Test Your Vitamin C Levels at Home
When the autumn leaves start falling, you might find yourself scrambling to double up on a vitamin C supplement to avoid the dreaded winter cold. However, the truth is that you should try to maintain a good level of vitamin C all year round, even if you’re only looking for a quick recovery from seasonal illnesses.
Thankfully, there’s an easy way to get a quick idea of your vitamin C levels. In fact, testing your vitamin C levels regularly is easier than ever with Elosia’s subscription-based home urine test strips, which have been designed to give quick, dependable results.
With access to enough wee strips and the right data, you’ll be on your way to a balanced diet and a healthier life in no time at all.
What is Vitamin C and Where is it Found?
Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is a vitamin that dissolves in water. Since the body is unable to create its own vitamin C, it’s therefore essential that you get enough of it through the food you eat.
The NHS recommends that adults aged between 19 and 64 get at least 40mg of vitamin C per day for optimal health. Seems like a lot, doesn’t it? Well, the good news is that you can find vitamin C in most of your favourite fruit and veg, like oranges, strawberries, peppers, broccoli, potatoes and Brussel sprouts. Supplements can also help you reach the recommended daily amount more easily.
Why is Vitamin C Important?
Vitamin C is beneficial to the body in countless ways. It supports the metabolism by helping convert food and drinks to energy, while also helping our bodies produce collagen, which keeps bones and cartilage strong.
Vitamin C is perhaps best known for the supportive role it plays in the immune system, helping it to function regularly, so it can fight off infection to the best of its abilities. It’s also great for absorbing minerals, micronutrients and even other vitamins, all of which can help you wake up feeling your best.
Vitamin C FAQs
Because of its wide range of benefits, you might have specific questions about what vitamin C can and can’t do for your body. Hopefully, these FAQs should touch on any lingering curiosity you might have.
Does vitamin C help with colds?
Yes, it does. While taking it every day to prevent a cold won’t work, good levels of vitamin C can help to shorten the duration of your illness. Upping your dose once you already have symptoms of a cold won’t have any effect.
If you maintain the recommended levels of vitamin C in your body all year round, it will lead to a faster recovery time, getting you back on your feet quicker than ever.
Does vitamin C give you energy?
Vitamin C does not create energy by itself, but many of the foods that are high in vitamin C will give you an energy boost.
Because a vitamin C deficiency has the ability to cause scurvy — a debilitating disease that causes a dramatic loss of energy and severe joint pains — it is important to maintain good levels at all times as a preventative measure.
Is vitamin C good for the skin?
Vitamin C’s role in skin health has been a hot topic for almost a century, ever since it became known as a remedy to scurvy. As a result of its positive impact on skin health in scurvy patients, some research suggests that it can be good for the skin in general.
This may be because vitamin C is also considered a strong antioxidant, and an excellent candidate for protection against UV radiation, both of which can help improve the appearance of the skin.
How to Test Your Vitamin C Levels at Home
Thanks to Elosia’s urine test strips, it’s possible to test your vitamin C levels from the comfort of your own living room.
It all starts when you receive our strips through the post. Once you’ve peed on one, simply give it a minute (literally) then scan the strip on our app to get your test results directly on your phone. Technology, eh? We aren’t called the “pee pioneers” for nothing.
You’ll have access to your vitamin C levels right away, as well as your body’s ketone, hydration, nutrition and electrolyte levels. This should give you a more holistic view of your overall health, and once you’re armed with this info, you’ll be able to make changes to your diet right away with our expert, tailored advice.
Your body is one of a kind. Don’t forget to treat it that way.
Disclaimer: Elosia is a wellness tool, not a diagnostic tool, and should not be used as a substitute for any professional medical advice.