By Dr. Mercola

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step,” said the ancient philosopher Lao Tzu. And this is certainly true when it comes to your health. Making a series of small, manageable lifestyle changes can significantly change your life for the better, and one such option to strongly consider is the use of coconut oil.
Stash a jar of coconut oil in your kitchen pantry and one under your bathroom sink – and then read up on the many ways this rich and creamy oil can be used to benefit your health.
Coconut oil is one of the best, most stable oils to use for your cooking. It’s also wonderful added to smoothies. You can use coconut oil as a natural moisturizer, as part of your hair care routine or as a deodorant. It can even help remove soap scum from your shower.
But, its uses don’t end there. From enhancing your digestive health to improving your teeth and gum care and fighting off candida yeast, coconut oil is one health tool you won’t want to be without.

Coconut Oil Wages War Against Candida

Yeast known as candida albicans (C. albicans) normally live in your digestive tract. But if your digestive tract is imbalanced or “sick,” candida can grow out of control, break down the wall of your intestine, and enter your bloodstream, causing systemic health effects including potentially deadly infection.
Candida overgrowth is very common in people with digestive complaints, and coconut oil, which has anti-microbial properties, is an effective solution. Recent research published in mSphere found that mice fed coconut oil had a 10-fold drop in the colonization of C. albicans in their gut compared to those fed beef tallow or soybean oil.1
When the beef tallow mice were switched over to a

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