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I recently started using extra virgin coconut oil. I was reading about the benefits of it (organic, non hydrogenated). It is a medium chain fatty acid that actually lowers cholesterol and kills off candida (a yeast in the digestive tract which can turn into a mycelial funagl form under certain conditions- like taking prolonged antibiotics- and causes a lot of health problems). Apparently carb (including alcohol) cravings are a common side effect of candida overgrowth. As the candida dies, it releases toxins which make people feel sick for a while (on the coconut oil I feel nauseated, but it is bearable)- this is called the herxheimer reaction. I tried the candida diet before but found it very hard to deal with.
ANYWAY, I started using it about a week or a week and a half ago. I had my last drink on December 8th, and my last smoke so far on December 9th at 12:45 P.M. What is unique about stopping booze and smokes THIS time is that my craving for BOTH is way down! I was at my buddy's tonight, I cleaned out his rat's cage for him, he offered me smokes several times. In the past, at this point in quitting smokes, I would have broken down and had a cigarette after 10 minutes, but this time... no urge. I do feel very spaced out (I always do about 72 hours into quitting nicotine and it might last up to 6 months for me, apparently) but I didn't smoke! No desire! NO DESIRE TO DRINK EITHER. I do feel a bit nauseated, and I had read about the benefits, but hadn't heard anything about extra virgin coconut oil helping with cravings.
I also used it on spme scars I had from an accident and already can see improvement! I have tried lots of health products in the past and so far, this is the only thing I have found that seems to really do anything noticable.
I don't know if you guys will have the same reaction, and if you feel nauseated or throw up, etc- that is a common detoxing reaction. However, I thought it was worth mentioning. It is relatively inexpensive, and I am excited. I can't explain how it works, but if you are curious you can google "extra virgin coconut oil benefits" or look it up in general.
Anyway, I thought I would share. Good luck, and if you do try it and it seems to help, please post. Also, remember, you may feel sick, so start with 1 teaspoon a day. I started with 2 tablespoons a day and felt like I had the stomach flu! You can mix it into coffee or tea or yogurt or eat it plain. Also, be sure to add probiotics like unsweetened yogurt to your diet to help with the die-off feelings. Good luck, and I hope this helps some people with their cravings.
I never would have believed this, and I didn't buy the oil for help with quitting drinking or smoking but for just general health and candida... but it IS helping. Stabilizing blood sugars? The worst thing I have done in the last few days is eat fast food at Burger King when I was out all day christmas shopping!
I usually think most health food claims are scams, and am naturally skeptical. But even if it doesn't work, it's actually a very healthy oil to cook with and use in baking. And if it does, great!
Good luck everyone. Oh yeah, have still been sober since my dec 8th quit date. So I am on my 6th day now! Tomorrow is the start of my 7th day, a week! :)
I think there's an invisible principle of living...if we believe we're guided through every step of our lives, we are. Its a lovely sight, watching it work.