Thursday, October 29, 2015

Emergen-C—a little effervescence for your health

Whether or not you’re a vitamin taker, you may want to consider adding vitamin C to your daily diet and/or supplement regime. It is vital to proper cell function, yet it is the only vitamin that is neither manufactured nor stored in the body. This means you must get vitamin C in your diet on a daily basis either by supplements or in your food.

My favorite way to get extra vitamin C (other than through fruits and vegetables) is with a product called Emergen-C. It is a powder that comes in single-serving packets. They’re great for travel, you can put Emergen-C packets in your gym bag, or even in your camping backpack. Over the past 10 years, Emergen-C has become more commonplace and very easy to find. It is sold in health food stores, but now it’s even sold in grocery stores.

Simply mix one or two packets of Emergen-C in eight ounces of water once a day, several times a day, or whenever you feel you need an extra boost. If I’m fighting something off, I will take Emergen-C every hour for at least four to five hours. Vitamin C is easily destroyed by stress, alcohol, smoking, and pollution. Whatever vitamin C your body doesn’t absorb is filtered out through your urine, so there is no real threat of taking too much of this vitamin.

Sugar substitute. If you’re craving sweets but trying to stay away from sugar, mix two packets of Emergen-C in a glass of water and enjoy. It will help to quench your desire for sweets because this vitamin drink is very sweet on its own; by drinking this vitamin drink you don’t have to put any “bad” sugar into your system. Emergen-C is available in several flavors, and all of them taste sweet and can help to curb your sugar cravings.

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