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Food Focus: Coconut Milk

Food Focus: Coconut Milk

Coconut milk can be bought ready-made or made from scratch. It is used as a staple in many tropical climates, where, according to local people, it is similar to mother’s milk and is considered a complete protein.

Coconut products are especially beneficial to thyroid patients. Edward Bauman, Ph.D. is founder and director of the Institute for Educational Therapy in Cotati, California. In a recent interview with Dr. Bauman, Mary Shomon writes: “Dr. Bauman believes that coconut is a particularly important food for thyroid patient. Coconut contains monolauric acid, which has strong antiviral property and is soothing fuel for the glandular system. Dr. Bauman suggests thyroid patients incorporate natural coconut into the diet, or buy unsweetened desiccated coconut, or unsweetened coconut milk (such as used in Thai cooking).”

She further writes that noted author and alternative medicine expert, Dr. Ray Peat, has stated: “Coconut oil has several thyroid-promoting effects. It contains butyric acid which helps thyroid hormone move into the brain [liothyronine (T3 ) uptake into glial cells]. It opposes anti-thyroid unsaturated oils. It contains short and medium chain fatty acids which help modulate blood sugar, is anti-allergic, and protects mitochondria against stress injuries.”

Sources:

The 3-Season Diet by John Douillard

The Metabolic Detective: A Look at Nutrition for Your Thyroid – Interview with Dr. Edward Bauman

Nutrition Facts: Coconut Milk

Nutrition Data
Best Season:

  • Green Coconut – Summer
  • Ripe Coconut – Winter

Coconut milk contains very little sodium, yet it is packed with the following minerals:

  • Calcium
  • Iron
  • Magnesium
  • Phosphorus
  • Potassium
  • Zinc
  • Copper
  • Manganese
  • Selenium

Food Focus: Winter Squash

Food Focus: Winter Squash (This article appeared in the October 2011 issue of A Healthy You and was prepared as part of a collaborative effort with other IIN Health Coaches).) As members of the Curcurbitaceae family, winter squash come in a multitude of sizes and colors. With hard shells, some have a shelf life of… Continue Reading

Food Focus: Mushrooms

Food Focus: Mushrooms (This article appeared in the April, 2011 issue of A Healthy You.) Mushrooms are low in saturated fat and sodium and are very low in cholesterol. They are also a good source of dietary fiber, protein, vitamin C, folate, iron, zinc and manganese and a very good source of vitamin D, thiamin,… Continue Reading

Food Focus: Summer Squash

Food Focus: Summer Squash (This article appeared in the May,2011 issue of A Healthy You) Squash comes in many shapes, colors, and sizes. Did you know that squash is the fruit of different members of the gourd family? (THINK PUMPKIN) There are two major classifications of squash: winter and summer squash. Summer squashes are harvested… Continue Reading

Food Focus: Sprouts

Food Focus: Sprouts (This article appeared in the May,2011 issue of A Healthy You) In the spring season, seeds flaunt their vitality and energy by sprouting. Sprouts of all varieties contain the building blocks of life in the form of vitamins, enzymes, amino acids and simple sugars. In their early growth state, sprouts are very… Continue Reading

Food Focus: Almonds

Many people think that nuts are fattening, so they stay away from them. I am here to tell you that although almonds are high in fat content, approximately 90% of the fat content is unsaturated. According to The Health Ranger, Mike Adams, research has shown that almonds actually lower blood cholesterol levels. Almonds are a… Continue Reading

Food Focus: Fruit

Food Focus: Fruit (This article appeared in the June, 2011 edition of A Healthy You) A healthy lifestyle is the key to longevity, optimum weight, abundant energy and balance. By using fruit to satisfy our taste for sweetness, we can leave behind the use of chemical, processed and refined sweeteners. Fruits are easy to digest,… Continue Reading

Herb Focus: Garlic

Herb Focus: Garlic (This article appeared in the April, 2011 issue of A Healthy You.) Garlic is one of the oldest known medicinal plants. It has been used for ages to treat many conditions, such as: colds, skin disease, parasites, joint problems and arthritis, cysts and growths, and fluid retention. It is also useful in… Continue Reading

Food Focus: Greens

Food Focus: Greens (This article appeared in the April, 2011 edition of A Healthy You) Leafy greens are some of the easiest and most beneficial vegetables to incorporate into your daily routine. Densely packed with energy and nutrients, they grow upward to the sky, absorbing the sun’s light while producing oxygen. Members of this royal… Continue Reading

Food Focus: Walnuts

Food Focus: Walnuts Walnuts are rich in protein and high in potassium, zinc and iron. They are the fruit from a tree in the walnut family Junglandaceae. Most of us are familiar with the “nut” which is found inside the hard shell. But did you know that other parts of the walnut tree have beneficial… Continue Reading

Food Focus: Quinoa

Food Focus: Quinoa This article appeared in the March, 2011 issue of A Healthy You. Quinoa (pronounced keen-wah), is a nutritional powerhouse with ancient origins. It was originally cultivated by the Incas more than 5,000 years ago; they referred to it as the “mother of all grains.” It contains all nine essential amino acids, making it… Continue Reading

Food Focus: Beans

Food Focus: Beans (This article appeared in the February, 2011 issue of A Healthy You.) Beans. They are good for the heart. Beans are found in most traditional cultures as a staple food, offering grounding and strengthening properties that enhance endurance: Beans, or legumes, which include peas and lentils, are an excellent source of plant-based… Continue Reading

Food Focus: Chocolate

Food Focus: Chocolate

Ahhh! Chocolate! The thought of it can bring up certain emotions. Chocolate has been associated with love for generations. Almost everyone I know loves chocolate! Many of us have even been known to crave the stuff. But did you know that chocolate has many amazing health benefits? Cacao is high in iron, calcium, potassium, vitamins… Continue Reading

Food Focus: Sea Vegetables

Sea Vegetables (This article appeared in the January, 2011 issue of A Healthy You). In traditional Chinese healing, sea vegetables correspond to the winter season and to the kidneys, adrenal glands, bladder and reproductive organs. The strengthening, balancing and cleansing properties of sea vegetables are known to help these organs as well as the hair,… Continue Reading

Food Focus: Cilantro

Cilantro (This article appeared in the December, 2010 issue of A Healthy You.) The leaves of the coriander plant are called Cilantro. It is also known as Chinese Parsley. It is a sweet and fragrant herb that has been used medicinally in many cultures for many years. It is also a very good source of… Continue Reading

Food Focus: Sweet Potatoes

Food Focus: Sweet Potatoes (This article appeared in the December, 2010 issue of A Healthy You.) Sweet potatoes are on everyone’s mind this season. They seem to go hand in hand with the holidays, and fortunately, eating these and other sweet vegetables needn’t be limited to this time of year. If you don’t have any… Continue Reading

Food Focus: Oils & Fats

FOOD FOCUS: OILS AND FATS (This article appeared in the November, 2010 issue of A Healthy You.) Not all oils and fats are created equal. Heavily processed, hydrogenated, “trans” fats and oils that are used in prepared, packaged foods can be extremely damaging to the body. However, fats and oils from whole foods and other… Continue Reading

Food Focus: Root Vegetables

Food Focus: Root Vegetables (This article appeared in the October, 2010 issue of A Healthy You.) The roots of any plant are its anchor and foundation; they are the essential parts that support and nourish the plant. Root vegetables lend these properties to us when we eat them, making us feel physically and mentally grounded… Continue Reading