“Ahoy ye scurvy mates” is a great pirate movie line, but it’s not all fiction. From the time Columbus was sailing the ocean blue in the mid-15th century to the rise of the steam engine in the mid-19th century, about 2 million transoceanic sailors lost their lives to scurvy, because they lacked fresh fruit and vegetables, the primary sources of vitamin C.
Today, scurvy isn’t very prevalent, but many people still have an insufficient supply of vitamin C. How can you tell? There are several symptoms that indicate you need to up your vitamin C intake, and our team of health care professionals at Harmony Aesthetics Center in Los Angeles, California, including Melanie Abeyta, RN, and Holly Houk, RN, is here to help you suss out the signs. We also help you replenish your supply of vitamin C and other essential nutrients through IV therapy. Here’s what you need to know.
What vitamin C deficiency looks and feels like
While severe vitamin C deficiency isn’t very common, plenty of people are walking around with a lot less of this essential nutrient than they need and don’t realize it.
Because vitamin C is critical to collagen production, which gives your connective tissues strength, structure, and resiliency, several key parts of your anatomy are in danger if you don’t get enough, including skin, hair, bones and joints, and blood vessels. Here are some signs to watch for:
- Chicken skin, rough, bumpy, and dry
- Pink or red hair follicles (indicates broken blood vessels)
- Coiled body hair
- Easily bruised skin
- Wounds that heal slowly
- Joint pain
- Bone brittleness
- Gum disease with bleeding
- Weakened immunity
- Moodiness and fatigue
Clearly, these mirror symptoms of other health conditions as well, so it’s very important you seek medical attention if you notice any of these signs. Once we rule out other causes and narrow it down to vitamin C deficiency, we can get you started on the appropriate treatment.
How to get more vitamin C in your diet
Your body doesn’t need much vitamin C to stave off scurvy — 65-90 mg per day should do the trick. But your body doesn’t store vitamin C for later use, so you need to keep replenishing your supply by eating fresh fruits and vegetables every day. To pack a punch with each bite, focus on:
- Citrus fruits (lemons, limes, oranges)
- Berries (especially strawberries)
- Tropical fruits (guava, lychee, papaya, and kiwi)
- Greens (broccoli and parsley in particular)
- Sweet red peppers
- Black currants
When possible, eat these fresh foods in their raw state, as heat tends to break down the vitamin C. If you can’t get enough vitamin C from food, supplements are perfectly fine, but don’t exceed 2,000 mg of vitamin C per day, or you may end up experiencing cramping, diarrhea, and nausea.
Instantly replenish your vitamin C supply with IV therapy
When you’re low on vitamin C and other essential nutrients, we offer a quick and safe way to resolve the issue immediately. IV therapy delivers vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients directly into your bloodstream, bypassing your digestive tract.
We customize your treatments, so you get only the nutrients you need and nothing else. Our patients benefit from IV therapy in many ways, including improved immune systems, more energy, and increased hydration.
When we infuse your system with a shot of vitamin C, you should notice higher energy levels, improved skin condition, stronger bones, and possibly even a better chance at avoiding certain cancers.
The treatment takes place right here in our office, and you can relax, listen to music, read, answer emails, or do whatever else you want while the IV drips into your veins. It only takes about an hour, and then you’re on your way, free to resume your daily plans as usual.
If you’ve noticed signs of vitamin C deficiency or want to find out if you’re missing any other essential nutrients, our experts can let you know where you stand and what you need to look and feel you best with IV therapy. To schedule an IV therapy appointment, just give us a call at 424-372-9088, or request one online today.