Managing your vitamins is one of the hardest parts of maintaining a healthy lifestyle because so many things can impact their presence in your body. There are over a dozen vitamins that are essential to your health and sometimes even a nutritious diet can’t prevent you from developing a vitamin deficiency and the resulting symptoms.
Perhaps most important is vitamin C. Depleted levels of vitamin C can have a negative impact on your health, but there are ways to support your system and restore balance to your storage of vitamins.
At Optimal Performance Medicine, Dr. Michael Skardasis and his experienced staff want you to be healthy inside and out. That’s why we take a holistic approach to your vitamin C deficiency and support you with the nutrients you need to feel like yourself again.
The basics of vitamins
Vitamins are substances your body requires to support normal cell function, growth, and development. You rely on 13 essential vitamins to function properly. The baker’s dozen can be separated into two different categories based on the way your body processes them: fat- and water-soluble.
Fat-soluble vitamins are absorbed into your body’s fat storages, while water-soluble vitamins are not stored in your body but are regularly removed from your body through your urine. These water-soluble vitamins must, therefore, be constantly replenished to prevent a shortage in your body.
Each vitamin has a specific job to do, from helping your blood cells stick together to regulating your metabolism. Here’s a closer look at vitamin C and its role in your body.
Getting to know vitamin C
Vitamin C is most popular for boosting your immune system and being a powerful antioxidant, but it has other functions like stimulating collagen production, supporting connective tissues, fortifying bones and teeth, and strengthening your smaller blood vessels.
Because it’s water-soluble, your body doesn’t store or produce vitamin C. This means you have to be vigilant about consuming it regularly or risk suffering from deficiency symptoms. You might not have enough vitamin C if you experience symptoms like:
- Rough skin texture
- Bent or coiled hair growth
- Red hair follicles
- Red spots or lines on your fingernails
- Chronically dry skin
- Easy bruising
- Slow wound healing
- Pain in your joints
- Bone weakness
- Tooth loss and gum bleeding
- Weak immune system
- Persistent anemia
- Fatigue and mood issues
- Sudden weight gain
Living in a developed country means you have access to sources of vitamin C; however, many adults still struggle with vitamin deficiencies in the United States every year. You’re most at risk for low levels of vitamin C if you have a nutrient-poor diet, are an alcoholic, suffer from anorexia or a severe mental illness, are a smoker, or get regular dialysis treatments.
The good news is that there are plenty of ways you can reverse the effects of your vitamin C deficiency and restore your health.
Treating your vitamin C deficiency
The best place to start when addressing your vitamin C problems is to examine your diet. You can buy vitamins of all kinds a few blocks away at your grocery store. A few foods that are packed with vitamin C include:
- Chili peppers
- Sweet yellow peppers
- Brussel sprouts
While your diet can be a great source of vitamins, it’s not the only way you can get the nutrients you need. When diet changes alone aren’t good enough, turn to our IV hydration therapy.
IV hydration therapy is a surefire way to flood your system with vitamins and nutrients. We use the Myer’s cocktail which is a mix of vitamin C, vitamin B12, calcium, and magnesium. You can relax for an hour while this perfect formula naturally reenergizes you and helps you find relief from your most frustrating symptoms.
Staying healthy can be hard, especially if you’re suffering from a vitamin deficiency. Let us help you change your habits and support you with our revolutionary natural healing options. If you’d like more information or would like to get started with treatment, call our office or schedule an appointment online today.