If you deal with low energy levels, you should check with our practitioners to see if vitamin B12 shots may be right for you. While this treatment is not the right choice for every individual, many are surprised to find out that their natural energy stores can be quickly restored with a simple shot received regularly. Learn more about what vitamin B12 is and how you can know if this injection is right for you.
Vitamin B12 is a natural nutrient found in many foods. A majority of people receive an ample supply of this vitamin simply by eating a well-rounded diet. Plus, because vitamin B12 is stored in the fatty part of the liver, most people have enough vitamin B12 in their bodies to last for years. In some cases, we may find that your low energy levels are related to a different physical or hormonal disturbance rather than to this vitamin deficiency.
However, certain groups of people are at a high risk of vitamin B12 deficiency and benefit greatly from regular vitamin B12 shots. First, vegans and vegetarians may not receive an ample supply of this vitamin from their diets. This is because B12 is found mainly in meats and other animal products, such as eggs, cheese and yogurt. Some studies have shown that up to half of vegans may have vitamin B12 deficiencies, particularly those who are pregnant.
Second, elderly adults may be at risk of a deficiency because their digestive tracts are not as adept at gaining nutrients from food as are younger people. Third, those with gastrointestinal disorders, such as Crohn’s disease, may have trouble gaining vitamin B12 from their diets even if they eat plenty of meat and animal products. Others who may be at risk of deficiencies are those who abuse alcohol, smoke, have autoimmune disease or take certain medications, such as those for diabetes.
Even if you do not fall into one of these categories, you can still take note of any negative symptoms you are experiencing, which may alert you to a deficiency. Vitamin B12 deficiencies most notably manifest themselves in a lack of energy and general sense of fatigue. You may also feel as if your thinking is very slow, and you may feel depressed or irritable. Other common symptoms include constipation, headaches, faintness, visual disturbances and heart palpitations.
Schedule a consultation with us at Simply Slim Medical to find out if vitamin B12 shots could benefit you. Contact us today to book an appointment at our office in Bethesda or Falls Church! We proudly serve clients all over DC, Maryland, and Virginia), including Bethesda, MD, Falls Church, VA, and Tysons Corner, VA, and we look forward to hearing from you!