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Myths Around Coconut Oil Busted

Mahesh Jayaraman, medical researcher, therapist, health advisor and co-founder of health platform Sepalika.com, and Ishika Sachdev, holistic nutritionist, bust myths around the oil

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Coconut oil is made up of medium-chain triglycerides which are a super fuel that are used up by our bodies very efficiently. Pixabay

If consumed in moderation and accompanied by a healthy diet and plenty of exercise, coconut oil is great for the body, skin and hair, say experts.

Mahesh Jayaraman, medical researcher, therapist, health advisor and co-founder of health platform Sepalika.com, and Ishika Sachdev, holistic nutritionist, bust myths around the oil.

Myth: Coconut oil causes heart disease

Fact: Coconut oil is as far as possible from being harmful to your heart health. The reason this myth was perpetuated was because of its large percentage of saturated fat. Advanced research has proved that naturally occurring fats aren’t what damage your heart. Instead processed foods and those containing large quantities of refined sugars and high fructose corn syrup are what are making heart troubles widespread.

Myth: It tastes coconuty

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Coconut oil is as far as possible from being harmful to your heart health. Pixabay

Fact: Coconut oil comes in two variants: Refined and virgin/cold pressed – and not all varieties have a coconuty flavour. Refined coconut oil has literally no taste or odour, these are often refined, bleached, and deodorised so that they can be consumed easily.

However, hydrogenated coconut oil should be avoided at all costs as the process can create synthetic trans-fats. Go for coconut oil that has been refined using a natural and chemical-free process. And if a slight coconut flavour in your food doesn’t make it unpalatable for you then opt for the virgin variety.

Also Read: 8 Ways to Use Coconut Oil for Beauty Regime

Myth: Coconut oil has high cholesterol

Fact: Coconut oil is made up of medium-chain triglycerides which are a super fuel that are used up by our bodies very efficiently. In fact, they contribute towards a better cholesterol profile. This means that either your overall cholesterol levels go down or your good cholesterol levels go up on substantial consumption of coconut oil. And ultimately it’s the ratio of your total cholesterol to your good cholesterol that determines how healthy you really are. (Bollywood Country)

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Ways to Treat Chapped and Dark Lips

Home remedies for chapped lips

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Unexpected allergies, smoking, caffeine and hormonal imbalances or vitamin B2 deficiency in our body leads dryness or chapped lips. Lifetime Stock

Chapped or dark lips can break your look. UV rays, too much coffee, unexpected allergies, smoking, caffeine and hormonal imbalances or vitamin B2 deficiency in our body leads dryness or chapped lips.

Once you identify the triggers causing the obvious dryness, you can work on treating your lip, armed with a handful of kitchen ingredients and consistency.

Here are some natural remedies that could help you get rid of chapped lip, suggested by Seema Nanda, Cosmetologist and founder, Estetico- The Facial Bar.

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera gel is very hydrating as it contains vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and anti-inflammatory that soothe and rehydrate damaged skin.

Coconut oil

Coconut oil combats inflammation and is an emollient. Ideal to soothe and soften the skin.

Honey lips
Honey contains antioxidants and antibacterial properties, which help prevent infections from developing in extremely dry or cracked lips. Lifetime Stock

Honey

It is highly moisturising. Honey also contains antioxidants and antibacterial properties, which help prevent infections from developing in extreme dryness.

Cucumber

It can gently moisturize the lips and may contain vitamins and minerals that could improve the lips’ appearance.

Green Tea

Rich in antioxidants and minerals, Green tea contains polyphenols, which reduce inflammation. Soak a bag of green tea in warm water and gently rub it over the dry portion to soften and remove excess dry skin. This technique is gentler than traditional exfoliation.

Some scrubs that can help

1. Mix turmeric or haldi and milk, leave it on for about two to three minutes and wash it off. Then, apply some lip balm and leave.

Also Read- Ways to Deal with Dry Skin

2. Apply a mixture of lemon juice, sugar and scrub the portion twice a week.

3. Rose petals: Soak rose petals overnight and grind it the next day with a little bit of milk and apply it as a mask on your lips, works better when you apply it overnight. (IANS)