– In this blog I discuss how I discovered I was deficient in Vitamin C and how I figured out what amount my body needed to leverage better health.
As I continued on my quest to cure my positive ANA diagnosis, I did some research on the benefits of Vitamin C, hoping to educate myself on how I could use it to leverage better health. I learned many things I didn’t know about Vitamin C. Vitamin C is water soluble, which means whatever your body doesn’t need or use will come out in the toilet. I also learned that there can be some side-effects for taking too much, such as: diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, heartburn, and abdominal bloating and cramps, headache, Insomnia and kidney stones. Although I’ve experienced only one of these, diarrhea.
So I wondered “How would I know if I am Vitamin C deficient?” Severe Vitamin C deficiency symptoms can consist of: bleeding gums, dry skin, fluid retention, depression, joint pain and bruising easily. All, (except bleeding gums) were on my list of side-effects. So I thought I would add a supplement into my daily routine. I started out taking an additional 1000mg supplement. But how would I know if that amount is too much, or not enough? After further research, I found that if I increase my dose by 500mg each day I can figure out what amount I need to take as a supplement because it will cause diarrhea when you are at the maximum amount your body can absorb. I got just over 6000mg before I flushed! My “Flush” occurred about 2-3 hrs after I took my daily dose, which indicated to me I was Vitamin C deficient, as the recommended dose for an adult is 65-90mg per day to a maximum of 2000mg. I needed an additional 4000mg over the recommended dose to reach my body’s absorption. After taking this amount for a few weeks my body told me to back it down from 6000mg to 4000mg and now I am steadily taking 2000-3000mg per day. I noticed a substantial decrease in the amount of fluid I was retaining, my dry skin seem to improve and I am not so quick to bruise and when I do it seems to heal quicker than before I started taking the Vitamin C.
Vitamin C has also been known to stabilize blood sugar levels and lower or reduce cholesterol and triglycerides. Vitamin C is critical for immune system function and plays a role in antibody production and white blood cell function and activity, which I felt played a critical role in my success to better health!
“In order to be as healthy as you can be, educating yourself is the key”