Focus on Vitamin B
I hope you read and enjoyed Part-1 of this series that focused on Vitamin D deficiency. Now, on to Vitamin B.
Vitamins are essential to our healthy functioning. Vitamin B is important to our health. As I said in the previous article, once we begin to know and understand our bodies and the signs it shows us, we can begin the road to healing and become healthy.
Why the importance of knowing if you are vitamin D and B deficient?
Being deficient in Vitamin D and Vitamin B could be causing you some issues that are confusing, and can be hard to diagnosis if the doctor isn’t looking for it specifically. It is estimated that nearly 40% of us are deficient in Vitamin B and do not even realize that it is an issue. Normal Vitamin B levels should be in the range of 200 to 900pg/ml. So, anything under 200pg/ml is a possible sign of a deficiency. Checking blood levels is not routine unless you or the doctor consider there may be an issue. If you do think you may be deficient or have any of the symptoms below, it is a good idea to talk to your doctor and ask to have your levels checked. It is up to you to be your own advocate.
Here is a look at Vitamin B and its role in our health:
Vitamin B plays an important role in the keeping the body’s nerve and blood cells healthy and also helps make DNA. Vitamin B also helps in brain function and keeps the energy alive in the body. There are different types of B vitamins, each one has an important role. Each B comes from a different type of food; Vitamin B-12 is found in dairy and meats, B-7 & B-9 are found in fruits and vegetables, as well as B-1 and 2 and are also found in seeds and some fish.
Some people, especially older adults require higher amounts of Vitamin B. The symptoms of Vitamin B deficiency can vary depending on what specific B vitamin you are lacking. But today we are just going to focus on Vitamin B-complex (which is a combination of all B vitamins combined into one), it plays a very important role in our health. With women, the absorption of B decreases with age.
How do you get Vitamin B? Vitamin B’s are found in animal proteins such as liver and red meat, as in Mackerel, sardines, salmon, dairy including some cheese and yogurt. It is safe to say that if you are a Vegan, unless you take a B-complex daily vitamin or shot, you are deficient.
So, what does B-Complex do for your body?
B-Complex supports energy, boost energy levels, cuts down on the risk of Osteoporosis, prevents nerve damage, boosts mode, protects brain health, keeps you looking and feeling younger, helps aid in weight loss because it breaks down fats & carbs. In a sense, it keeps our bodies running like a well-oiled machine.
How does this vitamin do all this?
These vitamins are absorbed by using gastric acid in the stomach to transport it to the small intestines where it is then absorbed into the blood stream. In order for B to promote good health, the stomach, intestines, and pancreas must be healthy themselves, if not, your body can not absorb and process the vitamin properly. If you have Celiacs disease, Chrones disease, pancreas dysfunction, take certain drugs including heartburn medication, and if you don’t eat any animal proteins you are at a higher risk of being deficient.
Vitamin B deficiency symptoms:
- muscle weakness
- burning and/or tingling of the feet
- lack of energy
- difficulty walking
- dizziness and/or Vertigo
- unexplained fatigue
- blurred/double vision
If you are deficient in Vitamin B, two ways that you can get your levels up are by taking a daily B-complex vitamin or a vitamin B shot (frequency at the discretion of your doctor). Depending on how your body absorbs B, taking the vitamin daily should be enough, however, if you have any stomach issues that will inhibit the absorption, a shot is the best way for you to get the vitamin B you need.
When you start looking into what your body may be lacking and start finding simple answers, your body can begin to heal itself. There are many people who are both Vitamin D and B deficient and I said above unless the Dr.’s are specifically looking/checking for it, your symptoms can continue to cause you pain and issues.
What worked for me.
I can personally attest to all the above, I have both Vitamin D and B deficiencies. My last blood level for D was a 6 and the normal range is between 50-70ng/ml. I struggle with stomach issues and have inflammatory bowel disease, so my most recent episode dropped my levels pretty fast. I usually take 10,000 units daily to keep my levels up, however, it has not been enough. The same for Vitamin B, no matter what I took, whether a pill or liquid under the tongue, my levels were continually low. So, my very amazing doctor decided to try the Vitamin B injections, and they have worked great.
My levels are finally back up within the normal range. It looks like it will be a combo of Vitamin D and B in the injections, which is fine with me. I want to be able to function and be the best that I can be, and if taking a simple little shot once a month is what it takes, then I am all for it.
I hope that you have enjoyed this series and have taken away some great information.
Here’s to your Health!
Love and Light,