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Lifestyle Choices that Lead to Vitamin C Deficiency

Vitamin C is an essential nutrient for the body, allowing it to function properly. It’s needed for the body to form blood vessels, cartilage, muscle, and collagen in bones. Vitamin C is also vital to the body’s healing process.

Our bodies don’t produce Vitamin C on their own, meaning we need to get it from our diets. Failing to do so is what’s known as Vitamin C deficiency and can lead to a number of unwanted health consequences. An unbalanced diet is not the only cause of Vitamin C deficiency. Here, Balance of Life Clinic details the lifestyle habits and choices that may cause or contribute to a critical deficiency of Vitamin C and what can be done to correct it.

Selection of colorful, fresh produce containing Vitamin C

Factors of Vitamin C Deficiency

Vitamin C deficiency is generally caused by a lack of dietary intake and is more likely a concern for fussy eaters. However, there are several other factors that can contribute to not receiving enough Vitamin C. Lifestyle choices that may lead to Vitamin C deficiency include:

  • Alcoholism: Regularly consuming alcohol in large quantities can interfere with the absorption of Vitamin C and also increase the body’s requirement for the nutrient.
  • Smoking: Smoking can increase the body’s need for Vitamin C and also decrease the amount of Vitamin C available in the body.

While lifestyle choices do play an important role in the Vitamin C levels in the body, several other factors that can lead to deficiency are not controllable, such as:

  • Aging: As some people age, their body’s ability to successfully absorb Vitamin C from their diet decreases, leading to deficiency.
  • Medical conditions: Various medical conditions, such as Crohn’s disease or celiac disease, can interfere with the body’s ability to absorb Vitamin C.
  • Medications: Certain medications can increase the body’s need for Vitamin C or interfere with its ability to absorb the nutrient.

Symptoms of Vitamin C Deficiency

Although Vitamin C deficiency is less common in countries that are well-developed and have access to fresh produce, it can still happen. Bodies lacking Vitamin C will often display the following signs and symptoms:

  • Rough, bumpy skin
  • Dry, damaged skin
  • Skin that bruises easily
  • Slowly healing wounds
  • Painful, swollen joints
  • Weak bones
  • Bleeding gums and tooth loss
  • Poor immune system
  • Fatigue
  • Poor mood
  • Unexplained fluctuation in weight

Fighting Vitamin C Deficiency Effectively

A lack of adequate Vitamin C in our bodies can lead to a number of unwanted health concerns. To combat Vitamin C deficiency, individuals can elect for Vitamin C therapy. By use of an IV, this solution works by delivering Vitamin C directly into the bloodstream. It’s a much more effective alternative method than choosing to take Vitamin C supplements because many vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and other nutrients consumed orally aren’t absorbed as well. That’s because they break down in the stomach’s enzymes. Furthermore, how quickly the body absorbs Vitamin C taken orally is determined by lifestyle, stress level, and current medications.

Vitamin C therapy at Balance of Life Clinic is designed to help your body absorb 100% of the nutrient, skipping the digestive tract and injecting it straight into the bloodstream. Our high doses of IV vitamin C therapy infusions include other antioxidants that work interactively to increase vitamin C’s effectiveness.

Schedule Your Appointment Today

At Balance of Life Clinic, providing alternative medicine and integrated health treatments is what we do. We are pleased to offer numerous IV therapy services to help patients replenish their bodies and receive the necessary nutrients to achieve a healthy lifestyle. Patients in Northeastern Ohio who are not getting enough Vitamin C from their diets or who are suffering from Vitamin C deficiency for other reasons should elect our Vitamin C therapy services. Contact us today to schedule an appointment or to learn the ways we help patients live an optimal life.

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Balance of Life Clinic

3985 Medina Rd. Ste 250
Medina, OH 44256-5968

Phone: 330-764-4242330-764-4242
Toll Free: 877-764-4242877-764-4242
Fax: 330-764-3196

Medina Hours

Monday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Thursday: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Wednesday: 8 -12 IV Therapy only by appointment

*We are not open on holidays.

Fredericksburg Hours*

Monday: 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Wednesday: 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Phone: 330-695-2137330-695-2137

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