Adding coconut oil to your daily dose of caffeine is a very good idea if you want to improve your immune system, increase your metabolism, aid in weight loss, boost energy levels, cleanse your digestive system, boost brain function and improve nutrient uptake. Coconut oil and coffee actually have many of the same characteristics, at least in terms of their effect on the body, so combining the two makes for an extremely powerful beverage that can have a noticeable impact on your life.
Coffee is a stimulant, and its primary active ingredient is caffeine. That caffeine is known to give you energy after drinking a cup of coffee, speed up the metabolism, allow your brain to function better and stimulate the digestive system. That sounds a lot like the most notable effects of coconut oil, and the overlap between these two substances basically gives your body a double dose of health benefits, without the caffeine crash at the end.
Digestion: Many people experience a rumbling in their stomach after their first cup of coffee, and that stimulation of the digestive system is similar to what coconut oil does. It is a natural laxative, and helps increase peristaltic motion in the gut to move stool through the system quickly, while also improving the nutrient uptake along the way. Drinking coffee alone can be damaging to the stomach, due to its highly acidic nature, but adding coconut oil can make it more palatable and soothe inflammation in the gut.
Blood Sugar Regulation: Unlike most foods we eat, consuming coconut oil does not trigger a release of insulin, but it does help our cells bind more efficiently to insulin, meaning that the entire blood-sugar regulation process is improved. This is vital for diabetics and those who struggle with blood sugar levels and are at risk of diabetes.
Cognitive Boost: Some people can’t function without a cup of coffee every morning, and it does perk the brain up and get the neurons firing. Adding coconut oil to that caffeine boost, however, increases ketone levels in the body, which research has linked to improved or increased cognitive function.
Appetite: Coffee tends to replace breakfast for some people, and coconut oil can have a similar effect. The medium-chain fatty acids in coconut oil are processed by the liver, which releases ketones into the body, creating a “satiated” effect. This means less overeating or snacking between meals, making it important for people who are trying to lose weight.
Energy: Unlike many other types of fats, medium-chain fatty acids, which are found in coconut oil, are sent directly to the liver, and do not get stored as fat. Instead, they are converted directly into energy, which helps you not only lose weight, but also have a healthy, energetic boost on top of the caffeine burst in the coffee. If you’re drinking coffee to wake up anyways, why not eliminate the jitters and give yourself a genuine kick-start every day?
Metabolism: Caffeine increases the metabolic rate of the body, and experts say it can help burn an extra 80 calories every day; research has also shown that the fatty acids in coconut oil also speed up the metabolism, burning and extra 120-150 calories per day. This equals passive weight loss and a positive impact on your metabolic health, which is always a good thing.
How Much Coconut Oil Should I Put in My Coffee?
You should put at least 1 tablespoon of coconut oil in your cup of coffee in the morning, although some people add 2 tablespoons or more. The most important thing is to find the right level for your body. As mentioned above, coconut oil is a natural laxative, and coffee often acts as one for people. Therefore, using two tablespoons the first time you mix this oil into your coffee may result in an uncomfortable or embarrassing situation. Furthermore, coconut oil is high in fats and calories, so to prevent weight loss, it is important to regulate your intake.
You body should also get used to the new addition, considering that coconut can have some powerful effects on a number of different systems. Start with 1 tablespoon (or less) and gradually increase the amount until you reach a comfortable level.
Coconut Oil Coffee Recipes
Simple Recipe: Scoop out two (2) tablespoons of coconut oil and put it in the bottom of your coffee cup. Pour the hot coffee or herbal tea over the oil and then stir. The coconut oil will quickly dissolve, leaving you with a simple and delicious morning drink.
Cold Drink Recipe: Mix 1.5 tablespoons of coconut oil and 1.5 tablespoons of milk into your cup of coffee. Then, add half a tablespoon of honey and a 1/4 cup of crushed ice. Stir this mixture well until the color is consistent and then enjoy this refreshing beverage.
Bulletproof Coffee: While there is some controversy over this new, popular take on coffee, it does deliver quite an energy burst. Mix 3 tablespoons of butter and 1.5 tablespoons of coconut oil into your coffee. Making larger batches of this is easier, since putting the ingredients in a blender is recommended. This rich, creamy coffee packed with coconut oil (and butter) will keep you energized for hours.