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A DOG, VITAMIN C AND YOU

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A dog, vitamin C and you

 

I had a really cool dog for almost 13 years of my life. He was a crossbreed of an Italian Greyhound and a Whippet. He was a little powerhouse – 22 pounds of pure, solid muscle and he could outrun a full-grown Doberman when he was just a puppy. 

 

His name was Tipper, but family would call him by his nickname, “Man in a Fur Coat.”  He would actually respond to that, and it was hilarious! I would often take my furry little guy on evening runs on trails around my neighborhood. I was always so impressed not only by his endurance, but his speed. My average-paced run was a quick walk for him. He was always such a good running partner and would look back at me with his million dollar smile. It was easy to see how he enjoyed that time with me, and I still cherish those memories now that he’s gone. 

 

I loved taking care of Tipper and always made sure he had organic dog food and filtered water. I kept up with the latest education and insights on his health to give him the best quality life possible. One night, when I was reading some important information about dogs and vitamin C, I found that dogs actually synthesize the vitamin in their liver by using trace minerals from their diet. 

 

That fact is so amazing because, as humans, we can’t manufacture vitamin C on our own and must obtain it through our diets or supplements. Today, it seems most of us aren’t getting enough of any nutrients that are needed to fight major illnesses, or even the common cold. 

(Picture is of “Man in a Fur Coat.”)

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Vitamin C: The immune booster

 

As I’ve mentioned, part of my business is therapeutic massage for my clients, so I come into contact with many germs daily and have a lot of free radical damage to my tissues from working out. In the last few years, I increased my vitamin C intake and noticed several differences in my skin and performance at the gym.

 

My parents always preached the need to take in more vitamin C, especially around cold season. An overall immune booster, this major antioxidant is needed for adrenal gland function, tissue growth and repair, collagen formation and helps heal bruises and wounds. It’s a major helper in the production of an anti-stress hormone, protects against infections and free radical damage from the environment, and can help absorb iron as well as increase your metabolism. 

 

Since we must get vitamin C from our foods and vitamins, it’s unfortunate that a lot of vitamin C taken in by diet is lost through urine. Also, stress, alcohol, birth control, antidepressants and smoking can deplete the body of vitamin C. So how can we step up our intake?  

 

Below, I made a list of some foods you can pick up that are loaded in vitamin C. While I’m a big supporter of getting all your nutrients from food, I support one supplement company that’s organic and GMO free – Garden Of Life/Vitamin Code (also raw). A water soluble vitamin, vitamin C should be taken after meals. If you’re taking high doses, it’s better to break them up in increments throughout the day and you shouldn’t take the vitamin along with aspirin, it can lead to stomach ulcers.

 

If you have questions on how, when and how much vitamin c to take, you can check with your local health food store and vitamin shop – sometimes they have staff that’s experienced in nutrition. If you’re unable to find whole foods organic vitamins near you, you can purchase them online. Sadly, some doctors will advise taking synthetic vitamins, which can be toxic to the liver over time. Naturopathic doctors and certified nutritionists with a clean eating philosophy would be the best to speak to about nutrition. 

 

Remember, we can live free like a dog, but we can’t eat food off the ground like they do or make our own vitamin C – so be sure to get enough through clean eating or organic vitamins!

 

Vitamin C Rich Foods (I always recommend organic)

  • All berries
  • Citrus (ex. oranges, grapefruit)

  • Pepper

  • Pineapples

  • Kale

  • Spinach

  • Lemons

  • Cantaloupes

  • Onions

  • Radishes

  • Dandelion Greens

  • Tomatoes

  • Swiss chard

  • Mangos

  • Watercress

  • Apples

  • Avocados

  • Broccoli

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My favorite Vitamin C supplement.

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My best pup.  R.I.P.

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Jaime Arto

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With more than 24 years of diverse experience in the health and wellness industry, Jaime has
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