Your body uses a lot more Vitamin C when under stress, as it’s used to make the stress hormone cortisol.

Vitamin C also helps reduce inflammation caused by stress, so eating Vitamin C foods daily will help reduce the negative effects of stress on the body.

Some key signs you need more Vit C are: bruising easily, bleeding gums, regular nose bleeds, poor immunity, fatigue, joint or muscle pain and dry eyes.

Food sources are:

  • Cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage)
  • Berries
  • Citrus fruits
  • Green leafy vegetables (spinach, kale)
  • Avocado
  • Tomatoes, sweet potatoes
  • Apples
  • Pineapple
  • Parsley
  • Baobob (an African fruit – get in powder form to put in smoothies)
  • Rosehips
  • Aloe vera juice

In Summer it’s easy to have a lot of these foods in salads, smoothies and juices. Eat Vitamin C foods daily as the body uses its stores up quickly!

Tip: you can make your own vitamin C powder by keeping all the citrus fruit peels (provided they’re unwaxed and organic), drying them in the sun (or a dehydrator/low temp in the oven) and grinding them into powder.

Use in smoothies as an added nutrient boost 🙂



Melissa is a naturopathic nutritionist and health coach who helps people who are feeling tired all the time get their energy and life back. She consults with people worldwide via webcam (AKA telehealth) from Melbourne, Australia.

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