How well do you know your vitamins? I’m not exactly a qualified expert on this subject but I did my research. We have heard and read a lot about any particular vitamin’s deficiency or excess for that matter. From a common perspective, we all know too much about how to make up for a specific vitamin deficiency, but the question is what happens when you are taking too much of it already? How does your body react when it is already stocked up on that particular vitamin category?
Today I am going to write about possible dangers and risks associated with taking too much vitamin C. I have chosen this vitamin because it is associated with bone health. Since we all know that vitamin C is crucial to maintaining healthy bones, but if it is taken in abundance, here is a list of morbid changes that your body has to endure…
A Small introduction to vitamin C:
Vitamin C is also known as ascorbic acid. In other words, your body will start surveying and scrimping off its bones if it doesn’t get enough vitamin C. However, how much is enough of it? Some people take a 1000 Mg of soluble vitamin C tablet, thinking that their body will pass out the excess amount through urination. Even I used to take that much amount because I was under the impression that the excess amount of unwanted vitamins is automatically passed out through urine.
Well, as it appears, not every bit of excess vitamin C is passed out by the body. The kidney start retaining some of it; so much so that it eventually results in kidney stone formation. Believe me, it is a very painful experience from start to the end when your guts are under the knife for treatment.
We are going to take a look at natural resources of vitamin C. This vitamin is present naturally in various foods spread over a combination of vegetables and fruits. For instance, if your kid or any family member doesn’t like vitamin C in the form of chilies, you can try notching up their diet plan through:
- Citrus Fruit
- Orange Juice
The part where taking vitamin C is too much:
Everything in life can be good for you, if taken in moderation and at the proper time. Vitamin C is one of the biggest gifts of nature but its overdose, or excessive amount can lead to a lot of ailments. It is important to include this vitamin in your daily diet regimen, instead of making it a major part of it.
While it is true that the excess amount of Vitamin C is passed out through urine, but for that to happen, you’re going to have to drink lots of water. People who drink water like a parched camel; they do have the tendency to pass out all the toxins and extra vitamins through urine.
Do note that we’re only talking about people who drink LOTS of water. What about folks who take a healthy diet, lots of multivitamins, but they fail to drink enough water? The recommended dose of vitamin C is 2,000 mg for adults. You can break it down for kids, depending on their bone structure and overall vitamin C deficiencies. Since I already talked about how your body automatically rejects unwanted nutrients, it is best to discuss your particular case with a qualified nutritionist. He or she will specifically guide you on appropriate vitamin C intake, what to do and what not to do etc.
The dangers of excess vitamin C can be seen in the form of:
- Dizziness or nausea
- Tummy aches
- “Unexplained” headaches
- Heartburn and restlessness
- Kidney stones
As a matter of fact, if you’re willing to ask your doctor to pull up a sheet on vitamin C side effects, he’ll let you know about many other biological issues. Keep in mind that you have to follow a natural approach to weight loss and a healthy life style.
There’s no need to take extra vitamins, supplements and body toning meds, as long as they don’t come from a highly credible source. Next in this article series, you’ll learn about the recommended weight loss supplements, alongside a workout and diet plan that’ll do wonders for you. In years to come.