I have a friend that I teach with who swears by Emergenc. You know what I’m talking about, the times a billion vitamin C packed effervescent tablet that you dissolve in water & drink to ward off a cold. She swears by the stuff & starts drinking it at the first sign of a sniffle or a ticklie throat. Her claim is that it shortens the cold & keeps it from getting too intense.
There may be evidence to back up this claim. Vitamin C, according to this WebMD article, is most notorious for its healing qualities. Benefits that interest my autoimmune community would be protecting the immune system.
What does this have to do with your hair? Vitamin C deficiency can cause hair to be brittle & causes it to fall out. When your body hits the reject button on food before it enters your mouth, like a crohn’s or ulcerative colitis patient, you become deficient in the vitamins your body so desperately needs to heal itself.
The trouble with Vitamin C supplements is that they can be harsh on the stomach & gut if you do not take a non-acidic supplement. My gut doesn’t need help misbehaving so I’m all about eating my Vitamin C. Check out my favorite Vitamin C Blast recipe.
The WebMD article goes onto state that the original amount that scientists thought was adequate is not & it advises you to take a vitamin C supplement if you don’t eat 9 servings of fruits & veggies per day. Lucky for you, I’ve included the foods you need to up your Vitmain C intake and avoid an extra supplement.
Remember, I am not a dr & I am doing my darndest to find food sources to replace supplements in my big ole box of pills. If you need a supplement, take it!
The following list was borrowed from DrAxe & contains many foods that I love to eat!
One of my absolute favorite foods to eat in salads or sliced as a snack is a fresh tomato. The tomato did not make Dr Axe’s list but it tops mine because of its heart health benefits & I just love the taste.
Two other foods that I love to squeeze into my water are lemons and limes, both high in vitamin c. My particular obsession is lime because it reminds me of junior high when I was introduced to the “lime squeeze” at Bucks Drive In. Oooooo, its soooooo good! Sonic ice + fresh squeezed limes + salt= Heaven
I have been told off and on throughout my adult life that I am deficient in Vitamin D. It is very common for women to be deficient in Vitamin D and it tends to go hand in hand with ulcerative colitis.
Vitamin D benefits are outlined in this article found on Healthline.com.
- promoting calcium absorption
- maintaining normal calcium and phosphate levels
- promoting bone and cell growth
- reducing inflammation
If you do not get enough vitamin D, you risk bone problems, softening of bones, unexplained fatigue (and who needs that!).
You can tell by this list that the absolute best Vitamin D source is the sun so get out and play with your kids or take a walk. The winter months you will have to up your food intake since it’s cold out but there are days in Texas where you can still get good ole fashion sun in the winter.
My particular favorites on this list are tuna, eggs and mushrooms but I have never tried them all together.
I have always had an aversion to milk but I have found Fairlife and we will live happily ever after because it tastes so much better than milk without the lactose. I know the list says raw milk but Fairlife Whole Milk (the red bottle) has 25% of your daily value of Vitamin D. As far as vitamins go, your still getting a good amount from Fairlife.
Here is your fabulous Vitamin C & D shopping list:
- Guava (never tried it but I will)
- Red & Green Peppers
- Spinach (I replaced Kale)
- Brussel Sprouts
- Raw Milk (I like Fairlife)
- Cheese (O yeah)