Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Coconut Oil for Runners!

From Runners World

4 benefits of coconut oil for runners:

Quick energy

Our body metabolizes medium-chain fatty acids differently than long chain. Medium-chain fatty acids get metabolized in the liver and then quickly converted to energy from our cells allowing us to use the fat immediately for fuel rather than depositing it into fat tissues, as we do with long-chain fatty acids. That fact alone should be enough reason to add coconut oil into your prerun eats.
Antioxidant booster
Coconut oil also has a high polyphenol content—antioxidants that protect the body from stress and disease. And running just happens to put a tremendous amount of stress on your body, weakening your immune system. Having this extra boost of antioxidants offers great protective benefits.


Fats digest more slowly than carbohydrates, helping you feel fuller for longer. For weight loss and weight maintenance this is quite beneficial, helping you feel both satisfied and full for a longer time after a meal and helping to prevent overeating.
For running, it will also help push your endurance thanks to its ability to boost energy metabolism during both high and medium intensity runs. Consider including a tablespoon into your pre long-run meal.

Skincare solution    

Coconut oil is as good for your skin as it is for your diet. Feel free to use it as a remedy for dry, chapped lips and skin and for chafed skin from long runs. Plus, you can use it as a hair conditioner to nourish your scalp and get rid of dandruff and even rub it on your belly to prevent stretch marks during pregnancy.

Like other healthy fats and oils, coconut oil is a “good fat” but should still be eaten in moderation. Include it into your diet in small proportionate amounts, such as around 1 tablespoon in a meal, not exceeding more than 2-3 tablespoons per day (depending on your personal dietary and caloric needs).
Try substituting it for other oils in cooking and baking, in place of butter on your toast, or stirred into your pre-run oatmeal. You can also get coconut “mana” or butter, which offers the same benefits and is very tasty spread on toast or on a date before a run!