I began adding coconut oil and coconut milk to my diet many years ago. For me personally, I was hoping for an improvement in thyroid function, energy levels and the healing of scar tissue.
Within the first two weeks, I noticed a consistently higher energy level, as well as a decrease in my cravings for junk food. I still struggle with thyroid function, but the more coconut I keep in my diet, the less likely I am to have a thyroiditis flare up (I suffered severe thyroid inflammation for years hat required visits to the ER for pain meds and steroid injections).
I also began using coconut oil on my face and body, but I never expected to watch years of keloid scars from injuries, surgeries and teenage acne to begin vanishing before my eyes. The deep pink color is fading quickly, the thick overgrowth of skin is shrinking, and the itching has completely disappeared. Scars were an area of my that I had truly given up on, as all the treatments I had tried in the past failed miserably. Coconut oil is amazing for dry scalp, damaged hair, eczema and dry skin.
More recently, my sister Becky (aka The Freedom Chef), taught me that coconut flour is an amazingly high-fiber, gluten-free substitute. I've been cooking with it ever since!
So what in the world can coconut NOT do?
The list of benefits is endless and includes antiviral, antibacterial, antimicrobial and antiprotozoal properties. Wow!