100 Muscle Snatches – KB (men: 24/women: 12kg)
In the last few years coconut oil has risen from the ashes to the appreciation it truly deserves. There are many reasons to start adding coconut to your diet. Here’s quite a few…
For much of the last few decades, coconut oil got a bad rap in mainstream media. Critics said it was high in cholesterol and fat, and so many people did not include in in their daily diets. But island populations around the world have celebrated the coconut for centuries for its health benefits, using the meat juice, milk and oil the fruit provides in everything from cooking to disease prevention. Modern medicine is now jumping on the bandwagon and releasing its own findings on the health benefits of coconut.
Coconut oil is an exceptional healing agent as well, with loads of useful health applications.
It’s a fat-burning! Ironic, isn’t it? A saturated fat which can accelerate the loss of midsection fat (the most dangerous kind). Well, there are now two solid, human studies showing just two tablespoons a day (30 ml), in both men and women, is capable of reducing belly fat within 1-3 months.
A now famous study, published in 2006 in the journal Neurobiology of Aging, showed that the administration of medium chain triglycerides (most plentifully found in coconut oil) in 20 subjects with Alzheimer’s disease or mild cognitive impairment, resulted in significant increases in ketone bodies (within only 90 minutes after treatment) associated with measurable cognitive improvement in those with less severe cognitive dysfunction.
This is one fat that diabetics can eat without fear. Not only does it not contribute to diabetes, but it helps regulate blood sugar, thus lessening the effects of the disease. Island people have consumed large amounts of coconut oil for many generations without ever encountering diabetes, but when they abandoned it for other foods and oils, the results were disastrous.
Coconut has been used for wound healing since time immemorial. Three of the identified mechanisms behind these healing effects are its ability to accelerate re-epithelialisation, improve antioxidant enzyme activity, and stimulate higher collagen cross-linking within the tissue being repaired. Coconut oil has even been shown to work synergistically with traditional treatments, such as silver sulphadizine, to speed burn wound recovery.
Coconut oil has been demonstrated to have anti-inflammatory, analgesic and fever-reducing properties.
Interestingly, coconut milk (which includes coconut oil components), has been shown to be as effective as the conventional drug sucralfate as an NSAID-associated anti-ulcer agent.
In 2004, 52 isolates of candida species were exposed to coconut oil. The most notorious form, candida albicans, was found to have the highest susceptibility. Researchers remarked: “Coconut oil should be used in the treatment of fungal infections in view of emerging drug-resistant candida species.
Research has shown consistent improvements in LDL:HDL ratio in the blood of those who consume it. Given this effect, coconut oil can no longer be dismissed for being ‘that saturated fat which clogs the arteries.’
It has been found to reduce oxidative stress within the bone, which may prevent structural damage in osteoporotic bone. Reduction of oxidative stress also helps with testosterone levels, in the testes of rats, resulting in significantly higher levels of testosterone.
Of course, when speaking about coconut oil, we are only looking at one part of the amazing coconut palm. Each component, including coconut hull fibre, coconut protein and coconut water has experimentally confirmed therapeutic applications.
Coconut oil may help prevent tooth decay. A new study conducted at the Athlone Institute of Technology in Ireland recently discovered that coconut oil treated with enzymes similar to those used in digestion may stop the growth of Streptococcus mutans, the bacteria that cause cavities.
ADDITIONAL BENEFITS INCLUDE:
PREP 25 mins
COOK 10 mins
READY IN 35 mins
Makes 4 burgers
Calories 376 kcal
Carbohydrates 26 g
Fat 15 g
Fiber 2 g
You’ll be fully prepared for the obstacles in the Warrior Dash, Tough Mudder, Spartan Race, or any local version of these races sweeping the nation.
Find a local park that has a place where you can do pull-ups and that’s big enough that you have room to run.
Measure and mark one hundred meters away from where you’ll be doing your pull-ups. Up and back will equal two hundred meters. It’s best to run on grass, the uneven terrain is something you’ll need to get used to.
6 rounds for time:
Spider-man crawl 50m
3 Burpee with push-ups
10 Broad jumps
Post time in comments and share with us how it went.
Oh! One more thing… do it in wet clothes!