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I have been known to procrastinate about a lot of things in my life. When company is coming, I am frantically cleaning the bathroom 5 minutes before they arrive. Deadlines are met just barely some days because I put off getting started on the project. And weekend grocery shopping is often done at 8 PM on a Sunday night. I put off a lot of things because I just don’t want to get started on them. But, when my kid has a sniffle or tells me he has a sore throat, within minutes he is gargling with salt water, taking vitamins and under the covers being told to take a nap. I don’t procrastinate when it comes to kick-starting the immune system when a cold starts, whether it’s for me or my kids. Do you wonder why vitamin C is important? Boosting the immune system with vitamin C gives your body the tools it needs to fight off infections so you can keep up with your day to day life.
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Why Vitamin C is Important for a Healthy Immune System
Vitamin C is an antioxidant. Antioxidants help combat free radicals which helps your body fight off infection better. Low vitamin C levels may result in more frequent infections as well as longer illnesses since your body can’t fight back as easily. There are a number of reasons that people’s vitamin C levels drop but getting older and being under a lot of stress are two big reasons for low vitamin C levels. But, now that we know why vitamin C is important, we can easily work to boost those levels to help combat infection.
When people think about sources of vitamin C they usually think of citrus fruits. Sure, a glass of orange juice is a great way to get more vitamin C but it is certainly not the ONLY way. Papaya, strawberries, pineapple, pomegranates, kiwifruit, cantaloupe, and raspberries are also excellent vitamin C sources. And there are also many vegetables that are loaded with vitamin C. Bell peppers, Brussels sprouts, and dark green, leafy vegetables are good sources of vitamin C as well. Of course, you can also get more vitamin C through supplements which I include in my diet daily. Taking a vitamin C supplement can come in the way of a regular vitamin or great tasting Ricola Herbal Immunity Lozenges.
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There are many health benefits of vitamin C but the boost in immune system function is definitely important to me during this time of year. Colds and an assortment of nasty illnesses are making their way through the schools, which means my kids bring home a ton of germs. Eating healthy, taking my vitamins and getting enough sleep are easy ways for me to keep my immune system strong. And I am happy to procrastinate on the grocery shopping if it means I can take a nap and enjoy a cup of tea!
What are your favorite sources of vitamin C?
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Diane has a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology with a Minor in Health Management and Policy. She spent many years working in cancer research, academics, and biotechnology. Concern over the growing incidence of human disease and the birth of her children led her to begin living a more natural life. She quickly realized that the information she was learning along the way could be beneficial to many others and started blogging as a way to share this knowledge with others. While passionate about health and the environment she can’t quite give up her favorite Cheetos and Diet Coke! Learn more about her HERE.