The golden years come with a lot of changes. Several people find themselves turning to natural remedies to help cope with these changes.
Most of our ancestors relied on the goodness of coconut oil and vinegar to help treat several issues, ranging from hair and skin issues to internal health issues. Coconut oil and ACV make amazing, safe, and inexpensive ways to treat your common health issues. Here’s why you need to consider using it.
Benefits Of Coconut Oil For Seniors
1. Moisturizes The Skin
One of the first signs of aging is its effect on the skin. Your skin becomes dry and dehydrated. Coconut oil works like a miracle on the skin. Several studies prove that coconut oil hydrates the skin and reduces water loss – perfect for dry skin. It’s also full of antibacterial and antifungal properties that help keep your skin healthy and flawless.1 Several people swear by coconut oil as the perfect nighttime moisturizer and makeup remover as well.
2. Reduces Belly Fat
With age, the body undergoes a lot of changes with weight distribution. Most of the fat gets concentrated around the waist and this is both harmful for health and stubborn to shrink. One study found out eating 2 tablespoons of coconut oil for 28 days resulted in a significant reduction in belly fat.2
3. Conditions The Hair
Dry and limp hair is a huge concern for elderly people. Not to mention, the hair loss that comes with age. Studies confirm that your hair simply loves coconut oil. It nourishes and hydrates a dry scalp. This prevents flaking and dandruff. Coconut oil also keeps your hair smooth, strong, and this should reduce hair loss in the long run.3
4. Improves Dental Health
Coconut oil pulling is extremely beneficial for your aging teeth. It keeps your gums and teeth healthy. It eliminates bacteria that is responsible for tooth decay, plaque, and bad breath.4Ayurveda recommends oil pulling should be done first thing in the morning and followed 4 times a week.
Benefits Of Apple Cider Vinegar For Seniors
1. Maintains Blood Sugar Level
Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is a natural and safe way to get your blood sugar level under control. One study revealed having diluted ACV after a high carbohydrate meal reduced blood sugar levels in the same way as medication for diabetes. Another study also proved that people with type II diabetes who weren’t taking insulin medication and took diluted ACV every night had low blood sugar levels in the morning.5
2. Aids Smooth Digestion
Turn to ACV for any of your digestive related issues. The contents of ACV stimulates digestive juices and gets rid of toxins present along the digestive tract. Mix ACV with honey and water and take sips every few hours.
3. Supports Heart Health
Cardiovascular health is very important as you age. To keep your heart health in check, you need to have control over cholesterol levels and blood pressure. One study revealed ACV reduced LDL cholesterol levels and triglycerides, as well as decreased blood pressure in 12 weeks.6Thanks to the presence of antioxidants in ACV.
4. Soothes A Dry Throat
A dry throat is a common concern among seniors. It could be from multiple causes, like clearing your throat way too often or taking certain medication. ACV can give you relief because of its ability to moisture the throat and bring pH balance in a dry mouth. Dilute a teaspoon of ACV in 4 ounces of water and sip on it every hour for 7 hours.
Use these golden years to pamper and take extra care of yourself. Stay healthy!
|↑1||Agero, A. L. C., and V. M. Verallo-rowell. “A randomized double-blind clinical trial comparing extra-virgin coconut oil with mineral oil as a moisturizer.” Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology & Venereology 18 (2004): 38.|
|↑2||Assunçao, Monica L., Haroldo S. Ferreira, Aldenir F. dos Santos, Cyro R. Cabral, and Telma MMT Florêncio. “Effects of dietary coconut oil on the biochemical and anthropometric profiles of women presenting abdominal obesity.” Lipids 44, no. 7 (2009): 593-601.|
|↑3||Rele, Aarti S., and R. B. Mohile. “Effect of mineral oil, sunflower oil, and coconut oil on prevention of hair damage.” Journal of cosmetic science 54, no. 2 (2003): 175-192.|
|↑4||Asokan, Sharath, J. Rathan, M. S. Muthu, Prabhu V. Rathna, and P. Emmadi. “Effect of oil pulling on Streptococcus mutans count in plaque and saliva using Dentocult SM Strip mutans test: A randomized, controlled, triple-blind study.” Journal of Indian Society of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry 26, no. 1 (2008): 12.|
|↑5||White, Andrea M., and Carol S. Johnston. “Vinegar ingestion at bedtime moderates waking glucose concentrations in adults with well-controlled type 2 diabetes.” Diabetes Care 30, no. 11 (2007): 2814-2815.|
|↑6||Fushimi, Takashi, Kazuhito Suruga, Yoshifumi Oshima, Momoko Fukiharu, Yoshinori Tsukamoto, and Toshinao Goda. “Dietary acetic acid reduces serum cholesterol and triacylglycerols in rats fed a cholesterol-rich diet.” British Journal of Nutrition 95, no. 5 (2006): 916-924.|