Why do we wait so long before we start taking vitamins?
It is a question that I often ponder. Honestly, aside from Flintstone vitamins (which seem to be a staple on the shelves for the last 40 years), many of us never take vitamins as part of our daily routine. For me, vitamins and pills were something only my grandparents took. Watching my grandparents pour out a bunch of monster tablets from a compartment corresponding to the day while I read the back of my box of Frosted Flakes was normal at breakfast.
As I’ve gotten older and more interested in health and wellness, I’ve begun researching ways to help my body and others heal themselves and prevent chronic illnesses. It seems a human habit to wait and see if we get sick rather than taking the necessary precautions never to get sick. Often, this habit puts us behind prevention and places us directly into recovery. One would think we would learn our lesson.
This brings me to Vitamin C.
Yes, vitamin C is the perfect example. One of the first pieces of advice someone will say when you tell them you are sick is, “take vitamin C.” They aren’t wrong.
What would happen if we took Vitamin C every day instead of waiting until we get sick?
Linus Pauling, a double Nobel laureate in the 1970s, promoted megadoses (12 to 14 oranges) of Vitamin C to prevent colds and some chronic diseases. (If you were wondering, one orange is roughly 70mg of vitamin C. )
The human body cannot produce Vitamin C; therefore, it is up to us to get it from what we ingest (citrus, bell peppers, strawberries, tomatoes, white potatoes, and cruciferous vegetables). The recommended daily allowance(RDA) is 90 mg for men and 75 mg for women. The RDA goes up to 85 mg and 120 mg for lactating or pregnant women.
Giving our body Vitamin C daily helps it control infections and heal wounds; it’s a powerful antioxidant that can neutralize free radicals. Vitamin C is also needed to produce collagen, and it helps make several hormones and chemical messengers used in the brain and nerves. The RDA of Vitamin C also helps the body’s immune system by stimulating white blood cell activity. Knowing the benefits of vitamin C, one would think we would arm ourselves, but we don’t. Most of us don’t care enough to know the benefits of vitamins and minerals. In the under 50 crowds, “that’s just something older adults do.”
There are benefits to growing old; we can become wise and model our grandparents. But the truth is, they may be late in the prevention stage, and now, the Vitamin C is helping their bodies recover and prevent. We don’t need to wait till we’re ill or older in our years to get smart about our health and wellness.
The time is now to stay ahead of the aging and illness game.
It’s simple. Take your vitamins.
Josh Green has helped educate and inspire hundreds of men and women in their health and fitness journeys for over a decade. He is recognized as one of the most influential and energetic sports and fitness trainers in the state of Tennessee. His signature HIIT, cardio strength, and strength programs have helped his clients achieve their goals, including an Olympic gold medal.
After finding himself sitting behind a desk and grossly out of shape, Josh knew it was time to make drastic changes in his life and made a personal decision to become healthy. If not for himself and his happiness, but his family as well. This was the start of his journey to becoming a personal trainer. “I just thought and asked myself when I was happiest in my life?” That’s when he remembered his time as an athlete in college. “I was so healthy and fit. I just wanted to feel good again. So I started training and taking personal training courses online.” During his journey, he realized he was not the only one that needed help, and this was a perfect path to help others.
Today, Josh is the owner of The Forge Live Online Gym on Facebook and G1 Elite Fitness. The Forge is a completely free, private group. He continues to build an online community of support and inspiration. That helps others find their happiness again. “It’s all about my team. It’s all about community. I consider the gym members, the sports teams I work with, and my one-on-one clients as my teammates as part of a community with a common goal. I’m as invested in their success as they are. Sometimes more. I don’t care if they are the next Michael Jordan, a teenager trying to find their confidence, a new mom struggling to get back in shape; I’m in it with them. Helping other people succeed is my purpose in this life, aside from being a father and husband. I was born with a servant’s heart, and I will continue to give until the good Lord calls me home.”
In addition, The Forge Live Online Gym has free, monthly challenges that are proven to help you lose weight and build muscle. With more and more people joining his gym every day, The Forge community is an excellent source of extra inspiration, encouragement, and support throughout your fitness journey. If you want to make your health and fitness goals a reality, join the Forge Live Online Gym or contact Josh to learn more about his one-on-one studio or virtual training for more intensive, personalized programs. Let’s Go!