The best food for hair growth

By on Jan 16 in FIT-FRESH, FIT-FRESH

Did you know we lose 50-100 hairs per day without noticing? In this post, we’re talking about food for hair growth and hair loss prevention, because hair loss is a lot more common than you think. Not just in men, but in women too. In 2015, in a study commissioned by Philip Kingsley, around 1 in 5 women in the UK aged over 25 were experiencing hair loss or thinning.

Our individual worlds demand so much of us, of our time. Work, family, friends, cooking and eating the right food, exercising, commuting, finances, to list (more) than a few. It’s no wonder that stress and anxiety are one of the main causes of hair loss. Other causes include illness, vitamin deficiencies, hormonal changes and genetic disposition.

The hair loss industry is worth over £1.5 billion. Yep, you read that right. But whilst hair loss is generally considered a fact of life, we still find ourselves reporting low levels of self-esteem and confidence because of it. So, whether you’ve been seeing more hairs than usual flush down the plughole recently or you just want to help prevent it from happening in later life – you need to be introducing these foods into your diet, like yesterday…

EGGS 

Protein and biotin – two nutrients that supposedly prevent hair loss. Fried, boiled, poached, scrambled or a simple omelette, however you eat them – get them on your plate.

SPINACH

This leafy green is quite possibly one of the healthiest foods on the planet. Iron, Vitamins A, K and C, protein, and folate are all packed in. Vitamin A is the key though. It helps the skin glands produce sebum, an oil that helps moisturise the scalp and maintain healthy locks.

BLUEBERRIES

Antioxidants are said to protect hair follicles against damage from free radicals. Some say that drinking a lot of green tea are also thought to promote hair growth due to their antioxidant properties.

AVOCADO

We know this fruit is everywhere, but there’s a reason. It’s super healthy! And yes, even promotes hair growth and prevents hair loss. Avocados contain hefty amounts of fatty acids – ones that your body can’t produce – yet is one of the essential building blocks our cells need. A deficiency in these fatty acids have been linked to hair loss.

 

Pair these foods (and many others) with regular exercise to help relieve stress and you’ve got two of the best natural hair loss preventers out there. Why not book a class you love through Esquared? Download Esquared from the App Store or Google Play Store

Looking for more tips and workouts? Follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook

How to squeeze in a quick morning workout

By on Jan 15 in FIT-IN

A quick morning workout seems daunting when your alarm starts beeping at 5am. For those of you who are blessed enough to be ‘a morning person’ then you won’t need much convincing when it comes to exercising first thing. However, for those of us who love that snooze button, resisting the temptation to stay warm in bed might be easier to fight than we thought.

One option is to do a morning workout at home, but that can be harder to get motivated for as you don’t actually have to leave the house to get your sweat on. Our suggestion? Book a workout you won’t want to miss. Here are just a few reasons why daily morning exercise is a great thing to do:

  1. Be more active throughout the day: a morning workout will kick start your mind and body. That snooze button has a habit of making us feel sluggish – exercising, on the other hand, makes us feel more alert and awake.
  2. Set yourself up for a healthier day: after a workout, our bodies crave healthy, nutritious food. After starting your day right, you’ll have a lot more encouragement and determination to make healthier choices.
  3. Relieve existing stress: not that we realise it, but even the slightest mishap can build our stress levels so that by the time we get to work we’re already feeling uptight. A morning workout, no matter how short, can help eliminate this stress.
  4. A head start on H2O: drinking enough water throughout the day is always a challenge. The more you sweat, the more water you’ll need to consume during and after your workout – giving you a head start to get to your target.
  5. Give yourself the gift of time: with spontaneous social plans and ‘okay, just one beer’ after work with colleagues – it’s easy to just say no to your evening workout. But by working out in the AM, you’re leaving more social time for your evenings.
  6. Feel great: let’s face it – a 6am workout is impressive. You’ll have successfully earned yourself bragging rights!

As if those weren’t enough reasons to convince you – maybe these workouts will… We’ve selected some highlights on the Esquared app that you can book the night before, so they’re waiting for you when you wake up. Trust us, they’re worth that 5am alarm:

  1. Movin London, Movin: 6.40am HIIT/Circuits
  2. Digme Fitness Moorgate, RIDE: 6.30am Indoor Cycling
  3. Urban Fitness Chancery Lane: 6am Gym Floor
  4. The Refinery: 7am Energising Sunrise Flow
  5. POPfit: 7.30am Barre
  6. 12×3 Paddington: 6.10am Gloves On

To get started with your morning workouts, download the Esquared app from the App Store or Google Play Store.

Looking for more tips and workouts? Follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook

The benefits of a dance workout

By on Jan 15 in FIT-IN

Adding at least one dance workout to your weekly routine can be a serious game changer. We’re not talking dancing the night away when you’re ‘out out’ on the town. Real sweaty workouts to get your heart pounding and body moving (as gracefully as you can manage).

There’s a reason that Barre workouts have had a surge in popularity over the last few years. Dance exercise is no longer restricted to long-limbed ballerinas who have been dancing since before they could walk… No. These workouts are for everyone and the experts are there to support and encourage as you bust the moves, stretch, flex and feel great. So, what are the benefits? 

  1. Fat burning: as you pick up the pace – cardio is high and calories are burning.  
  2. Does wonders for your health: this includes reducing the risk of heart disease and osteoporosis. In terms of mental health, regular dancing boosts serotonin levels – helping with depression and stress-related anxiety.
  3. Improves coordination: whether you’ve got two left feet or you feel you could have been a gymnast in a past life, a dance workout can improve whatever natural ability you have.
  4. It’s FUN: who doesn’t love dancing?! Whether it’s in a bar, in your living room or in a studio – we challenge you to choose another form of exercise that will give you this much enjoyment.

We’ve got more good news for you. The Esquared app is full of the best dance workouts that London has to offer.

our favourites

  1. Define London, Beginner Barre: Prepare for your glutes to be on fire – this class is tough but very rewarding.
  2. Barreworks, Barreworks Ballet Workout: don’t be fooled – this isn’t for professional dancers! In fact, no previous experience is required. Prepare to stretch and move to a unique classical soundtrack in a beautiful studio.
  3. The Refinery, Disco Barre: one of the most popular dance workouts on the app – it’s Barre, but not as you know it.
  4. The London Dance Company, Zumba: we all know and love Zumba – get that heart racing.
  5. Slice Fitness, Dance Aerobics: a lively cardio workout full of the best pop tunes out there.

To book your spot and get moving, download the Esquared app from the App Store or Google Play Store and pick the ‘Dance’ and ‘Barre’ filters to find a class near you!

Looking for more tips and workouts? Follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook

5 ways to stay motivated to go to the gym

By on Nov 26 in FIT-IN

Having enough workout motivation before you’re even fully awake, has its perks. You get the sweat session over with before your day has even started, giving you a boost of energy and freeing up your evening. However – not all of us were made to spring out of bed at 6am.

As your day is pretty chocca – opting for the after work workout is your only option. The down side? Motivation is seriously lacking by 3pm. Netflix, the sofa, the pub – pretty much anything that isn’t your workout – is calling your name. We’re here to give you what you’re in desperate need of – tips to get you excited about your upcoming session!

put it in your calendar  (Even your work one) 

Show your colleagues and your mates that you MEAN it. You’re 100% going to this workout because it’s in all of your calendars. You could even go one step further and schedule which routine or class you’ll be doing. Mentally, you won’t want to skip that HIIT class or leg day.

It’ll also help to tell people and make them accountable for your attendance. It sounds extreme but if you’ve got someone in the office who knows your plans – it’s a lot harder to cancel them.

listen to bangers

Just like when you’re physically in a workout and there are all your favourite tunes playing to keep you pumped through the session – listen to music to motivate you. Go as far as to create playlists specifically to gear you up for your next workout. Spotify and Apple Music have great ones – but this is about YOU, so make sure it’s music that’s really going to get you hyped up!

change before you leave work

It could be on your way out or it could be ten minutes before you leave – think of this as prepping. Why do you prep your lunch the night before then bring it in the next day for lunch? To stay healthier and make your life easier – it’s exactly the same!

think about it – have you ever regretted a workout? 

We can pretty much guarantee the answer will be ‘no’, apart from the time you thought spin on a very bad hangover was a really great idea. Take a minute, even close your eyes, and think back to that post-workout buzz you’ve experienced before. Sometimes (most of the time) getting your sweat on can help you feel more relaxed than an entire night slumped on the sofa.

do the workouts you want

Why would we do something we don’t want to? That just makes it pretty much impossible to find the motivation to get it done. Feeling yoga over HIIT? Get your zen on! The choice is completely yours – but if you’re not in the mood for one thing, don’t force yourself. But just consider what you do feel like and replace it.

There you have it – a few simple tips to keep that morning determination going through until the end of the day. Once it’s done – you’ll feel all the more awesome!

A bonus tip is to book a class you fancy on the Esquared app. It’s super flexible, so if you’re just looking for a meditative flow yoga class or you want to sweat it out in a cardio session – book it pay-as-you-go style and get it done. 💪

 

Download Esquared from the App Store or Google Play Store

Looking for more tips and workouts? Follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook

Our Top 5 Vegan Eats in Sydney

By on Oct 31 in FIT-FRESH

We’re celebrating World Vegan Day the best way we know how. By providing you with where to eat some delicious, post-workout vegan meals.

The best part? We’ve even noted the nearest gyms & classes on the Esquared app. It’s a match made in heaven.

1. The Owl house

Friendly for both meat eaters and vegans, coffee lovers and espresso martini cravers. Nearest workout: Sweaty Soul Sydney.

2. funky pies

Vegan pastries and pies that are quite frankly, addictive. With ‘funky’ flavours and fillings including pumpkin, lentils and their special ‘cheezy’ sauce – it’s the perfect post-class snack. Nearest workout: Beach Fit Bondi.

3. Bodhi Restaurant

“Enlightened food, good for the body, great for the soul.” With pan-Asian cuisine, that description says it all. Nearest workout: Infinite Cycle.

4. om yoga kitchen

A calming yoga class followed by a massive plate of pure vegan goodness? Sign us up. Nearest workout: Be One Yoga.

5. bad hombres

A Mexican feast for kings. If tacos is your thing – you NEED to try this place. This is their famous “Abodo” potato taco is one to remember. Nearest workout: Corporate Fitness Centre.

That’s it, vegans! Book your workout via the Esquared app, download on the App Store or Google Play Store followed by a delicious, nutritious meal – celebrate World Vegan Day the right way.

Keep in touch with us. Follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

A quick guide to the different styles of yoga

By on Oct 11 in FIT-IN

So, you’re thinking of taking up yoga? The first thing to figure out is which type of yoga to try first. Many beginners think that yoga is just yoga – it’s all the same: poses, breathing – yep, got it. There are actually many different variations of yoga and classes.  

Each one is unique. Yes, focussing on the breathing is in every form, but poses, transitions and speed are all factors that differ within each class. Here’s a quick guide for some of the most popular classes you’ll see when researching which one is the right one for you:

Vinyasa 

Vinyasa aims to create a flowing energy by connecting your breathing with your movement. The movements should be natural and fluid, yet that still takes quite a bit of work to get right. You will strike a variety of different poses through several sequences, holding certain poses longer than others.

Bikram

Also known as Hot Yoga, Bikram Yoga is performed in a heated room that can reach temperatures of 105 °F (40 °C) and humidity levels of 40 percent. The purpose of the heat is to loosen the muscles and encourage sweating to cleanse toxins out of the body.

Ashtanga

Ashtanga means “eight limb path” in Sanskrit. As another advanced form of yoga, it requires a good level of experience: many of the postures are physically demanding and the movements fast and intense. But as you develop, you may well start to notice an increase in stamina, strength and flexibility.

Yin

Don’t be deceived. It may be slow, but it can be challenging. With only around five poses in each class and spending five minutes or more in each of them, it allows deeper stretching and the ability to truly let go of any tension.

Restorative

If you have an injury or have a limited ability of movement then Restorative is perfect. Slower transitions with different pose variations aid the body’s release. The longer stances and poses really help you to listen to your body. Tension, be gone.

Yoga, your way

Yoga is all about knowing your limits, your body and acknowledging your breathing. There’s no one size fits all – it’s about what you like and what benefits your mind and body. Our suggestion is to try a few and see which ones you prefer. You can easily do this on the Esquared app!

Keep in touch with us. Follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

Keep your cool with the Calm app

By on Oct 10 in FIT-FUN

51% of adults who felt stressed reported feeling depressed and 61% felt anxious. 46% said they ate too much, too little or unhealthily and 29% reported they had increased their booze intake. According to the Mental Health Foundation.

We work hard. We play hard. We workout hard. Jobs, events, social activities, workouts, box sets, families and friends – all keep us extremely busy. With that busyness comes stress. Lots of it. And stress leads to bad habits, unhealthy changes in lifestyle and mental health issues.  

Battling the unknown

You don’t have to be on medication or be thinking suicidal thoughts to be considered as suffering from a mental health issue. It can even be the slightest form of social anxiety, for example. A small gathering or busy, commuter train into work can make you stress out for ‘no apparent reason’.

But, these scenarios can still make you feel tense, anxious and can trigger panicked thoughts and breathing.

Meditation

More and more people are giving meditation a go in order to feel more balanced. Having the opinion that ‘it doesn’t work’ or  ‘I just feel stupid’ is becoming a thing of the past. Why? Many reasons, but one that we’ll name here is that it helps calm nerves and control anxiety: simple breathing methods are so effective for turning escalated, panicked thoughts into calmer, more manageable ones.

Feeling ‘appy

Yes, we did just make that joke… One app that is making a positive impact in people’s day-to-day lives is Calm. With over 34 million downloads, voted Apple’s ‘App of the Year’ and Editor’s Choice for Google Play, it’s dubbed as ‘the world’s happiest app’.

Their mission is to make the world happier and healthier by helping people to relax, meditate and sleep. From guided 10-minute meditations and soothing nature sounds and scenes, to sleep stories, breathe bubbles and masterclasses – this app has literally everything you need in order to feel, well, calm.

Our personal faves

#1: Sleep series: after a particularly stressful day, “Deep Sleep Release” on a 10-minute timer is perfect to listen to, to help relax, unwind and effortlessly fall asleep.

#2: Nature sounds & scenes: choose from a selection of calming sounds and matching scenes to transport you away from the stressful environment you’re actually in. Rain on leaves, thunderstorm, zen ocean and falling snowflakes are among the many options.

The best part

You can use it anywhere. It’s an app. So, no matter what situation or scenario you’re in as you feel yourself starting to feel anxious or stressed – Calm is there for you.  

Try it for World Mental Health day, today.

 

Keep in touch with us. Follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

The difference between Mat & Reformer Pilates

By on Oct 5 in FIT-IN

When it comes to Pilates, there are two distinct types of class: Mat and Reformer Pilates. Both offer rewarding workouts that involve engaging the core, strengthening muscle and improving balance. But, with using differing techniques. Here’s a breakdown of the two:

Up first, Mat Pilates

It’s an obvious one, but firstly – Mat Pilates takes place on a mat! It works your lower and upper back muscles, core and legs using your body weight as resistance against gravity. This can be a challenge: the lack of equipment to provide support means you need to stay in complete control of your movements. It’s suitable for both beginners and advanced levels.

And don’t be fooled into thinking that a lack of equipment equals a lack of challenge or excitement. Done properly, Mat Pilates can be really exciting and a real, tough workout – which explains why so many practitioners start to experience results within just a few sessions, from enhanced posture and strength to toned muscles and greater flexibility.  

Over to Reformer Pilates

The modern Reformer is a body support system comprising of a sliding carriage attached to a narrow bed along with straps and pulleys.

Joseph Pilates originally designed the Pilates Reformer during World War I to support the rehabilitation process for wounded soldiers. The reformer is a particularly effective and versatile piece of exercise equipment. It may look daunting, but just after one class, it becomes less so.

You can dial its intensity up or down to suit the user – making it ideal for those with injuries or a limited range of movements. For example, add extra springs to build strength, or lower their height to make an exercise more challenging for the stabilising the muscles. This ability to meet all capabilities is why Reformer Pilates is considered the best across-the-board option.

Reformer also offers a greater range of exercises compared to Mat, again thanks to the flexibility of the spring and pulley system. It allows you to perform everything from basic to advanced exercises in pretty much every position.

Fitness Fusions

Mat v Reformer: Portability

If you know the moves, Mat Pilates can be practiced at home (or anywhere you fancy) since all you need is a lightweight, easily stored mat and enough room to perform the exercises. The Reformer, however, cannot.

Verdict: If you travel a lot, Mat Pilates is your best bet.

Matt v Reformer: Expense

Whereas Mat classes offer the best environment for development, you can also learn from online videos. Reformer workouts, on the other hand, require a certified instructor and a more personal level of attention.

Verdict: If you’re on a budget, Mat Pilates is easier on the wallet.

Mat v Reformer: Variety

Around 50 exercises are available for traditional Mat Pilates and over 250 for the Reformer. If you’re a beginner, you might want to start out on the Mat and then progress to the Reformer.

The Conclusion  

When you’re performing Pilates at home, it may seem like you’re doing everything exactly the same as the video or picture. Beware. The most minor mistakes can have a huge impact and prevent you from reaping the full benefits. A class-based instructor, on the other hand, is there to make sure you get it right. They have the expertise to tweak your technique and enable you to make Pilates work as effectively as possible.

There is no right or wrong answer in terms of which class is the better one. Both methods help to improve your muscle strength, mobility, agility, core strength, endurance, and flexibility.

If you’re a beginner, on a budget or like the idea of portability, Mat Pilates might be the one for you. If you’re more advanced or nursing an injury, the Reformer is probably the better option. Whichever you choose, the key is to breathe slowly, focus, and control your body. Within a few sessions, the results will speak for themselves.

Book your next (or first) Pilates class on the Esquared app. Just add Pilates as a filter and choose the studio and class for you!

 

Download Esquared from the App Store or Google Play Store

Looking for more tips and workouts? Follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Image: Fitness Fusions

7 reasons why you should book a Pilates class

By on Oct 5 in FIT-IN

“Pilates is the coordination of the body, mind and spirit.” – Joseph Pilates.

Pilates targets your core and strengthens the muscles, increasing both agility and flexibility. If you’re looking to mix up your workout routine or want to try something new – here’s 7 reasons why it should be Pilates.

#1: Pilates offers a full-body workout

But what does a ‘full-body workout’ actually mean? Well, as Pilates focuses on balance, posture and strength – your core will be engaged and you’ll increase the range of motion of your joints and the flexibility of your body. Overall, you’ll develop tone and definition in your muscles.  

#2: Expect smaller, intimate classes

Pilates isn’t known for cramming as many people as possible into a studio – in fact, they’re known for quite the opposite. And by no means is it a class where you can hide at the back. This means that you’ll receive a high level of attention from your instructor and can improve your form quicker. Pilates actually started out as a one-on-one style of training, with most practitioners maintaining that method of small, intimate classes that are more conducive to faster learning.

#3: Instructors can make or break your experience

This goes for any work out class. Being taught in smaller groups, this is exceptionally true for Pilates. An experienced Pilates instructor knows how to keep sessions fun and engaging so you stay motivated. This begins with a dynamic and supportive environment, where their passion and love for Pilates shines through.

#4: Pilates instructors understand your body

This is one of the overriding reasons to enroll in a Pilates class. Most instructors have backgrounds in anatomy, so they know all about your body and the best ways to go about strengthening your muscles and increasing your agility.

Featured: Good Vibes Studios

 

#5: Pilates helps to protect your body from injury

Pilates strengthens and balances your body, works all your body muscles, and ensures that no muscle group is overworked or undertrained. This enables faster injury recovery. Various studies have also shown that Pilates also helps to improve back pain without any need for medication, which explains why Pilates is widely used for rehabilitation.

#6: Improve your posture  

When you’re performing Pilates at home, it may seem like you’re doing everything exactly the same as the video or picture. Beware. The most minor mistakes can have a huge impact and prevent you from reaping the full benefits. A class-based instructor, on the other hand, is there to make sure you get it right. They have the expertise to tweak your technique and enable you to make Pilates work as effectively as possible.

#7: Pilates classes support other workouts

We’ve already seen how Pilates classes focus on the entire body rather than just the core. By improving your balance, stability and flexibility, Pilates also helps you to up your game when it comes to other forms of working out.

There you have it!

Inspired to find a class? Add Pilates as a filter in the Esquared app and pick a studio and the class for you.

Download Esquared from the App Store or Google Play Store

Looking for more tips and workouts? Follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Image: Bootcamp Pilates

The best 6 ab exercises for a flat stomach

By on Sep 11 in FIT-IN

Crunch, twist and tap your way to a flatter stomach with our top 6 ab moves. Tried and tested, these exercises will target your core and reduce belly fat. Fast. Yes, they can be brutal. But we’re big believers of no pain, no gain. Do each exercise for 40 seconds, then 20 seconds rest – complete the circuit three times.

Choose a gym, hit play on the bangers – let’s go.

Russian twists – a killer for the core

Sit on the floor, your knees bent and feet firmly on the ground. Lean back to make your body at a 45-degree angle to the floor. Keep your back straight, people. No slouching!

Pick up your medicine ball. Or not, it’s up to you. Rotate your arms all the way to one side and do the same in the other direction. As you do this repeatedly, keep your feet elevated slightly (that’s the killer bit).

Commando plans: get your arms involved in the workout

Begin in a plank position with your arms straight. Think ironing board. Come down onto your right forearm, followed by your left. Then lift your body by straightening your right arm, followed by your left.

bicycle crunches: no resting on this one

Lie down on your back, your legs outstretched, your hands behind your head. Simultaneously bend your left knee in towards your chest and bring your right elbow forward to meet your knee. Both shoulder blades should rise as you do this and keep your opposite leg straight.

Repeat on the other side. You’ll be tempted to rest your shoulder blades on the floor between each crunch… Don’t give into it.

Toe taps: this one hurts, just warning ya’ll

Lie on your back and lift your legs up, your toes reaching towards the ceiling. Straighten your arms overhead and use them (and your core) to power you up. Touch your toes, lifting your upper back off the floor, then lay back down.

side planks: love your obliques!

Start on your left-hand side, resting on your left forearm with your entire body straight. Lift up your body by straightening your left arm and extend your right arm towards the ceiling. Repeat on the right-hand side.

leg raises: a flat stomach staple

Lie on your back with your legs outstretched and your arms by your side. Lift up both legs to a 90-degree angle and lower so that they’re almost touching the floor. Repeat lifting them, taking care that your lower back remains flat.

Max out this move by holding a weight overhead. As you raise your legs up, raise your arms and the weight to meet them.

Pick your perfect gym for this abs workout by downloading the Esquared app on the App Store or Google Play Store

Looking for more tips and workouts? Follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook

The wonders of coconut oil

By on Sep 11 in FIT-FRESH

We love organic coconut oil. Love it. Skin, hair, nutrition – you name it, pure coconut oil is the answer to keeping it healthy. This magical substance comes from the meat of matured coconuts harvested from the coconut palm tree. So it’s 100% natural and guilt-free.

Refined or unrefined coconut oil?

When choosing a type of coconut oil, you’ve got a choice of refined and unrefined. In shops and health stores, you’ll typically find refined coconut oil. This one is perfect for cooking as it has minimal taste and odour and can handle high temperatures, making your morning omelettes a touch healthier. If you’re looking for a skin and hair treatment, unrefined or ‘virgin’ coconut oil is the one you want. It’s higher quality and rich with antioxidants.

Coconut oil for skin care

A secret beauty product that doesn’t break the bank. In short, this is why you should put coconut oil on your face…

It acts as a moisturiser. You only need ¼ of a teaspoon, gently massage all over your face in circular motions. Wait 5-10 minutes for it to sink deep into your pores, then wash off with cleanser and water.

It can remove makeup. Similar to how you would use it as a moisturiser, apply to your face, take a cotton pad and wipe it off and your makeup along with it. Voila.

It’s antibacterial. The lauric acid properties act as a shield for bacteria that causes skin conditions such as acne.

It’s a light sun protector. It won’t last a whole day on the beach in the glaring sun as it’s only SPF 4. But popping it on just before you leave the house to run errands will do the job. It also soothes burns and peeling if the damage is already done.

Coconut oil for hair

No more hair envy for you – shiny, glossy locks are possible with coconut oil…

It moisturises from the root to the tip. It penetrates hair molecules, adding moisture from the inside out.

Packed with natural antioxidants, vitamin E, vitamin K and iron, your hair will be receiving a regular dose of healthy nutrition.

Depending on the length of your hair, use 1-4 tablespoons. Heat the oil a little between your palms (it’s solid at room temperature) and massage into damp hair. Start from the root and work all the way down to the ends. Cover in a wrap or cover and leave overnight. Wash off in the morning and run your fingers through your luscious locks!

*We do advise doing your own research if you have a specific hair or scalp condition before applying.

Coconut oil for cooking

With a high smoke point and a long shelf life, coconut oil is a fat to keep around the house. Fat is an essential part of a balanced diet – fatty acids help our bodies to absorb vitamins and minerals we consume.

The connections between heart disease and saturated fat has long been debated amongst scientists and nutritionists. The recommendation is now 20g for women and 30g for men per day. On average, coconut oil contains 25g of saturated fat per tablespoon.

For cooking and frying you’ll rarely need more than a teaspoon and it’s a delicious addition to a dish. It’s also ideal for lining a baking tray instead of butter or vegetable oil.

How do you use coconut oil?

If you use coconut oil in other ways that differ to the above, we want to hear about them! Join the conversation on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

The wonders of coconut oil

By on Aug 29 in FIT-FRESH

We love organic coconut oil. Love it. Skin, hair, nutrition – you name it, pure coconut oil is the answer to keeping it healthy. This magical substance comes from the meat of matured coconuts harvested from the coconut palm tree. So it’s 100% natural and guilt-free.

Refined or unrefined coconut oil?

When choosing a type of coconut oil, you’ve got a choice of refined and unrefined. In shops and health stores, you’ll typically find refined coconut oil. This one is perfect for cooking as it has minimal taste and odour and can handle high temperatures, making your morning omelettes a touch healthier. If you’re looking for a skin and hair treatment, unrefined or ‘virgin’ coconut oil is the one you want. It’s higher quality and rich with antioxidants.

Coconut oil for skin care

A secret beauty product that doesn’t break the bank. In short, this is why you should put coconut oil on your face…

It acts as a moisturiser. You only need ¼ of a teaspoon, gently massage all over your face in circular motions. Wait 5-10 minutes for it to sink deep into your pores, then wash off with cleanser and water.

It can remove makeup. Similar to how you would use it as a moisturiser, apply to your face, take a cotton pad and wipe it off and your makeup along with it. Voila.

It’s antibacterial. The lauric acid properties act as a shield for bacteria that causes skin conditions such as acne.

It’s a light sun protector. It won’t last a whole day on the beach in the glaring sun as it’s only SPF 4. But popping it on just before you leave the house to run errands will do the job. It also soothes burns and peeling if the damage is already done.

Coconut oil for hair

No more hair envy for you – shiny, glossy locks are possible with coconut oil…

It moisturises from the root to the tip. It penetrates hair molecules, adding moisture from the inside out.

Packed with natural antioxidants, vitamin E, vitamin K and iron, your hair will be receiving a regular dose of healthy nutrition.

Depending on the length of your hair, use 1-4 tablespoons. Heat the oil a little between your palms (it’s solid at room temperature) and massage into damp hair. Start from the root and work all the way down to the ends. Cover in a wrap or cover and leave overnight. Wash off in the morning and run your fingers through your luscious locks!

*We do advise doing your own research if you have a specific hair or scalp condition before applying.

Coconut oil for cooking

With a high smoke point and a long shelf life, coconut oil is a fat to keep around the house. Fat is an essential part of a balanced diet – fatty acids help our bodies to absorb vitamins and minerals we consume.

The connections between heart disease and saturated fat has long been debated amongst scientists and nutritionists. The recommendation is now 20g for women and 30g for men per day. On average, coconut oil contains 25g of saturated fat per tablespoon.

For cooking and frying you’ll rarely need more than a teaspoon and it’s a delicious addition to a dish. It’s also ideal for lining a baking tray instead of butter or vegetable oil.

How do you use coconut oil?

If you use coconut oil in other ways that differ to the above, we want to hear about them! Join the conversation on our Facebook and Twitter pages.