I recently had an experience regarding overwhelming emotional stress brought on by the joys of raising children. At one point I described to a friend that the situation had made me feel like I had been kicked in the metaphorical balls. For two days I could feel myself falling further and further into the black hole of misery.
I noticed at first my temper was short, very short, which was unlike me. I shrugged this off as being angry about the situation and went on with my day. Exhaustion soon found me, and again I was quick to blow off the next clue that something might not be right. After all I was under a tremendous amount of emotional stress, and this is normal right?
This was not like me. Although I know depression is a normal reaction to emotional stress it’s very easy to fall into the sleep trap. The feeling of being increasingly cold didn’t help.
As I sat at my writing station fighting to keep my head up I could feel my body, buried under the weight of the world, make a small request for a drink I use to rehydrate after a big workout. Reluctantly, I made my way into the kitchen and choked back the Vitamin C rich concoction.
This time I heard a louder craving for the drink rise up from inside me, and again it gave me relief from my symptoms for a short period of time. I found this very promising and with a desire to kick this funk before it got out of control I dug out my ascorbic acid (pure unbuffered Vitamin C) and made up a batch of green tea concentrate.
A quick internet search backed up what I had suspected. Stress can cause a decrease in Vitamin C. One of the symptoms of Vitamin C deficiency is depression. Lets take a step back her for a second and think about the pathology of deep long lasting depression. I know that had I not listened to my body, and got up to make that drink, there’s no way I would have been motivated to make myself some healthy raw vegetables for lunch (if you cook vitamin C it dies), I would have wanted nice warm comfort food and junk food to help make me feel better. This in turn would have led to a further depletion of vitamin C in my body, taking me further and further into the black hole of misery.
Knowing what I know abotut nutrition and vitamin C, I knew that taking it to bowel tolerance was going to be the key to overcoming my little funk. Every time I felt like I was fizzling out again I had another drink. 5 seemed to be my magic number.
I decided to further kick the crap out of my funk and make my self a new playlist on youtube called Outa my Funk. Nothing like some fun music to take away the rest of your blues, and took two multivitamins (B supplements would have worked too).
If you decide you want to give this a try make sure you stay home for the day. Taking vitamin C to bowel tolerance (aka Vitamin C flush) can really purge you. In case you don’t know what bowel tolerance is, it’s when the body has all the vitamin C it needs you poop out what you don’t need (is the short simple version).
1 scoop Vega Sport Electrolyte Hydrator
1 Vega scoop Ascorbic Acid
Add water to fill the glass and drink periodically throughout the day.
IMPORTANT NOTE: I am by no means qualified to diagnosis or give medical advice of any kind, let alone a serious health condition such as depression. I am simply sharing this from my personal experiences and observations. I know that I now have this drink when I wake up in the mornings, and I will continue to use it periodically during my day as needed, based on the amount of stress I’m experiencing.
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