Warning: Vitamin C Deficiency Can Make You Fat and SickPosted at December 16, 2016 by Ava Wynne on category Health
Do you get enough vitamin C?
Do you know how important it is in the daily functions of the human body?
I knew how important it was once.
But then I ran out of my vitamin C supplements and didn’t think anything of it until I began coming down with a cold every couple of months.
And then I gained a couple of pounds even though I was making healthy choices most days.
Sure I would allow myself a cheat meal about once a week but nothing that would tip the scale five pounds up.
So I reevaluated my health regimen and discovered I hadn’t restocked my vitamin C in almost a year.
Could that be the reason I’m catching a cold every time I blink 30 times? I’m working my ass off working out but gained five pounds! WTH?
Could lack of vitamin C be the culprit?
Yes, it could.
What Vitamin C Does for the Body
- Grows and repairs tissue in each part of the body
- Assists the body in making collagen which is an essential protein for healthy skin, nails, hair, cartilage, ligaments and tendons
- Helps maintain healthy bones and teeth
- Helps fight adrenal fatigue which can cause a sluggish metabolism and fatigue
- Assists in healing wounds
- Helps fight free radicals which are toxic and cause damage to living cells and tissues
- Helps cholesterol levels
- Protects against heart disease
- Helps absorb iron from plant food sources
- Boosts immunity
Symptoms of Vitamin C Deficiency
These include but are not limited to:
- Sluggish immune system
- Swollen and painful joints
- Dry or scaly skin
- Weight gain
- Inflammation of the gums
- Slow healing of wounds
- Bruising easily
- Muscle Weakness
Top 7 Vitamin C Foods
- Red Peppers
- Green Peppers
It can be a challenge to get the recommended daily allowance of vitamin C through food which is why a quality vitamin C supplement can be so beneficial.
Right now the recommended dose from the National Institute of Health is 75mg for adult women and 90mg for adult men.
But that’s far lower than what many health studies show is needed to make the body function at its optimum level. Some studies suggest 1,000 mg and even some as high as 2,500 a day to seriously improve health.
I finally restocked my vitamin C and currently take 1,000 mg a day. It’s only been a few days but I anticipate my body will thank me in the form of more energy, a smaller waistline, fewer colds as well a the shortened duration of a cold should I get one.
Talk to you doctor or health care practitioner and ask if vitamin C would be a good weapon in your arsenal of good health tools.