Healing After Harvey: B-12 for Chronic Fatigue, Stress & More

If you’re like most Americans, you work hard, you’re raising a family, you have a busy social life and are generally always on the go. You rarely slow down and when you do, it’s not for long.

If you’re like most Houstonians, in addition to working hard, raising a family and a busy social life, you now have the burden of demoing, recovering and renovating your home after Hurricane Harvey. Not to mention, you also have to begin to replace everything you and your loved ones have lost.

These past few weeks have been incredibly stressful for everyone in our city and surrounding cities. Not only are we stressed, anxious and overwhelmed, but we’re downright exhausted! And rightfully so! All of these are very normal feelings for just having gone through such a catastrophic event, but the good news is that all of these feelings are also very easily treated.

Both chronic stress and fatigue are directly linked to a deficiency of the key nutrient, vitamin B12. In fact, studies show that B12 deficiency is one of the leading nutrient deficiencies in the world, and is also a major health concern in many parts of the world, including the US, Mexico, Central and South America.

Vitamin B12 has a host of health benefits, such as improving your mood, boosting your energy, increasing your memory, promoting heart and digestive health, as well as supporting healthy skin and hair. It also plays a vital role in addressing adrenal fatigue, combatting stress, maintaining a healthy nervous system even and hormonal imbalance.

Due its wide range of benefits, vitamin B12 deficiencies also show up in a wide range.

Vitamin B12 deficiency symptoms include:

  • Chronic fatigue
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Muscle aches
  • Weakness
  • Joint pain
  • Poor memory
  • Heart palpitations
  • Digestion issues
  • Anemia

Top 5 Benefits of Vitamin B12:

  1. Combats fatigue and improves energy: B12 helps your body to maintain health energy levels because it supports your metabolism’s ability to convert carbohydrates into glucose, which is then used as energy.
  2. Promotes healthy cognitive function: B12 may help prevent memory loss and is also known for reducing the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
  3. Helps regulate the nervous system: B12 supports a healthy mood, reduced stress and decreased feelings of anxiety.
  4. Supports a healthy heart: Cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death in the world. B12 helps to lower homocysteine levels, cholesterol and inflammation throughout the body, which are all considered major risk factors for heart disease.
  5. Aids in digestion: Vitamin B12 plays a huge role in digestion as it helps with the breakdown of food within the stomach. It promotes healthy bacteria in the gut, while eliminating harmful bacteria, and in doing so may reduce the chances of developing digestive disorders such as IBS or candida overgrowth.

There are many different sources of B12, but some of the best sources include organic yogurt, eggs, meats, wild fish and chicken. If you think you may be deficient, I highly recommend you try to incorporate more of the B12 enriched foods listed above into your diet.

Also, because B12 is a water soluble nutrient, it is not stored in the bloodstream and is easily excreted from the body. This is why it is so important that you take a vitamin B12 supplement daily, or get vitamin B12 injections routinely. Most elderly people are the most likely to be deficient as their bodies do not readily convert vitamin B12 properly. Additionally, those who follow a vegan lifestyle are typically deficient as they do not get nearly enough B12 without having animal products as a part of their diet. Others who are more likely to be deficient are smokers, alcoholics and anyone with digestive disorders, such as Crohn’s disease or celiac. Though these categories of people are more likely to be deficient, we are nearly all severely low in B12 and can all reap its many benefits, no matter your age or lifestyle.

If you are currently experiencing any of the symptoms I have listed, I would recommend taking a medical-grade sublingual B12 supplement in the form of methylcobalamin, as it is the most absorbable form of B12. Another option, and in my opinion, the better option, is to have routine B12 injections. When B12 is injected, versus taken orally, the B12 is able to bypass the digestive system and be absorbed directly into the body so that you receive 100% of the benefits. I have been taking B12 injections for many years now and simply put, I cannot go without them. Just when I think I can skip an injection, I quickly notice a dip in my energy levels and even more noticeable is my body’s inability to handle stress.

If you have found yourself to be more stressed and fatigued lately, whether it be due to recovering your home from Hurricane Harvey, or the daily stress that comes with a busy lifestyle, try adding B12 to your daily regimen. It is such a simple solution to such a wide array of common health concerns.

Right now, to lend a helping hand to anyone who is experiencing chronic fatigue, severe stress and genuinely high levels of anxiety, I am offering all B12 injections for only $25 (regularly $45). If you feel rundown, tired and more anxious than ever, I encourage you to try B12 injections. One thing I can honestly say is no one has ever regretted getting adequate amounts of B12. In fact, the only thing most patients will say is they regret not supplementing with it sooner!

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