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Benefits of consuming coconut

Benefits of consuming coconut

Benefits of consuming coconut

Coconuts have been used and eaten for generations, popular amongst their home in the Pacific Islands and South East Asia. They’re a main source of food and the juice has been known as a healthy replacement for sweet drinks for many thousands of years.

You’ll know the problem with cracking open a coconut, not easy in the best of circumstances. However, you’ll know that once you’ve got past that hard shell, the soft flesh and beautiful liquid inside makes it worth your while.

With WaHiki, we’ve taken the hard work away for you and created a low sugar, high fibre coconut ice cream that will delight your day and give you a time out.

The nutritional and health benefits of consuming Coconut

We’ve all heard that eating coconut and drinking the juice of young coconuts is especially healthy for us, but what are the good parts that we should know about?

Vitamins & Minerals

Coconut is chock full of vitamins, with Vitamin B, C & E being present to boost your immune system and get your cellular energy firing.

It’s also rich in natural minerals, with magnesium supporting your nerve growth and regulating your heart rate, keeping you nicely level. Coconut also contains high levels of potassium, in fact 50% more than a banana! Potassium is great for helping regulate your kidneys, heart and of course your brain.

Calcium is also present in Coconuts, meaning you can still get calcium without having to drink milk and making your bones strong. Phosphorus also helps your bones and teeth healthy, and the iron present in coconuts gives your red blood cells a boost.

Antioxidants

Coconuts are absolutely loaded with antioxidants, you’ve mostly likely heard of them. These special little tools circulate the body hunting for free radicals in the cells of the body. These oxygen free radicals are believed to cause a variety of diseases, including Alzheimers, age-related dementia, heart diseases, and certain cancers. If you want to boost your antioxidants, sprinkle some cranberries, raisins or pecans on top of your ice cream.

Lauric Acid

According to the science, lauric acid is a healthier saturated fat that has a number of health benefits for you, not what you’d expect from a saturated fat! It’s what’s known as a medium-chain fatty acid. This means your body will absorb it whole and use it like a carbohydrate, burning it directly.

It’s easily digested by your body, so will fill you up with less calories. Studies have shown it may also help with weight-loss due to making you feel fuller with less.

Lauric Acid might also be effective in reducing your triglyceride and cholesterol levels, which reduces the chance of getting a stroke or cardiovascular disease. People who consume coconut over an extended time show a rise in the healthy HDL cholesterol and a reduction in the bad LDL cholesterol.

Lauric acid is also shown to reduce the clogging of arteries, known as atherosclerosis, so eating coconut is a healthy way to a better heart!

Low bad fats

We all know that Coconut is high in fat but it’s the difference between good and bad fats that we’re recognising is the important features of a product we consume.

The fats found in coconuts are less harmful to use than the fats found in cow’s milk, making coconut milk a good choice instead of regular milk. Coconut meat is also high in substances known as monoglyceride, which is used by the body for energy rather than being stored in the body. Along with a healthy diet, coconuts will provide you with a ready energy source that won’t stick around.

Microbial cleanser

Coconut oil has an anti-microbial effect, which can help to restore damaged hair and reduce acne.

With acne, the bacteria in the oil glands increase massively, causing the breakouts we’ve all experienced. By taking coconut, the lauric acid helps reduce these as the acid kills off the bacteria in the oil glands, causing a reduction in the severity and quantity of breakouts.

You’ll also benefit from using coconut oil on your hair, it won’t just smell gorgeous, it revitalises dry frizzy hair. Ideal in our summers, keep lustrous hair by working a small amount through your hair.

Easy Digestion

Digesting food can be difficult with the increased sensitivity to ingredients. However, coconut is very gentle to the digestion system, and with a high fibre content, it’ll cleanse it at the same time. Add coconut to your breakfast every day and you won’t need as much (or any) of that high fibre cereal!

Coconut meat has more fibre in it than wheat bran and other types of grain. There are about 5 grams of fibre in two tablespoons of coconut butter. Coconut flour contains 7 grams of fibre and coconut meat has about ten grams of fibre in a half cup serving. Do remember that the oil doesn’t contain fibre though!

Low in Calories

If you choose to drink coconut water, made from young coconuts, you’ll love that it’s quite low in carbohydrates, calories, sugar, and nearly fat-free. Better than any sugary drink, and healthier than many fruit juices.

Coconut water has high amounts of protein, vitamin B complex, and ascorbic acid. The meat of the coconut fights oxidation in the tissues and contains many minerals, vitamins, and healthy fat.

WaHiki is low in sugar and much healthier for you than old-fashioned ice creams.

More Benefits

Coconut is known to help in the secretion of insulin.This is good if you suffer from diabetes or pre-diabetes, yet we do suggest you follow medical advice!

Benefits thyroid function: Coconut is proven to not have the storage issues of other oils, which start to break down, oxidising and causing rancidity, bad for your thyroid gland. Coconut doesn’t break down with a shelf life of 3-5 years which reduces the oxidative stress on your thyroid. It’s shown to increase cell membranes and enzyme activity to convert the hormones your thyroid needs.

Enjoying Coconut

Oil – As a high-temperature oil, coconut is great for sautéing and stir-frying without burning or adding unwanted flavour to dishes.

Water – Coconut water is especially great for hydration without the artificial flavours, sugar and extra ingredients found in hydration drinks. With its high potassium, it’s great for during and post exercise.

Ice Cream – WaHiki is a great addition to your diet, either for breakfast, snacking or dessert, it’s high fibre, low sugar and great taste means you can add it to drinks or add healthy ingredients to maximise the benefits.

Dried Coconut – Dried coconut flakes can be toasted and put in granola or sprinkled on top of yoghurt or ice cream dishes. Don’t forget to choose the unsweetened kind though!

Sugar – Coconut sugar can be obtained from many stores, being high in iron and potassium. It can be substituted for normal sugar in the same quantities.

Milk – Bring more coconut milk into your diet, it’s a healthier replacement than normal milk, and can be used in drinks, baking & cooking for amazing flavour.

Let Your Mind Be Free

Let Your Mind Be Free

Let Your Mind Be Free

Whilst a lack of energy directly affects how we feel physically, it can also indicate a tired and worn out state of mind.

Sometimes it’s not so much a lack of physical energy that we’re suffering from, but rather a draining fatigue in our emotional state.

It’s that lack of mental energy that can lead to a reduced desire to get up and move about, to accomplish things, to be active, to be social, to live with direction, purpose and contentment. If your mind lacks energy, you lack motivation, inspiration and drive. And that’s most certainly not a recipe for productiveness or wellbeing.

We all lack emotional energy at some time or another, whether it be temporarily after a bad day, or for a continued amount of time due to stress, trauma, loss of a loved one etc. Sometimes just the mere process of living life – raising children, trying to withstand an undesirable job, struggling to pay the bills, never having time for ourselves – puts us in a negative emotional spin that’s difficult to get out of.

When you’re suffering from a lack of mental energy, no amount of physical nourishment from all the right foods will ail what your mind feels. You need to let your mind be free, to fill it with all the positivity you can possibly let in.

The first step towards gaining more emotional energy is to acknowledge you’re tired, drained, lacking in positivity, feeling uninspired, down and defeated, and accept that it’s ok to feel that way. That’s what makes us human. We can’t all have great days, every day.

It’s then as simple as doing something different to pull you out of that lull of an indifferent mind. Not something wild and crazy that you’d never dream of doing (although that can help!), but something that takes you from where you are and transports you somewhere else – both emotionally and physically. It can be as simple as these:

Go for a walk. Heck, pick up the speed and make it a run. Guaranteed you’ll feel better. Even if you’ve never run before in your life and you end up looking like a huffing, puffing red lobster, you’ll forget your worries and will come out the other side feeling refreshed. Probably tired physically, but definitely carefree and refreshed.

Chat to a friend. But negative subject matter is not allowed! Be sure you surround yourself with positive people. Outline the negative no-no subject matter that’s off-limits and chat about more light-hearted things for a change.

Go shopping. Buy a new outfit. Get a new kitchen appliance. Try on a new pair of shoes. Get a facial. Do something that makes you feel good.

Don’t think about what people think of you. And when you accidentally do, don’t care. Life’s too short to worry about what people think.

Watch a comedy show. Have a laugh. Tickle your loved ones and have them tickle you. Get giggling. After all, laughter is the best medicine.

Grab a tub of your favourite WaHiki flavour ice cream, and indulge in its creamy smoothness, enjoying the timeout. Now I’m not saying eat the whole tub, but you know..

Hug your kids. Kiss your partner. Cuddle your pets. Look them in the eyes. Squeeze them tight. Make that connection and the feeling of loving and being loved will fill your boots with gratitude and contentment.

Start a new hobby. Try something different. Learn something new. Study a language. Take up gardening. Buy some paints and a canvas. Just go where you’ve never gone before. You may just surprise yourself.

Meditate. Do yoga. Check out a GRIT class. Simply lie down for a few minutes with your eyes closed listening to the sounds around you (just be sure you can’t hear the kids fighting!). Make yourself slow down and relax.

Listen to music. Not only has it been proven to make you smarter but it’s hard to stay down when you’re rocking out to your favourite song.

Remember what makes you feel good. Remember who you are. Who you were before. Who you want to be. Visualise a relaxed, calm, sensitive, positive you. Imagine who you want to be, how you want to be and strive with open arms towards it. Ignore the critical voices, whether they be your own or others, and let yourself be guided by positive thoughts. A positive frame of mind will provide you with the right amount of energy to allow you to focus on achieving anything you want to achieve.

How to live in a day entirely

How to live in a day entirely

How to live in a day entirely

Living a life you are not happy with is bad for your health.

Your emotional state and stress can have a large effect on your health, and over time will take a toll on your self.

While starting over in a new direction can be difficult, in time it will grant true happiness, fulfilment, and an overall healthier state.

The new direction is different for every person, yet we recognise there’s a common theme.

Feeling better, being better, doing better.

 

Feeling better

Thriving in your own self is a challenge all of us take on, one where we explore how to make our life more enjoyable, creative and longer. Making yourself feel better can take on small-scale changes that allow you to feel better.

You can try limiting certain ingredients of your diet. Limiting the amount of dairy, meat and alcohol can often make people feel better. Reducing the amount you consume gives your body more time to work at its peak rather than focusing on dealing with them.

Go for a walk, go see the sunset from the top of a volcano, little steps every day will help you with stamina, your tolerance for exercise and your appetite for good food.

Being better

A lot of people ask how to be better. The answer is simple, enjoy life more. Be that person at the office that has the aura of enjoying life. Your positivity and enthusiasm will rub off people, helping someone else be better.

So how are you going to be better? You’re working on feeling better, so what’s being better look like?

Live in the moment, and live in the future. Don’t look up, look out. You could call it “Better human being”.

When was the last time you caught up with your friends? With summer approaching fast, meet up with them for an ice cream – remember to ask for WaHiki 😉

Get away from the office with your co-workers. That could be your manager, CEO or Director, find out about the person behind the role. You’re on a common journey together, so how do you better face in the same direction?

Go meet an existing or potential client. Travel to somewhere new and meet the people there. Could you help them be better? How do they help you be better?

Take a time out. That might be from emails, phone calls or technology. That could be a 15 minute healthy break away from your desk to clear your mind.

Doing Better

By feeling better, and being better, doing better will come naturally.

You’ll see a change in the quality of your work, more empathetic to others, going that extra mile yourself so the next person in the chain (up or down), can do their work better.

Your attention to detail will likely increase. As you feel better, your ability to spot the little things increases. When you’re being better, you’re opening more doors and creating more opportunities.

If you take more pride in yourself, activate that energy, and follow it through, you’ll create, edit and see the future easier. Then you’ll do better.

Changing ingredients for better eating

Changing ingredients for better eating

Changing ingredients for better eating

We all love our home cooked foods, baking that makes your mouth water, the smell of cooking herbs and spices in the air. Yet we want to eat healthier, knowing that what we put in should be the best ingredients.

Reducing the amount of heavily processed ingredients will help your gut feel better and give you a a boost. Using ingredients as close as natural as possible means your body needs to do less work, enabling it to extract the best from what you consume.

Quick ways to switch

Fats

Butter is close to natural, but we all realise that reducing dairy gives our body a bonus.

In cooking, try to use low processed replacements. Think of good fats rather than no fats. WaHiki contains high levels of a fat called medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs).

MCTs are extremely easy for the body to break down and use as energy for your body.

Think of long-chain fats as pieces of banana and MCTs as being like a banana smoothie. If you eat the whole fruit, you have to put in a lot of effort chewing, but the smoothie you can just slurp right up almost without noticing. In your digestive system, MCTs are a little bit like that smoothie.

Coconut Oil, nut butters and even banana can substitute for fat in your baking. You’ll be able to explore a number of different methods of integrating these alternative fats into your diet schedule.

Sugar

We know that refined sugar is receiving much more attention, finding ways to replace or reduce the quantity of sugar in our diet is a key aspect on developing new ways to understand our diet and how to improve our health through reducing sugar.

You can also use natural sweeteners such as Agave or Maple Syrup. Coconut Sugar or Honey are alternatives that are great for the digestion system, ensuring the health of your gut flora.

Dairy

As more and more people develop intolerances to dairy products such as cheese, cream, milk and butter, developing alternatives and alternate solutions are key to reducing or minimising the quantity of dairy (or casein & lactose) in your diet.

Try drinking long blacks or tea instead of your lattes. If you must, then try soy or almond milk in your coffee to replace the milk.

When it comes to the shakes we love in the mornings, you’ll find a lot of them contain dairy products. Did you realise that the dairy-free alternatives are just as good for you, yet don’t have the range of dairy products you expect!

Use a couple of scoops of WaHiki instead of milk. Its triglycerides mean that it has the bulk and fat replacements, it’s low in sugar, a common energy source in shakes. Add some peanut butter and ice cubes, even some extra coconut water instead of a banana, there’s your ingredients for a thick healthier shake right there with high protein and low processed food.

Take the opportunity to make the switch, even if it’s one or two things in your pantry, fridge or freezer.