Vitamin C is a powerhouse and an essential vitamin…but it’s also water soluble, which means that it dissolves in water and is *ahem* eliminated from the body fairly quickly. And you can get Vitamin C from quite a few foods (some that may surprise you).
Because Vitamin C is so quickly run through your body, you need to constantly replenish your supply. Fun, huh?
The Top 10 Natural Sources Of Vitamin C
- Guava (188 milligrams of Vitamin C)
- Cantaloupe (188 milligrams of Vitamin C per melon)
- Red Bell Pepper (142 milligrams of Vitamin C per 1/2 cup)
- Kiwi (70 milligrams of Vitamin C)
- Orange (70 milligrams of Vitamin C)
- Green Bell Pepper (60 milligrams of Vitamin C per 1/2 cup)
- Vegetable Juice (50 milligrams of Vitamin C)
- Strawberries (49 milligrams of Vitamin C per 1/2 cup)
- Brussels Sprouts (48 milligrams of Vitamin C)
- Grapefruit (39 milligrams of Vitamin C)
As you can see, there are a lot of fruit and vegetable options out there that will provide you with your daily quota of Vitamin C. And yes, you could eat a whole Cantaloupe a day and get your quota, but I know that as much as I love the stuff, I can’t manage to eat that much fruit in one sitting.
So What Does Vitamin C Do?
But it’s also necessary for many of your body’s functions. Take colds, for example. Vitamin C helps to support your immune system.
But did you know that Vitamin C is also essential for your hair, skin, nails, and muscles? Oh, and let’s not forget your mood!
Vitamin C is an essential vitamin for a reason, after all.
9 Ways Vitamin C Benefits Your Body
- Helps to protect your skin from UV damage
- Improves skin elasticity (fewer wrinkles!)
- Helps skin stay hydrated
- Improves blood flow
- Improves nail growth
- Helps prevent hangnails
- Promotes healthy hair (and hair growth)
- Improves asthma symptoms
- Aids in wound (and acne!) healing.
In fact, did you know that one of the signs of scurvy was poor wound healing? With proper amounts of vitamin C, you will find that you have fewer breakouts, and any cuts or scrapes heal faster.
In fact, I’ve been using an AromaSense shower head for a few weeks, and my stubborn breakout (thanks, shark week!) has all but vanished. If you have no clue what I’m talking about, that’s okay, I’m going to fill you in in just a few, okay?
Back to what I was saying about the benefits of Vitamin C. Vitamin C is also known as ascorbic acid, and you can either eat it or apply it topically. Pretty cool, huh? Studies have shown that it really doesn’t matter how you get your vitamin C (through your skin, which, let’s face it, is the largest organ in your body), or your stomach.
As long as you’re getting enough of this essential vitamin every day, you should be feeling wonderful. Because, well, Vitamin C has also been shown to improve your mood. So if you’re having a bad day? You might need some Vitamin C. Or you could just take a shower.
Which leads me to a pretty cool product that I’ve been testing out for the past few weeks.
Vitamin C In Your Shower
Yup. In.My.Shower. I was asked to give the AromaSense shower head a try this month, and I am absolutely in love. In the words of Smalls: “this is the best shower in this history of my life!” I love my kid. He’s adorable.
And he’s right. I am absolutely in love with our AromaSense shower head. You know I’m a bit of an essential oils nut, so it should come as no surprise to you that I’m a fan of aromatherapy.
I mentioned above that Vitamin C can improve your mood, and my entire family definitely agrees with that statement!
Smalls calls our AromaSense his ‘happy rain’. I think that he’s on to something. I wouldn’t be so gaga over this product if it weren’t for the other benefits (because let’s face it, if I want to smell lemons, I have a million diffusers).
The AromaSense Shower Head
I think my favorite thing about the AromaSense is that it generates negative ions while emitting Vitamin C (about 3,000 lemons!) during my shower. Wait.
Negative Ion Therapy
Negative Ions have a positive impact on your mood. Which is also a benefit of Vitamin C. In fact, studies have shown that negative ion therapy has been proven to have a positive effect on those suffering from depression. Pretty cool!
Remember how I mentioned the awesome benefits of topical Vitamin C for your hair, skin, and nails? Yup. I’m getting lots of topical Vitamin C in my shower. No need to buy creams or elixirs! I call that an awesome (and cost-saving) bonus.
The Aromasense also removes 90% of the chlorine and other contaminants in your water. That’s awesome, friends! Especially when you consider this:
Water Pressure & Decreased Water Consumption
But the most important thing? The water pressure. Oh.My.Word. I feel like I’m stepping into a hotel shower. And not some cheap hotel, either! My shower has amazing pressure and great coverage. And I don’t have to worry about an increase in my water bill because the AromaSense decreases water consumption by 25% (on average)…which is a good thing since Smalls takes really long showers now!
It’s not just the savings, though, they’ve figured out how to optimize water pressure so that it’s 3 times more powerful than a standard shower head. No wonder I feel like I’m luxuriating!
I also love that the aromatherapy doesn’t end when your shower does, instead it lingers. I can smell the fresh lemon scent in my bathroom all day. I was worried that we’d go through cartridges like crazy, but they last anywhere from 60 to 75 days! And they’re inexpensive.
And when you get tired of lemon? You can simply pick another scent, and you won’t sacrifice your Vitamin C benefits.
Have someone who is allergic to certain smells? They even offer an unscented filter with all the Vitamin C benefits and no aromatherapy (which is sad, because I really love that part).
Thankfully, the AromaSense is affordable, because that’s what Smalls is getting for his birthday this year. Yes, I know he’s only 5, but he asked! He wants a “smelly shower” just like ours in his bathroom.