Vitamin C is something that our bodies need, however, it is not produced by our body. Because of that, getting the right amount of vitamin C in our diets is very important.

For those who do not know, vitamin C is also known as L-ascorbic acid. It is needed to make collagen that our body uses to repair tissues like skin, blood vessel walls, teeth, and even bones. Some of the foods that are considered to be rich in vitamin C are citrus fruits, watermelon, kiwi fruit, and even broccoli.

Depending on your age you may need more or less vitamin C than other people. Generally, the recommended daily amount of vitamin C for adults is from 65-90 mg. Vitamin C deficiencies can result in the development of something known as scurvy and can be quite serious. While this kind of deficiency is treatable (and not as common here in the US there are under 20,000 cases per year), it can go unnoticed for a bit too long.

People who don’t buy foods rich in vitamin C, smokers, older people, and those with digestion issues are all at increased risks of being deficient. Below I am going to go over some of the signs that you need to look for in regards. If you notice these signs you might need to consider increasing your vitamin C intake or speak to your doctor about supplements.

11 Warning Signs That Your Body May Be Low in Vitamin C:

1. Swelling or Discoloration In Gums

If you notice your gums swelling, or becoming discolored, you may need to add a supplement to your daily nutrient intake that contains Vitamin C.

2. Splitting Hair

If your hair begins splitting and you don’t realize it until it’s already bad then not only would you need a haircut but you could also be needing some vitamin C. Vitamin C takes care of our hair much more than most people realize.

3. Weak Bones

Vitamin C deficiencies have also been linked to increases in fractures and other things of the sort. If you have children, making sure they get the right amount of vitamin C aids in bone growth and strength. Without it, our bones are not going to be doing so great.

4. Dry Skin

Collagen helps our skin in many ways. Without vitamin C our skin would become dry and in some cases red and bumpy. If you come down with an unexplainable rash or severely dry skin this could be why.

5. Sudden Bleeding Gums

Your gums shouldn’t be bleeding out of nowhere. If they do, you should take vitamin C into consideration. Are you getting what your body needs? Lack of vitamin C can damn your gums and your teeth in the end.

6. Easy Bruising

If you become easy to bruise and those bruises are more painful than they should be, see a doctor. This is going to be a clear sign you either need more iron or vitamin C. The two deficiencies usually go hand in hand.

7. Swollen or Painful Joints

If your joints become swollen and painful it should be a red flag. Whether vitamin C deficiency or not there is an underlying cause. Do not ignore this one.

8. Fatigue

You might notice the things listed here as well as a loss of mood. You will feel down in the dumps and tired. It will be as if carrying on is not worth it.

9. Slow Wound Healing

When we aren’t getting the vitamin C our body needs we might not be able to heal our own wounds properly. This can cause serious health issues if left ignored.

10. Corkscrew-Shaped Body Hair

Yes, if your body hair begins growing corkscrew style out of nowhere this could be why. It is one of the biggest signs of scurvy and can be quite frustrating. Do not ignore this one either.

11. Unexplained Weight Gain

Vitamin C promotes proper weight loss and fat loss. If you are not getting enough you might begin gaining weight at a rate you would hardly be able to believe all the while not eating ‘more.’ This should also be a big red flag that there is something going on.

 

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