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 🙂

ABOUT MELISSA

ABOUT MELISSA

Melissa is a naturopathic nutritionist and coach who helps exhausted women get their energy back. She consults with people worldwide via the web from her home in Melbourne, Australia.

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