Time to Heat Things Up!

So I’ve noticed for a while now that I’m consistently not reaching a high enough body temperature (I’m usually at about 97.1), and noticing symptoms like cold hands and feet, sluggishness, and joint aches. The low body temp especially surprises me because I eat plenty of protein and have gained a fair amount of muscle mass over the past few months, but still, that body temp won’t budge. Though I’ve been tested in the past and been told I’m within normal limits, I’m quite certain that an under-active thyroid is the culprit.

coconut oil weight loss metabolismSource

I have heard a lot of buzz about eating Coconut Oil to help boost metabolism and body temperature and came across some information by Ray Peat, a biologist specializing in metabolic function and repairing hypothyroidism. In addition to some other suggestions, Peat recommends eating coconut oil (at least a tablespoon a day) to help boost overall metabolism.

This makes sense because, as referenced in an article on Natural News:coconut_spr03_310

  • Coconut oil slows down the digestion of food, which helps you feel fuller after a meal. Many people notice that after adding coconut oil to their diet, they are less prone to snacking.
  • Because it slows digestion, coconut oil also helps prevent blood sugar fluctuations after a meal by slowing the rate carbohydrates are broken down into blood glucose.
  • The medium-chain fatty acids in coconut oil destroy candida, a condition of yeast overgrowth in the body which triggers symptoms of weight gain, carbohydrate cravings, fatigue and many others. Eliminating candida is an important part of achieving permanent weight loss.
  • Coconut oil is excellent for detoxification. It cleanses the body of many infirmities, balances the digestive tract and nourishes all cells in the body. These benefits restore your health and pave the way for natural weight loss.

The article goes on to mention that:

One study examined the effect of medium-chain fatty acids on metabolism. Participants’ metabolism was evaluated before and after a meal rich in these fats. On average, metabolism increased by 48 percent. In obese individuals, the increase was as high as an astounding 65 percent. Studies have shown this thermogenic effect can last for 24 hours.

And a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reported that medium-chain fatty acids were three times more effective at raising the metabolism than long-chain fatty acids. Researchers concluded that replacing long-chain fatty acids with medium-chain fatty acids was an effective method for weight loss. Another study from the same journal showed that eating medium-chain fatty acids increases metabolism and also helps burn off stored fat.

And today, stumbled on a little gem by Miss Butter Believer who shared that was able to raise her body temperature by a full degree in less than a week by adding coconut oil to her daily diet!
With all of this information, I’m willing to give this a try to see what happens. Starting today, I will consume 1-2 tablespoons of coconut oil per day and see what happens. I love a good self-experiment!!
Check back for an update in next week’s post!
Ciao for now,
-E
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7 thoughts on “Time to Heat Things Up!

  1. I am eating more coconut oil too and have noticed a difference! No almonds or peanuts. I have Hashimoto’s. Have you been checked for that? Your symptoms were like mine.

    • Hi Colleen! That is so awesome that you’ve been noticing a difference. I’m on day 2 of eating 1-2 Tbsp of Coconut oil and am going to give it a week before I re-test my body temp. I haven’t specifically been tested for Hashimoto’s, but now that you bring it up, that may be the next step. Are you on any meds, or are you able to manage symptoms through diet alone? By the way, just checked out your blog and LOVE it. I’ll definitely be an avid follower 🙂

      • Hi Emily!
        Yes, on Synthroid but we are seeing how well that will help. Might need to split it up for separate doses of T3 and T4. I would truly recommend getting tested for all thyroid antibodies, and see if you have Vitamin D deficiency, a comp. metabolic panel (14), CBC, Platelet no differential. Plus your liver.
        Thank you for the compliment, I appreciate it! Lots of hard work and time go into the blog. I really like your style of writing and will be following along!
        Best,
        Colleen

      • That is so interesting. The more I read on this, the more I’m convinced that I have something “off.” I was also diagnosed with PCOS a few years ago, and I was reading yesterday that there is a strong linkage given that both are endocrine disorders. I’ll definitely keep you posted, and thanks so much for the compliment. I love how the web can bring awesome people together 🙂
        xox- Emily

      • Yes let’s keep in touch! My email is itsafodmaplife (at) gmail(dot) com if you ever want to send me something directly. Here’s to our health!

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