One Not So Obvious Sign Of Vitamin C Deficiency

You've finally made your way to the beach. You set up your chair, sit down to soak up the warm summer sun, then bury your foot in the sand because your big toe is gray and, well, funky. Goodness knows you've tried everything to heal the toe -- tea tree oil, epsom soaks, medicating creams, cutting the nail off, but the funk keeps returning. So there you sit, foot buried in sand, paranoid and praying no one notices the funk that is your toe.

Sound familiar? You're not alone.

Astoundingly, ten percent of Americans are embarrassed by toe fungus. Known by it's clinical name, onychomycosis, toe fungus is caused by a pathogen commonly known as Candida. More seriously, toe fungus is one sign of vitamin deficiency, as well as an early indication of a decline in the immune system.  

Yes, you read that right.

Your amazing human body works hard every day to protect from environmental toxins, additives and chemicals in your food, alcohol, physical and emotional stress, and to protect you from disease. When your body is doing well, there's generally a feeling of vitality and wellness. However, when there is early stage disease, the body will show its first symptoms in the extremities. This is your body's way of a) protecting the organs and b) alerting you of weakening health.

Too often we pass off tell-tale symptoms as harmless, but with many chronic conditions the accumulation of these symptoms may be trouble some, such as hair loss and brittle nails with thyroid disease, or acne caused by streptococcus in the body, or unexplained weight gain, boils, or psoriasis due to liver problems. Symptoms appear to warn us of deficiency and disease at it's most reversible stages.

With 90% percent of the population not eating fruits and vegetables, it's no wonder toe fungus, skin conditions, lack of energy, bleeding gums, poor healing of wounds, nose bleeds, colds and chronic inflammation are prevalent. 

Luckily, Vitamin C deficiency, toe fungus and many other symptoms can be easily reversed by making mindful lifestyle changes. Some easy ways to reverse Vitamin C deficiency and heal are to increase your intake of whole foods that are high in Vitamin C. These are:

  • Red bell peppers
  • Dark leafy greens,
  • Kiwifruit
  • Broccoli
  • Berries: Wild blueberries, Blackberries, Raspberries and Strawberries
  • Citrus fruits
  • Tomatoes
  • Peas
  • Papaya

In addition to eating more of the above mentioned foods daily, you can further jack-up your Vitamin C intake by making Rosehip tea a daily habit. Supplementing with a quality Vitamin C, like Liposomal Vitamin C or Ester-C is known to be quite effective too. Because Vitamin C is needed by your body to form an important protein used to make skin, tendons, ligaments, and blood vessels, you will find it to be highly essential for the repair of tissues in all parts of your body, especially the toes.