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Coconut: Beauty Inside and Out

I have the most wonderful childhood memories of my uncles in Puerto Rico cutting coconuts from a tree and splitting one in half for a refreshing taste on a warm summer night. Not only did I love the flavor of fresh coconut water, it marked the beginning of quite a long relationship that included internal and external benefits.

The health and beauty benefits of coconut include hair and skin care, stress relief, weight loss, better immunity, digestion, metabolism and endurance. It also helps in maintaining cholesterol levels, which is attributed to the presence of lauric acid found in coconuts.

The benefits of drinking coconut water

After a workout, there’s nothing more rewarding than a glass of coconut water. Not only is it delicious and refreshing, but coconut water is rich with potassium, magnesium and calcium. If you’re looking to replenish the electrolytes in your body after cardio or strength training, coconut water has no preservatives and it’s definitely a better alternative to sugar-filled sports and energy drinks.

Coconut oil for hair

I have very thick and naturally curly hair. For years, I’ve been asked how I keep it shiny and soft. It’s assumed that I use tons of products to tame my mane. However, to the surprise of many, I simply wash, condition, add coconut oil to the ends and comb through before blowing it out. I’ve been doing that for more than 20 years. That’s it. Coconut oil has a high moisture-retaining capacity, and I firmly believe that it’s the reason my hair has been able to withstand so much dyeing and resist heat damage from tools such as a flat iron over the years.

Coconut oil for nails

With so many beautiful nail polish colors and fun designs to choose from, many of us want to make sure our nails are in the best shape from manicure to manicure. But did you know that your nails also play an important role in protecting your fingertips? Beyond vanity, it’s very important that we also care for our nails and give them the same attention to detail we do our skin and hair. Rubbing coconut oil on your nails regularly makes them thick and strong. Coconut oil gets easily absorbed when applied, and is also good for nails that have developed fungal and bacterial infections, which can damage the nail and cuticle.

Coconut cream for skin

We all want flawless skin, and coconut cream may actually help us achieve that. Coconut, an excellent natural antioxidant, can improve the texture of your skin and reduces the appearance of fine line and manchas. It also protects the skin from exposure to sunlight while keeping it moisturized and nourished throughout the day.

For more information about the health and beauty benefits of coconut, Dr. Oz has a great series that breaks it all down.

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