When you consider health there are the things you should do and the things you shouldn’t do. It is not enough to just quit smoking. It is a great start to being healthy, but it is not enough in itself. Being healthy is about having a healthy lifestyle. This means changing your diet, your habits and your routine to become healthy. One of the best things you can add to your diet to be healthy is coconut.

Nutritionists such as Mary Gertrude Enig describe coconut oil, milk and water as functional foods because they not only nourish the body, but they also help to protect the body against disease. Coconut milk and coconut oil contain significant amounts of lauric acid that triggers the formation of antimicrobial agents in the body that helps to fight viral infections. It is common for people who regularly drink coconut milk to never contract common colds.

Moreover, coconut oil has been shown to stimulate the thyroid gland. Tests with rats have shown that taking coconut oil in the diet reduces the chances of developing cancer. Coconut oil is known to boost the immunity system and is now commonly used by HIV patients to stop their disease turning to AIDS.

Coconut oil contains medium chain triglycerides that are easy for the body to absorb and turn into energy for the body. For this reason athletes often eat coconut oil the night beofre a big competition to boost energy and stamina levels.

Finally, coconut water contains more electrolytes than any man-made sports drink. It is ideal for rehydration either for those who do sport or for those recovering from sickness. Coconut water is also an exact match with human blood plasma.

In short there is a lot that is special about coconut food products. If you stop smoking and you start to add coconuts to your diet you have made a great start to being truly healthy.