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Old 03-18-2013, 10:46 AM   #1
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Has anyone done a Coconut Oil fast/detox for candida?

I'm reading about this and adding more coconut oil to my diet and want to try this for 5-7 days to kill off the dang candida in my system. I'm tired of being tired, the acne, the vaginal yeast...all of it. I feel bloated and like I need to do some spring cleaning in my body. Has anyone done this? Does anyone care to join me?
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I'm reading about this on Natural News...not going to post the link but anyone interested can google.
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What exactly is it? Just adding coconut oil to your diet, or something else?
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Yeah, I'd be interested to find out about this also. Keep going I'll catch up. Ha
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I'm just going to paste in the text of the article and if anyone wants more info or to see sources you can google the site I mentioned.

(NaturalNews) Coconut oil is a popular nutritional oil derived from the meat of matured coconuts. Coconut has long been a primary source of food throughout the tropics. Its various industrial and cosmetic applications have made it a very viable commodity. Coconut oil is heat stable, making it suitable for cooking at high temperatures. It is slow to oxidize, resists rancidity and has a shelf life of approximately two years or more; virgin coco creme created through a wet-milling process has an indefinite shelf life.

See the NaturalNews InfoGraphic on coconut oil here (it's beautiful!)
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The composition of coconut oil
The coconut possesses a wide variety of health benefits due to its fiber and nutritional content, but it is the oil that makes it a remarkable source of food and medicine. It has definitely earned its reputation as the healthiest oil in the world despite the fact that its high saturated fat content was once falsely claimed to be unhealthy.

What makes coconut oil different?

Oils and fats are composed of molecules known as fatty acids. They are classified either according to saturation or based on molecular length and size of the carbon chain within each fatty acid. Monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats are an example of the first class.

The second classification is based on molecular size or length of the fatty acid's carbon chain. Long chains of carbon atoms consist of each fatty acid with an attached hydrogen atom. There are short chain fatty acids known as SCFA, medium chain fatty acids (MCFA) such as coconut oil and long chain fatty acids (LCFA). Whether unsaturated or saturated, the majority of fats and oils in our diet are composed of long chain fatty acids. In fact, a majority of the fatty acids commonly consumed are LCFA.

Coconut oil is predominantly medium-chain fatty acid (MCFA) and the effects of the MCFA in coconut oil are distinctly different from the LCFA found in other foods. In fact, the saturated and unsaturated fat in milk, eggs, meat and even in plants and most vegetable oils are made of LCFA. Why is this relevant? It is important because our bodies respond and metabolize each fatty acid differently. It is the MCFA found in coconut oil that makes it special because these fatty acids do not have a negative effect on cholesterol. In fact, they are known to lower the risk of heart disease and atherosclerosis. There are only few dietary sources of MCFA, and one of the best sources by far is coconut oil.

Theliver and gall bladder do not need to digest and emulsify MCFA, resulting in instant energy, increased metabolic rate and subsequently more heat production as well as increased circulation. Anyone with an impaired fat digestion or removed gallbladder will benefit from coconut oil as this oil is easily digested. (The Great Fat Debate - Why Virgin Coconut Oil Is Best)

Lauric Acid
Coconut oil has many health benefits which are attributed to the presence of lauric acid. When it is present in the body, lauric acid is converted into monolaurin, a compound that is highly toxic to viruses, bacteria, funguses and other microorganisms because of its ability to disrupt their lipid membranes and virtually destroy them.

Monolaurin is effective for treating candida albicans, fungal infections and athlete's foot. It also targets bacterial infections and viruses like measles, influenza, hepatitis C and even HIV. In fact, researchers from the Philippines are studying the effectiveness of lauric acid against HIV/AIDS due to its strong anti-viral properties. Moreover, lauric acid is non-toxic, making it a better alternative to modern drugs that are typically prescribed for viruses as well as fungal and bacterial infections.

Without lauric acid, monolaurin cannot be produced by the body. Breast milk is the only other source of lauric acid, which must explain the lesser incidents of infections with breast-fed infants. It has also been observed that regular consumption of coconut oil boosts immunity and reduces incidences of sickness.
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The health benefits of coconut oil
Hair care - The unique fatty acids in coconut oil have a small molecular structure and pass freely into the hair's cell membrane, allowing for the oil to penetrate the hair's shaft; this literally brings out the deep conditioning from within compared to other conditioners that work from the outside in.

Massaging the oil into the scalp can offer relief from dandruff. Dandruff is caused by dry skin or an internal fungal condition that reached the scalp. With regular use, coconut oil can kill the fungus and eliminate dandruff issues. For deep hair conditioning, a teaspoon or two on damp hair left for as long as possible can give an ultra-nice shine. Leave it on overnight and see startling results. (Coconut Oil Brings Natural Deep Hair Conditioning)

Skin care - Coconut oil is an excellent skin conditioner containing medium-chain triglycerides, naturally occurring fats which deeply penetrate, moisturize and acts as a protective barrier against environmental and free radical damage. The oil also provides sun protection by screening 20 percent of ultraviolet exposure.

Coconut oil is rich in anti-oxidants and bursting with the natural microbial and antibacterial agents caphrylic and capric acids. . Its ability to smooth the skin while infusing with anti-oxidants makes it a perfect anti-aging moisturizer. Moreover, it contains vitamin E, another antioxidant popular for hastening the recovery of skin abrasions, burns and other trauma. (Natural health news)

Weight loss - Medium-chain fatty acids found in coconut oil can speed up metabolism faster than long-chain fatty acids because they are easily digested and converted into energy. In fact, a study reported medium-chain fatty acids to be three times more effective in raising metabolism than long-chain fatty acids, leading researchers to conclude that effective weight loss can be achieved by replacing long-chain fatty acids with medium- chain fatty acids. (Coconut Oil Can Promote Weight Loss by Increasing Metabolism Naturally)

Natural remedy for pneumonia - In a study presented before The American College of Chest Physicians on October 29, 2008, coconut oil was found to offer pneumonia patients faster and more complete relief from symptoms. This could be a welcome development for many as this means a reduced stay in the hospital, lower medical expenses and lower exposure for the patient to a hospital environment. Moreover, it is an inexpensive addition to traditional antibiotics and has no known side effects. (Coconut Oil: A Natural Remedy for Pneumonia)

Lowers risk of diabetes, heart disease and improves cholesterol levels - In a study made on women subjects ranging from 20 to 40 years old, half of the subjects were instructed to take a 30 ml soybean oil supplement while the other half were instructed to take a 30ml coconut oil supplement while maintaining moderate exercise routine over a 12-week period. Results of the study showed that although both group of women had a decrease in body mass index (BMI), only the women who were taking coconut oil showed a notable decease in waist circumference significantly lowering the risk of conditions like type II diabetes and heart disease.

Furthermore, the study also showed that the subjects who experienced an improvement in their cholesterol profile along with higher HDL levels and higher HDL: LDL ratio were the ones taking coconut oil. Those taking soybean oil did not receive the same benefits but reflected a higher total cholesterol as well as higher LDL cholesterol lower, lower HDL cholesterol and a lower HDL: LDL ratio. (Study Reveals Coconut Oil Improves Cholesterol Profile and Waistline)

Assists in bone health and chronic fatigue - Research has found coconut oil to help prevent osteoporosis because it helps in the nutrient absorption of minerals such as calcium and magnesium - important minerals that fight osteoporosis.

Moreover, the medium-chain fatty acids in coconut oil produce energy rather than body fat, thereby improving metabolism and preventing fatigue. The oil has also been shown to destroy organisms in the body that sap its strength and contribute to the condition of fatigue. (Food Miracles on the next NaturalNews Talk Hour)

Alzheimer's Disease - Dr. Mary Newport, after failing to get treatment for her husband's dementia, discovered that coconut oil contained natural medium-chain triglyceride (MCT). The same substance was used in a drug trial her husband failed to qualify for. So, she gave her husband 1 tbsp. of coconut oil twice a day for a month and a half and saw him almost completely recovered. (Natural health news)

Others - aside from the health benefits mentioned earlier the following health benefits have been attributed to the beneficial use of coconut oil:

• Protects against cancer and HIV and other infectious diseases
• Kills bacteria and parasites like tape worm and liver flukes
• Eases acid reflux, aids in proper bowel function
• Lowers incidence of hemorrhoids
• Heals and relieves intestinal problems
• Soothes earaches
• Deals with symptoms connected with prostate enlargement
• Strengthens the liver and protects against degeneration
• Reduces incidence of epileptic seizures
• Reduces joint and muscle inflammation
• Eases neuropathies and itching from diabetes.
(More than 101 reasons to use coconut as a home remedy to improve your health naturally)

How much oil should be taken in to enjoy its benefits?
According to researchers, an adult should consume around 3 1/2 tbsp. of coconut oil daily: an amount equal to the MCFA a nursing infant would receive in one day. The benefits of coconut oil are derived from the nutritional value of medium-chain fatty acids (MCFA's), and the best comparison in nature as to the percentage of MCFA consumed in a diet is in human breast milk. For those who are not used to having coconut oil in their diet, it is best to start out with a lesser amount and see how the body reacts before following the recommended amount.

Does coconut oil have any adverse side effects?
Coconut oil has no known side effects. However, if you are used to a low-fat diet, a common adverse reaction would be diarrhea. It is probably not advisable to start with a large amount right away. Spreading the recommended amount over the course of one day and building up to a larger dose can help to avoid unwanted effects.

In coconut-producing countries, it is considered beneficial for pregnant and lactating women to enjoy coconut oil; Westerners used to a low-fat diet, however, are cautioned not to experiment with coconut oil while pregnant if the body is not used to it. If you have been consuming coconut oil regularly with no adverse reactions, there is no reason to discontinue consumption.
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Thank you for posting. I am a great believer in the benefits of coconut and this article provides great information!
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I'm glad it's helpful! I'm a little worried about the die-out with yeast and I'm not really understanding why I need to work up slowly in using the coconut oil. Is that because of die-off or because some people can't stand the oil or feel nauseous or?
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Wow, SilkandSand, what a great amount of info. I'm incredibly interested in this. Thanks so much for inputting it. I've just started taking it 1 tbs a day and will try to work up to more. Since I've had both of my gall bladder and spleen removed in surgery this is of immense importance to me.
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Thanks for posting this. I'm a great proponent of CO and use it to clean my face, moisturize my skin, and eat a TBLS a day.
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Oh, the detox / die-off from CO can be really intense. CO does not just clean out candida. It cleans out a lot of weird things like parasites and other fungi and dried out intestinal gunk. The first time I ate CO - not as a stand alone detox but incorporating it into my diet - I felt like I had a stomach flu for about three days...except no fever. I strongly suggest, if you do not already eat CO regularly, you start with small amounts and build up gradually.
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great information ! I use about 2 tsp daily in my coffee !
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Oh, the detox / die-off from CO can be really intense. CO does not just clean out candida. It cleans out a lot of weird things like parasites and other fungi and dried out intestinal gunk. The first time I ate CO - not as a stand alone detox but incorporating it into my diet - I felt like I had a stomach flu for about three days...except no fever. I strongly suggest, if you do not already eat CO regularly, you start with small amounts and build up gradually.
Thanks Nancy! That's helpful. I have noticed a few problems when I increase my CO that must be detox oriented. This getting healthy is not always fun but I have fibromyalgia-type symptoms (don't want to claim fibromyalgia at this point!) but my intuition says I can right my system through cleansing my system and exercise. I owe it to myself to try.
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Thank you for posing the question re candida also thank you for posting all of the info re the benefits of CO

Im trying to incorporate more into my diet for one added into my coffee as someone here suggested.

So I will for sure subscribe to this thread to see how everyone benefits from this.
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Thank you for posing the question re candida also thank you for posting all of the info re the benefits of CO

Im trying to incorporate more into my diet for one added into my coffee as someone here suggested.

So I will for sure subscribe to this thread to see how everyone benefits from this.
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Oh, I've been hooked on CO for five years now. Not sure how I survived without it.

Anyone not oil-pulling, I encourage you to look it up. And I find even though theory says you should pull at certain times of day for a certain length of time, it actually helps no matter when or how long.
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Oh, I've been hooked on CO for five years now. Not sure how I survived without it.

Anyone not oil-pulling, I encourage you to look it up. And I find even though theory says you should pull at certain times of day for a certain length of time, it actually helps no matter when or how long.
Really?! I can't tell you how many times I haven't done it at all because I forgot and had a sip of water first thing in the morning or because I didn't have 20 minutes. What changes have you noticed?
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I used to get abscesses around my molars and back where my wisdom teeth still lurk.

In fact, that is how I found OP. I had a terrible infection, had decided I had to call the dentist in the morning. While internet surfing that evening, I ran across OP...thought, heck give it a try. Swished CO for about ten minutes. Spit out blood and puss and yuck for the next ten minutes (it seemed that long). OP'd again in the morning and that was then end of the infection. And the end of frequent recurrent infections.

Oh, and I am a coffee addicted, smoker with gleaming white teeth and pink healthy gums.

OP anytime is better than OP never.
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I used to get abscesses around my molars and back where my wisdom teeth still lurk.

In fact, that is how I found OP. I had a terrible infection, had decided I had to call the dentist in the morning. While internet surfing that evening, I ran across OP...thought, heck give it a try. Swished CO for about ten minutes. Spit out blood and puss and yuck for the next ten minutes (it seemed that long). OP'd again in the morning and that was then end of the infection. And the end of frequent recurrent infections.

Oh, and I am a coffee addicted, smoker with gleaming white teeth and pink healthy gums.

OP anytime is better than OP never.
I need to start doing this. Do you try to do it for 20 minutes each time? I think this combined with the coconut oil fast might be really cleansing. I feel like I need that!
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I aim for twenty minutes...but seem to get interrupted a lot

OH!

A few months ago I had a candida flare up. OP did help clean up my tongue some. Eating CO with other foods may have helped...not sure. But, I tried using CO gel caps as a 'female' suppository. THAT caused a massive and painful die-off down there/growth in other places. Big mistake. I ended up calling the doctor for a pill.

I think it would be better to do the gradually eat more CO detox for awhile ... let it do it's permeate the body thing ... then maybe I would try the suppository approach again.
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This is fascinating stuff Im learning! Yikes, ok question, so using CO a little every day will help with candida? Oh and ridding of possible parasites too right?
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The medium chain triglycerides that make up approximately 60% of CO are anti-microbial. Meaning they disrupt and destroy viruses, bacteria, and parasites by gobbling up their outer coating. (Also meaning, CO has no effect on viruses etc that do not have an outer coating.)

I put CO on cuts and scrapes - for me it really accelerates healing. I use a small amount under my regular moisturizer and, for my age, I have a really nice complexion.

You are encouraged to begin eating it a little at a time because (a) it is absorbed out of the small intestine instead of going through the whole digestive process (this can make your tummy feel really weird - takes getting used to), and (b) eating a whole lot from day one can cause a huge detox - I cut back when I realized what was happening, but I was really ill during that first detox.

OH! While I am singing CO's praises...it is suspected CO does invoke ketosis and it definitely ups your metabolism so you burn more calories. On cruises I ate some before each meal and gained no weight.

Amazing stuff.
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The medium chain triglycerides that make up approximately 60% of CO are anti-microbial. Meaning they disrupt and destroy viruses, bacteria, and parasites by gobbling up their outer coating. (Also meaning, CO has no effect on viruses etc that do not have an outer coating.)

I put CO on cuts and scrapes - for me it really accelerates healing. I use a small amount under my regular moisturizer and, for my age, I have a really nice complexion.

You are encouraged to begin eating it a little at a time because (a) it is absorbed out of the small intestine instead of going through the whole digestive process (this can make your tummy feel really weird - takes getting used to), and (b) eating a whole lot from day one can cause a huge detox - I cut back when I realized what was happening, but I was really ill during that first detox.

OH! While I am singing CO's praises...it is suspected CO does invoke ketosis and it definitely ups your metabolism so you burn more calories. On cruises I ate some before each meal and gained no weight.

Amazing stuff.
Thanks for all that info Can I ask your age? I just turned 50 in Oct 12, and I also feel my skin looks really good for my age. Ive been using CO for a few months to cleanse my face (however I put in on my Clarisonic brush head), and Ive also used a little in my coffee.

Ive read from others on LCF to build up slowly to about 3T a day. Is that what you do? Or any others here?

this stuff. My friend uses a little to take off her eye makeup, I tried it and it works great! No more need for expensive eye makeup remover.
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Hey sping, isn't this fun?

I am 60. I do have some lines around my mouth (smoker). But no fine wrinkles and my skin glows.

Yep, CO is a great cleanser!

Silk, are you doing the detox? Life is insane right now (trying to buy a house in one state while living in another). But, I read the link you provided - and a few more. I think once things calm down - hopefully in a few weeks - I am going to do the detox. It just sounds healthy!
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What exactly is the detox? Just edging up to 3 1/2 T a day? Very interested in this.
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Hey sping, isn't this fun?

I am 60. I do have some lines around my mouth (smoker). But no fine wrinkles and my skin glows.

Yep, CO is a great cleanser!

Silk, are you doing the detox? Life is insane right now (trying to buy a house in one state while living in another). But, I read the link you provided - and a few more. I think once things calm down - hopefully in a few weeks - I am going to do the detox. It just sounds healthy!
Thats really great news your skin glows It is a great cleanser yup.
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Hey sping, isn't this fun?

I am 60. I do have some lines around my mouth (smoker). But no fine wrinkles and my skin glows.

Yep, CO is a great cleanser!

Silk, are you doing the detox? Life is insane right now (trying to buy a house in one state while living in another). But, I read the link you provided - and a few more. I think once things calm down - hopefully in a few weeks - I am going to do the detox. It just sounds healthy!
You sound like a busy lady all the best in your home purchasing & detox!
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I have read online about an actual coconut oil fast - where you eat nothing but coconut oil for a day or two to jumpstart your body into ketosis.

Anyone here done that?
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Old 04-13-2013, 07:14 AM   #28
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I am having great success with coconut oil. From being a total binger on sugars, etc., I am certain I have/had major candida, brain fog, etc. When I first started taking coconut oil I thought I was allergic to it. I thought there was something wrong with the CO. LOL I had very strong reactions to it. Now I don't, but what I do notice, is that it "feels" good. I am doing very little carbs so pretty hard to say how much CO is helping with everything versus eating VLC and not eating piles of sugar, bad fats from chips, etc, but thanks to you, Gotsomeold, I am now doing oil pulling with CO. Love it! and like you, I do coffee right now, and I swear my teeth are whiter! They were looking sort of yellowish which I just ignored, but now even with the coffee, already are looking brighter!

Janet, I am not doing a "fast" with it per se, but I am doing Intermittent Fasting, and I have that in coffee AND without prior to eating. I have it if I feel low on energy during my fasting time and am now doing it first thing in the a.m. too, b/c I think I can't think as well without it.
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Old 04-14-2013, 03:37 AM   #29
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Another convert!

Now that the definition of 'fasting' is morphing from zero calories to very, very low calories I have found several sources that say CO is very supportive of both fasting and of attaining/maintaining a healthy state of ketosis. The doctors Jaminet (Perfect Health Diet under Other Plans) stress eating it during fasts.

And, feeling bad when eating it at first. then feeling good on it does imply you had a productive detox at some level

Life has to get a bit calmer before I can commit to a few days of CO only. But, I can see it on the horizon.
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Old 04-14-2013, 11:18 AM   #30
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When you feel your schedule and life permits, how long will you do the CO fast for? And how much will you consume and in what intervals, Nancy? Sounds interesting...Do you know anyone who's done it with good results?
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