Now many people think this is the way our bodies are meant to be fed. However, how many of you sitting here reading this can honestly say every day you feel physically hungry for breakfast, lunch and dinner when those times roll around? I’d say a good 80% of you wouldn’t. During those times people had physical jobs and so structured meal times ensured that we replenished our energy. These days a lot of people have sedentary jobs so the amount we need and the regularity with which we need food is less. I believe that listening to the body in order to know what foods with the nutrients you need day to day is going to be the only sustainable route to regain our highest potential of our vitality.
Why coconut yoghurt is a nourishing addition to your diet and can contribute to the healing of your physical body…
Coconut yoghurt has a huge array of medicinal and nourishing benefits. Despite the name coconut, this plant-based food is actually a fruit from the drupe family; like avocados and apricots. What makes the coconut such a medicinal food is that all parts of the inside of the coconut have been used in the Pacific/Asian cultures as a survival food for many centuries. The coconut and its palm tree in ancient times (over 2000 years ago) were used for shelter, food, fuel and tools. One example of the life-saving benefits that the coconut was used for in World War 2 was coconut water. Due to the high electrolytes, it worked as a intravenous rehydration fluid when medical saline wasn’t available. However, I would not advise trying this at home! This is why coconut water is also very hydrating for us, alongside it being naturally high in potassium and natural plant sugar, to draw the electrolytes through our cellular membranes.
Coconut (containing oil/milk) is known for its many health benefits, including:
- Strong aphrodisiac and reproductive system (hormonal) balancing properties
- Restores energy and enhance the physical state of the body rejuvenating it. Partly attributed to the alkalising nature of the coconut, balancing the pH levels of the body especially if the diet and lifestyle of the person is acidic.
- Improves eye sight
- Strengthens hair follicles, controls dandruff
- Moistens and softens the skin, smoothing out the wrinkles
- Favours thyroid gland function – by balancing thyroid hormone production
- Aids to relax muscles
- Boosts the immune system, and increases the bodies resistance to various infections – through balancing the digestive system and its antimicrobial/ antiviral compounds
- Wound healing activity – through boosting the immune system
- The lauric acid (short chain fatty acid) content, normalises the cholesterol level in blood
- Lowers the risk of atherosclerosis (plaque build-up on the arteries) and other illnesses of the cardiovascular system as well as different forms of cancer
- Can act as an anti-inflammatory
Please note: It is important to always be listening to the body as you experiment with a variety of foods to help your body remain in a biochemical and energetic balance.
The biochemical properties of foods effect the way our body functions whether we believe it or not. All of the edible components of the coconut have properties in traditional Chinese medicine is that they are very cooling, yin like energy (calming and restorative). Having too many yin foods without balancing it with the yang can slow down energy production in the body. Dairy products like milk/yoghurt produced from cows milk, has a cold/yin energy which dampens the energy of the body i.e. is often linked to increased mucus production throughout our respiratory system. In comparison milk products miss the medicinal benefits of the coconut. If you are struggling to release excess weight that doesn’t serve your body, then making sure you balance a cooling food like the coconut yoghurt with a yang food like a little bit of ground up ginger sprinkled on your breakfast or snack will help to balance the energy. Ginger is a yang, energy producing and warming food, so the combination helps to balance your bodies energy. Coconut yoghurt is a great alternative for digestive issues that some people have with dairy products (i.e. lactose intolerance) and aids in the reduction in damping of the energy/life force system in the body. It’s also great for those who are vegan, in order to get a food-based source of probiotics.