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The Gut-Skin-Brain Connection Mini Podcast Episodes (02):The Power of Vitamin C

Hydro-Serum Vitamin C

 

 

Vitamin C has always been a favorite of mine, both internally and externally; it's a powerhouse nutrient that you can use daily for its amazing benefits!

By giving free radicals electrons, vitamin C neutralizes them, decreasing free radical damage. This makes vitamin C a powerful antioxidant for your anti-aging regimen!

Where do free radicals come from?

Free radicals can enter the body through sun exposure, pollution, pesticides, foods, water, cigarettes, alcohol, medicine, chemo, radiation, stress, trauma, infection, and even too much exercise. They are also natural byproducts of cell metabolism. 

Vitamin C also assists with cell turnover, a natural biological process that happens when dead skin cells shed from the epidermis (the top layer of the skin) and are replaced by newer, healthier skin cells formed in the dermis (the middle layer of the skin). As cells mature, they travel to that outer epidermal layer. 

Eventually they will lose their nuclei, which means they are no longer alive or active. The cells then shed off in a thick layer that forms on the skin’s surface and can be exfoliated. Rising and taking their place are the new cells. The skin can shed its dead cells and replace them with new ones roughly every 20 to 60 days, depending on external and internal circumstances.

Let’s take a look at some of the internal and external benefits of vitamin C at a glance.

Internally:

Vitamin C combats oxidative stress like what we talked about with neutralizing free radicals. This stress contributes to the loss of elastin and collagen

fibers, which causes sagging, color, textural changes, and fine wrinkles. Vitamin C produces and maintains collagen, improves digestion, lowers inflammation, aids in the absorption of iron, improves wound healing, reduces bruising, and supports healthy teeth and gums.

Externally:

Vitamin C, again, combats oxidative stress, protects against free radicals and sun damage, accelerates cell turnover, speeds wound healing, reduces hyperpigmentation, and gives skin a gorgeous glow.

Foods that are high in vitamin C:

Don’t just turn to the orange when looking for your daily dose of C, but include a variety of foods that are sometimes even higher in dosage and also include beneficial phytonutrients—nutrients that have a variety of health-promoting properties, including anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, neuroprotective, and anti-oxidant activities. Eat the colors of the rainbow when it comes to fruits and veggies to get a wide variety of polyphenols, or antioxidants.

Foods high in C include: red bell peppers, kiwi, strawberries, cantaloupe, grapefruit juice, guava, and papaya. Broccoli, tomatoes, potatoes, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts.

My supplement recommendations for Vitamin C are by:

Innate response- they have a capsule or a tasty powder that you can mix with water:

This product promotes immune & cellular health and is a FoodState Vitamin C, delivered with organic oranges, providing an array of immune supportive compounds and antioxidants

Another great product is Liquid plant-based vitamin C by global healing, which provides complete vitamin C complex that’s rich in supportive co-nutrients for a highly bioavailable form that your body can recognize and use efficiently and effectively.

Simply follow the instructions on each bottle for dosage. Any questions or concerns see your practitioner.

For external application of vitamin C I formulated the:

Hydro-Vitamin C serum 10% (for sensitive skin) or 20%

(For normal skin).

This product has amazing skin benefits and acts as a powerful antioxidant that fights fine lines, firms, brightens, boosts collagen, fights acne scars, protects against sun damage, helps clear away dead cells from the skin’s surface, and evens out skin tone. 

It’s made with both L-ascorbic acid and rose hips. Rose hips contain high amounts of vitamin C as well as other skin-loving vitamins and nutrients such as vitamins A and E! *sunscreen required with use. On our website wholisticlivin.com refer to blog post: UVA vs. UVB Rays for my favorite toxin-free sunscreen recommendations.

+ Stay tuned for the release of our new rose hip serum!This product gives all the benefits of anti-aging vitamin C and doubles as both a serum and a moisturizer in one!


Any statements or products mentioned herein this article/podcast are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.


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