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Side Effects of Coconut Oil

side effects of coconut oil imageAs the benefits of coconut oil are being touted, you may be wondering what are the side effects of coconut oil.

While coconut oil is extremely healthy, there could be some side effects from using coconut oil. The most serious one is an allergic reaction, which appears to be rare. However if this is your first time using coconut oil, you should start with a small quantity to see if you have any reactions. See below for more information.

Side Effects of Coconut Oil That Are Good To Know

Below is a list of possible coconut oil side effects, depending on how you use the coconut oil.

#1 Pimples

Many people use coconut oil on the skin, as a moisturizer, or to help treat skin problems such as nail fungus.

The potential side effect can be minor pimples on the surface of the skin area, especially when applied to the face.

Pimples are more likely to occur for people with oily skin type, since coconut oil can clog up the pores on your skin (1).

#2 Skin Dryness

One of the other possible side effects of coconut oil is dry skin patches. When applied topically, skin dryness and irritation may occur, especially on your facial skin. This is typically due to your pores being clogged. When your pores are clogged, your skin cannot breathe or be hydrated sufficiently. This can lead to dryness and/or irritation.

#3 Die-Off Effects

Consumption of a large quantity of coconut oil can lead to die-off effects. This is particularly true when the consumption of coconut oil is combined with a very low-carb diet.

Coconut oil has powerful anti-fungal properties, which means it effectively kills fungi such as yeast.

Since the bad microorganisms in your body feed on sugars and starches, reducing or eliminating these from your diet, combined with coconut oil, can effectively kill off many of these bad microorganisms.

This leads to die-off effects of these bad microorganisms. Die-off effects typically involve the release of toxic substances by these bad microorganisms (2).

The die-off effect symptoms can include:

  • fever
  • diarrhea
  • rashes
  • sweating
  • brain fog

If you experience any severe symptoms, try reducing your coconut oil intake, to slow down the kill-off effect of bad microorganisms.

The good news is, these symptoms will eventually go away as you finish detoxing your body.

#4 Allergic Reaction

An allergic reaction to coconut oil may occur for some people. If you already have nut allergies, make sure to start with very small quantities of coconut oil. One reason for an allergic reaction may be from using low-grade coconut oil. These oils may have picked up traces of other foods such as peanuts, during processing.

For this reason, it is best to always use organic extra virgin coconut oil that is cold-pressed. These coconut oils are grown without chemicals, not refined, minimally processed, and created without heat to retain the maximum nutritional value.

Coconut Oil Is Very Healthy

In general, coconut oil is very healthy and helps with weight loss. Coconut oil is one of the good fats you would want to include in your regular diet. In terms of weight loss, coconut oil works in various ways including increasing metabolism (3), detoxing your body, and providing a feeling of fullness.

Popular ways to consume coconut oil include putting it in your morning coffee or using it as pan-frying oil. Another easy way to regularly consume coconut oil is to simply take a spoonful from the coconut oil jar and gulp it down!

Read more about coconut oil weight loss benefits here.

Sources
(1) annmarie; OUR 6 FAVORITE WAYS TO USE COCONUT OIL FOR BEAUTY: https://www.annmariegianni.com/coconut-oil-for-skin-care-and-beauty/
(2) The Candida Diet; Candida Die-Off: Symptoms And Treatment: https://www.thecandidadiet.com/candida-die-off-symptoms/
(3) Dr. Mercola; Eat More of Coconut Oil and You Might Slim Your Waist Size in One Week: https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/12/29/coconut-oil-slim-your-waist-size-in-one-week.aspx