Hack Your Mental Health With These 5 Tips

Hack Your Mental Health With These 5 Tips

Naturally Rewire Your Brain

use these 5 tips

Like any other organ, your brain is alive and constantly changing. This is great news for anyone who struggles with anxiety, depression, or other negative neural pathways. If your brain is capable of changing and hormones or stimuli that induce symptoms of anxiety can be balanced, you can (with the guidance of your physician) holistically work your way towards mental wellness.

This is not only important because stress can negatively impact your life, but also because your brain health impacts your overall physical well-being. You can read our blog on how your mental health plays a role in immune system health here. If you stay “stuck” in certain mindsets for too long, your motivation to do healthy things like eat right, exercise, and engage in social activities will dwindle, impacting your overall health. Very few deeply negative people do well with regard to overall health. Many deeply positive people do.

Revamp Your Life

with new, small habits

Exercise. Exercise is difficult to work yourself up to if you feel at a loss for what to do. However, it is one of the best ways to heal your brain and body alike. There have been numerous studies that have suggested exercise stimulates neuron growth by boosting BDNF (brain-derived neurotrophic factor) levels. This results in new neuron and new neuron pathways, which can rewire old, harmful thought processes. You don’t have to hit the gym for 3 hours to do this – try to get 30 minutes of exercise, such as a walk outside, morning yoga, or something else small and easily achievable on a daily basis. In fact, physical activity at even low levels for just 15 minutes a day is associated with a 3-year increase in life expectancy and a 14% drop in all-cause mortality. You’ll feel better for accomplishing your exercise routine that day, and help to heal your brain over time.

Sleep. Sleep is the time of day when your body actively heals and restores muscle tissue, surface injuries, and more. Sleep helps your body perform “housekeeping” projects – healing tissues, reducing inflammation, and more. For the brain to detoxify, sleep is mandatory. To improve your chances of getting a good night’s rest, turn off all screens an hour or two before bedtime. Start a nighttime “ritual” that will tell your brain to begin winding down. A relaxing shower, reading a book, and switching from overhead lights to soft lamp light will signal to your brain that it’s time to relax. Blocking blue light also helps if screens must be used at night. 

Try taking CBD right before bed to reduce your anxiety and promote restful sleep.

Habits That Heal:

from the inside out

Meditation. Start small, with only 5 or 10 minutes a day, and slowly build up over time. Focus on your breaths or heartbeat to relax and turn your focus inward. Over time, as you learn to quiet your mind, you will reap the benefits of a mindfulness practice. A 2018 Harvard study indicated that just 15 minutes of meditation a day was linked to a meaningful decrease in blood pressure.

Achieve Dietary Balance. Make sure to eat balanced meals, or supplement where necessary. Go on walks outside to get Vitamin D. You can track your macro intake using free apps to make sure you’re getting the right amount of proteins, carbohydrates, and more. Your brain can only function properly with the right nutrition. Support your other efforts – exercise, meditation, and more – by making sure your brain has the right building blocks to reshape neural pathways.

Vitamin deficiencies have been linked to inhibiting hippocampal neurogenesis – the formation of neurons that promote memory, a balanced mood, and more. If you notice that you’re struggling to get all the right vitamins in your diet, supplement with a trusted multivitamin. It is highly unlikely that you are receiving the number of phytochemicals required on a daily basis for proper brain health; sometimes supplementation is the only way.

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Give yourself grace. Fitting all these new wellness practices into your daily life can be daunting – you’ll forget to exercise one day, and not feel up to meditating the next. Don’t feed into the cycle of negativity by harboring guilt over not being perfect at establishing a wellness routine. That guilt will only make it harder for you to pick it back up again the next day. Very few of us have private chefs and time to exercise constantly; we know this. But even little changes can make a large difference for your life and for optimal aging.

Well Theory: a Better Way to Wellness

build wellness habits with Well Theory

Dr. Meredith Warner, founder of Well Theory is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon with a thriving private practice in Louisiana, USA. Her practice allows her the freedom to treat patients in the best way possible – on an individual basis. It has always been her goal to seek non-operative treatment and functional recovery over surgical or heavy pharmaceutical means of healing. 

At Well Theory, we want to help you live well. Check out our Herbal Kitchen for easy, filling, and healthy meals, our line of wellness products for supplementing your healthy lifestyle, and continue to browse our blog for healthy living tips & tricks!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Meredith Warner is the creator of Well Theory and The Healing Sole. She is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Air Force Veteran.

She is on a mission to disrupt traditional medicine practices and promote betterment physically, spiritually and mentally to many more people. She advocates for wellness and functional health over big pharma so more people can age vibrantly with more function and less pain.

At Well Theory, Our surgeon-designed products are FDA Registered and formulated to help people:

  • Manage the symptoms of musculoskeletal pain
  • Recover vibrantly from orthopedic related surgeries
  • Fill the gaps in our daily diets
  • Manage pain associated with inflammation

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5 Healthy Living Tips That Will Transform Your Life

5 Healthy Living Tips That Will Transform Your Life

5 Daily Habits

to improve your life & prioritize your wellness

Healthy living doesn’t have to consist of running multiple miles every day. While getting this much exercise is wonderful, living a healthy lifestyle doesn’t have to be difficult or emotionally taxing. Here are five tips that you can easily blend into your day to promote wellness from the inside out.

1. Hydrate!
Just because you’ve had four cups of coffee today doesn’t mean that you’re properly hydrating. Make sure to drink at least 64 ounces of water every single day! Start your day off with a full glass of water to kick your energy into gear and promote healthy skin and digestion.

Tea is also a great substitute if you need flavor. Avoid sugar in your tea and reach for honey to add a little sweetness. Tea is usually full of natural phytochemicals that are antioxidants.

2. Eat Plenty of Nutritious Foods

use food to fuel your well-being

While junk food is appealing, this won’t provide your body with any positive benefits. Fuel your body with nutrition. When meal planning, make at least half of your meals vegetable-based. Pair a lean protein like fish or chicken with a large salad or roasted veggies. Fruits can help to curb your sweet tooth as well. If you avoid highly processed junk food long enough, you will no longer crave it.

As a rule of thumb, create a colorful plate. Foods of vibrant colors like eggplant, cherry tomatoes, and lemons are packed with vitamins and flavonoids!

Need some recipe suggestions? Check out The Herbal Kitchen where we share healthy recipes to satisfy all of your cravings.

3. Add Some Simple Exercise To Your Day

form small, healthy habits

You don’t have to overexert yourself with daily exercise but rather be mindful of your daily choices. Adding activity can help your physical health, improve your quality of sleep, and boost your mood.

Rather than taking the elevator, choose the stairs. Stand more than you sit. Park towards the back of the parking lot when grocery shopping to get a few extra steps into your day. Incorporate exercises into your day that you can do at home, whether going for a walk or finding a yoga routine that helps to promote pain relief and strength!

Try out these easy at-home workouts to increase flexibility, burn calories, and boost stamina with ease.

4. Allow Yourself The Time To Rest

you can't pour from an empty cup

We all live busy lifestyles, and this can play a large role in both our mental and physical health. It is necessary to rest. Put your phone away and enjoy some much-needed time to yourself, whether reading a book, watching your favorite movie, or spending time with a craft that you enjoy. 

Treat yourself to a warm bath and an early evening. Aim for a minimum of seven hours of sleep each night. Refresh the mind and the body so that you can be ready for the day and responsibilities ahead.

Treat your body well and if you have pain, address it holistically. 

Use natural remedies under the guidance of your physician instead of resorting to costly and difficult-to-recover-from invasive procedures or heavy pharmaceuticals.

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5. Spend Some Time Outside

give your body the natural vitamins it needs

Go outside. Fresh air and sunshine can have a much greater effect on your health than you realize. Just 30 minutes of vitamin D can provide your body with the nutrients it needs for a happier, more energized day.

Take Wellness One Step Further

Sometimes, you need an extra boost. Well Theory can help to fill the holes in your diet and daily wellness that you may be missing. Our products are naturally-formulated by an orthopedic surgeon to relieve pain, promote wellness, and help bolster a healthy lifestyle.

Choose one of our creams, sprays, oils, or multivitamins, or bundle them for extra savings and daily benefits. From an extra kick to strengthen your immunity to relieving pain and calming emotional stress and anxiety, our products can help you to live happier, age more vibrantly, and enhance your healthy lifestyle. Order today!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Meredith Warner is the creator of Well Theory and The Healing Sole. She is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Air Force Veteran.

She is on a mission to disrupt traditional medicine practices and promote betterment physically, spiritually and mentally to many more people. She advocates for wellness and functional health over big pharma so more people can age vibrantly with more function and less pain.

At Well Theory, Our surgeon-designed products are FDA Registered and formulated to help people:

  • Manage the symptoms of musculoskeletal pain
  • Recover vibrantly from orthopedic related surgeries
  • Fill the gaps in our daily diets
  • Manage pain associated with inflammation

Surgeon Formulated
For Your Peace of Mind

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100% NATURAL PAIN RELIEF FOR PEOPLE WORLDWIDE

Use Social Media to Foster Healthy Relationships

Use Social Media to Foster Healthy Relationships

Slow Your Scroll

use social media with intention

Social media is a convenient tool you can use to connect with the world. From keeping in touch with family to building new relationships and sharing personal successes, social media allows you to expand your horizons – digitally.

However, it is not difficult for social media to become an all-consuming or negative aspect of your day. Follow these four tips to use social media as a means of cultivating happy, healthy relationships.

Use these quick tips

to de-stress your online presence

1. Filter your friends list.
How many unnecessary contacts do we carry around in our friends list on social media? This may include old classmates, acquaintances, and business contacts outside of the necessary connections with our close friends and family.

If these connections are not healthy and beneficial to your life, let them go. Remove past negative relationships from your contacts. Declutter your feed and curate it to include positive connections and inspirational posts.

The way you feel after scrolling through your feed can linger in your offline interactions. By keeping your feed an encouraging space, you can make your in-person interactions more positive, as well.

2. Be mindful of how you portray yourself online.
This should go without saying, but you should be as careful with your social presence as you are with your public one. The way you speak and the content you share portrays your character to those who view your various social media channels.

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Keep your posts clear of gossip and unnecessary negativity that can be seen by future business connections or current friends and family. Positive impressions are as important online as they are in person.

Two Easy Ways You Can

filter your feed

3. Don’t mistake someone’s highlight reel on social media for their real life.
Social media has a way of both inspiring and discouraging audiences. Scrolling through feeds of other people’s successes can either spur you on in your own endeavors or slow you down.

It is important to remember that what is portrayed on social media is never the full picture. While it is easy to share the high points of our day, the negative aspects are often left in the shadows.

Make a conscious effort to not let the seemingly constant successes of others hinder your own forward momentum. After all, you’re only seeing part of the picture. Also, know that envy is one of the seven deadly sins and although social media encourages it, you should not engage in it.

4. Balance your time on and offline.
With technology at our fingertips and social media readily accessible, it is easy to get sucked into mindless scrolling. Balance your time online so that you can put your time offline to good use.

While you can connect with friends and family online, don’t forget the importance of a phone call or a face-to-face interaction. Make sure to log off from time to time. Soft skills such as making conversation and eye contact are important; social media does not allow these skills to develop. Give the soft skills time too!

At Well Theory, we believe that a healthy body, a sound mind, strong relationships, and passionate work are the four staples of a life well-lived. Find out how you can use natural medicine to relieve your stress and anxiety today by reading this helpful blog.

Visit The Well Theory today to learn more about our line of products that supplement your physical and emotional wellness!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Meredith Warner is the creator of Well Theory and The Healing Sole. She is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Air Force Veteran.

She is on a mission to disrupt traditional medicine practices and promote betterment physically, spiritually and mentally to many more people. She advocates for wellness and functional health over big pharma so more people can age vibrantly with more function and less pain.

At Well Theory, Our surgeon-designed products are FDA Registered and formulated to help people:

  • Manage the symptoms of musculoskeletal pain
  • Recover vibrantly from orthopedic related surgeries
  • Fill the gaps in our daily diets
  • Manage pain associated with inflammation

Surgeon Formulated
For Your Peace of Mind

Natural Ingredients + Cutting-Edge Medical Breakthroughs.

100% NATURAL PAIN RELIEF FOR PEOPLE WORLDWIDE

3 Things You Can Do This Weekend to Have a Better Workweek

3 Things You Can Do This Weekend to Have a Better Work Week

3 Quick Tips

to reduce stress & prepare for a better work week!

When life gets busy or stressful, it can be difficult to stay focused and productive during your work week. Here are three simple tips that you can accomplish on your weekend that can help you prepare for your work week ahead:

1. Set your weekly goals.
A little planning each weekend can go a long way in setting the foundation for a productive, stress-free week.

Don’t make this an overwhelming list. A list with too many daily tasks can actually have the opposite effect. Instead of pushing you forward in productivity, you may feel daunted by your workload.

Rather than creating a mountain of work for yourself, make note of six daily tasks to accomplish in order of priority. Come Monday, work your way through this list. At the end of your day, write down six more tasks for the following day. Continue this pattern each day.

2. Practice decluttering.
Clean up your workspace so that you can start your workweek free from unnecessary distractions. Organize your desk. Delete and archive old files and emails. Consolidate the items on your desktop. Be ready to start the day off strong when Monday rolls around.

This doesn’t have to stop at your workspace, either! Taking care of chores around the home – from laundry to throwing out trash and excess clutter – can help to organize both your physical space and emotional headspace.

Create A Routine

and plan ahead

3. Put together meals and clothes for the week ahead.
Take some time during your weekend to plan meals and outfits for your workweek. Having this organized ahead of schedule can help to save you time in the mornings before work and give you one less task to focus on as you start your day.

In addition, preparing your meals the weekend before can help you to make healthier, more economical choices throughout your week. Prepare nutritious meals and package them the weekend before to easily grab before heading to work for the day. This will save you money and unnecessary additional calories that you would spend by ordering lunch during the day.

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To miss fewer days at work and avoid illness, consider including these immunity-boosting foods in your regular diet.

Focusing your week doesn’t have to start on Monday morning! These tips can help you to get ahead of schedule and still leave you time to relax and enjoy your weekend. Start Monday off on the right foot – organized, stress-free, and ready to go.

At Well Theory, we believe that the keys to a healthy, balanced life are maintaining physical health, managing stress, growing and nurturing mindful relationships, and sustaining meaningful work. For more tips and products for a healthy, balanced lifestyle, read our other resources today!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Meredith Warner is the creator of Well Theory and The Healing Sole. She is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Air Force Veteran.

She is on a mission to disrupt traditional medicine practices and promote betterment physically, spiritually and mentally to many more people. She advocates for wellness and functional health over big pharma so more people can age vibrantly with more function and less pain.

At Well Theory, Our surgeon-designed products are FDA Registered and formulated to help people:

  • Manage the symptoms of musculoskeletal pain
  • Recover vibrantly from orthopedic related surgeries
  • Fill the gaps in our daily diets
  • Manage pain associated with inflammation

Surgeon Formulated
For Your Peace of Mind

Natural Ingredients + Cutting-Edge Medical Breakthroughs.

100% NATURAL PAIN RELIEF FOR PEOPLE WORLDWIDE

How CBD can Relieve Stress & Anxiety

How CBD Can Relieve Stress & Anxiety

Cannabidiol:

a safe + powerful anxiety reliever

At some point, everyone has experienced stress. At work, at family events, when something goes wrong or doesn’t go according to plan – we’re all familiar with the sensation of stress. Your heart races, your chest may feel tight, and your thoughts speed up to try to help you out of the predicament you’ve found yourself in. When stressed, it can be difficult to concentrate, to take deep breaths, and feel at ease.

Medications that treat stress symptoms can often dull your senses and make you feel like you’re in a fog. But as stress becomes recurring and escalates into anxiety, it may seem as if heavy pharmaceuticals are your only option.

If you’ve experienced recurring stress, or anxiety, you’ve likely tried all of the natural solutions commonly recommended. Anything from yoga to therapy, exercise and more, there are countless ways to reduce stress and improve your mental health.


But what happens when natural solutions run out, and you don’t want to take prescription medications?

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“For adults ages 19 to 50 and men ages 51 to 70, the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) is 1,000 milligrams (mg) of calcium a day. The recommendation increases to 1,200 mg a day for women after age 50 and for men after age 70 as well as those healing from surgery.”

Bone Health: Tips To Keep Your Bones Healthy (Mayo Clinic)

What Is Stress?

and how is it different from anxiety?

At its core, stress is caused by imbalance. When certain receptors in your body (called endocannabinoids) start misfiring, or are being over- or under- engaged, your body will feel the effects. Minute changes in the hormones that affect mood (such as serotonin) can greatly impact the amount of anxiety you experience. There is a general elevation in the amount of cortisol (stress steroid) in the blood and body.

If, for example, you are in a stressful work environment, your body learns to anticipate stress more often as you go throughout your day. This “fight or flight” response is a basic biological function designed to help you remember a stressful situation and avoid it in the future.

But if your career or home life is stressing you out, it can be difficult to change your environment. The longer you are exposed to stress, the longer your body “remembers” it. Eventually, you can develop anxiety – a baseline “stressed” state.

How Anxiety Affects You Over Time

why it's important to manage symptoms

As your body begins to take on a constantly stressed state, your body’s receptors are constantly receiving hormones that trigger psychosomatic responses. This can lead to serious conditions such as:

  • Heart Problems
  • Weak Immune System
  • Headaches or Migraines
  • Exhaustion
  • Depression
  • Irritability and difficulty interacting with family and friends

Keeping a healthy and balanced endocannabinoid system one key to avoiding stress. Very few options exist to optimize this balancing system of the body. If the endocannabinoid system is not able to control the stress-response system of the body, chronic stress results.

If you cannot change the environment or circumstances that cause you to feel stressed, and synthetic pharmaceuticals are not an option to which you want to turn – or you have tried them with no relief or unacceptable trade-off’s – Cannabidiol (CBD) may be able to help.

Stress and the Endocannabinoid System

and how CBD affects it

CBD is simply a phytochemical that has medicinal benefits for humans. CBD has become a popular remedy for stress, but it’s not just hearsay. CBD has been shown in numerous studies to assist in relieving symptoms associated with prolonged stress and anxiety.

This amazing compound is able to achieve such results because it engages and supports the human endocannabinoid system and promotes balance in all other systems of the body; this includes the ‘fight-or-flight’ response system. CBD is not THC; THC is known to be psychoactive while CBD is not. THC especially engages the CB1 receptors, which are mostly located in the brain and influence mood, among other things. CBD engages the CB2 receptors which modulate mood by changing the immune response and controlling blood flow and such.

CBD also regulates anxiety and stress levels by altering the production amounts of the brain neurotransmitter called ‘serotonin’. Serotonin, commonly known as the “happiness” chemical, binds to a receptor called 5-HT1A, which is one of the 14 different receptors serotonin binds to. Too high and too low levels of serotonin can cause emotional disruption. When CBD binds to receptors, it can stimulate an increase in serotonin production, and change the receptor’s ability to receive serotonin, helping keep the balance in check. CBD usually only allows for the proper amount of serotonin to be produced due to the mechanics of that particular receptor.

Click here to learn more about CBD and why it’s been so controversial over the years.

Holistic Recovery From Anxiety Is Possible

Chronic stress can actually change the way the brain functions. After your body and brain “learn” these chemical pathways to induce stress and anxiety, it becomes more difficult to recover from it. A hybrid treatment plan – one that includes both pharmaceuticals and natural therapies like yoga or therapy – is often recommended by physicians, alongside lifestyle changes. Believe it or not, a better diet can modify stress as well.

You should not expect a quick fix, as it will take time and patience to essentially “rewire” your brain and endocannabinoid receptor pathways. It is always advisable to consult with your physician before beginning a new treatment plan – but CBD, which is proven to be safe, natural, and effective, may be a great option to include in your wellness journey.

Choose Well Theory for a surgeon-curated, FDA-registered, and 3rd party-tested line of wellness products – and begin your journey towards achieving balance today.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Meredith Warner is the creator of Well Theory and The Healing Sole. She is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Air Force Veteran.

She is on a mission to disrupt traditional medicine practices and promote betterment physically, spiritually and mentally to many more people. She advocates for wellness and functional health over big pharma so more people can age vibrantly with more function and less pain.

At Well Theory, Our surgeon-designed products are FDA Registered and formulated to help people:

  • Manage the symptoms of musculoskeletal pain
  • Recover vibrantly from orthopedic related surgeries
  • Fill the gaps in our daily diets
  • Manage pain associated with inflammation

Surgeon Formulated
For Your Peace of Mind

Natural Ingredients + Cutting-Edge Medical Breakthroughs.

100% NATURAL PAIN RELIEF FOR PEOPLE WORLDWIDE

Vitamin C & Immune Function

Mental Health

Hi, I’m Dr. Warner here –

I am the founder of the Well Theory. Let’s discuss immune function, immunity, and vitamin C, which was one of the key components in my multivitamin. My Immunity Boosting Multivitamin can be referred to as being pro-immunity – it aids in the processes of healing and boosts the function of the immune system.

 

Why is vitamin C so important? You’ve probably heard since childhood that vitamin C helps to fight colds and flu, and it will commonly be seen as an ingredient in medicines that come out every cold and flu season.

But why is it good for immunity?

vitamin c is pretty awesome

The more I learn about vitamin C, the more I’m just blown away by its immunity-boosting capabilities.

Vitamin C is an antioxidant and prevents infections. It’s essential in your diet – meaning you have to take it as the human body is unable to produce or synthesize it on its own.

If you already have a well-balanced diet that incorporates plenty of vitamin C, that’s ideal. Eating well can be difficult and takes time and planning, so many people – myself included – find that supplementation is necessary to get the essential vitamins and nutrients to improve immunity.

I recommend my multivitamin – which is packed with vitamin C – to my surgical patients to give them the best chance for fighting infections and healing quickly. My multivitamin has a daily dose of 1000mg of vitamin C.

The Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) and other regulatory bodies will tell you that you don’t need that much, but I have found this to be a good amount for people healing a wound or fighting off an infection in a state of oxidative stress. Vitamin C is water-soluble, and any amount that the body does not use is easily expelled through digestion.

While taking a multivitamin is a great step towards building your immunity, eating the right foods is the best way to absorb essential vitamins and minerals. Read our blog on 10 Immunity-Boosting Foods to find out what you should start including in your diet today!

why vitamin c is necessary

Vitamin C is mandatory for sustaining an effective immune response to infection. Most of us are vitamin C deficient as it is the fourth leading cause of nutrient deficiency in the United States. A normal virus would normally not cause more than a runny nose or watery eyes, but vitamin C deficiency can cause this virus to bloom into more serious, problematic conditions such as pneumonia.

This is especially important for respiratory infections which is why we see a lot of vitamin C products for the common cold. Vitamin C prevents the common cold, and it helps the body to fight it off faster. Without this prevention, the common cold can become a deeper, lower respiratory infection and become pneumonia.

who is at risk?

The elderly, institutionalized, or nursing home patients are especially at risk as they are immunosenescent – meaning their immune system is weakened. Many are malnutritional, ill, and are vitamin C deficient. When these individuals are supplemented with C at IV levels and high oral doses, they do better with respiratory infections. If you have an elderly relative in a nursing home, consider increasing their vitamin C dosages.

Vitamin C also protects our body from our own immune system. Neutrophils in the immune system attack and absorb pathogens by releasing toxins and proteins. These neutrophils are then eaten by macrophage cells to clean up these toxins. If the macrophages do not carry out this task, the toxins from the dead neutrophil will be released into the tissue causing a pro-inflammatory response that can damage the tissue.

vitamin c for immune health

What does vitamin C do? Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant and electron promoter. It reduces oxidative damage and protects us from the toxicity that our own immune system produces to damage the pathogens. This means that vitamin C is a self-protective mechanism and makes the lymphocytes and the neutrophils within the immune system function better.

Vitamin C is important for mitochondrial energy production. This nutrient provides daily power to the cells so that they have properly functioning mitochondria.

It also regulates the cytokine release from immune cells. Immune cells release certain chemical messengers, like cytokines, that trigger inflammation, bring in the macrophages, and encourage the attack on pathogens. If you have too much of the wrong cytokine, you may experience excess inflammation, tissue damage, and toxicity. Also, if you have too much of the wrong kind of cytokine, you may not experience enough inflammation.

Vitamin C helps to regulate the number of cytokines based on the type and intensity of the infection. The body requires enough vitamin C in every cell, including in the immune cells and the entire system to regulate this.

vitamin c for chronic inflammation

If you are surrounded by heavy pollution, like we are in South Louisiana, you are exposed to higher levels of oxidative stress because your body is constantly fighting off heavy metals, pesticides, and air pollution. The body then produces reactive oxygen species that can cause chronic inflammation. This can be affected by excess weight, as well.

To fight this, the body will deplete what little vitamin C it has to stabilize the cell membranes and protect the cells from oxidative stress.

If you are in an area of high pollution or if you smoke, you have low vitamin C levels and are constantly under oxidative stress. If you have diabetes, are obese, or just stressed out in general, you are also under oxidative stress.

Your body will constantly seek vitamin C and other antioxidants to lower this oxidative stress. Any illness will require even more vitamin C to protect the immune system. This is why I believe that vitamin C supplementation is crucial to health, as well as why I chose 1000mg for my multivitamin. From regular, daily oxidative stress and general stress, we can all benefit from healthier skin and connective tissues, as well as less inflammation and a strengthened immune system.

Summary

Vitamin C causes the immune system to function and communicate better to optimally fight pathogens and infections. It stabilizes cell membranes and protects against oxidative damage. Remember – if you have an older relative, or if you or someone you know smokes, they should supplement with vitamin C. The body does not produce vitamin C naturally, so eating vitamin C-dense foods or supplementing is necessary to have the right amount in your system.
Vitamin C supplementation will give you a long-lasting, improved ability of both your innate and acquired immune system while also protecting you from oxidative damage. If you don’t eat enough oranges and cherries, Vitamin C supplementation is necessary to boost immune cell function and effectiveness.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Meredith Warner is the creator of Well Theory and The Healing Sole. She is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Air Force Veteran.

She is on a mission to disrupt traditional medicine practices and promote betterment physically, spiritually and mentally to many more people. She advocates for wellness and functional health over big pharma so more people can age vibrantly with more function and less pain.

At Well Theory, Our surgeon-designed products are FDA Registered and formulated to help people:

  • Manage the symptoms of musculoskeletal pain
  • Recover vibrantly from orthopedic related surgeries
  • Fill the gaps in our daily diets
  • Manage pain associated with inflammation