As is often the case in this type of doodlewash adventure, I realize there’s a day to celebrate just about anything, including a vitamin. This day celebrates the anniversary of that great day in 1932 when two doctors at the University of Pittsburgh first isolated this vital nutrient. Sure, people already knew that eating lots of citrus fruits and fresh greens warded off their scurvy, but now they finally knew why! Typically, an orange is used to illustrate this type of thing, but red peppers pack a bigger Vitamin C punch with nearly three times more of the stuff than an orange.
I was tempted to celebrate World Rat Day, but I figured it was good to branch out and try something other than animals. Also, I only had 25 minutes. And Philippe and I were discussing eating healthier, so this day seems timely to celebrate. Actually, we were making a resolution to exercise more. This is something normally done and then forgotten about in January as everyone knows that it’s impossible to be truly motivated when still wearing sweaters and coats to hide the winter’s trangressions. As we move into spring and the layers come off, it becomes shockingly clear that something must be done quick before summer clothes come to reveal more skin and leave any doubt whatsoever.
Although Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, won’t make you thin, it will help boost your immune system and protect you against cardiovasicular disease, eye disease and even better, skin wrinkling. This is one of the reasons why in the United States, the supplement industry is over $38 billion. All doctors will say, however, that getting your nutrients from actual food is best whenever possible. So grab a pepper and chow down today! Just be sure not to cook it as you’ll totally kill the Vitamin C. Yeah, “healthy” is pretty much a buzz kill, but I guess it’s always better than the alternative.
Join me any and all days you like during April by celebrating a National or International Day with a doodlewash! Tag your image #doodlewashaday and I’ll feature everyone who played along on doodlewash.com at the end of the month!
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M. Graham watercolors: Azo Orange, Pyrrol Red, Gamboge, Ultramarine Blue, Permanent Pale Green, and Neutral Tint. Lamy Safari Al Star pen with Platinum Carbon black ink in a 5″ x 8″ 140 lb. (300 gsm) Pentalic Aqua Journal
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