Bet you didn’t know this fact about today

The Good Life Letter 

22nd March 2018

  • Here’s something weird you won’t realise about today
  • The problem with vitamin C supplements 
  • Why this vegetable packs more punch than an orange
It was St Patrick's Day last weekend.

As usual, the big green-hatted folk were out in force, even some who are about as Irish as my trousers.

Apparently about 13 million pints of Guinness are consumed on that one day!

Of course, St Patrick’s is a world-famous Saints Day.

But almost EVERY day is a special day, it seems.

I’ve been looking at an amazing website that tells you all the commemorative days of the year and if truth be told, some are absolutely bonkers.

For instance, I bet you didn’t know that today (22nd March) is ‘Goof Off Day’.

Yes, apparently it’s a chance to step back from the pressures of every-day life and take time to be silly, wasting an hour or two on some pointless nonsense.

It’s also World Water Day – set up by the United Nations to focus on the many ways ordinary people can get involved in helping people access clean and safe water.

That one makes more sense…

But not only that, it’s ‘As Young As You Feel Day’ too – where you’re supposed to do something wild and youthful, like 'have that outrageous hairstyle you wanted when you were a teenager' (not great for me as I’ve lost almost all the hair I had when I was a teenager).

The special days never really stop.

For instance, tomorrow is 'Melba Toast Day'… and also ‘Near Miss Day’ commemorating March 23rd 1989, when a large asteroid missed the Earth by 500,000 miles.

And here’s another special day coming up.

Yes, get ready for the big one.

On Thursday April the 4th it’s 'World Vitamin C Day'.

Not got that in your diary?

No plans yet?

I’m surprised at you!

Maybe you’ve never even heard of 'Vitamin C Day'?

Well, it’s the day when billions of people celebrate that classic vitamin. The website says: “The best way to celebrate Vitamin C Day is to stay healthy, and this very vitamin can help you with that!”

However, before you reach for any vitamin pills, hold on.

The problem with vitamin C supplements

I’ve banged the drum about this in the past, but it’s important.

In supermarkets you’ll see an astonishing array of very highly priced vitamin supplements in bewildering varieties and brands. I’ve met people who have cupboards packed full of the things. After breakfast they start popping colourful pills like it’s some kind of competition.

The trouble is, you don’t really know what you’re guzzling. Many big brands short change you in terms of the genuine nutritional punch, use synthetic versions of vitamins made in a lab, or pack their pills with filler.

Without the enzymes in your digestive system, your body doesn’t absorb them well, meaning you experience few of the promised health benefits.

Most of the 'vitamin content' is excreted away because your body can't absorb it.

You see, vitamins that are isolated in a laboratory do NOT work in the same way as vitamins found in food, for instance what you might get from a fresh orange.

But nobody is talking about this fact – only a small proportion of the public know it – and so we let supermarkets continue to make millions from selling rubbish.

It’s grimly funny when you think about it…

Not only are supermarkets responsible for our addiction to ready meals and convenience food – which serve to reduce our vitamin intake – but when people take supplements to make up for this, they buy products that don’t really work.

It’s worth noting that processed sugary foods and sweets prevent vitamin C being absorbed properly, never mind the quality of your supplement.

So your best bet is to get vitamin C naturally – and don’t simply rely on oranges.

Fruit and veg that packs more punch than an orange

Despite their reputation for being packed with vitamin C,  a medium orange only has 69.7 mg of the stuff, which is less than many other common fruits and vegetables, for example:

  • Strawberries – high in vitamin C, fibre and antioxidants. One serving provides half of your daily vitamin C needs.

  • Kiwi fruit has more vitamin C than an orange, as well as being rich in flavonoids and potassium.

  • Guava is another fruit that packs a punch, with one fruit containing over 250 mg of vitamin C.

  • Bell peppers are surprisingly high in vitamin C. Half a raw red pepper has 140 mg of vitamin C.

  • Kale cabbage have up to 130 mg of vitamin C in one serving – that’s a full day’s requirement of vitamin C.

  • Broccoli has over 90 mg of vitamin C in a serving.

But of course I realise that eating enough raw fruit and vegetables is not realistic for a lot of people.

This is why I recommend a vegetable-derived supplement made from complex whole foods. These are highly bio- available, which means the vitamins and minerals are better absorbed, retained and utilised by your body.

Click here to find out more.

If you’re going to use a supplement, go for something like this which your body will actually use, rather than wasting your money.

And finally today…

Final discounted lip balms available

If the cold winds and rain delivered by Storm Gareth last week played havoc on your lips, chapping them and making them sore, then here’s something that will help…

I mentioned the other week that the Good Life shop was offering massively discounted lip balm, a wonderful way to keep your lips moist and healthy.

Just to let you know, we have since run out of the coconut lime, and there are no mixed packs left either, so only a few lavender or peppermint are left.

Click here to grab them at stupidly low prices while stocks last!

That’s it from me. Have a good weekend and enjoy ‘Near Miss Day’ tomorrow.

Yours, as ever

Ray Collins




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