Today we’re going to talk about another healthy veggie found in our Enota garden: Broccoli.

While broccoli might bring to mind a childhood full of mushy green stuff you just had to eat to leave the table, it is actually a very tasty and nutritious treat—especially if prepared well. This particular vegetable has many healthy attributes, and can be an especially wonderful add-on to any diet.

Nutrition Facts

I bet you didn’t know that broccoli can be used to help lower cholesterol. This can be especially true when the green veggie is steamed. Fiber-related components in broccoli help bind together acids in the stomach and digestive tract which in turns help to lower cholesterol levels. While raw broccoli has this wonderful trait, it becomes all the better when you steam your veggie.

Trying to balance out your vitamin D? Well, broccoli might just well be one of the best supplements for a vitamin D diet. Blessed with strong combination of vitamin A and vitamin K, broccoli helps to keep your vitamin D metabolism in balance, whether you’re taking vitamin D supplements or if you are just trying to keep things on track.

Another great thing about broccoli is its ability to help with detoxification of the body. So if you’re trying to put together a good detox diet, broccoli is a good vegetable to add, especially as broccoli targets and supports the activation, neutralization, and elimination processes of the body’s detoxification system.

Of course, Broccoli is high in vitamin C and dietary fiber, but it also contains various nutrients that contain anti-cancer properties. Most notably, it has been found that taking in large amounts of broccoli can help reduce the risk of aggressive prostate cancer, as well as help in the prevention of heart disease.

The following is a table showing the nutrients and vitamins you can expect in 1 cup of raw broccoli:

Nutrient

% Daily Value

Vitamin C

135.2%

Vitamin K

115.5%

Folate

14.3%

Vitamin A

11.3%

Manganese

9.5%

Fiber

9.4%

Tryptophan

9.3%

Potassium

8.2%

Vitamin B6

8%

Vitamin B2

6.4%

Molybdenum

6%

Phosphorus

6%

Vitamin B5

5.2%

Protein

5.1%

Magnesium

4.7%

Calcium

4.2%

Choline

4%

Vitamin B1

4%

Iron

3.6%

Vitamin E

3.5%

Selenium

3.2%

Vitamin B3

2.8%

Calories (30)

1%

Information received from WHFoods

 

 

Types of Broccoli

Believe it or not, there is more than just one type of broccoli. In fact, broccoli has three commonly grown varieties. The Calabrese broccoli—the most common, and often just called “broccoli,” is named after a region in Italy, and is a cool season annual crop. Another variety is Sprouting broccoli, which has a larger number of heads and thinner stalks than its Calabrese cousin. The last major variety is Purple cauliflower and is sold in Italy, Spain, and the UK.

Preparing Broccoli

One of the best and healthiest ways to cook broccoli is by steaming it. But, things have to be just right to make sure you get the most out of your veggie. Make sure not to cook the broccoli overlong: if it’s mushy or limp, it’s lost a bit of its nutrients. Just keep in mind that a slightly firm stalk is a good sign of a well-cooked piece of broccoli. This can be accomplished by sticking to a low cooking temperature range, with a cooking time of—at most—five minutes.

By the way… did you know you can cook broccoli leaves? If you’re looking for some way to incorporate all of your broccoli crop, look at the leaves–they’re a cousin to collard greens! You can boil them or steam them for a healthy, leafy side dish, or even toss them into a salad!

Broccoli Recipe

Fresh Broccoli Salad  –  allrecipes.com

2 heads fresh broccoli

1 red onion

½ lb bacon

¾ cup raisins

¾ cup sliced almonds

1 cup mayonnaise

½ cup white sugar

2 tablespoons white wine vinegar

  1. Place bacon in a deep skillet and cook over medium high heat until evenly brown. Cool and crumble.
  2. Cut the broccoli into bite-size pieces and cut the onion into thin bite-size slices. Combine with the bacon, raisons, your favorite nuts, and mix well.

To prepare the dressing, mix the mayonnaise, sugar, and vinegar together until smooth. Stir into salad, let chill and serve.

 

Enota Mountain Retreat

1000 Hwy 180,  Hiawassee GA 30546

(706) 896- 9966      email: enota@enota.com

official web site:  www.enota.com


Today, we’re going to talk about another wonderful mountain community situated near Enota Mountain Retreat: the John C. Campbell Folk School.

Located about an hour away from Enota, the John C. Campbell Folk School rests amongst the Blue Ridge Mountains in Brasstown, North Carolina. It concentrates on the preservation of the folk arts of the Appalachian Mountains, and serves as an education, non-profit organization, based on non-competitive learning for adults. The school offers weekend and week-long seminars and classes year-round and focuses on a variety of arts—both traditional and contemporary. Students can participate in classes ranging across a variety of subjects, including things such as: basketry, blacksmithing, pottery, jewelry, dolls, music, woodcarving, dyeing, quilting, etc.

The school campus includes a craft shop, lodging, a history museum, nature trails, campground, and cafeteria, and many of the resident students or volunteers can be found attending regular concerts and community dances.

History

The history of the John C. Campbell Folk school hails back to John C. Campbell, who was born in Indiana and raised in Wisconsin. In his younger years, he studied education and theology and quickly began to feel a calling towards humanitarian work. In 1908 and 1909, he traveled to Appalachia to undergo a fact-finding mission of social conditions in the mountains. During this period, Campbell’s wife, Olive, began to study mountain life. It was from this that the idea of preserving the crafts and techniques of Appalachia was born.

After John’s death, Olive traveled to Europe to study folk schools in Denmark, Sweden, and other countries. After this trip, she returned to the States with the purpose of creating just such a school in the heart of Appalachia. The John C. Campbell Folk School opened in 1925 and has been offering services to the local community—and guests—ever since.

You can visit the John C. Campbell Folk School for tours, weekends, or weekly classes, and learn an exciting new hobby that will stay with you for the rest of your life. The school’s unique setting and atmosphere make for a long-lasting and satisfying memory.

You can find more information at https://folkschool.org, and sign up for classes.

Enota Mountain Retreat

1000 Hwy 180,  Hiawassee GA 30546

(706) 896- 9966      email: enota@enota.com

official web site:  www.enota.com


It’s been a while since our last post, but we would like to start things off again by talking about one of the very fine vegetables found in our organic garden: Kale

           

What is Kale?

Kale (also known as borecole) is a type of cabbage, and usually comes in green or purple. While kin to cauliflower and Brussels sprouts, the central leaves of the kale plant do not form that distinctive head we know so well.  Kale can be known to grow well into the winter.

Kale is rich in beta carotene, vitamin C, lutein, and calcium. According to research, kale possesses sulforaphane—a chemical that can help in the prevention of cancer (boiling the kale can decrease it, however).

History of Kale

During the Medieval period, kale was one of the most prolific of green vegetables in Europe, though the establishment of cabbage and other such greens into the European diet made it less prominent leading into the Renaissance period.

Types of Kale

Curly leaved (or Scots Kale)

Plain Leaved

Leaf and spear (a cross between curly and plain)

Cavolo nero (aka black cabbage, Tuscan Cabbage, Tuscan Kale, dinosaur Kale, or Lacinato)

Rape Kale

Kale Recipes

Vegetarian Kale Soup                        Vegetarian Kale Soup Recipe

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped garlic
  • 1 bunch kale, stems removed and leaves chopped
  • 8 cups water
  • 6 cubes vegetable bouillon (such as Knorr)
  • 1 (15 ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 6 white potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans cannellini beans (drained if desired)
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons dried parsley
  • salt and pepper to taste

Heat the olive oil in a large soup pot; cook the onion and garlic until soft. Stir in the kale and cook until wilted, about 2 minutes. Stir in the water, vegetable bouillon, tomatoes, potatoes, beans, Italian seasoning, and parsley. Simmer soup on medium heat for 25 minutes, or until potatoes are cooked through. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Allrecipes.com

Kale chips            Kale Chips Recipe

  • 1 bunch kale
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 tablespoon sherry vinegar
  • 1 pinch sea salt, to taste
  1. Preheat an oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C).
  2. Cut away inner ribs from each kale leaf and discard; tear the leaves into pieces of uniform size. (I made my pieces about the size of a small potato chip.) Wash torn kale pieces and spin dry in a salad spinner or dry with paper towels until they’re very dry.
  3. Put the kale pieces into a large resealable bag (or use a bowl if you don’t mind getting your hands oily). Add about half the olive oil; seal and squeeze the bag so the oil gets distributed evenly on the kale pieces. Add the remaining oil and squeeze the bag more, until all kale pieces are evenly coated with oil and slightly ‘massaged.’ Sprinkle the vinegar over the kale leaves, reseal the bag, and shake to spread the vinegar evenly over the leaves. Spread the leaves evenly onto a baking sheet.
  4. Roast in the preheated oven until mostly crisp, about 35 minutes. Season with salt and serve immediately.

Allrecipes.com

 

Enota Mountain Retreat

1000 Hwy 180,  Hiawassee GA 30546

(706) 896- 9966      email: enota@enota.com

official web site:  www.enota.com

Got Protein?

February 17, 2012


Greetings, Enota Fmily.

We all know that we need protein to live.  But,  what do you picture when you hear the word protein?  Today’s post will talk about such topics as What is protein?  What are the types of protein?  And,  just how much protein do I need each day?

What is protein?

Proteins are part of every cell in our bodies.    Proteins in our bodies  are constantly being broken down and replaced.  (The protein in the foods we eat is converted into amino acids that are later used to replace these proteins in our bodies.)  Protein is found in:  meats, poultry, and fish;  eggs;  milk and dairy products; legumes (dry beans and peas); tofu;  nuts and seeds;  grains and some vegetables.  (There is some protein in some fruits, but for the most part it’s not enough to count.)

What are the types of protein?

Proteins are made up of amino acids.  There are 20 different amino acids that join together to make all types of protein.  Some of these amino acids can’t be made by our bodies,  so these are known as “essential amino acids”  because it is   essential that our diet provide them.

 Complete proteins are those that provide all of the essential amino acids.   Animal-based foods,  dairy products,  and eggs are complete proteins.

Incomplete proteins are those  that are low in one or more of the essential amino acids; and,  complementary proteins are two or more incomplete proteins that together create adequate amounts of all the essential amino acids.  For example,  rice and beans together provide all the amino acids your body requires;  but, separately they don’t.  And, you don’t have to eat them at the same meal… eating the two items within the same day will still allow your body to combine their amino acids.

How much protein do I need?

Generally speaking, about one third of your diet should be protein. The  Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDA) for adults is 46 grams for women and 56 grams for men.

Examples of  protein

 in common foods:

1 cup of milk has 8 grams of protein
A 3-ounce piece of meat has about 21 grams of protein
1 cup of dry beans has about 16 grams of protein
An 8-ounce container of yogurt has about 11 grams of protein
Added together, just these four sources would meet the protein needs of an adult male (56 grams). This doesn’t count all the other foods that add smaller amounts of protein to his diet.

Most people in the United States eat far more protein than required.  Usually this doesn’t harm the body unless you have certain medical conditions, such as kidney disease.  Of course,  intake of many protein sources is high in calories and fat, so you might want to cut back on certain protein sources such as fatty meats, cheese, and dairy.

Vegetarian?

Since many vegetarians avoid eating all (or most) animal foods, they must rely on plant-based sources of protein to meet their protein needs.  A vegetarian diet can easily meet the recommended protein needs of adults and children.

Some of the issues surrounding animal- based  protein sources (mainly meats)  are high amounts of saturated fats, steroids and antibiotics that have been given to the animal. Also, if the animal was fed something loaded with pesticides, you will be eating them too!  All these substances are absorbed by the animal and passed along to you.

6 Little-Known Protein Sources:

#1: Alfalfa sprouts:  Add alfalfa sprouts to  salads or sandwiches. The calories in these sprouts are 40% protein.

#2:  Almonds: Almonds are filling, a great substitute snack in place of chips or candy bars;  and 15% of their calories are from protein.  2/3 of a cup of almonds provides all the protein an adult male requires for the day.

#3: Hemp protein:  Just three  Tbs of hemp protein powder is enough protein for an adult’s daily needs!  By having Hemp protein in a shake for breakfast you are starting your day with a good energy supply. In blender, mix 1/2 cup almond milk or coconut milk with 1 cup water, 1 Tablespoon hemp protein, and a banana;  blend until smooth.

#4:  Hummus:  Hummus, made primarily of pureed garbanzo beans  is a great source of protein ( 25% of its calories) and is a no-fat food!  Great for weight loss!  Use cucumber slices rather than chips to further increase your level of health.

#5:  Spinach:  The calories in spinach are 49% protein!!!  Spinach is an incredibly healthy food.  IF you are looking to lose weight and/or build muscle,  spinach is an ideal food.

#6:  Sunflower Seeds:   Protein makes up 17% of the calories in sunflower seeds.  They make a great snack or you can use them on a salad.

Long-story-short:   Try to get your protein  from natural, easily absorbed sources such as the ones listed above. Your body will appreciate it!

Enota Mountain Retreat

1000 Hwy 180,  Hiawassee GA 30546

(706) 896- 9966      email: enota@enota.com

official web site:  www.enota.com

Ready for Winter Weather?

February 15, 2012


Hello, again,  Enota Readers!

Are YOU Ready for Winter Weather?   Despite an unusually mild winter,  it has snowed in the North Georgia Mountains a couple times in the past week.  And although it is mid-February, many of us remember  big snow storms in the month of March!  So, even though there’s a lot of wishful thinking that spring will be early this year, we can’t become complacent.  Just in case,  let’s review emergency preparedness for winter storms…

Of course, the main point of any preparedness plan is to be ready BEFORE the announcements of inclement weather!   Getting ready before winter storms strike includes two main steps:

#1:  Create a home emergency preparedness closet with at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food and water for your home as well as other items your family needs..  Ask yourself questions such as, “What is my family’s usual routine?  How can we make this experience safe, less-than-scary,  maybe even enjoyable?”  Household emergency supplies should include enough water,  food,  and other supplies to last a few days without power or help.  Things to have on hand include:   Food that doesn’t require heating or refrigeration,  such as canned meats, soups and stews,  cereal,  and energy bars.  Take into consideration your family’s likes and dislikes, food intolerances, etc.  Having a bunch of nearly-inedible food will not be comforting to your loved ones.

Be sure to include a manual can opener,  paper plates, and plastic cups and utensils.

Have at least 1 gallon of water per person per day (allow enough for four days),  and don’t forget the pets!  They will need water (and food), too.

Also have on hand:  Flashlights and batteries,  a battery-powered radio and clock, cell phone. Other items, depending on your family’s habits and needs:  games,  puzzle books, etc.,  a first-aid kit,  cold-weather clothing and blankets for each family member.

 Make a plan and practice the plan with your family.  Stay informed and aware of approaching  weather  so that you are prepared for whatever the weather throws your way.  And,   even if you already have an emergency closet, read on… there might be a new idea or two… something you overlooked.

 #2:  Vehicle kits for  winter road travel  are also a good idea.  Keep your vehicle emergency kits up-to-date for the season!  (What if you were stranded in your vehicle?  How safe would you be?  And, for how long?)  Be sure to have warm blankets, first aid kit, water, protein snacks, pet supplies.

Road conditions can change in an instant. Before traveling, give cars a winter preparedness exam:

Check antifreeze;  Check and replace older batteries; Remember to keep the gas tank near full to avoid freezing water in the fuel line;  Check tires and spare tire for proper inflation;  and,  make sure that vehicles  contain the following emergency supplies:  Jumper cables,  ice scraper, bag  of sand, road salt or non-clumping cat litter  (the bag’s extra weight means better traction, and the contents can be spread under slipping tires),  a small shovel to dig away wheels or shovel dirt under wheels; flares or reflectors; and, emergency backpacks for each family member.  Each persons’  emergency backpack should include:  coat, hat,  and gloves;   snow-proof boots;  nonperishable food;  and a few dollars and a bit of change.

Other Cold Weather Considerations  (Info from FEMA)

  • Stay indoors during the storm.

  • Walk carefully on snowy, icy, walkways.

  • Avoid overexertion when shoveling snow. Overexertion can bring on a heart attack—a major cause of death in the winter. If you must shovel snow, stretch before going outside.

  • Keep dry. Change wet clothing frequently to prevent a loss of body heat. Wet clothing loses all of its insulating value and transmits heat rapidly.

  • Watch for signs of frostbite. These include loss of feeling and white or pale appearance in extremities such as fingers, toes, ear lobes, and the tip of the nose. If symptoms are detected, get medical help immediately.

  • Watch for signs of hypothermia. These include uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, disorientation, incoherence, slurred speech, drowsiness, and apparent exhaustion. If symptoms of hypothermia are detected, get the victim to a warm location, remove wet clothing, warm the center of the body first and give warm, non-alcoholic beverages if the victim is conscious. Get medical help as soon as possible.

  • Drive only if it is absolutely necessary. If you must drive: travel in the day; don’t travel alone; keep others informed of your schedule; stay on main roads and avoid back road shortcuts.

  • Let someone know your destination, your route, and when you expect to arrive. If your car gets stuck along the way, help can be sent along your predetermined route.

  • If the pipes freeze, remove any insulation or layers of newspapers and wrap pipes in rags. Completely open all faucets and pour hot water over the pipes, starting where they were most exposed to the cold (or where the cold was most likely to penetrate).

  • Maintain ventilation when using kerosene heaters to avoid build-up of toxic fumes. Refuel kerosene heaters outside and keep them at least three feet from flammable objects.

  • Conserve fuel, if necessary, by keeping your residence cooler than normal. Temporarily close off heat to some rooms.

  • If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55ºF.

    And, remember, Spring really

    IS just around the corner!

Enota Mountain Retreat

1000 Hwy 180, Hiawassee GA 30546

(706) 896- 9966 email: enota@enota.com

official web site: http://www.enota.com

Start Your Garden NOW!

February 13, 2012


Greetings, Enota Family!

Yes, it DOES seem early to be thinking about Spring planting,  but now is actually the perfect time!  Even though the temperature in the North Georgia Mountains is in the teens,  it’ll be Spring “just around the corner.   Planning and prepping your garden is just as important as the planting.

Here are ten things to do

for your garden NOW:

#1:  Take a walk through the area where you plan to have your garden plot(s) this year.  Take note of anything that needs attention before planting time…  mold or fungus,  insect infestation,  fallen tree limbs,  etc.  Many of these problems can be addressed now; and, if they need to be cared for later, you will have notes as to what needs to be done prior to planting.  Cleaning up the garden space now will also prevent garden pests later…

#2:  If you haven’t already done so, plan your garden.  Look through seed catalogs,  sort through seeds you already have, and decide what you want to plant and where.  Do the math now, and it will prevent problems later.  DO the research to see how much room a grown plant will require,  how much light it will need,  where it would thrive in your garden… ( Many pests will winter-over in last years’ plants…)

#3: More math!!!  Decide whether you want to begin early with seedlings started indoors and plan accordingly; determine which vegetable varieties you want to grow and what the appropriate planting time for each is.  Be sure to buy seeds appropriate for your zone!

#4:  Oh, my!  Even more math!  Next, lay out your garden plan on graph paper, noting how much space you will need for each species, and placing them in appropriate areas for the amount of sunlight they each require.  (Remember, the sun is much higher above the horizon in the summer than during the winter.)

#5:   Be realistic while you are still in the planning stage!  How much can you and your family take care of?  And, how much do you want to produce?  If you plan on canning, freezing,  or dehydrating,  you will want to plant more than what your family can eat during the harvest season.  But, if you don’t plan on preserving the extras,  it’s a shame to end up throwing good produce in the compost heap!

#6:  Winter is the perfect time to take care of fruit trees. Pruning is very beneficial and doing so while the trees are dormant is perfect timing.  Late winter is also a good time to start spraying dormant oil on fruit trees and shrubs to manage winter pests

#7:  As winter ends, certain steps should be taken to prepare the soil for spring. Preparing the soil in a garden will increase the growth of a crop or flower bed, and it can be done during the winter.  Tasks that should  have been done in the autumn include removal of weeds and  dead crops.  A layer of compost should have also be added. If these things were not done in the autumn, do them now;  it’s not too late.

#8:  Once the ground has begun to thaw,  start digging up the garden beds and preparing the soil for planting. (Digging in wet , saturated soil is counterproductive, so do this chore during a dry spell.)  Adding compost as you go,  dig the garden beds about 8 to 12 inches deep.

#9:  Mulch your garden after you’ve prepared the soil.  Mulch helps to keep the temperature of your garden soil more constant.   Mulch will keep new seedlings warm once you’re at the planting stage.

#10:   Start seedlings.  Although many vegetables  can be directly planted outdoors,  starting  seeds indoors can be   educational  and might give you an earlier harvest.  For children,  preparing seeds for sprouting and watching them grow is an invaluable biology lesson.  Some plants that do well when started inside include  broccoli, Brussels sprouts,  cabbage,  cauliflower,  cucumber,  lettuce, melons,  spinach,  squash,  tomatoes,  zucchini,  and nearly any herb.

Remember,  depending on your planting zone,  some vegetable seeds can be planted outdoors in the late winter.  Sowing them after the soil has been properly tilled and organic matter has been added is ideal. Crops such as  asparagus, leeks, lettuce, peas, onions, and spinach  can be sowed during this time.

Doing prep work now will

make your planting and

gardening more enjoyable

throughout the spring and

summer.

And for a hands-on organic gardening experience, book your reservation at Enota.  We have organic vegetable gardens and herd gardens as well as various farm animals,  including chickens, cows, goats,  and rabbits to name a few…  You can learn about organic farming while having a relaxing and restoring vacation!  We’d love to see you soon.

Enota Mountain Retreat

1000 Hwy 180,  Hiawassee GA 30546

(706) 896- 9966      email: enota@enota.com

official web site:  www.enota.com

Fountain of Youth?

February 10, 2012


Greetings, Enota Family!

Today we;re going to talk about a “fountain of youth”… a natural substance that has many healthy benefits – coconut oil!  What is it?  What’s so good about it?  What diseases and conditions does it affect?  What are its uses?

What is Coconut Oil?

Coconut oil is the oil obtained from the dried meat of coconuts.  It is as an edible fat as well as for making soaps, etc.  One of the substances found in coconut oil is lauric acid. The human body converts lauric acid into monolaurin; and,  monolaurin helps  deal with viruses and bacteria causing diseases such as herpes, influenza, cytomegalovirus, and even HIV. It helps in fighting harmful bacteria such as listeria  and heliobacter pylori, as well as  harmful protozoa such as giardia lamblia.  Although the exact mechanism is unknown,  coconut oil has many health benefits and is used extensively in traditional Ayurvedic Indian medicine.  Only recently have Americans begun to appreciate the uses and benefits of coconut oil.

Some of Coconut Oil’s Benefits:

The health benefits of coconut oil include hair and skin care,   weight loss,  maintaining cholesterol levels,  stress relief,  increased immunity and bone strength,   proper digestion and metabolism,  relief from kidney problems, heart diseases, high blood pressure, diabetes, HIV and cancer.   (We will talk about these in more detail throughout this post.)  Coconut oil has antimicrobial, antioxidant, antifungal,  and antibacterial properties. Coconut oil consists of about ninety percent  saturated fats,  with traces of few unsaturated fatty acids, such as monounsaturated fatty acids and polyunsaturated fatty acids.  Most of the saturated fats are medium-chain Triglycerides, which assimilate well in the human body.  The unsaturated fat is primarily lineolic acid, which aids in weight loss.  Contrary to your first reaction,  coconut oil will not raise your cholesterol or make you gain weight;  it is the exact opposite!  Read on…

Uses for Coconut Oil:

Heart Diseases:

Because it contains large quantities  of saturated fats,  there is a popular misconception that coconut oil is not good for the heart.  However, coconut oil is actually beneficial for the heart!  It contains about 50% lauric acid, which helps in preventing various heart problems including high cholesterol levels and high blood pressure.  The saturated fats present in coconut oil  do not lead to increase in LDL levels.    It also reduces the incidence of injury in arteries and therefore helps in preventing atherosclerosis

Hair  and Skin Care:

Coconut oil provides  natural nutrition for hair and skin.   It is an excellent conditioner and provides the essential proteins required for nourishing damaged hair.  Regular massage of the head with coconut oil ensures that your scalp is free of dandruff, lice, and lice eggs, even if your scalp is dry.  (It works for your pets, too!)   Coconut oil is also an excellent massage oil for your skin;   It acts as an effective moisturizer on all skin types.   Because of its antioxidant properties,  coconut oil also delays the  wrinkling and sagging of skin which normally occurs with age;  and,  is used in  treating various skin problems including psoriasis, dermatitis, eczema and other skin infections.

Weight Loss and Energy:

People who live in tropical coastal areas and eat coconut oil daily are not overweight.   Coconut oil  contains short and medium-chain fatty acids that help in taking off excessive weight.  It is also easy to digest and aids  in the healthy functioning of the thyroid.  It also  increases  body metabolism by removing stress on pancreas,  thereby burning  more energy and helping overweight people reduce weight. Coconut oil is also often used by athletes and body builders because it contains lesser calories than other oils,  its fat content is easily converted into energy,  and it does not lead to accumulation of fat in the heart and arteries.  Coconut oil helps in boosting energy and endurance, and enhances the performance of athletes.

Digestion:

Coconut oil taken internally  helps in absorption of other nutrients such as vitamins, minerals and amino acids.  It  helps improve  digestion and  prevent various stomach and digestion  problems such as  irritable bowel syndrome. The saturated fats present in coconut oil have anti microbial properties and help in dealing with various bacteria, fungi, parasites, etc., that cause indigestion. Coconut also oil helps in preventing kidney and gall bladder diseases.

Immunity:

Coconut oil  strengthens the immune system because it contains antimicrobial lipids, lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid  all of which have antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties.

Diabetes:

 Coconut oil helps in controlling blood sugar, and improves the secretion of insulin. It also helps in effective utilization of blood glucose, thereby preventing and treating diabetes.   Coconut oil is also useful in treating pancreatitis and in dissolving kidney stones.

Bones and Teeth:

As mentioned earlier, coconut oil improves the ability of our body to absorb important minerals.  These include calcium and magnesium which are necessary for strong teeth and bones.  Thus coconut oil is very useful to women who are prone to osteoporosis after middle age.  It also stops tooth decay.

Wow! This is good stuff!  Start

incorporating coconut oil into

your life and watch it improve

your health!

Enota Mountain Retreat

1000 Hwy 180,  Hiawassee GA 30546

(706) 896- 9966      email: enota@enota.com

official web site:  www.enota.com

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