Hey guys I'm curious....I use raw coconut oil for my lotion. I have dry skin, especially in the winter! I know that whatever goes on the skin enters the blood stream, is this going to effect the 10% fat intake? I want to keep my skin care natural, any suggestions??
Coconut oil is not made up of fat cells, but fatty acid molecules.
WWW research gives contradictory answers to the question of absorption through the skin into the bloodstream. These studies:
were the only actual evidence that I found and, yes, at least some parts of the coconut oil find their way into the bloodstream.
BUT this is not via the digestive system, so I'm not sure if fat consumed this way will interfere with carb metabolism in the same way as fat you eat ...?
Also, all fats are not the same and coconut oil has quite a different profile from typical dietary fats and isn't metabolised in the same way anyway. Check this interesting article and CTRL-F "fatty" to jump to the bit I'm talking about:
why is tea tree oil volatile?
There's no way that what we put on the skin goes into the blood,otherwise everyone would be dead,considering some of the things people put on their skin.Anything that enters the blood must go through the digestive tract and be transformed into human substance otherwise we would all die of severe allergic reaction and toxemia.
So if the coconut oil helps your skin dont worry about using it,just be sure to use unprocessed coconut oil,not chemically extracted stuff.
Are you actually saying that if I put coconut oil on the skin that the same coconut oil will end up in the blood stream?.If thats the case it would be no different than injecting coconut oil into the blood,would it?,as far as I know the skin is not a digestive organ????????,of course it is permeable to a certain degree and is made up of atoms and molecules but there is a vast difference between living organisms and dead matter(a chair).
I remember years ago when some folk used to promote breatherianism,part of the theory behind it was everything including the human body was ultimately made up of atom and molecules and as atoms and molecules exist without the need for food,then we can live without eating and get everything from cosmic space and the atmosphere,once we overcome the habit of eating.
Thats more like it........cheers!
We're not all dead because we have awesome immune systems :)
Ok I did some research on this too and your right it does go into your bloodstream which is why it is so good for you to use coconut oil and not chemicals for your skin (because we don't want chemicals in our bloodstream). HOWEVER it seems doesn't go into your digestive system and instead gets filtered out most likely through your kidneys so you are not actually adding the fat to your diet when you use it. It is much more beneficial then chemical lotions and I also use coconut oil. :)
At least that is what I have come up with, but you know I am not going to stop using it as a lotion because I really don't want to use anything else. If there is something better I am willing to try it but I like things to be "straight off the tree" so to speak.
The best way to improve your skin is: sun, fresh air, exercise, sleep: 8 hrs per night minimum, lots of water, and of course the 80/10/10 eating program. I use nothing on my skin except an organic body wash once a week in a shower. Every other day I simply scrub. I do not have any odor, dry skin issues - they have cleared up.
Well,the thing is,every person is different,some may be more susceptible to skin issues than others even from things like environmental pollution,from my limited experience 'one size does not fit all',and,,btw,whats in the organic body scrub?.Another thing is most town and city water has been chemically treated and contains chlorine and flouride,combined with hot water that most shower or bath in,no wonder some with more sensitive skin may have problems.
Agree with you Jimmy, not only our skin but when we inhale the vapor, maybe thats another reason so many of us have asthma. I tried this out for about a month, and i noticed that my asthma went down. I would bath with filtered water. Im a lil lazy now, i dont bath with filter water anymore but i still do wash my hair with filtered water.
Great discussion everyone, thank you for your feedback!