TOP TIP #8 Vitamin C – embrace summer fruits!
Did you know that signs of vitamin C deficiency can be fatigue, muscle weakness, bleeding gums and leg rashes?
This vital vitamin serves many important functions in the body including to repair and regenerate tissues, protecting against heart disease, supporting immune function, aiding the absorption of iron and producing collagen, which is essential for improving skin elasticity giving the skin a healthy glow for the summer, while also reducing the appearance of cellulite!
Over the summer embrace summer fruits that are rich in vitamin C such as blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, kiwis, papayas, mango, oranges, lemons and limes. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the recommended daily intake for adults is 90mg per day for men and 75mg per day for women.
Cooling summer 'lemonade'
Squeeze lemon and lime, blend with remaining ingredients, serve with a few leaves of fresh lemon thyme sprinkled on top.
Mix 1 part almonds or nuts with 1/2 part of coco nibs, layer at the bottom of a glass.
Blend strawberries and raspberries in a blender to make a puree - add on top of the nut layer.
Chop peaches into small chunks, layer on top of the fruit puree, sprinkle a bit of lemon juice on them to stop them from going brown too quickly. Sprinkle some coco nibs on top- chill before serving.
Check here tomorrow to read about the Fire element in Chinese medicine and how it relates to the summer, and to learn a nourishing exercise for the heart.