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10 Reasons Why We Should Go Nuts For Coconuts

I love Coconuts, probably more than the average person. I love to eat them, drink them and rub them over my body! They are loaded with naturally sterile electrolytes, have a high fibre content and are packed full of manganese, lauric acid, potassium and phosphorus, which is normal person speak means they’re pretty good to you, practically curing everything! Coconuts are pretty cool, both to use and to look at! I think you’ll agree that no beach is complete without a lacing of palm trees!

Beautiful Aitutaki

Beautiful Aitutaki

On my recent trip to Aitutaki in the Cook Islands, I was taught heaps about this amazing fruit/nut/seed (also known as a Drupe) and all the different things Coconuts can be used for.

Here are 10 reasons why we should go nuts for the ‘Coco Nucifera’!

 

Tree of the Earth

In some countries, Newlyweds can preserve their joyous moment through a ceremonial planting of a Coconut tree. The Coconut tree is the tree of the Earth and represents the couple’s love and union for many years to come. Aww, how romantic.

 

Health Benefits

Coconuts are claimed to be a powerful cure for nausea, rash, fever, ear ache, sore throat, bronchitis, kidney stones, ulcers, asthma, syphilis, toothache, bruises and lice. Recent medical science research has discovered that Coconut oil can actually protect from heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

 

IV Drips

Now, don’t get me wrong, I don’t know the in’s and out’s of this as I’m not a doctor, but apparently Coconut water is similar to the liquid inside your red blood cells, meaning it can sometimes be used as an emergency IV, depending on the patient’s condition. This method has been used in South Pacific islands, such as the Cooks for centuries.

 

Pamper yourself

Coconuts make you beautiful! The oil can be used to massage into the body and is said to give you strong bones and healthy skin, free from infection and blemishes. Coconut oil is also used to keep your hair shiny and thick, as well as preventing it from going grey.

 

Protect yourself

Did you know that you can get Coconut cream by squeezing the flesh from a young Coconut? Well get squeezing and wipe it all over you as this cream can be used as a natural sunscreen and moisturiser!

 

Many ways to eat

Coconuts are such a versatile food. Coconut oil is great to cook in and Coconut cream is a key ingredient in many dishes. From curry to dessert, these sexy little nuts can be used in pretty much any recipe you want it to be in!

 

Many ways to drink

As I mentioned, Coconut water is a nutritional goldmine; packed full of electrolytes. It’s 99% fat free, low in carbohydrates and cholesterol, as well as being free of artificial additives or sweeteners. For you party animals, Coconut water tastes great in a cocktail and is even better when you have a hangover the next day, as it’s insanely hydrating and contains more potassium than a banana.

 

A new wardrobe

Coconuts make fabulous bras and come in all shapes and sizes!

 

Get creative

Coconut Coir is the natural fibre extracted from a Coconut husk. People of the South Pacific use this material to make a number of items; such as rope, soil, kitchen scrubbers and paint brushes! Talk about multi tasking!

 

On ya head!

Well, hopefully not actually. Falling Coconuts cause around 150 deaths annually. But, I have learnt that you can survive a Coconut falling on your head, as long as it lands on it’s soft side. Although I’d wouldn’t recommend testing the theory out. It would be best getting out the way if one is about to land on you!
Hopefully you’re madly in love with Coconuts too now. I’m seriously considering a move to the Cook Islands so I can have a free life supply!

 

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