And it’s easy to treat, too.
Do you often feel exhausted and just can’t figure out why? There’s a good chance you’re suffering from a vitamin B12 deficiency.
Other symptoms include feeling weak or lightheaded, looking very pale, suffering from shortness of breath, having a smooth tongue, digestive problems, and even mental issues like memory loss, a change in behaviour and depression. Often, we write off these symptoms as a result of our hectic lifestyles, but rather be safe – go get your blood tested by your doctor.
Vitamin B12 is not produced by your body, so it’s important that you get it from another source. The best sources are from animals (think eggs, dairy and meat) so if you’re vegan, it’s more likely that you’ll suffer from a B12 deficiency. You’re also more likely to suffer if you have pernicious anemia, conditions that affect your small intestine (like celiac disease) or an immune disease (like lupus). But don’t stress – there’s treatment available and it’s not a big deal.
If your deficiency isn’t too bad, you can take supplements or alter your diet. If you don’t eat animal products or have a severe deficiency, however, you’ll need to go for shots, which can be done at most pharmacies. Everybody reacts at a different pace to the injections – some feeling better within weeks and some taking a few months – but people have found that they look less pale, the dark circles under their eyes lighten up, and their mood and energy levels significantly lift. Even if you don’t have a deficiency, you could benefit from the energy boost it gives you!
Have a chat to your doctor or pharmacist about it ASAP – it could make your life that little bit easier.
From Cosmo ZA
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