Vitamin B – Read on…
Think having a lack of vitamin B in the body isn’t a big deal?-Think again. If you are vegetarian or vegan, experiencing an abnormal amount of stress or drink too many cocktails- these are just a few of the reasons you may be lacking in B vitamins. Further more, if you are vegan or vegetarian, do not assume you would have experienced symptoms right at the beginning of your “non-meat” journey. A vitamin deficiency can be slow to develop over time and can intensify significantly. It is crucial for anyone experiencing symptoms to take affirmative action. Adding vitamin B into the diet can save your brain and your mental state- building nutrients back up and allowing you to function again! Please read the following facts…
#1. Vegan & Vegetarian Diet
A vegan or vegetarian diet does put the body at high-risk for a vitamin B 12 deficiency. As I stated above it is slow to develop but once symptoms worsen we can experience anything from bruising on the skin to tingling in the limbs. Many vegans hop on board without knowing that plants do not contain b12- the only foods that do are animal based. Whats worse, is that with the new “gluten-free” lifestyle many have cut out grains. Unfortunately, these grains provided us with fortified B vitamins- vital for a healthy, functioning body. That being said, if you don’t plan on adding grains back in- I strongly urge you to begin supplementing with a high-quality, whole foods vitamin B. My favorite brand: “Mega-Food”- sells a great vitamin b complex. Check them out here.
Ahhh! Stress sucks doesn’t it? Not only does stress mess with our bodies big time but it also rapidly breaks down our vitamin B supply. Are you experiencing anxiety, shallow breathing, panic attacks? If so- vitamin B might just be the answer! Taking a vitamin B supplement or eating foods containing vitamin B allows for the synthesis of tryptophan into serotonin. I’m sure we have all heard of serotonin but if not, this “neurotransmitter” holds a vital role in regulating not only our mood but our sleep and energy levels as well. Taking b complex can start to improve feelings of stress right away leaving you in a more relaxed and peaceful state. You might also consider some daily breathing exercises to help ease your worry.
Are you told by a doctor you get up too fast? Or maybe you keep seeing an ear, nose and throat doctor to find answers for your dizzy spells? What if I told you vitamin B might just be your remedy? Maybe you are thinking you cant possibly have a deficiency in B vitamins because you eat plenty of meat- well I am here to plead the 5th! As we get older our bodies do not hold on to nutrients like they once did. In fact some of us don’t even have the ability to absorb it properly due to other contributing factors. Instead of going to the doctor and starting any pharmaceutical drug to help your condition- please consider a vitamin B supplement first. The national health and nutrition examination survey estimated that 3.2% of adults over the age of 50 have a seriously low B12 level and up to 20% may have borderline deficiency- definitely something to consider.
#4. Irritability & Mood Disorders
A lack in vitamin B can 100% lead to mental health problems! If you are feeling irritable or uneasy- the culprit could simply be “B”! Did you know that many individuals suffering from phobias and mood disorders are deficient in B complex? Symptoms such as anxiety, restlessness, fatigue and emotional instabilities could all start improving immediately if you take action. I recommend B-complex versus B12, as it contains a full range of 8 distinct vitamins. These vitamins are made up of enzymes, co-enzymes, and co-factors – which collaborate together creating their “healing” biologic effects for our body. When purchasing a vitamin B supplement, stick to a whole-foods based brand- which is better absorbed by the body and much more healthful then synthetic forms laced with magnesium stearate!
In addition to this article, when experiencing any anxiety- remember to keep sugar intake low. Whether it be natural sugars from fruit or cane sugar in desserts, during times of distress cutting down on it can make all the difference in the world!