Forgot An Important Key To Feeling Better
Over the course of about three years I bought two jars of coconut oil. Each time I let them sit on my counter until I figured they must have spoiled, and then I threw them away. But I kept reading that coconut oil helped increase energy levels and so, I bought a third jar…and actually used it.
Did it help?
Yup. Within about thirty minutes of gagging it down, I always felt better. But it was the ‘gagging it down’ that kept me at one tablespoon a day. It did get easier after awhile, and some days I remembered to take it twice. But I never got up to the recommended three to four a day.
After my hypothyroidism diagnosis, I was especially glad I was taking it because coconut oil has been touted to improve thyroid function…from many sources, Mercola being one of them. In some ways I think this doctor is a little over the top for me, but he also has some good information. It’s not practical, or economical, to change ones diet as drastically as he recommends.
So when, and why, did I stop taking it? I can’t remember. Probably for a variety of reasons….2011 was just one of those years.
But now the jar is back on my desk.
Why my desk? Because if that’s where I spend the majority of my time. If I don’t keep the supplements I want to take right in front of my face, it slips my mind. And if I want to remember to use the coconut oil, that’s where I have to keep it.
And I will start using it three or four times a day. It’s also supposed to help with weight loss, and I’d like to lose some extra pounds that won’t budge no matter what I do. Yes, coconut oil is supposed to help with that, too.
Yes. Somehow the body doesn’t store it as fat, but uses it for immediate energy. Plus it’s a medium chain triglycerides (MCT’s), which can help with weight loss efforts.
I like how this doctor explains it.
As with anything you can try, there are those who say it will work and those who say it won’t. I choose to believe the supporters of this particular thing…because I’ve seen the proof that it helps. At least as far as energy goes. We’ll see if it helps the weight loss and thyroid numbers.
For the record, I use organic expeller pressed coconut oil because that’s what’s been most available in my small community. That variety still has the MCT’s and most of the benefits, but extra virgin coconut oil is the better choice.
So I’m finally seeing my doctor on Thursday and will be requesting that she change my prescription from Synthroid to Amour Thyroid. She was perfectly willing to do it last year, but then scared me out of it by saying something about Armour causing heart problems. Has anyone else been told that? And if you’ve previously been on Synthroid (or other non-natural thyroid meds), and changed to Armour, have you noticed an improvement? If so, how long did it take?