Coming into any New Year, people are aiming to correct their bad habits and improve their overall quality of life through self-assessment and proactive lifestyle changes. In order to achieve your goals, you need to use every tool in your arsenal. Taking a holistic approach to your resolutions allows you to make changes in one arena that may radiate positively outward. One example of a simple change with a ripple effect of impact is adding a B12 shot to your routine.
Many people who swear by regular B12 shots report feeling happier and healthier overall. In addition to being more focused and attentive, it is possible to feel more energetic, sleep better and even feel less food cravings.
Are you deficient?
Nutrition experts suspect B12 to be the most common vitamin deficiency in the world. Even those with a healthy diet full of vitamin rich foods could potentially be deficient because they lack the enzymes, proteins or hydrochloric acid necessary for proper absorption.
Health conditions and lifestyle choices that restrict diet could potentially lead one to lack B12. People with Celiac disease, Crohn?s disease, and Irritable Bowel Syndrome are frequently deficient, as well as vegans and vegetarians.
Some signs of B12 deficiency include:
- Poor moods
- Low concentration and focus
- Poor neurological and cardiovascular health
What does it do for the body?
B12 assists the body on a cellular level with many essential processes; it essentially acts as a catalyst for production systems throughout the body and assures that systems are functioning at their utmost efficiency.
Below are some of the functions that B12 assists in:
- Critical for Red Blood Cell production
- Aids in nerve function
- Melatonin production
- Hormone production
- Energy levels are improved through proper vitamin absorption in the body
- Metabolism is improved through fat and protein breakdown efficiency
- Production of digestive enzymes
- Nutrient transportation throughout the body
Injections can be done as frequently as every 5 days, or as infrequently as once a month. As with any treatment of this nature, it is best to consult with a doctor or nurse to determine the best routine for your desired result. Because B12 is a water-soluble vitamin, it carries little to no risk with the injections. If the body has an excess it will simply expel it.
Studies are currently under way to discover the potential effect that B12 has on brain function in Alzheimer?s and Parkinson?s patients, cancer treatments, bipolar disorder, restless leg syndrome and autism.