How Much Coconut Oil Do I Take?
The maintenance dose of coconut oil, i.e. recommended daily dose for ongoing good health, is generally listed as 3 tablespoons a day. Here is further detail in regards to weight plus information on therapeutic doses
Body Weight (lb/kg) = Tablespoons of Oil
175+ / 79+ = 4
150 / 68 = 3.5
125 / 57 = 3
100 / 45 = 2.5
75 / 34 = 2
50 / 23 = 1.5
25 / 11 = 1
This is a general guideline only – not an absolute rule. Take the amount that is comfortable for you.
Do not consume all the oil at one time. Spread it out over the entire day, taking some at one meal and some at another. It is oil – so be kind to yourself! Start slow and work your way up.
Ways to consume coconut oil include straight from the spoon or mix it with warm milk or food. The easiest way is to prepare your food with coconut oil – use coconut oil for frying and baking; put some in the pot when cooking rice, pasta, veggies etc. Definitely use it as your ONLY cooking oil.
Remember coconut oil goes solid at cool temperatures so for salads, mix it 50 / 50 with pure extra-virgin olive oil and the mixture will remain liquid.
Plus there are multiple foods, sauces and even vinegars made from coconut today
Use it as a body and hair moisturiser. By doing this, you will ingest another tablespoon of oil every day as it soaks in through your skin, giving you clear soft skin – easy! If applying coconut oil direct to dry skin leaves you all greasy, it is best to only put the oil on when wet after a warm shower or bath and your pores are open. If you do this with regularity, later down the track you will be able to apply the oil straight to dry skin and have it soak in beautifully
In most cases, even when you are sick, 3.5 tablespoons of coconut oil per day is generally adequate. However, the anti-microbial affects of Medium Chain Fatty Acids (MCFA’s) are cumulative, so the more you have in your body the more effective they are in fighting off infections. A tablespoon or so taken every 2 – 3 hours is a good schedule to follow. Too much oil, any oil, if you are not accustomed to it, will give you loose stools, so spread the amount throughout the day and eat it with a little food or drink.
There is no danger of overdosing on coconut oil. Coconut oil is a food, not a drug. People working on serious health problems (including cancer and HIV) have taken 10 to 14 tablespoons a day and experienced no adverse side effects. If you take more than your body can handle, the worst symptoms you might experience are a runny stool and perhaps intestinal uneasiness for a time. To avoid this, simply reduce the amount of oil.
If you cannot consume the oil or any other food because of nausea and vomiting, apply the oil topically to the area that is most infected, as well as all over. You can also apply a coconut-oil-soaked bandage to your body to allow a constant soaking of the oil. Where possible, it is a good idea to consume both internally and externally to take full advantage of the oil’s healing properties.