My Secret Supplement for Healthy Skin
Why I dose up on Vitamin C to keep my skin healthy- all year round.
If I were to write a blog post about the benefits of Vitamin C it would be over 100 pages long. There is no denying the incredible benefits that this vitamin has to offer; from immune boosting properties, to protecting against cell damage, to assisting with iron absorption, to a million other things, this vitamin is truly a nutritional powerhouse. There is no exception when it comes to healthy skin. In fact, there are multiple studies showing the incredible benefits that Vitamin C has for skin health. Check them out!
The Roles of Vitamin C in Skin Health:
Sun Damage Protection
Our skin’s exposure to the sun’s UV rays produces significant free radicals in the skin (UVB rays nearer the skin’s surface and UVA rays deeper within the skin). This occurs even more in the winter, when you’re less likely to use your favorite toxin-free sunscreen while exposed to the sun. Because it’s so good at controlling these pesky free radicals and so important in the production of collagen, Vitamin C is vital for keeping skin healthy while out in the sun. In addition to consuming Vitamin C and applying sunscreen (please ensure it is free from added junk), I highly recommend using a topical Vitamin C cream when out and about.
Wrinkling & Aging Skin
Collagen is a craze right now. Everyone is rushing to spend hundreds of dollars on grass-fed collagen protein (myself included), but did you know that Vitamin C is crucial for collagen production? Collagen is essential for providing elasticity to the face. As we all know, collagen production declines as we get older, causing our facial expressions and movements to leave wrinkles on our face. Studies show that dietary and topic Vitamin C have beneficial effects on skin cells due to collagen production, and as previously mentioned, helps prevent and treat ultraviolet (UV)-induced photo damage.
Well a vitamin C deficiency causes scurvy, which is first manifested as rough dry skin and corkscrew hair growth, so dose up friends! Studies show that a higher intake of dietary vitamin C have been correlated with a decreased risk of dry skin, suggesting that ascorbic acid may have effects on trans-epidermal water loss.
Free radicals (environmental toxins and bacteria) are one of the root sources of acne, but vitamin C can work to clear out these harmful toxins. Free radicals break down the proteins and fatty acids that make up the skin, disturbing the normal pH of the skin and harming the sebaceous glands. This increases the production of sebum, leaving the skin open to breakout-causing bacteria. As an antioxidant, vitamin C breaks down these free radicals and reduces them to harmless compounds before they can damage the skin. Vitamin C can also help with acne scarring by promoting collagen and elastin production. Collagen and elastin are the main proteins that make up your skin and when not produced in sufficient amounts, the integrity of the skin is affected. Without vitamin C the proteins weaken, causing the skin to become more susceptible to acne scars as well as preventing existing scars from healing.
Long story short. Vitamin C is awesome for skin health.
Adequate dosing of vitamin C is crucial for your overall wellbeing, and for the health of your skin. It contributes to preventing UV-damage, photo protection, skin wrinkling, and it even speeds up wound healing. It's a non-negotiable in my daily routine.
Wondering how I make sure I get my Vitamin C in each day?
I drink truck loads of this stuff. Sufficient-C is an amazingly tasty combination of ascorbic acid, l-lysine hydrochloride, bromelain, and caffeine free green tea extract. It is a perfect way to get vitamin C without all the binders and artificial sweeteners (and it's GMO-free, of course). I find it far easier on my digestive system than other brands and supplements and you are receiving far higher amounts of absorbable vitamin C in just one scoop.
Another one of my top reasons why I love this product? It's just as beach friendly as it is kitchen friendly! It's a refreshing, tasty beverage perfect for hot summer days by the beach. I just mix some up with reverse osmosis water and lots of ice, pack it in a tumbler and I'm good to go for the day. Sufficient-C makes it easy to stay hydrated and boost your immune system, collagen production and skin health with each sweet and satisfying sip!
I also make sure I am consuming nutrient-dense foods every day. The highest sources of vitamin C include bell peppers, guava, dark leafy greens, broccoli, brussel sprouts, kiwi, citrus fruits, and strawberries. Certain fresh herbs such as cilantro, chives, thyme, basil and parsley are also high in vitamin C.
Disclaimer: this post is sponsored by Sufficient-C. However, the views of the product are my own and I pride myself on truthful sharing when it comes to product review.
Beef Bulgogi Bowls
Makes 2 Large Bowls
1 lb. grass-fed rib eye or sirloin steak
2 tablespoons cooking oil of choice
2 tablespoons coconut aminos
2 tablespoons freshly minced garlic
1 tablespoon raw honey or sweetener of choice
2 stems of green onion, finely chopped
2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
4 cups dark leafy greens
2 cups roasted broccoli
3 large carrots, roasted
3 cups cauliflower rice
+ hot sauce (to taste)
= spicy mayo!
1) To make the roasted vegetables, throw frozen broccoli and carrots onto a baking sheet, drizzle in cooking oil of choice, salt and pepper, and roast in the oven at 375F for 30 minutes or so. Remove and set aside.
2) Place the steaks in a large bowl with coconut aminos, minced garlic, raw honey, salt and pepper. Let marinate for 10-30 minutes.
3) In a large skillet, add cooking oil and saute the steaks (along with sauce) over medium high heat or until the steak is medium-well done.
4) Set the beef aside and slice into thin pieces.
5) Using the same pan, heat up your cauliflower rice in the skillet until piping hot.
5) To each bowl, add 2 cups of greens. Top greens with 1-2 carrots, 1 cup roasted broccoli, 1 1/2 cups cauliflower rice, 1/2 lb of steak and chopped green onion. Add a dollop of spicy mayo on the side, sprinkle with sesame seeds and enjoy!
Isabella Grace is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner focusing on toxin-free, natural living to its fullest extent. Her mission is to provide personalized integrative health solutions to create sustainable, lifelong change and enable you to live, love, and serve at your fullest health potential.
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