Vitamin C:

Ascorbic Acid

ARTICLE IN A NUTSHELL

1. Vitamin C deficiency is a serious, often overlooked issue with wide-ranging health impacts.

2. Energetic health is enhanced by Vitamin C in Traditional Chinese Medicine through diet and lifestyle.

3. Our diet directly influences our mood, with Vitamin C-rich foods promoting a balanced emotional state.

"Vitamin C is needed throughout your body to regulate mood, appetite, memory, sexual desire, sleep..."

INTRO

What makes Vitamin C so amazing for you and your Energetic State, Emotional State, Anatomy, Physiology & Cellular Biochemistry? Bruise Easily? Always Tired? Let’s see what Vitamin C has to offer!

Vitamin C, also known as Ascorbic Acid, is a powerhouse player that your body can’t function on a daily basis without. First and foremost, it’s an essential nutrient, which means that your body can’t synthesize it and, therefore, must get it from foods, herbs, or supplements. Vitamin C is also a water-soluble nutrient, which means it must be replenished on a daily basis to maintain therapeutic levels in your bloodstream and tissues. It’s also a tremendous antioxidant that benefits your Brain & Nervous System, Cardiovascular System, Endocrine (Hormonal) System, Digestive System, Skeletal System, and Immune System. So, the benefits of Vitamin C are incredibly far reaching when it comes to your Energetic Health.

As an antioxidant, Vitamin C protects you from the damaging effects of free radicals, which are substances that damage your cells, inhibiting them from doing their jobs. For some of your cells, Vitamin C helps to produce collagen to keep your bones strong and support the healing process from injuries like ankle sprains. For other cells, Vitamin C will help them keep your skin healthy or support your immunity by building up the immune cells like Macrophages, B-cells & T-cells). Vitamin C can even directly kill off infections that lead to illness and disease. And if that wasn’t enough, this amazing nutrient is essential in helping your body make many of the little chemical communicators called neurotransmitters that enable the 600 miles of Nervous System, woven throughout your body, to communicate and coordinate the estimated 37.2 to 70 trillion cells that make you…you. (1)

And if that wasn’t enough, Vitamin C makes numerous essential enzymatic processes possible, such as producing hormones like cortisol. Cortisol is a hormone produced by the adrenal glands of the 2nd Chakra. It is absolutely essential for mitochondrial energy production, which is the foundation of energetic health and all life as we know it. Low to no Vitamin C? Well, you’re sure to feel tired, rundown, and maybe even diagnosed with Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome due to low Cortisol levels. (2)

Vitamin C is needed throughout your body to regulate mood, appetite, memory, sexual desire, and sleep. It is also needed to convert plant-based, non-heme iron into a simpler form so your digestive system more readily absorbs it from the foods you eat. Vitamin C comes in and helps with the absorption of iron into your body. (3)

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VITAMIN C- WHEN YOU DON'T HAVE ENOUGH

Scurvy is a serious medical condition that historically affected sailors on long voyages with limited supplies of citrus fruits and is the result of Vitamin C deficiency. Vitamin C deficiency can be associated with a weakening of blood vessels, diminished connective tissue production resulting in slow and ineffective wound repair. In order to heal, your body needs Energy & Collagen which means your body needs therapeutic amounts of Vitamin C.

Here are some signs & symptoms of acute Vitamin C deficiency:

Fatigue, anemia, bleeding of the gums, dry skin, dry hair, bleeding below the skin, bruising easily, swelling of the gums (aka gingivitis), swelling in general, loss of hair, loss of teeth, wounds that take a long time to heal, joint pain, and nosebleeds.

And signs & symptoms of chronic Vitamin C deficiency: 

High blood pressure, gallbladder disease, stroke, certain cancers, atherosclerosis, digestive disorder. (4) (5)

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ENERGETICS

Because of Vitamin C’s far reaching health effects, its Energetics fall into the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) categories of the Earth Element (Spleen, Stomach, Pancreas), Water Element (Kidneys, Urinary Bladder, Adrenal Glands), & Wood Element (Liver, Gallbladder, Reproductive Glands).

Eating organic alkalizing foods, herbs, and supplements rich in Vitamin C that support these Elements and their Organs & Glands is the key to achieving the multitude of benefits created by living an Energetic Health lifestyle.

Energetics is the clinical practice of unifying the best from western medical sciences with the best from eastern scientific practices of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) & Ayurveda. It combines comprehensive holistic assessment & natural treatment of disease that includes both emotional status and common laboratory testing. When developing natural treatment protocols, these methods provide useful tools which work with your body’s innate healing abilities. Your body is designed to heal using what Mother Nature provides and Energetics makes this all possible.


Foods, herbs, thoughts & lifestyle practices that support your Earth Element will have positive effects on your Stomach, Spleen & Pancreas. Foods & herbs with an Alkalizing net effect pH, including foods that are naturally sweet and orange/yellow in color (Carotenoids) are often beneficial. Organic Alkalizing Foods will typically generate positive energy, cultivating moods that can help you overcome feeling overwhelmed and calm your nervous system, leading to improved digestion and sleep. Lifestyle practices like Intermittent Fasting can give your Earth Element the rest it needs to perform at a high level for decades and decades.

Foods, herbs, thoughts & lifestyle practices that support your Water Element will have positive effects on your Kidneys, Urinary Bladder, & Adrenals. Foods & herbs with an Alkalizing net effect pH, including foods that are naturally salty and blue/purple(black) in color (Anthocyanins), are often beneficial. Organic Alkalizing Foods will typically generate positive energy-cultivating moods that can help you overcome anxiety while also calming your nervous system, leading to improved digestion and sleep. And lifestyle practices like drinking clean water & organic herbal teas can give your Water Element the hydration it needs to perform at a high level everyday.

Foods, herbs, thoughts & lifestyle practices that support your Wood Element will have positive effects on your Liver & Gallbladder. Foods & herbs with an Alkalizing net effect pH, including foods that are naturally sour and green in color (Chlorophyll), are often beneficial. Organic Alkalizing Foods will typically generate positive Energy Cultivating Moods that can help you become less prone to fits of frustration while also calming your Nervous System, leading to improved digestion and sleep. Lifestyle practices like annual 28-Day Energetic Cleansing can give your Wood Element the attention it needs to keep your body feeling amazing year after year.

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EMOTIONS

The foods we eat become moods we feel. How is this possible? It’s just food after all, right? If we were to say, ‘you are what you eat’, would that seem far-fetched? Of course not, the foods you eat literally become structure within your body. Fats (healthy or unhealthy) become integrated within the Phospholipid Bilayer of your cells. Proteins (healthy or unhealthy) become your bones, muscles, and organs. We literally are what we eat…but can the same be true for our emotional state?

What you feel has a great deal to do with what you eat too. Neurotransmitters, the molecules of emotion, are biochemical compounds your body makes every moment of every day. And where does the source material for your neurotransmitters come from? That’s right…from the food you eat. What you eat becomes what you feel. Eat acidic foods tainted with pesticides, GMOs, chemical preservatives and other chemical pollutants and your moods will trend towards negative Energy Draining Reactions because pollution disrupts homeostasis. Anger isn’t just anger; it’s a sign of nutritional imbalance, typically the result of too many chemicals in the bloodstream. Eat organic plant-based alkaline foods, free from the chemical pollutants that effectively short-circuit your Nervous System, and your moods will trend towards positive Energy Cultivating Responses (See 5 Element Image Above). It’s not rocket science; food is medicine, even for the mind, and clean foods lead to clean moods.

With respect to Vitamin C, a food like Organic Papaya that stimulates your Earth Element can lead to Energy Cultivating Responses like a Clear Calm Mind and Rational Decision Making. A food like Organic Blueberries that stimulates your Water Element can lead to Energy Cultivating Responses like Trusting in the Perfection of Life. While a food like Organic Broccoli that stimulates your Wood Element can lead to Energy Cultivating Responses like Patience and Confidence.

(Refer to Table 1 above for more insights.)

ANATOMY

PHYSIOLOGY

BIOCHEMEISTRY

Looking at health and the human body holistically, it’s imperative that you understand how everything is connected. You are a luminous being and your body is designed to heal. Your Energetics influence your Emotion. Your Emotion influences your Anatomy in what most people term body language. Your Anatomy influences how your body functions, aka your Physiology. Your Physiology influences your Cellular Biochemistry. And coming full circle, your Cellular Biochemistry influences your Energetics. At EHI, we call this series of amazing holistic connectivity The Cycle of Influencing Energy (CoIE). Literally nothing is independent of or isolated from anything else. It’s all you and what you do for one aspect of your CoIE, you do for all.

Vitamin C plays an essential role in virtually all aspects of your anatomy because so much of it is dependent upon Vitamin C to help build structure and repair the daily damage created by living life itself. With this in mind, anatomically speaking there are two major areas where Vitamin C plays dramatic roles. The first is in wound repair and the second is in blood vessels. If you notice that it takes your body a long time to heal from minor to moderate injuries, then the first nutrient to consider is Vitamin C. And if you notice that you body is bruising easily, consider therapeutic amounts of Vitamin C as well.

Vitamin C is a prominent nutrient for several of your body’s systems, helping your body achieve energetic levels of peak performance.

Cardiovascular System

• Lowers Risk of High Blood Pressure, Heart Attack, Stroke, Atherosclerosis & Atrial Fibrillation
• Strengthens Blood Vessels & Improves Elasticity Thereby Reducing Bruising
• Essential Nutrient for Iron Deficient Anemia

Digestive System

• Helps Heal Damage Along Digestive Tract
• Improves Liver Detoxification

Nervous & Endocrine Systems

• Essential Co-factor in the Adrenal Manufacture of Cortisol
• Cortisol is Essential for Energy Production
• Greatly Reduces the Risk of Cognitive Impairment

Immune System

• Vitamin C is Antiviral & Antimicrobial
• Lowers the Risk of Breast Cancer, Stomach Cancer, & Colon Cancer

At the cellular level, Vitamin C plays an essential role throughout your body’s innate healing processes.

Nutrient Absorption

• Enhances Iron Absorption in the Intestinal Mucosa

Enzymatic Metabolization

• Essential Co-factor in the Adrenal Manufacture of Cortisol
• Vital Nutrient for Collagen (Scar Tissue) Synthesis in Wound Healing
• Helps Synthesize Carnitine by Transporting Long-chain Fatty Acids into Mitochondria for Fuel.

Enzymatic Detoxification

• Helps Reduce & Clear Arterial Plaque
• Lowers LDL (Bad) Cholesterol
• Preserves Glutathione (Master Antioxidant) Levels
• Recycles Glutatione
• Activates Phase 1 (Functionalization) Detoxification
• Required for Phase 2 (Acetylation & Glucuronidation Pathways) Liver Detoxification
• Greatly Reduces the Risk of Cognitive Impairment

Autophagy

• Stimulates the Production of Immune Cells
• Vitamin C is Antiviral & Antimicrobial
• As Antioxidant, Scavenges Free-Radicals

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FINAL THOUGHTS

To sum it up, Vitamin C is key to keeping us healthy and happy. It does a lot more than just help our immune system; it’s crucial for strong skin and bones, helps our body work right, and even affects how we feel. Not getting enough Vitamin C can lead to feeling tired and getting sick easily, among other serious health problems. Eating foods full of Vitamin C, like fruits and veggies, not only keeps our bodies in good shape but also helps keep our mood balanced. This deep dive into the benefits of Vitamin C shows us how important it is to eat well for both our physical and emotional well-being, reminding us of the power of good nutrition to improve our overall health.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Shannon Summers is a graduate of the Energetic Health Institute & Certified Holistic Nutritionist. After raising 3 children with the help of an incredible husband, Shannon now pursues her passion for helping others heal by following an organic, holistic lifestyle tailored to them. Her hobbies include anything family, Nutrition, Yoga, Tai Chi and nerding out Brain Health.

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