What do coconut oil and hypothyroidism have in common? More than you might think. Coconut oil in its pure, non-hydrogenated, virgin form is a healthy addition to any diet. Coconut oil contains lauric acid, a medium-chain fatty acid that helps with neurotransmitters and brain health. Coconut oil also aids the thyroid gland in regulating metabolism. If the thyroid gland doesn't function properly, and runs low, hypothyroidism (low thyroid) can occur, bringing weight gain, fatigue, hair loss, and other symptoms. Fighting against hypothyroidism is critical for all ages, and coconut oil is a great natural dietary aid in battling it. It also tastes good! Learn how to use coconut oil for hypothyroidism in this article.
Buy virgin, non-hydrogenated coconut oil. Coconut oil liquifies at 76 degrees F. At cooler temperatures, it solidifies and takes on a white, milky appearance. Do not be alarmed, and don't worry--coconut oil can go from solid to liquid repeatedly with no harm to the oil itself.
Start taking 1/4 of a teaspoon of coconut oil every day. You can spread it on toast (like butter), take it straight or add it to any meal. Do not start with more than this, as too much can make you ill if your body is not accustomed to coconut oil.
Take 1/2 teaspoon twice a day within 1 month. Your thyroid will benefit from the boost, and your brain will benefit from the lauric acid. The thyroid receives help from the coconut oil, letting it burn calories more efficiently and boosting metabolism.
Use coconut oil as a cooking oil substitute. Avoid using it in baking, however; the property of shifting from liquid to solid can make baked good unpredictable. Coconut oil can be used in stir fries and other recipes, however.
Check your thyroid levels with bloodwork after about 6 months of eating coconut oil regularly. You may be surprised by the improvement in your thyroid levels.