I hope your all doing well.
I hope tonights blog will make more people aware of B12 deficiency and how it maybe impacting on your health.
Since loosing weight I've noticed more health issues which I had put down to being overweight.
But the last few months I've noticed a huge change in my body and emotional state.
I've been constantly tired even though I've had my recommend eight hours a night sleep.
I've been suffering with numbness in my hands and elevated heart palpitations.
My moods have been very up and down and hard to control.
And I won't start with the seasick balance issues and brain fog and terrible cold sores.
I wanted to make people aware of how a B12 deficiency can cause serious issues and irreversible changes if not acted on quickly.
I must state I'm no doctor or trained medical expert but I'm sharing my own experience with you all.
Here's a little bit about Vitamin B12
Vitamin B12, also known as cobalamin, is an important water-soluble vitamin.
It plays an essential role in the production of your red blood cells and DNA, as well as the proper functioning of your nervous system.
Vitamin B12 is naturally found in animal foods, including meats, fish, poultry, eggs and dairy. However, it can also be found in products fortified with B12, such as some varieties of bread and plant-based milk.
Unfortunately, B12 deficiency is common, especially in the elderly. You’re at risk of deficiency if you don’t get enough from your diet or aren’t able to absorb enough from the food you eat.
People at risk of a B12 deficiency include.
- The elderly
- Those who’ve had surgery that removes the part of the bowel that absorbs B12
- People on the drug metformin for diabetes
- People following a strict vegan diet
- Those taking long-term antacid drugs for heartburn.
Unfortunately, symptoms of a vitamin B12 deficiency can take years to show up, and diagnosing it can be complex. A B12 deficiency can sometimes be mistaken for a folate deficiency.
Low levels of B12 cause your folate levels to drop. However, if you have a B12 deficiency, correcting low folate levels may simply mask the deficiency and fail to fix the underlying problem.
Here are 8 signs and symptoms of a true vitamin B12 deficiency.
- Weakness , tiredness, or lightheadedness
- Heart palpitations and shortness of breath
- Pale skin
- A smooth tongue
- Constipation, diarrhea, loss of appetite, or gas
- Nerve problems like numbness or tingling, muscle weakness, and problems walking
- Vision loss
- Mental problems like depression, memory loss, or behavioral changes.
Here are some foods that are high in Vitamin B12
I've been taking Vitamin B12 supplements now for while but I can always tell when I haven't been including them in my daily diet routine.
My body crashes and I have all my symptoms come back within a few days of being off B12 supplements.
Sometimes life takes over and we forget our own needs but talking care of our bodies needs is extremely important for our day to day lives.
I'm now back on my Vitamin B12 and I'm starting to feel human again.
I hope you have all found my blog resourceful.
Love Stacie xx