Good EVOO should never miss in your kitchens. In fact, olive oil is extremely useful stuff.
Many medical professionals recommend using healthy fats like olive oil to cook all of your food, even french fries! You can also swallow down a tablespoon in a pinch.
So, what exactly happens to your body when you start drinking EVOO as part of your daily routine?
Here are the main benefits!
#1: Benefits Your Brain
Olive oil is excellent for your brain because it’s packed chock-full of healthy fats.
Saturated fats are dangerous and can cause major damage to your body.
However, olive oil is a monounsaturated fat, and it works wonders for your brain!
That’s because the lipids in the oil help nurture the neurological pathways in your brain, which allow impulses and thoughts to move more efficiently.
Translation: olive oil makes you think faster and better!
#2: Helps Your Heart
Olive oil is probably best known for being a heart-healthy superfood. That’s because your body needs fats, but we often get them from the wrong sources.
Too much red meat, fried food, and cheese can block your arteries.
In contrast, the fat you get from olive oil can help improve your heart health and unclog your arteries along the way — if you pair it with the right foots.
According to Forbes, when you pair olive oil with a dark leafy green like kale, you create a nitro fatty acid that reduces inflammation and relaxes the blood vessels to lower blood pressure and improve blood flow.
#3: Boosts Your BMs
It should come as no surprise that olive oil is great for your digestive system. Specifically, it’s great for moving things along, if you know what we mean.
If you have a tendency to be constipated, swallowing a spoonful of olive oil every day (and making sure you’re getting enough water) will make a huge difference.
The oil lubricates your digestive tract and your BM’s, making things move more smoothly.
This can be especially helpful if you’ve been constipated for a few days and need an all-natural kickstart to unblock your colon.
However, avoid taking more than a spoonful, as this can cause loose, watery stools.
#4: Weight Loss
Olive oil may be a healthy fat, but it’s still a fat.
So you might be thinking, how could it possibly help with weight loss?
It sounds counterintuitive, but some fats actually help you lose weight, and olive oil is one of them.
Partially, it helps by simply helping your body work more efficiently, like processing the good stuff out of your food and getting rid of the bad stuff in your waste.
A 2010 study also showed that a Mediterranean diet rich in olive oil contributed to more weight loss than a low-fat diet. It also boosted HDL (good) cholesterol, which helps aid in weight loss.
#5: Skin, Nail, And Hair Health
Looking for healthier and happier skin, nails, and hair? Look no further than your grocery shelf.
Olive oil contains lots of vitamin E, which is an important micronutrient for helping your hair, skin, and nails retain moisture and stay glossy and healthy.
You can reap the benefits by taking olive oil by the spoonful, or get to the root of the problem and apply olive oil in place of face and hand cream. Additionally, you can use it as a hair mask.
#6: Provides Pain Relief
Some studies indicate that olive oil is as good for pain relief as aspirin or ibuprofen, two of the most popular over-the-counter painkillers.
Olive oil contains an enzyme called oleocanthal, which acts just like painkillers to reduce inflammation and reduce pain.
A spoonful of olive oil is only about 10 percent of the strength of a dose of ibuprofen, so it might not help with an immediate problem like a headache.
However, taking olive oil daily could introduce natural anti-inflammatories to the body and tackle chronic pain from conditions like arthritis.
#7: Keeps You Young
Are There Any Side Effects?
Is there any reason you shouldn’t drink olive oil? In most cases, there’s no reason you shouldn’t take a spoonful once a day.
However, too much olive oil isn’t healthy because it can lead to diarrhea.
There are also 120 calories in a tablespoon of olive oil, so you don’t want to overdo it by drinking too much of it. A single tablespoon will probably give you everything you need.
Just to be safe, check with your doctor before adding it to your diet; because of its anti-inflammatory properties, it might interact badly with blood-pressure medication by lowering your BP too much.
Our conclusion? Olive oil is pretty incredible stuff, and we are totally going to start taking a spoonful daily once we have the OK from the doctor!
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