Archive for March, 2015
I’ve been a huge fan of coconut oil for over 10 years now.
It’s a real staple in the BePure way of eating, we go through bucket loads of this super clean saturated fat.
This week I sat down with Steve at BePure who asked me why I’m so crazy for coconut oil…
What are 3 reasons you love coconut oil?
1) It’s a really clean saturated fat without toxins, as it’s usually from an organic source. Unlike other saturated fats where the toxins in the animal can potentially accumulate in the fat.
2) It’s a very stable fat so it’s brilliant to use in high heat cooking, chemically its stays together very nicely.
3) Being a medium chain triglyceride it’s very easy on the digestive system, which makes it very easy for your body to digest and utilize.
Apart from cooking what’s your favourite use of coconut oil?
Oil pulling: Which is where you put a teaspoon of coconut oil in your mouth, swirl it around for 10-20 minutes and then you spit it out (into a bin).
What that does is really help knock down the unfriendly bacteria that are associated with tooth decay, it also helps drain the lymphatic system and lymphatic saliva ducts into the mouth, which starts draining the lymphatic system for the jaw.
It’s really important to drain the lymphatic system for the jaw because a lot of people have root canals or minor infections in their mouth, which can have a systemic load on the whole body. So the more we can help the lymphatic system drain out through the jaw and out through these glands the better.
It can also help people with bad breath as well.
What’s the best coconut oil to use?
The best coconut oil is cold pressed virgin organic. There are lots of these available on the market.
I’m not a fan of the deoderised versions where they’ve been heated at a low heat to take the coconut flavour away.
What else is coconut oil good for?
Coconut oil is great for stabilising blood sugar levels and a good source of energy.
You can add it to smoothies, to your cooking, stir-frys and baking. This article from Wellness Mama has 101 uses for coconut oil.
It really is an all round high performer and as I said it’s a clean stable fat. In the modern world that’s a really good thing.
Do you have any other sneaky cool uses for it?
To help stimulate bowel movements you can drink a tablespoon of coconut oil and a teaspoon of molasses in hot water at night.
That helps to stimulate a bowel movement in the morning.
Who would that be good for?
That would be good for most people as most people are constipated and have very slow transit times, which means food is staying in their body for too long.
I like people to be moving 30cm of fecal matter a day, so having this drink in the evening can be helpful.
You’ve been in the media talking about coconut oil recently, what was that about?
The Heart Foundation came out and slammed coconut oil because it was a saturated fat.
The interesting thing about that was I started looking at where they got their research from. They used a consultant that worked for the food industry first and foremost so there’s already a biased, and the consultant they used was essentially an olive oil expert.
He had a look at the research and found a couple of studies that coconut oil raised cholesterol and so they slammed it for that reason.
But it was obvious to me when looking at the research the consultant used didn’t know the difference between good and bad cholesterol, and so what the research actually showed was that coconut oil actually raised the good cholesterol more than the bad chloesterol, which is actually beneficial to heart disease, so I wanted to let people know that through the media.
Can you eat too much coconut oil in a day?
I like people to eat fat generally to their macronutrient profile, so if somebodies more of a protein type sort of person then I’m very happy for them to be eating lots of fat.
If someones more of a carbohydrate type person then generally they’re not going to want too much fat anyway.
Coconut oil is generally very well tolerated because it’s a medium chain triglyceride, so its much easier for the body to break down and absorb, and generally very well tolerated by all genetic types.
How about a recipe?
Here’s one of our favourite recipes from my new 10 Day Clean Eating Programme.
Not only is it a delicious and nutritious twist on the old burger and chips, it uses lots of coconut oil, enjoy : )
Ingredients (Serves 2)
500g beef or lamb mince (with a good fat content – not lean or premium mince)
1 onion finely sliced
1-2 Tbsp. brown rice flour
3 garlic cloves crushed
1 Tbsp. fresh thyme, rosemary or mint or 2 tsp. dried thyme
1 Tbsp. tamari
1 Tbsp. whole-grain mustard
1 tsp. cumin seeds lightly dry roasted (optional)
1 tsp. chilli flakes (optional)
Unrefined sea-salt and pepper
1-2 Tbsp. coconut oil or lard for frying
4 large lettuce leaves to be used as the ‘buns’
1 grated carrot, 1/4 red onion finely sliced
1/2 grated beetroot
1 cup finely chopped leafy greens, chopped red cabbage
1 heirloom tomato sliced
Finely sliced mint and parsley or micro-greens (optional)
Sugar-free pickle or relish
Parsnip or Kumara Chips
3 large parsnips or 2 kumara peeled and cut into chips
1-2 Tbsp. coconut oil
Unrefined kelp salt and pepper
1. Heat oven to 180 degrees. Prepare the kumara or parsnip chips, par-boil in a pot for 5 minutes, strain and coat with oil in an oven-proof dish, season well with salt and pepper and bake/fan-bake for 10-20 mins. If you don’t par-boil then just bake parsnip/kumara for 45mins.
2. Put all the burger ingredients (mince, egg, rice flour, mustard, tamari, spices, salt, pepper and herbs) in a bowl and mix with your hands. Gently form mince into patties (the size you like) – don’t press the mixture together too much. Gently flatten the patties.
3. Heat the barbecue or a heavy pan with oil and then add the patties and cook for about 5 minutes each side (avoid pressing the patties down as this squeezes out the juices). As you are cooking the burgers, prepare all the vegetable fillings.
4. Assemble the burgers and serve with cooked vegetable chips and relish.
With water and hydration being such an integral factor when it comes to weight loss, maintaining great energy and health…
We’ve dedicated this last week to helping people stay hydrated and drinking the best water.
In this article I’ve put together my responses to our most frequently asked questions around water and dehydration.
So grab a nice big glass of purified water, drink up and enjoy.
Why is it important to be hydrated?
Water and the electromagnetic relationship that water brings within your body is what helps the blood flow throughout your body.
If you imagine your cells where like a grape, you want a nice plump grape… but when you become dehydrated that grape starts shrinking up and becomes like a raisin, at that point the ability for the cell to do its job is heavily compromised.
If someone’s dehydrated they’re going to be missing out on energy production, they might think they’re hungry and be craving energy from food, which can cause us to overeat.
When you start looking at health concerns, hayfever and asthma are associated with dehydration, and then you start looking at longer-term health concerns – heart disease is directly related to dehydration.
In one study people who drank more than 5 glasses of water had less than half the risk of heart disease than people who drank under two glasses a day.
How can you test to see if you’re dehydrated?
Here’s a great little test to see if you’re dehydrated. Many people are shocked they can’t ‘pinch an inch’ on their lower spine.
If you can pinch an inch you’re above 50% hydration, if you can’t pinch an inch you’re dehydrated and need to drink more water.
The other way you can test is through a body composition machine and that measures the cellular and extra cellular hydration levels within the body.
So how much water should we be drinking each day?
A basic guide I recommend is 0.033 x your body weight (kg) = litres of water.
60 kg = 2 litres
75 kg = 2.5 litres
90 kg= 3 litres
105 kg = 3.5 litres
What’s the best water to drink?
Like all things there’s different qualities of water.
The best water to drink is pure, mineralized and slightly alkaline (read on to see how to get this water).
Most of our diet and lifestyles are slightly more acidic which can cause a whole bunch of different functions within the body to not work as well, like the digestive system and kidney function for example, so we want slightly more alkaline mineralised water.
Should I drink tap water?
Tap water’s not going to cut it.
Most tap water is going to have chlorine and fluoride, and both of these can be problematic.
Chlorine: is basically like a mild bleach that has a bad taste and has been put in water to kill any bad bacteria, and when you start drinking a lot of it, it starts killing the bacteria in your mouth and gut.
Flouride: blocks iodine in the body. With 72 pathways of iodine in the body, anywhere iodine should be doing its job you’re going to get decreased function because of the fluoride.
Water and weight loss
A few years ago when I was running two weekend seminars a month to a group of 150 people in Napier and 150 people in Havelock North, we discovered something really interesting…
The Napier group was losing a lot more weight than the Havelock North group, even though they were following the exact same 12 week programme.
It took me a while to narrow it down to the fact the fluoride in the Havelock water was affecting the weight loss results. Napiers water has much lower levels of fluoride than the water in Havelock North. We then got the Havelock group to drink filtered water and their weight loss started to improve.
So what you want to do is run your water through a filter that’s going to take away the chlorine and reduce the fluoride, then add some minerals and slightly alkalise the water.
What water filters do you recommend?
It took me 4 years of research to find water filters that I now use and recommend.
Depending on people’s situation we have a range to suit different lifestyles…
If you live in the country, have clean water already, and want an under bench filter then you just need a filter to restructure and re-mineralise (alkalise) your water then use this one ($285)
Is it ok to drink from plastic bottles?
The problem with plastic bottles is that the plastic leeches chemicals like pcb’s dioxins which are xeno-estrogenic and it mimics estrogen, and so then when you start getting too much estrogen it blocks the estrogen receptor sites which then means your body essentially becomes insulin resistant which makes it very difficult for your body to lose fat.
So I recommend once you’ve had your water filtered, you drink out of a glass bottle or a stainless steel bottle that you can take with you so you’re minimising the estrogen load…
These are the stainless steel bottles we use here at BePure.
Plastic bottles and weight loss
I did a talk about 10 years ago now at a Pilates centre just on water, and we got them drinking more water and moving away from drinking out of plastic bottles and onto drinking out of glass or stainless steel bottles. It was 59 women, and 1 guy (this was before Pilates was cool for guys)…
I spoke to the owner of the centre 6 weeks later and she said that was the biggest weight loss she’d seen in a group ever (just from drinking more water and switching to drinking out of glass or stainless steel bottles).
That’s all for now, if you have any other questions about water or hydration you can head over to our Facebook page (Ben Warren’s BePure Health Revolution), give us a call on 0800 873 787 or email email@example.com
Yours in health and happiness,