How many of us have unwelcome belly fat? Carrying weight around your mid section can have adverse effects on health as it puts pressure on your cardiovascular system and increases your risk of diabetes. However, there is something simple that you can that may help – and it’s simply by ensuring you eat a healthy dose of vitamin C. Ideally not in a tablet from a bottle purchased in a health food shop – I mean good old-fashioned, natural raw ingredients that you can find in all sorts of foods with 60MG per day being the recommended dose.
The best sources of vitamin C are:
- Yellow Bell peppers (186MG per fruit)
- Dark green leafy vegetables (kale is best – and I love it steamed on its own or added to soup)
- (One cup of chopped leafs provides 80MG)
- Kiwi fruit (one fruit a day provides 64MG)
- Broccoli (per cup chopped 81MG)
- Strawberries (18MG per large strawberry)
- Citrus fruit (69MG per orange)
- Tomatoes – cooked (56MG per two medium – large tomatoes)
If you love all of these things, then it’s easy for you to get more than your daily dose into your system.
Vitamin C can help improve stamina, boost immunity, lower stress response and decrease inflammation, but it also improves insulin sensitivity and lowers concentrations of C-reactive protein (CRP) – a biomarker which suggests heart disease risk – and of course it is a super anti-oxidant.
Vitamin C is also needed by the body to help us build blood vessels and cartilage and most importantly ATP (adenosine tri-phosphate), the very important building block in every single cell in our body – of which there are trillions – with millions dying every day and being replaced by millions of new cells. It’s a really important activity that goes on every minute of every hour of every day where the body draws into the cells amino acid that it finds in the foods that you eat, oxygen that we breathe in (although its mostly nitrogen) and converts is to water (we make two pints every day) carbon dioxide that we breathe out – and most importantly ATP. And of course, when you stop making ATP, you stop living.
A study that I found recently and published in the Indian Journal of Medical Research found that vitamin C decreased blood glucose and lipid levels in patients with type 2 diabetes where it positively influenced insulin sensitivity.
Daily life today exposes us to all sorts of stress. Losing a home or a job or a loved-one are top of the list and in the process our adrenals become exhausted due to the constant need to produce stress hormones such as adrenalin. If this goes on for too long, sooner or later adrenal exhaustion sets in which in turn can lead to weight gain, muscle soreness, depression and vulnerability to illness. The thyroid glands are also irritated that in turn can lead to increased weight gain – as I found to my displeasure that my underactive thyroid was hereditary. However a visit to my GP and a little bit of medication fixed the problem – as does my daily intake of Vitamin C.
Of course walking a mile or two every day pumps the lymphatic drainage system (taking the toxins out of our bodies) and uses up calories, while limiting your intake of fatty foods, sugar and sugary drinks helps too. I find that if I get a bit heavier than I should be, I limit myself to either breakfast or lunch – not both. In the mornings I am usually busy in the office and thus I don’t have much time to think about food – other than to have a nice cup of Darjeeling or Assam tea – that seems to keep my going for at least four hours – and then its lunch time and I can enjoy in my salad, some of the lovely things from the list above.
If you work in an office, then there are lots of ways that you can get ten minutes of walking into your activities – like avoiding the lift and walking up the stairs – going for a brisk walk at lunch-time and so on. Once or twice a week I am lucky to get onto the golf course where I am able to get more than my daily dose of 10,000 steps – and where of course I rub my calf muscles, gluteals (cheeks of the bottom) and base of my spine with some of our lovely Muscle Ease – both before and after exercise.
In all if you strive to teach yourself how to eat healthier and achieve the recommended daily intakes of vitamins and minerals and exercise more. With a little bit effort you can keep the belly fat to a minimum.