Can coconut oil really work wonders on your body?

Everyone is going nuts about coconut oil, but what’s all the fuss about?

Newspapers reported that Miranda Kerr, model and wife of Orlando Bloom, was a fan, consuming as much as four tablespoons a day – and claiming effective weight loss. (Demand for coconut oil consequently went through the roof, though it seems Miss Kerr was misquoted – it’s more like four teaspoons a day.)

But how can a fat help with weight loss?

It appears that the synergistic properties of antioxidants, fatty acids, and other minor fractions present in coconut oil have been shown to regulate the healthy functioning of the thyroid gland and help combat hypothyroid symptoms such as fatigue, weight gain, and skin/hair/nail disorders.

Furthermore, it appears that coconut oil does not get stored in the body in the same way as other fats. Research on the effects of coconut oil from the 2009 issue of Lipids Journal revealed that ‘it appears that dietetic supplementation with coconut oil does not cause dyslipidemia and seems to promote a reduction in abdominal obesity’.

Some researchers using coconut oil with professional sports people have shown dramatic results in body fat loss from 24% to 12% in 4 months from using no other fat burning supplements except coconut oil and a few basic lifestyle changes.

Coconut oil can be used as a topical cosmetic, in cooking and to add nutritional benefits to the diet. It smells and tastes delicious. Whilst coconut nut oil is a saturated fat, its structure means that it is actually far more heat stable than other saturated fats. This basically means that it can be exposed to far higher temperatures before nasty trans fats will start to form.  This means it is a far superior health option for most cooking situations. It can even be spread like butter.

So if you consider that coconut oil can be used instead of olive oil or butter, you can see how it can be viewed as helpful in weight management.

Keep coconut in the bathroom too. 

Coconut oil has been shown to help significantly as a skin conditioner, being rich in antioxidants and fatty acids that penetrate into the underlying tissues.  It can help with the appearance of stretch marks and can help prevent premature ageing of the skin.  Coconut oil absorbs very readily into the skin and keeps it soft but not greasy.  It can be used as an all-over body moisturiser.  It helps to reduce chronic skin dryness and aids the removal of the outer layer of dead skin cells, making the skin softer and smoother.  The small molecular structure of coconut oil allows for easy absorption through the skin.  Organic coconut oil is wonderful to use as a hair conditioner as it softens the hair and conditions the scalp.  Using the oil as a pre-wash conditioner can help combat dandruff.  Coconut oil is famed for its ability to strengthen the structure of damaged, devitalised hair.

It even makes a delicious and effective lip balm.

Raw Organic Coconut Oil from Viridian Nutrition

A premium quality product made by hand in the Philippines as it has been done for hundreds of years. The coconut milk expressed from the freshly harvested coconuts is fermented for 24-36 hours.  During this time, the water separates from the oil.  The oil is then slightly warmed for a short time to remove moisture and is then filtered.  The result is a clear coconut oil/butter that retains the distinctive scent and taste of the coconut.  Many coconut oils are packaged in plastic tubs, Viridian Nutrition protects from light and odour with an attractive dark amber glass jar.

One jar for the kitchen, one for the bathroom and a little one for your handbag.

Live the organic life (with ease)

Living an organic lifestyle sounds nice but who has the time?

Busy, active people rely on frozen ingredients for freshness and convenience. Thankfully it’s possible to buy frozen organic veg and herbs too.

Organic mushrooms, fresh when you need them
Organic mushrooms, fresh when you need them

Tastes better too…
Fresh, tasty mushroom slices, tender cream spinach and ready cut aromatic garlic are just some of the latest frozen ingredients made available by Bio Inside. Straight from the field, the produce is frozen to preserve important vitamins and flavours. In fact the process of freezing herbs and spices is known to improve their flavour.

As well as the traditional frozen beans, corn and peas, Bio Inside supply chives, parsley, diced onions, dill and cress – all prepared ready to use in creative delicious meals. No additives, no GM, just sustainable, quality, natural ingredients.

See our most popular products at GoodnessDirect’s Facebook shop

At GoodnessDirect we sell a huge variety of products for those interested in organic or vegan, healthy or restricted-diet food, and for those who care about eco friendly products too.

If you’re looking for a sample of our most popular products then you can find them listed on our Facebook pages in the Shop section, if you’re after something gluten-free, dairy free or fairtrade or raw, it could well be there.

Facebook shop - GoodnessDirect
See our bestselling items on Facebook

It’s a great way to find out what everyone else loves, so take a look…

Body & Hair Care
For Baby

There’s such a lot more going on with GoodnessDirect on Facebook – you can make friends with people following a similar lifestyle, you can share tips and recipes, you can find discounts and news and information and competitions and more. So it’s worth joining in.

(There’s even a GoodnessDirect fan page to have a giggle at.)

Win a GoodnessDirect Christmas hamper!

We’re offering a Christmas hamper worth £35 to one lucky winner.

A lovely Christmas hamper could be yours
A lovely Christmas hamper could be yours

Our Christmas hampers are part of GoodnessDirect’s gift wrapping service. It’s simple. Add a hamper to your shopping basket, select the food or toiletries you want in it and then let us know the address of the friend you want to send it to.

I think it’s one of the best gifts you can ever receive… (as one of you is due to discover!)

To be in with a chance of winning this prize we’d like you to ‘Like’ our GoodnessDirect page on Facebook. If you haven’t done so already, clicking on the Like button will get you an automatic £10 off discount and give you a chance of winning the hamper – can’t be bad! (UK addresses only, competition ends 15.12.11)

Good luck.

Taste your heritage with these ancient flours

I was thrilled and amazed when I first learned that there were different types of wheat.

Why? Perhaps because this city-boy was waking up to the fact that food didn’t have to be subjected to a supermarket monoculture, or perhaps because it was like touching the past – grains that hadn’t been tasted for years could be revived and bring a new consciousness to the troubled British palate.

Bread means power and knowledge is freedom and this was a heady combination of both.

Bake a piece of history
Bake a piece of history

How many people do you know who have tasted the 10,000 year old Einkorn grain with its fine, nutty, aromatic flavour and greater nutritional value? Or how about a taste of the Renaissance with Bartholomew andApril Bearded Heritage Flour varieties of wheat which bake into a dark, wheaty, intense loaf.

If you are into creating something new, while plunging your hands into a sense of the past, you’ll want to try these new Doves organic flours.

I’m just hoping that they’ll be able to produce the original Emmer wheat as well.

Update from Clearspring on Japanese Foods

An update from Clearspring…

Dear Clearspring customer,

Japanese Update

Since the earthquake on March 11th Japan is still experiencing significant aftershocks. We have been very fortunate that none of our suppliers suffered any lasting damage. As the country is in the process of rebuilding itself our suppliers are keen to get back to business as usual and ready to commence shipping products to us.

There are measures in place both in Japan and in the EU to ensure that all products exported from Japan meet stringent safety regulations. All products originating from defined regions around the Fukushima nuclear plant have to be tested prior to departure to ensure they are safe for human consumption. On arrival at a European port they will be subject to additional checks including random testing.

Clearspring will do everything possible to ensure a continuation of supply from our long standing Japanese producers. However, where this is not possible due to infrastructure challenges and delays due to additional administration and safety checks, we will temporarily switch to alternative producers. As always our priority will be to maintain our high quality and food safety standards.

After asking our suppliers how best we can support them, the overwhelming response has been by continuing to stock and sell their products. Only in this way can they recover from the damage of the tsunami devastation. We thank you for your continued support in making this possible.

We will be updating our website regularly to keep our customers informed of the latest situation but if you have any question then please get in touch with us.

With kind regards,

The Clearspring Team

5 ways to greener baby care

If you’re a mum or dad, you will want to do everything possible to look after your baby’s health. Personal choices that are good for your child and for the planet is an investment in their future.

Look after their world
Look after their world

“No parent can do everything, but every parent can do something” says Christopher Gavigan of Healthy Child Healthy World. The most important thing is to cultuivate an awareness of “the products we use in our home, the foods we buy, the toys our children play with, all can affect the health of our family.”

Green clean
As you furnish your home for your baby think beyond covering electric sockets and safety gates. Switch to non-toxic, environmentally friendly household cleaners. Remember your garden too and use natural pest control.

Shop organic
Start to buy organic foods. It’s easy to do this at baby stage with products like Babynat or Ella’s Kitchen, but getting used to cooking with organic food will put you in practice for the years to come.

You can also limit exposure by thinking about organic toiletries and choosing naturally dyed organic fabrics for clothing and furniture. Toys and books can be made from untreated wood, paper, organic fabric or metal, materials that are non-toxic and safe for a baby to chew on.

More natural less plastic
Many baby bottles, rattles, and bath toys are made from plastic. Whenever possible opt for glass, nonleaded ceramic, wooden or stainless steel alternatives. The most eco- and baby-friendly are bioplastics, which are made from corn and other substances. Check the labelling.

The bottom line
The typical child goes through 8,000 nappies before they are toilet trained. That’s a lot of landfill – where they will remain for the next 200 to 500 years before they decompose. You could choose other nappies: disposable nappies that are chlorine and perfume-free, or dual-layer “hybrid” nappies with a washable, reusable outer layer, and a biodegradable inner.

You can’t do everything, but you can do something” – a few steps toward a greener environment can have a positive impact on your baby’s health and will limit your impact on the planet your children and their children will inherit.