supplying the body with vitamin C, you’re exerting a direct antioxidant influence and optimizing the body’s inherent detox system.

How to supercharge hormone healing

There’s just one catch when it comes to reaping the benefits of vitamin C: high blood serum levels are required, so it can be difficult to get enough vitamin C from food sources alone, or even through conventional supplementation.

Until fairly recently, the only way to achieve therapeutic blood serum levels of vitamin C was by receiving it via intravenous injection. This is still a worthwhile route of administration, but it’s expensive and time-consuming—not to mention ill-advised for those who don’t have the stomach for needles.

The development of a nanoencapsulation method called liposomal delivery, however, has made it safe, easy, and affordable to supplement with vitamin C optimally, without needles or doctor appointments.

Liposomalization sounds complicated, but it’s simple in concept: this formulation process uses phospholipids (fats) to form a sort of protective bubble around vitamin C molecules. The lipid layer protects vitamin C against breakdown and allows it to be utilized directly by the cells in your body.

There are a handful of companies offering liposomal vitamin C products, but we exclusively recommend this one by PuraTHRIVE.

They’ve raised the bar even higher by using a patented “double-encapsulation” method called micelle liposomal formulation. Micelles further increase absorption, ensure that your cells can utilize vitamin C optimally, and even improve the antioxidant capacity of vitamin C.

It should go without saying that you should still eat lots of healthy foods rich in vitamin C, even in the midst of your supplementation regimen. Optimal nutrition should always be the foundation of a healing lifestyle or specific therapeutic protocol—after all, “supplements” are referred to as such because they’re meant to supplement, not replace, food sources of nutrients.

Combined with a healthy diet, though, micelle-liposomal vitamin C is the fastest and easiest way to enhance the incredible hormone-healing benefits offered by vitamin C.

 


References

[1] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21814301

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We’ve written in past articles about a variety of different essential minerals, including magnesium, iodine, selenium, sulfur, and silica. The benefits of these minerals (as well as the associated consequences of deficiency) are well-documented in the natural health community; there are many others, however, that are often overlooked. Perhaps one of the most interested and underutilized is boron.

Boron is a vital trace mineral that occurs naturally in foods and the environment. While there’s still much to learn about it, researchers have already explored many of its therapeutic uses, and have linked a number of prevalent health issues to boron deficiency.

The benefits of boron

You may not hear boron spoken of very often in natural health circles, but don’t let that fool you—this mineral provides powerful health benefits, and just might be one of the most important micronutrients of all. Here’s a sampling of reasons why you should make sure you’re getting enough boron.

Research has shown that maintaining optimal boron levels is a powerful way to prevent and even reverse arthritis

Arthritis and inflammation. Boron has shown great promise for decreasing systemic inflammation and relieving chronic aches and pains. Boron supplements are currently given to domesticated animals like horses and sheep as a remedy for pain and arthritis.

While it’s barely recognized as a remedy for arthritis (in humans), research has shown that maintaining optimal boron levels is a powerful way to prevent and even reverse arthritis.[1] Some health enthusiasts even go so far as to call boron a suppressed arthritis cure.

Bone and muscle health. Emerging research has demonstrated that boron is critical for bone health, primarily because it helps the body absorb and utilize calcium (which strengthens bones) and vitamin D (a crucial nutrient for regulating calcium levels and maintaining proper bone density).[2]

Boron is also linked to the production of testosterone, and as such helps with exercise recovery and muscle building.[3]

Cognitive function. Boron keeps the brain functioning optimally, and prevents brain fog, memory issues, and inhibited performance. Research has consistently linked boron deficiency with hampered cognitive performance; the results of one study even showed that individuals taking more boron performed much better with cognitive and psychomotor performance tasks, including short and long-term memory, attention, perception, dexterity and motor skills, and response times.[4]

Hormonal balance. Boron has been shown to balance levels of sex hormones in both men (testosterone) and women (estrogen), and can also alleviate the symptoms of menopause and PMS. Animal studies have demonstrated that boron deficiency is linked with birth defects and infertility—researchers extrapolate from these results that boron could even help increase fertility.[5]

Anti-aging. Boron helps prevent visible signs of aging, particularly by supporting skin health. Consuming boron-rich foods keeps the skin healthy and radiant, and supplemental boron can used to treat acute skin infections, as well as for alleviating redness, inflammation, and irritation.

Allergies and immune dysfunction. By modulating immune function, and by optimizing the uptake of immune-balancing nutrients (especially magnesium and vitamin D), boron prevents allergies and other symptoms of overactive immune function.

Parasites and infections. Optimal levels of boron ensure microbiome balance, and can be helpful in the elimination of Candida, as well as other parasites in the stomach and GI tract. It’s also remarkably effective at preventing and treating yeast infections.

One double-blind study compared supplemental boron with a leading, nystatin-based yeast infection cream—while only 64% of study participants using the standard cream experienced relief after seven to ten days, 92% of women using boron experienced relief. Boron is also much less expensive than these conventional creams, so the researchers concluded that it represents a perfect cost-effective alternative to store-bought yeast infection products.

Consuming boron-rich foods keeps the skin healthy and radiant

Are you getting enough boron?

As can be gleaned from the benefits discussed above, boron deficiency has been conclusively linked with arthritis and chronic inflammation, osteoporosis and other bone issues, cognitive dysfunction, sex hormone imbalance, hyperthyroidism, accelerated aging, increased risk of parasites and infection, and more.

If you suffer from a severe form of any of these ailments, you may want to talk to your doctor about taking a boron supplement. Taking too much boron can cause toxicity symptoms, so be sure to plan your regimen carefully, under medical supervision.

While supplementation can be helpful in certain therapeutic contexts (especially balancing hormones after menopause, optimizing cognitive function, building muscle, and combatting osteoporosis), we can usually get all the boron we need by eating a varied diet of organic whole foods.

Luckily, you have lots of food sources of boron from which to choose including:

beans
grapes
apples
pears
apricots
peaches
prunes/plums
cherries
oranges
figs
nuts (especially pecans and walnuts)
artichokes
sweet potatoes
onions
raw cacao
avocados
coffee
red wine
raw milk (it must be completely unpasteurized)

The nutrient-parched Standard American Diet (SAD) has made mineral deficiency a rampant problem—stick with a diet packed with the nutrient-dense whole foods listed above, though, and your body should get all the boron necessary to enjoy its many health benefits.

 


References

[1] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7889887

[2] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7889887

[3] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12705642

[4] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7889884

[5] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18366532

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frankincence

You probably recall the story of the Three Wise Men, who came bearing the world’s finest gifts for the baby Jesus.

Regardless of whether or not you celebrate Christmas, this story provides insight into what the ancient world valued most highly. Apparently, gold, frankincense, and myrrh were the cream of the crop.

Today, we still haven’t lost our fascination for gold, but frankincense and myrrh have fallen by the wayside. In the time of Christ’s birth, frankincense and myrrh (which is botanically related to frankincense) were more expensive than gold.

Frankincense is still sometimes referred to as the King of Oils—one of the last vestiges of its soaring ancient value.

So why was frankincense more valuable than gold?

Frankincense is harvested from the Boswellia carterii and Boswellia sacara trees. These plants grow very slowly, require meticulous cultivation to thrive, and can only be harvested two to three times per year.

In order to respect the plant’s fragile nature, farmers must only harvest frankincense by making tiny cuts along the bark, from which a milky sap drips drop by precious drop. The sap is then dried into beautiful, teardrop-shaped resin stones, which can be burned or refined further into oil.

This time-consuming process made frankincense a very rare (and thus valuable) commodity. But it was more than just scarcity that led the ancients to regard it as one of their most sacred and valued goods.

The ancients knew something about frankincense that modern medicine seems to have forgotten—namely that it makes one of the most powerfully healing essential oils in the world.

Medicine fit for a king

As evidenced by the story of the Three Wise Men, frankincense has been highly regarded for thousands of years.

It was traditionally used as an incense (the word actually is derived from the French franc ensens, which literally means “quality incense”), not only for its earthy, fragrant aroma, but also because of the belief that its scent heightens intuition and spiritual connection (hence its usage in Church Masses and earlier religious ceremonies).

Ayurvedic medicine, which refers to frankincense as dhoop, has used it for millennia to treat arthritis, heal wounds, and balance the hormones, among many other therapeutic applications. By the time of the ancient Greeks and Romans, the anti-septic, anti-inflammatory, and analgesic properties of this fragrant sap were already well-known. Even Hippocrates—often referred to as the father of modern medicine—highly recommended frankincense for numerous medicinal applications.

According to the Roman historian and botanist Pliny the Elder, the sale of frankincense and similar resins (like myrrh) to these flourishing ancient nations made the Southern Arabians the richest people in the world.

Now modern medical researchers have (re)discovered a plethora of benefits associated with frankincense and frankincense essential oil.

Antiseptic and immune-boosting. Frankincense works wonders against harmful bacteria and other microbes, including viruses. And unlike antibiotics and other conventional defenses against colds and flus, it does so without harming beneficial bacteria (in fact, it balances microbiome activity and strengthens the immune system).[1]

Next time you feel a cold or flu coming on, try putting a couple drops of high-quality frankincense essential oil in a cloth and inhaling the vapor deeply.

House cleaning. These same antiseptic and astringent properties make frankincense an excellent natural replacement for chemical cleaning products. It even works as a deodorizer at the same time. Just add a few drops of frankincense essential oil to water (or vinegar, for heavy duty cleaning jobs).

Stress and anxiety relief. Inhaling the aroma of frankincense essential oil has been shown to reduce heart rate and blood pressure, calm anxiety, and even ameliorate depression. Add a couple drops of the oil to a hot bath next time you need to shed your anxiety and balance your emotions.

Hormone balance. Studies have shown that frankincense also is profoundly balancing for the endocrine and reproductive systems.[2] It can be especially helpful for women seeking hormonal balance—it calms the symptoms of menstruation and menopause by regulating estrogen production, and can even relieve cramps, nausea, constipation, headaches, and other unpleasant symptoms of endocrine imbalance.

Heals inflammatory conditions. Frankincense inhibits the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines in the body, and thus helps heal a wide variety of conditions associated with chronic inflammation, like arthritis, Crohn’s disease, autoimmune dysfunctions, asthma, irritable bowel syndrome, and more.[3]

And this only scratches the surface of this remarkable substance’s benefits.

When trying out these applications of frankincense, just remember that a little goes a long way. It’s immensely powerful medicine and should be treated as such. Don’t take more than a few drops at a time internally, and stick with inhaling or infusing it unless absolutely necessary. Always seek out 100% pure essential oil, and vet your soures.

Taking this advice to heart, you can safely enjoy the many of benefits of frankincense, and experience why this resin has captivated civilization for thousands of years.  

 


References 

 [1] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25006348

[2] http://ci.nii.ac.jp/els/110006366913.pdf?id=ART0008362636&type=pdf&lang=en&host=cinii&order_no=&ppv_type=0&lang_sw=&no=1479961659&cp=

[3] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3924999/

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maca-root

Hormone imbalance is a huge health issue, and one that’s often sidestepped or mistreated because of its complexity.

The endocrine system (hormonal) is an incredibly subtle and complicated system that regulates a wide array of crucial bodily functions, including metabolism, energy production, growth and development, sleep, mood, tissue function, sexual function, and reproduction.

Our society’s daily dose of stress, bad food, and industrial endocrine disruptors has inevitably led to widespread endocrine dysfunction, which underlies many of our society’s most prevalent health problems.

Mainstream medicine’s fix for this issue—particularly for those with measurably low levels of certain hormones, or for menopausal and post-menopausal women—is hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and related treatment practices.

As we’ll explore in this article, though, HRT comes with accompanying problems, potential side effects, and limitations—so many, in fact, that researchers have begun to test the hormone-balancing capacities of medicinal plants like maca.

Thankfully, nature does provide us with a small number of foods that contain noted hormone-balancing properties!

Ancient superfood, modern medicine

Maca, a root vegetable in the cruciferous family (like kale, broccoli, and radish), was one of the original superfoods. It’s grown high in the mountains of South America (mainly in Peru), and has served as a nutrient-dense food staple and health tonic for thousands of years.

The people of the Andes Mountains have long turned to maca for strength, endurance, and longevity. It’s even considered to be a powerful aphrodisiac and magical fertility remedy.

The magic part aside, modern medical researchers are in agreement with these ancient opinions. An increasing number of studies conclusively demonstrate that maca is profoundly balancing for the endocrine system, which translates into increased fertility, strength, stamina, immune function, memory, focus, and more.[1]

A number of doctors have reported remarkable results after using maca to treat hormonal imbalances like low estradiol (a primary estrogen hormone), low testosterone, and sexual dysfunction. Dr. Jeffrey Dach observed that for one patient, maca had effects comparable to the prescription drug Clomid (and without any of the side effects sometimes caused by pharmacological hormone therapies).[2]

Dr. Hugo Malaspina gave 1,200-3,600 mg of maca to menopausal and post-menopausal women, and concluded that maca is an “effective and superior substitute for a pharmaceutical hormone replacement therapy.” One patient, who switched to maca because HRT was causing her unpleasant side effects, saw her estradiol levels rise from 15 to 75 in just two months—and she enjoyed complete relief from hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms.[3]

And research supports these doctors’ experiences—a 2014 study showed that maca can increase levels of luteinising hormone (LH), which is crucial in both men and women for hormone production and endocrine regulation.[4]

In another groundbreaking study, a large selection of early post-menopausal women were given maca on a daily basis. The researchers reported that after two months, estradiol levels significantly increased. Additionally, the women also exhibited decreased levels of the hormones that contribute to the physiological and emotional imbalances associated with menopause, including cortisol and adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH).[5]

With consistent and prolonged use, maca root has been touted to have the following benefits:

  • Help promote balance:  Maca works by releasing chemicals and nutrients that sends message to the pituitary gland, which tells the body how much of each hormone to produce, whether it is producing enough, too much or just the right. So if things are out of whack, think of maca is like the good friend who tells the body what its doing wrong and how to correct the problems.
  • Improve energy and wellness
  • Improve libido leading to its other nickname, ‘nature’s Viagra
  • It is also frequently recommended for adrenal fatigue because it nourishes sufferers and reduces the stress hormone, cortisol.
  • Beneficial in providing relief to symptoms from menopause like hot flashes
  • Improve fertility

What makes maca so outstanding is this modulatory activity—that is, maca’s ability to increase levels of some hormones and decrease others, as needed. For this reason, it’s often referred to as an “adoptogen” (because it boosts your body’s innate ability to adapt to environmental stressors and modulate itself accordingly). This is also why maca works wonders (in different ways) for both men and women.

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) isn’t even comparable, as even the most sophisticated programs still deconstruct the endocrine system into specific variables, rather than treating the entire system. Targeting specific hormones in this way can easily lead to unforeseen imbalances with others (which is why many women don’t do well with HRT).

For example, attempting to increase estrogen levels can sometimes lead to an associated increase in levels of follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), which helps regulate menstrual cycles and the production of eggs by the ovaries. But because menopause ceases these functions, increased levels of FSH are no longer necessary or natural.

After two months of the maca regimen mentioned above, the women in the study exhibited decreased FSH levels,[6] which shows that maca is capable of bringing the hormonal system into whatever natural state of balance it requires, rather than indiscriminately raising hormone levels.

Finding high-quality maca

Whether you’re seeking to correct a specific hormone imbalance, or just would like to experience increased energy, vitality, focus, and fortitude, maca is definitely worth trying.

As with all superfoods these days, though, not all products are created equal. For best results, you’ll want to find organic, Peruvian maca that’s as fresh as possible (some maca sits in warehouses for an unacceptable length of time before even appearing on store shelves).

mightymacaWe highly recommend Dr. Anna Cabeca’s Mighty Maca Greens .  She’s taken optimal-quality Peruvian maca and synergized it with forty-one other incredible superfoods, to create one of the most powerful maca formulas on the market.  Each serving contains 600 mg of high quality maca from Peru.

Maca was one of the primary remedies that helped Dr. Cabeca lose weight, regain her energy, overcome insomnia, and bring her endocrine system back into total balance—and now her happy customers are enjoying the same benefits from her amazing product.

So if you’re wondering how to get started with maca, this product (affiliate link) is an excellent choice.

 


References

[1] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3184420/

[2] http://jeffreydachmd.com/2016/06/health-benefits-peruvian-maca/

[3] http://wholeworldbotanicals.com/interview-with-hugo-malaspina-md/

[4] http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0378874113008635

[5] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3614644/

[6] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3614644/

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CoconutOilMoisturizer-1

Our society is pretty obsessed with plastic.

It took us many decades to discover that plastics are highly toxic, and because they take close to forever to biodegrade, they wreak havoc on the environment. It’s easy to forget that toxic waste from plastic is dumped into our oceans and leech toxins into our bodies

Did you know that plastic is made from petroleum? … yes, conventional plastic is made from petroleum products, primarily oil.

But did you also know that even many of our cosmetics are filled with health-sapping petroleum products?

How did we get into this mess?

As usual, everything went wrong the moment we tried to divorce ourselves from nature. Plastics are a type of polymer, a broad category that also includes wood, rubber, animal horn, bone, skin, hair, and even DNA. Once upon a time, natural substances such as these were used by craftsmen to create novel materials that were largely non-toxic and biodegradable.

But in 1907, scientists discovered how to make polymers from petroleum, and the real plastic revolution began. These exotic new materials immediately proved to be wildly versatile (“plastic” comes from the Greek word meaning “to mold”), so all caution was thrown to the wind.

Now, after more than a century, the frenzy continues. Sadly, the desire for cheap and practical products wins out over the safeguarding of the public’s health. Thus, even as the crusade against BPA-plastic water bottles and Teflon pans rises to a fever pitch, companies continue to pump out toxic, petroleum-based body care products.

Popular moisturizers and mineral oils may seem to get the job done, but they also severely disrupt the body’s endocrine function. Even those “microbeads” in popular exfoliating scrubs and shampoos are made of dangerous plastics that you really shouldn’t be rubbing into your skin.

Are they really that bad for you?

After all, it’s not like we eat our cosmetics, right?

Unfortunately, slathering these petroleum products on your skin is arguably worse than eating them. When you eat toxins, you’re at least partially protected by your liver, which functions as a filter and gatekeeper.

In the case of topically applied products, though, the toxins are absorbed directly into the lymphatic vessel system, and sometimes even into the bloodstream. This means that, rather than being quickly purged and detoxed by the body, all those endocrine disruptors settle deep into fats and tissues, where they accumulate over time and cause escalating problems.

Alarming levels of popular cosmetic toxins—such as parabens, sodium laurel sulfate, and propylene glycol—are often found in human tissue. And because they function as synthetic hormone-mimicking compounds, they actually can displace the presence of natural human hormones.

This fact explains a frightening discovery made through a recent study: in many people (especially women), synthetic estrogenic compounds outnumber natural estrogen. [1]  In some cases, researchers have even found chemicals like parabens in concentrations one million times higher than natural estrogen—and they concluded that the chemicals entered the body through dermal absorption.

There’s a better, safer, way

Corporate hucksters have us convinced that we need their wares—that there’s simply no substitute for the toxic repertoire of self-care products that has become the norm.

Here’s the truth, though: in many cases, natural substances are just as effective (or even more so), and they don’t carry any of the same risks.

One prominent example is coconut oil, which has innumerable medicinal and cosmetic uses.

Studies have shown that coconut oil is more effective than commercial mineral oil at treating dry skin [2] and protecting dry hair from becoming damaged. [3]

Coconut Oil  even fights fungal infections and kills harmful bacteria on your skin and scalp in the process [4]—all without any nasty estrogen-mimicking compounds. The same certainly cannot be said for leading moisturizers like Eucerin, Vanicream, Dermabase, and Dermovan, all of which have been strongly linked with endocrine disruption and tumor formation. [5]. Coconut oil even serves as an excellent base for effective, toxin-free deodorants and sunscreens.

Why, then, aren’t mainstream body care product companies using coconut oil? The answer is simple: it’s a much more expensive manufacturing ingredient than mass-produced plastic compounds. This doesn’t mean it has to be more expensive for you, though—in fact, it’s fairly easy to save money by replacing your army of self-care products with a single jar of extra virgin coconut oil.

The best property of coconut oil that makes it so beneficial for skin is that it does not become rancid. When you apply it on the skin, it can work for a longer time, unlike many other oils, without it getting rancid. Due to these various beneficial properties of coconut oil, it is used as an important ingredient in several skin care creams.

Uses of Coconut Oil for Skin Care

Coconut oil can be used for skin care in the following ways:

Lip Gel:  Cracks in our lips can be a source of worry, discomfort, and embarrassment. When we apply chemical gels on the lips, it is possible to consume those gels accidentally, even though they are somewhat toxic. Some gels may be edible, but you still don’t want to eat those chemicals.

Coconut oil comes as an ideal alternative in such cases. It acts quickly and even if it goes in your stomach, it will only give you additional benefits, so everyone wins!

Skin softener: Most of us use several creams and lotions for softening our skin, especially the skin of the face and hands. Coconut oil is a great skin softener and helps you do away with dry and hard skin conditions. Simply take some coconut oil on your palms, rub your palms against each other once or twice and then on your face, hands, or wherever you want to see the moisturizing effect.

Coconut oil is also good for hardened and cracked feet, which may happen due to excessive cold or strenuous work while standing on your feet. The cracks in your feet will not vanish, but your feet will become softer within days if you apply coconut oil to the affected area.

As an exfoliant, including coconut oil as an agent with other exfoliating or grainy materials like salts and sugars can vastly improve the effects. You will successfully scrape off excess dead skin and clean out whatever substances have blocked the pores without leaving the skin feeling irritated. The natural soothing nature of the oil combines with the grainy, exfoliating material perfectly, and leaves your skin with an even color, closed pores, and a soft texture.

Makeup Remover:
 Coconut oil can also be used a makeup remover. This is not common, but women have begun using it for removing the makeup of the face and eyes, without worrying about the harsh chemicals of other removers getting into delicate or sensitive areas.

Skin disorders: It is claimed that coconut oil is good for several skin disorders such as acne, psoriasis, and eczema. Several readers have reported this benefit. However, scientific research is ongoing in order to prove or disprove these claims. Much of the research that is there speaks to its protein content, since the replacement of sick or dying cells that can occur with various skin disorders, are quickly replaced by new, healthy cells. In this way, coconut oil not only treats the infection by battling the microbial bodies, they also heal the damage or the visible marks of that skin disorder; it is a two-in-one solution!

So don’t wait for the industrial product world to change their tune—historical precedent suggests that they’ll continue on their current path until they run out of petroleum or are otherwise forced to stop flooding the world with toxic materials.

The sooner you make the switch to coconut oil and other safe, natural moisturizers, the sooner you can start insulating yourself from the greedy and dangerous practices of the plastic industry.

Click here to get the The Coconut Oil Revitalization Blueprint: 321 Everyday Uses for Your Health, Kitchen, Family & Beauty


 

References

[1] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22237600

[2] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15724344

[3] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11413497

[4] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1302812

[5] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18704106

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