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Cope with Stress by Upping Your Vitamin C Intake ...

By Heather

Certain sources of Vitamin C can help prevent and treat high levels of stress, along with the common cold. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that helps fight off foreign invaders throughout the body to keep our immune systems in shape. It's also helpful for repairing physical and emotional levels of stress due to the way it lowers inflammation in the body. Inflammation can both cause and worsen stress, therefore it's crucial to get enough Vitamin C in your diet so you manage stress easier. Many athletes also take Vitamin C supplements due to the way it helps repair muscles after harsh workouts that lead to inflammation. If you're suffering physical or mental stress, try adding some of these sources of Vitamin C to your diet. Because life's too short to be a ball of stress all the time, girls!

1 Strawberries

Strawberries All berries are wonderful sources of Vitamin C but strawberries rank higher than blueberries, blackberries, or raspberries. Strawberries are best bought organic since they rank high in pesticides. Use frozen or fresh organic strawberries to make a super stress-fighting smoothie today!

2 Camu Camu Berries

Camu Camu Berries Camu camu berries are a well-known superfood and also the highest source of Vitamin C of all foods. Just one teaspoon of camu camu berry powder (such as Navitas Naturals or Bright Earth Foods brand) contains 1660% of your daily Vitamin C requirements! This superfood powder has a slightly sweet, yet tart taste and is virtually sugar-free.

3 Blackberries

Blackberries Blackberries are superstars when it comes to Vitamin C content! They're also high in fiber and very low in sugar. Blackberries are even higher in antioxidants than blueberries and make one delicious bowl of berry-flavored oatmeal or a terrific blackberry smoothie.

4 Tomatoes

Tomatoes Tomatoes are another fruit you'll want to be sure to eat if you'd like to up your Vitamin C intake. They're even packed with potassium and lycopene. Potassium can help lower high blood pressure that contributes to stress and lycopene is a well-known antioxidant known to aid in cancer prevention.

5 Onions

Onions The humble onion isn't something most people think of when they think of superstar veggies, but onions are a fantastic food to eat for many reasons. Their Vitamin C content is exceptionally high, which is why a soup made with onions is great for fighting off a cold. I love to make homemade broth with onions, carrots, tomatoes, garlic, and lots of spices when I feel a cold coming on. In just days, I'm all better!

6 Zucchini

Zucchini Zucchini is another fruit that's fantastic for you when it comes to Vitamin C and potassium content. Zucchini is a squash that's easy to find year round and can be prepared many ways. Try snacking on it raw with salsa, grilling it and dipping it in hummus, or even chopping it up and blending into a thick green smoothie.

7 Papaya

Papaya Papaya is a wonderful fruit most of us don't enjoy enough of. It's packed with digestive benefits due to high levels of enzymes and it's also a fabulous source of Vitamin C. Just don't throw the seeds away! They're totally edible and offer plenty of nutrients themselves. Blend a half a papaya fruit up in your smoothie with the seeds for a sweet dose of Vitamin C to make you feel your best!

8 Pineapple

Pineapple Pineapple is extremely high in Vitamin C and potassium, which offers a great anti-bloating remedy if you're struggling in that area. Pineapple is great to consume after a workout or when you're sick to lower body pain and fight off inflammation. It's also high in water to help you stay hydrated.

9 Kale

Kale Kale is a super green you're probably already eating but if not, it's time you start! Kale offers more Vitamin C than any other leafy green and many other fruits. Be sure to include some in your diet throughout the week. Kale salad, a green smoothie, and kale soup are all great ideas.

10 Mulberries

Mulberries Have you heard of these little magical berries? They're one of my latest and most treasured discoveries I'd like to share with you. Raw white mulberries are very low in sugar, packed with iron, and filled with Vitamin C. They're a new superfood that resembles a raisin and blackberry in taste. The dried fruit can be found online and makes a great addition to overnight oatmeal or your favorite energy bar recipe. I like Navitas Naturals brand.

11 Lemons

Lemons Lemons are a fantastic detoxifying fruit for the liver and offer a nice dose of Vitamin C. Drink a glass of lemon water two or three times a day and use fresh lemon juice as your salad dressing in place of high fat oils or dressings.

Also, remember that Vitamin C tablets from your drugstore aren't the best source to up your intake of this important nutrient. Vitamin C supplements are usually made from ascorbic acid, which is essentially GMO corn. It's best to get your sources of Vitamin C through foods like these above. Do you eat any of these or have any ideas for how you'd like to try them?


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