Our bodies need “fuel” in the form of food to keep us going. But just like your car needs gas, it also needs other additives like oil and power steering fluid to keep functioning.

You should think of vitamins as those additives that can help your body function properly. One of the most important vitamins is vitamin C. A daily glass of orange juice can help with your vitamin C levels. Without that, you could experience a deficiency that can be extremely detrimental to your health.

Here are the signs that you might need a boost of Vitamin C:

You Notice More Face Wrinkles

Vitamin C is a kind of internal sunscreen. It can help protect your skin from harmful UV radiation. It also supports the synthesis of collagen. That is what keeps your skin wrinkle-free.

Your Hair Breaks Off Easily

This isn’t so much as hair falling out as it is literally breaking off. The ends of your hair can grow into a corkscrew pattern and become very fragile. That leads to it “snapping” and breaking off.

Your Gums Bleed

Just as collagen supports healthy skin and bones, it can also promote healthy gums and teeth. Without that, your gums can become inflamed and that can lead to bleeding when you brush your teeth. In addition to gum bleeding, you can also have tooth decay.

You Bruise Easily

New research has connected a lack of vitamin C to easy bruising. Conversely, bruising healed faster with vitamin C supplements.

Your Cuts Are Slow to Heal

A minor cut, like a paper cut or knee scrape, usually heals within three to seven days If you notice that a cut takes weeks to close up, then that could be a clear sign of a vitamin C deficiency.

You Are More Fatigued

Feeling tired or fatigued is also a sign of vitamin C deficiency. In fact, this might be one of the first most obvious signs of a vitamin C deficiency.

If you experience any of these signs, then you should check in with your doctor to get their thoughts. The prescription might just be a lot more orange juice!