The holidays are a time for celebration with family, friends, and of course, food! Unfortunately, it is also a time when many struggle with over-eating and weight gain.
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Over the past few years, coconut oil has quickly become the ?super substanceª of the wellness industry. Its health benefits positively affect your entire body, inside and out. Not only has coconut oil been proven to be a healthy and tasty cooking agent, but also a positive addition to your skin, hair, and even oral hygiene routines. So don't let your use of coconut oil stop in the kitchen Check out some of our favorite ways to use coconut oil all year long.
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HEALTH Coconut oil is composed primarily of saturated fats that supply your body with HDLs (high density lipoproteins). HDLs help to remove cholesterol from the bloodstream and are associated with reduced risk of heart disease. In addition, coconut oil aids in protecting against various infections because it contains agents that are able to kill bacteria, fungi, and viruses.
COOKING Cooking with heat often destroys much of the healthy fat content in a variety of oils. Luckily, coconut oil is an exception to this rule as a result of its high saturated fat composition. Its ability to withstand heat makes coconut oil ideal for cooking. Not to mention the fact that it adds a wonderful taste to any recipe!
SKIN When it comes to the skin, coconut oil has properties that allow it to be used as both a moisturizer and an exfoliator. A coconut oil + sugar combination can simultaneously clear pores and restore moisture, leaving your skin feeling soft and smelling delicious!
HAIR Lathering coconut oil through the hair has many benefits. Coconut oil easily penetrates the hair shaft, helping to reduce protein loss and retain moisture, thus protecting against breakage and leaving hair shiny and soft.
TEETH Coconut oil can be used for a process called ? oil pulling ª to promote oral health. Simply insert a spoonful of coconut oil into the mouth and swish for twenty minutes. Spit then rinse the mouth with warm water. This process draws out toxins and bacteria from the mouth and leaves you with whiter teeth and fresh breath. How are you using coconut oil this week?
If your child has food allergies, you're always on the lookout. With the exchange of lots of different food types, Halloween can be an especially worrisome event. To help ease parents ª minds, and raise awareness of food allergies, houses in the Twin Cities, and other cities across the country, will be participating in the Food Allergy Research and Educations (FARE) new Halloween tradition the Teal Pumpkin Project FARE.
The new campaign encourages families to provide non-food treats like Halloween pencils, glow sticks, bracelets or bubbles for trick-or-treaters. To show your participation, FARE asks that you paint a pumpkin teal the color of food allergy awareness and place it in front of the house or in a well-lit window. In addition, FARE also has two free printable signs that indicates whether you have non-food treats or non-food and candy treats available. Interested in learning more? Kare 11 recently profiled the Teal Pumpkin Project. Check out their story here: Making Halloween safer for kids with allergies. And, if you're participating in the teal pumpkin project, we'd love to hear about it! Leave us a note in the comments below. Are you the parent of a child with allergies? We'd love to hear if you're participating in the teal pumpkin project.
It's that time of year again - the great Minnesota get-together is here! As wonderful as the fair is, it can be a challenge for those who are searching for something healthy to fuel their bodies. Fear not nutrient lovers, because Viverant has a special guide to the ins and outs of delicious and nutritious fair food that does not involve a deep fried, sugar coated, grease dripping ball of regret:
You can find the location of all these scrumptious delights using the State Fair's Food Finder. Let us know what nutritious fair foods you are trying this week!
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