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)
- Citrus fruits
- Green leafy vegetables (spinach, kale)
- Tomatoes, sweet potatoes
- Baobob (an African fruit – get in powder form to put in smoothies)
- 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 exhausted women get their energy back. She consults with people worldwide via the web from her home in Melbourne, Australia.