GMA: Oil Pulling Trend, Benefits of Coconut Oil + Travel for Cheap

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Good Morning America: Benefits of Coconut Oil

Coconut oil seems to be the latest health craze, and even Sara Haines said she’s a fan of it, starting her day off with in her coffee and using it at the end of the day on her face. Celebrities like Miranda Kerr and Gwyneth Paltrow have also shared that they use it. Angelina Jolie’s makeup artist uses it to get her makeup off.

GMA: Oil Pulling Trend, Benefits of Coconut Oil + Travel for Cheap

GMA took a closer look at the coconut oil craze that is sweeping the country. (Nata-Lia / Shutterstock.com)

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One of the great things about coconut oil is that it can be ingested or used in your hair or on your body. Jerry Seinfeld’s wife posted a picture on Instagram of a jar of coconut oil saying “This JUMBO SIZED coconut oil is going in my luggage. Because it’s the creamer in my coffee, favorite hair product for styling, conditioning and and protectant from salt and sun, as well as an eye makeup remover. Worth its weight, I’d say.”

Other lovers of coconut oil claim it can boost your metabolism, strengthen immunity, and brighten teeth. Many people also use it for a new trend called oil pulling, where you swish the oil around in your mouth for 20 minutes and it will supposedly rid you of toxins and bacteria.

GMA: Coconut Oil Craze

Dr. Rosemarie Ingleton, a dermatologist, said that coconuts are natural and have a great smell. She said many people think coconuts can cure everything.

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The dermatologists that GMA spoke to said that coconut oil is scientifically proven to moisturize, but beyond that, the tales of its wonders are purely testimonial. As Dr. Ingleton said, there is no medical literature showing it works for weight loss, arthritis, or heart health.

Good Morning America: Travel for Cheap

Bryce Conway calls himself a travel hacker, because he hasn’t paid for a flight in three years. He uses things like frequent flyer miles and special promotions to rack up points.

To take three people to the airport, it would normally cost $70, but Conway got a private ride to the airport for totally free. He explained that using the points system, he earns $20 for every time someone signs up using his referral code online.

To show how he truly does travel for cheap, he took a trip to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Some people in the first class cabin paid as much as $1000, but Conway’s flight was free. Using his Barclays World Arrival card, he was able to redeem 40,000 miles for a round trip ticket in first class on Delta for a savings of $570.

He also said he earned over a million frequent flyer miles last year just by sitting on his couch. He said he’s always thinking about points, including when he dines at restaurants. Using the United Mileage Dining Plus Program, he gets points for where he eats.

For the trip to Florida that could have cost him $740, Conway paid just $35 in taxes and fees.

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