Oy vey I think I may have found the source of my fatiguey, tingly, forgetfulness! I was watching Dr. Oz and like I couldn’t have asked for a better episode but one focused on the vitamin B-12. Apparently a good third of us (or so as polled in his audience) are deficient in B-12 and a lot of it has to do with simple factors… First of all, if you’re under 50, hopefully your stomach is still with you, in tact and functioning properly. But if you’re at all like me, I have had stomach problems for years now. Second, if you are over 50, listen up because your stomach, probably like mine (and other faulty young stomachs out there), basically stops producing gastric acids needed to break apart B-12 from the protein molecule. Basically, if your body can’t separate it, all your B-12 intake could be for not. Why do you need it? It helps your cells communicate with each other and goes as far as helping you stay neurologically sound. There have been studies done where dementia, alzheimers patients suffered from B-12 deficiency. The problem is if you let your body go too long without, the damage is irreversible. Sound scary? Good. Be scared and prepared!

Sources of B-12: meat, seafood, some dairy. Those are the naturally occurring sources (but they should be non-GMO, grass-fed animals). Then there’s the fortified cereals or milk-substitutes, which work too.

Best way to infuse yourself with B-12: melt under your tongue B-12 supplements. This is good for those who have the weaker, older stomachs. If you have a young, healthy stomach then taking a pill-form supplement should be fine. And actually, not that anyone recommends you take tons, but there is no limit on B-12 in-take. And if that’s not fitting to your needs, you can also do the B-12 injections (that are popping up everywhere nowadays) but the Dr says you should get a Px first.

Remember, not like you’re stupid, but don’t go hog wild on anything before checking in with your physician, or go hog wild and have fun!

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