In my last blog, I talked about Leaky gut and inflammation. I talked about my experience going through it and the benefit of having a healthy gut. Back in September of 2015 when I was trying to cure my gut I was also experimenting with vitamin C to help with acne. I was 26 years old and my skin looked worse than it did when I was 20. I thought acne was supposed to go away as you got older. I wasn’t sure what was going on. I had done research on different ways to get rid of acne and had stumbled across an article on taking vitamin C to help cure it. Since then my acne has cleared up. Though looking back at all this I’m pretty positive that the acne was a symptom of my leaky gut. Happy with how everything has gone and in fear of losing the progress I’ve continued to take around 5-7,000 mg of vitamin C a day. Although I don’t think it’s the reason my skin cleared up, I do think it has been a contributor to my level of stress drastically lowering.
It’s funny how when something is brought to your attention once, you then notice it everywhere. Say you learn a new word next thing you know you see that word everywhere. That was kind of the case for me with vitamin C. I had started taking it to clear my skin than all of a sudden I’m seeing articles on Facebook talking about how vitamin C is great for keeping your stress level down. And my stress level was brought down! Again I’m not completely sure whether this was from curing my gut or taking vitamin C . I believe its a combination of both, but who knows. I do think if you are struggling with stress, vitamin c is worth looking into.
In 2015 a researcher Stuart Brody at the Center for Psychosomatic Research in Trier Germany led a double blinded trial with 120 subjects. Half the participants were given 1,000 mg of vitamin C while the other half were given a placebo. The subjects were given a public speaking task with math problems. The subjects blood pressure and levels of cortisol (the stress hormone) were significantly higher in those who were not given the vitamin. Earlier studies show that vitamin C diminished the release of cortisol in animals that had been put under to repeat stress. Cortisol is a hormone that is released by the adrenal glands. It is the hormone that tells our whole body that we are stressed.
There is a lot more evidence out there to back this theory up. If stress is an issue in your life I suggest you do more research and if you see if starting a regimen of vitamin C is a good fit for you. I believe it played a key role in my stress management.
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