The coconut is an amazing whole food for countless reasons, but one of its greatest benefits is its antifungal properties. Most people (yep I said most) unknowingly have an overgrowth of Candida albicans (pathogenic yeast) in their body, which manifests in the form of everything from chronic skin conditions, fatigue and venereal issues to mental and behavioral problems.
Common Symtoms of Candida Overgrowth Are:
Food cravings (lol who isn't guilty of this one)
Chronic yeast infections/jock itch/athlete's foot
Gassy and bloated feeling
And the list goes on...
Candida is a yeast that is naturally found in all of us, but due to poor diets of sugary/starchy foods it grows out of control, plaguing us with a variety of reoccurring symptoms. In its most advanced cases it's been named as a cause of death for people with severely compromised immune systems, but in less severe instances, as common as it is, it often goes undiagnosed. The good news is that coconut, and more specifically coconut oil, naturally combats this yeast.
What You Can Do
If you're looking to treat Candida start by taking 1/2 - 1 tablespoon of raw coconut oil daily (a little less if the coconut oil is solid), preferably over the weekend so that you can be at home while your body responds. You should consume the coconut oil alone (by mouth) rather than adding it to a beverage. Downing oil is not the most pleasant sensation, so follow it up with a sip of water if need be. Many people given this remedy often complain of stomach upset, nausea and diarrhea during treatment. This is known as die off symptoms. Literally the symptoms your body experiences as the yeast dies and the toxins spill into your system. If the symptoms are too much you can reduce the daily dose but don't fall off completely as Candida is one persistent little bugger. Complete treatment sometimes takes several months or longer. But once treated you'll feel like a whole new you. My favorite brand of raw coconut oil is Nutiva btw.
On a lighter note I had to plug my favorite raw coconut butter.
Not for treatment but this stuff is soooo yummy! I can eat it right out of the jar. Made from dehydrated whole coconut meat, it has a slightly sweet chocolaty taste to it. I put it in my smoothies, in nut milks, raw cookies and sometimes mix it into sauces for salads.