Vitamin C – in Summer?


Vitamin C is an amazing vitamin.  It has healing values . .. . These healing values keep you healthy when you are adventuring.

However, summer brings its own challenges in relation to vitamin and mineral intakes. When the sun starts to shine people want to pack as much into life as possible – walking, cycling, horse riding, sailing, swimming, sunbathing, summer concerts and country shows. Meals may be rushed and appetites reduced.

Summer also brings the risk of heat stroke –

“Hyperthermia in its advanced state referred to as heat stroke or sunstroke, is an acute condition which occurs when the body produces or absorbs more heat than it can dissipate. It is usually due to excessive exposure to heat. The heat-regulating mechanisms of the body eventually become overwhelmed and unable to effectively deal with the heat, and body temperature climbs uncontrollably. This is a medical emergency that requires immediate medical attention.

Doctor George A Poda tells how he remembered a World War II story about using vitamin C for heat stroke. “Army personnel stationed on the Egyptian coast were then having a bad time with the heat. Some smart Army doctor thought of giving them vitamin C and after that their problems disappeared.”

Vitamin C has shown its ability to improve heat tolerance even with mine workers. The results were so impressive that the South African mining industry instituted a program which provides each mine worker with 200 to 250 milligrams of vitamin C daily.

Vitamin C influences the part of the brain and nerves that influence the body’s heat-regulating centers. Supplements, including the simple addition of lemon juice to water, are effective and beneficial in preventing heart stroke.  Read more: What Vitamin Can Help Prevent Heat Stroke? |

Sunscreen is the most important way to protect yourself from damaging rays of the sun, but Vitamin C will also help protect against UV damage.

The Lining Pauling Institute May 1997 – Last year, a group of scientists led by Dr. Mark Levine in the National Institutes of Health reported the results of their study on the optimal intake of vitamin C in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences with the title, “Vitamin C pharmacokinetics in healthy volunteers: Evidence for a recommended dietary allowance.” Their careful study concluded that the current RDA for vitamin C of 60 mg/day should be increased to 200 mg/day, exactly the same recommendation proposed by chemistry Nobel laureate Linus Pauling nearly twenty years ago.

Linus Pauling Institute Recommendation

For healthy men and women, the Linus Pauling Institute recommends a vitamin C intake of at least 400 mg daily. Consuming at least five servings (2½ cups) of fruits and vegetables daily provides about 200 mg of vitamin C. Most multivitamin supplements provide 60 mg of vitamin C. To make sure you meet the Institute’s recommendation, supplemental vitamin C in two separate 250-mg doses taken in the morning and evening is recommended.

From Smoothie Web – my favorite site for smoothie ideas –

I suggest adding a scoop of  and to make a smoothie to fight the summer heat.

Ginger Jolt Smoothie

December 27, 2011 · Filed Under Apple Smoothies, Healing Smoothies · Comment

Adding to our newest category, Healing Smoothies, this smoothie helps relieve pain due to stomach ache, nausea or queasy feelings in your tummy. The ginger is the key ingredient so don’t skip it and drink it slowly so your stomach ache doesn’t get worse from drinking too fast.

Ginger Smoothie Ingredients:

  • 1 apple, cored, peeled and sliced
  • 1 lemon, peeled and seeded
  • 1/2 cup filtered water
  • 1/2 cup ice
  • 1 (2-inch) piece of fresh ginger root, peeled and crushed.

Nutrition Information:

  • Calories: 120
  • Protein: 2 g
  • Fiber: 5 g
  • Magnesium: 30 mg
  • Potassium: 400mg
  • Carbohydrates: 30 g
  • Total fat: 1 g

About Smoothie Essentials - ShelleRae

Welcome! I am ShelleRae and I am very excited you are here. I joined the Smoothie Essentials team about 5 years ago now. Always health conscious and into prevention versus medication it seemed natural when the opportunity came up to take on the creation of this blog and the MatchaGT blog as well. As mother to three and surrogate to many more I've practiced much of what I write on sometimes with great success and other times with a bit less. My friends and family are my test kitchen and my facts are most often from WebMD - they seem to have a fairly accurate and conservative approach. The Smoothie Essentials product is a line of boosts that add functionality to one's daily foods without adding flavor or colors. (except for MatchaGT and green blend) making it easy to "hide" them from the finicky eaters we all know and love. From stirring them into yogurts, smoothies, frappes and even juice drinks it all come out with the original flavor being center star.. My inspiration comes from others who also are striving to live a better life through lifestyle changes. More information is available at or by emailing

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