Crack open a fresh coconut – sometimes easier said than done – and be transported to a tropical paradise. And beyond the exotic taste, these fruits have multiple valuable uses. Coconut water is replete with potassium – a great hydrator to choose over chemically processed sports drinks. Virgin coconut oil is able to withstand high cooking temperatures without creating trans-fats or oxidizing as do vegetable and olive oils. Coconut meat works in the body to decrease the levels of LDL cholesterols, which are associated with cardiovascular disease. And, though there is no definitive proof that using coconut oil as a daily mouthwash effectively destroys all oral bacteria, coconut is proven to be anti-viral, anti-fungal, and anti-bacterial and it makes my mouth feel amazing.