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? | eHow.com
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.
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 –
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.
- Calories: 120
- Protein: 2 g
- Fiber: 5 g
- Magnesium: 30 mg
- Potassium: 400mg
- Carbohydrates: 30 g
- Total fat: 1 g