A 10 Day Coconut Oil Detox

What are the health benefits of coconut oil really?

To test the theory that coconut oil is as beneficial to a person's hair, teeth, skin, and overall health, I am about to attempt a 10 day coconut oil detox. The detox will include topical application as well as the benefits of eating coconut oil.

My biggest concern is weight loss and so I am hoping that I will shed a few pounds on the way too. I have written a page about the fat burning ability of coconut oil, so this detox is going to either prove or disprove that theory.

I am not a doctor. I am not a nutritionist or a dietitian. I am not a personal trainer, a coach or a fitness expert. My detox is based on information gathered from many different sources, and I made adjustments to suit my own needs.

Please consult your physician and seek the advice of other experts before making any major changes to your diet.

A little bit about me

I managed to pick up over 80 pounds during the time that I had two children (9 year period). I have been trying to lose the postpartum weight for 5 years now and with the help of a vegetarian diet I lost 18kg (40 pounds). I also recently tried a banting diet, which is a high fat diet. During that diet I managed to put on about 6 pounds.

My partner’s father, who is a herbalist, naturalist and qualified pharmacist suggested that I do a liver detox. He says that the reason why I am struggling to lose weight is because I have a dirty liver.

So, in desperation and after reading about the amazing benefits of coconut oil I have decided to do a restricted coconut oil cleanse. I am going to be adding my progress daily with pictures of my hair and teeth. 

The Coconut oil Detox plan

  • In the morning take my vitamin mix with 1 tbsp of coconut oil. And a cup of coconut coffee. I have natural sweetener in my coffee. The vitamins I am going to be taking: Multivitamin A to Z, Omega 3, 6 and 9, Vitamin C, Olive leaf extract, Oregano oil, Probiotics, Selenium, Collagen and Vitamin A. 
  • I will be drinking as much of this coconut water detox mix as I can:

- 1L hot water

- 1 tbsp Xylitol (you can use any other natural sweetener)

What are the benefits of Xylitol?

- 2 tbsp organic lemon juice. 

The benefits of lemon juice. 

- 1 tbsp organic virgin coconut oil

  • Whenever I feel hungry I will eat coconut oil. I love the taste and feeling of the oil melting on my tongue, so I have no problem with this.
  • I am going to have coconut coffee maybe three of four times in a day. With added artificial sweetener (xylitol).
  • I will avoid eating any food during this ten day coconut oil detox.
  • I will be using a coconut hair mask. This will test the benefit of coconut oil for hair.
  • Using coconut oil topically on my face too in the evening and mornings as a moisturizer. This will test the coconut oil benefits for skin.
  • Coconut oil pulling detox. What is oil pulling? 

Expected coconut oil detox symptoms:

I am expecting some detox symptoms such as nausea, headaches and runny stools. Maybe a little moodiness too.


The 10 Day Detox

Coconut Oil Detox Symptoms

Day 1.

  • I was expecting to feel hungry, but the coconut really does curb your hunger.
  • I do not feel any moodiness. 
  • Did have a bit of a runny tummy.
  • After 4pm urine cleared up.
  • 6pm starting to feel a bit of a headache.
  • Still not feeling hungry.
  • Starting to feel a little nauseous.
  • Got some heartburn.
  • Bad taste in mouth

Day 2

  • Runny tummy
  • Feel good just a few cramps on my left side. Read up about it, might be my gall bladder or liver cleansing itself.
  • Feeling bloated, bit of flatulence.
  • Feeling a bit moody, but then it's close to “that time of the month” too.

Day 3

  • Feeling good.
  • Normal stool in morning.
  • Tummy feels flat.
  • Skin seems smoother on my face.
  • Lost 4.5kg already! Guessing it's mostly water weight.
  • Managing so far to digest at least 4 - 5tbsp of coconut oil per day.
  • Haven't felt hungry yet!!
  • I can feel a huge improvement in my hair. Feels softer.

Day 4

  • Feel really good.
  • Have lost 5kg all together.
  • No hunger, I actually have to force myself to eat the coconut.
  • Flatulence

Day 5

  • Got a few pimples
  • Pain in my hip. Guessing this is from detox.  
  • Flatulence.

Day 6

  • Tummy is making too much noise. Decided to start eating some celery. Had one bunch of celery. What are the benefits of celery

Day 7

  • Feeling good. ;-)
  • No change in weight, but Im guessing its due to swelling and water retention, it's “that time of the month”.
  • Still eating some celery during the day.

Day 8, 9 and 10

  • These were the hardest days of the detox. 
  • I stopped eating the celery because it made me very bloated. I started eating oranges. Had about 5 oranges per day. Also my stomach was more settled with the oranges.
  • I could feel I was detoxing. 
  • Started breaking out in some pimples on my face. 
  • Noticed a few dark spots on my face. 
  • Bit of an eczema flare up. 
  • I had a very bad migraine on the evening of the tenth day, but was determined not to use pain meds.


Next few days

Will be eating only fruits and vegetables for a few days and then later introduce nuts and legumes into my diet.

The loud tummy rumblings was one of the worst coconut oil detox side effects. I would not recommend that you do this detox if you are at work. I did it during the holidays. It is better to relax as much as possible during a detox. 


Coconut Oil Health Benefits and My Results

My hair before and after the coconut oil detox and hair mask. I did not color my hair, think it might be the lighting in the picture that differs.
  • I feel that this has helped me realize how little food a person’s body actually needs. I think we eat too much.
  • I will definitely be using coconut oil on a daily basis to curb appetite. It is the best appetite suppressant I’ve ever used.
  • I did notice a decrease in bulk in my abdomen and hips. Not sure if this has something to do with the coconut oil. There was a study that was done that proved that coconut oil decreases the fat in these regions. Unfortunately I did not take measurements, but my jackets are sitting much looser on me, especially around the waist area.  
  • I only used the coconut oil in my hair two days, and the results were amazing, as you can see in the pictures. 
  • I have no cravings for bad foods and am enjoying my food more now.
  • Coconut oil detox weight loss results: Altogether I lost 5.8kg (12.7 pounds) in 10 days.
  • My teeth do seem whiter to me from the coconut oil pulling, but the pics didn't come out right because the lighting was different each time. 
  • What are the benefits of coconut oil on skin? I used coconut oil on my skin daily, even before I started the detox. I would definitely recommend it as a moisturizer for all skin types as well as a good nail and hand moisturizer for strong, long nails.  
My skin and teeth before and after 10 days of coconut detox & coconut oil pulling.


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