We lead busy lives. And, the constant rush means our lives are about quick-fix lunches and meals-to-survive! Often these improper meals leave us depleted and undernourished without us realizing it. Yet, we ignore the symptoms and continue on without changing our habits, until our situations become dire.
This is not to say that we don’ feel the symptoms. We do! We feel fatigued, unenergetic, moody, dull, overwhelmed and lethargic.
This also goes for people who pride themselves on their diet and health, eating the so-called “healthy foods” that have lost their goodness. Studies around the world have shown how our soil has been stripped of its lifeforce. Fewer nutrients make their way into our food these days. Apples are less nutritious. Spinach is less nutritious. And even the animals that are dependent on these plant-based foods absorb less nutrition. This bodes badly for us, human beings, who are on top of the fizzled food chain.
Vitamin B12 deficiency is one of the most common vitamin deficiencies that people encounter. Although it is largely fixable, I find that many people are simply unaware of it. That is why in this week’s blog post I want to focus on the symptoms, cure and precautions related to vitamin B12 deficiency.
About Vitamin B12
Our body cannot synthesize vitamin B12. We need to consume it either from animal-based products, such as dairy and meats or from dietary supplements. We need to consume these foods regularly and frequently to replenish our supply, given that our body cannot store B12 for long periods either.
For Vegetarians and Vegans
Vegetarians and vegans, along with pregnant women, people who consume alcohol, people who take acid-reducing medication, people who suffer from stomach disorders or have had a part of their stomachs removed, and people who suffer from Crohn’s disease, celiac disease or other similar intestinal ailments, are all prone to vitamin B12 deficiency.
For people belonging to these groups, vitamin B12 supplements are especially recommended!
A Few Symptoms
From weakness, tiredness and light-headedness to constipation, diarrhea, and complete loss of appetite, and even nerve problems and vision loss, vitamin B12 deficiency can drastically impact a person’s health. People suffering from B12 deficiency have also been known to experience mental problems such as depression, memory loss and sudden behavioural changes.
At advanced stages of deficiency, persons also experience heart palpitations and shortness of breath and have pale skin.
The good news is that B12 supplements are available that can help you cope with B12 deficiency. Consuming dietary supplements ensures that you meet your daily quota of vitamin requirements without altering your diet. And if you have been experiencing mild symptoms of deficiency, your symptoms are suddenly lifted and all is well.
However, it is vital that you bear a few things in mind:
- Consult with a healthcare professional before taking any supplements or altering your diet.
- Purchase high-quality supplements from known and respected vendors only.
- Don’t exceed your prescribed dosage.
- Consume a balanced meal and supplement your diet with dietary supplements.