I’m up to chapter 12 in Julia Ross’s The Diet Cure. There is a lot to take in, but it is very interesting. One thing I have changed since reading her book, is I now take a daily B12 vitamin. I rarely take multivitamins, because they tend to make me nauseous (and then I worry that I am pregnant again). I know, I am lacking essential vitamins even though I do try to eat a balanced diet. I have noticed that B12 really helps with my afternoon fatigue. I have been relying on my 2:00 pm coffee break to give me a jump start when I start to feel that afternoon slump. But, for other reasons, I have been working on eliminating my afternoon cup of coffee, and I’ve noticed that my B12 vitamin intake has improved my fatigue in the afternoon. I usually take my vitamins with lunch because my mornings are so busy I forget to take it until all of the kids are down for their naps. I think that is good timing for me.
Some benefits of B12 include:
- It decreases fatigue and lethargy in the body
- It reduces depression, stress, and brain shrinkage
- It protects against heart disease by curbing and improving unhealthy cholesterol levels
- It is essential for healthy skin, hair, and nails
- It helps protect against cancers including breast, colon, lung, and prostate cancer
Dr Oz recommends taking B12 vitamins too. He says:
Insufficient B12 levels can lead to deep fatigue, mood changes, and dementia-like qualities, preventing you from feeling your best and performing at your highest energy level.
Here are some symptoms you may feel if you are lacking B12:
- Overall lack of energy
- Unusual mood changes
- Difficulty concentrating or remembering things
- Tingling or numbness in hands or feet
- Inflamed, red, cracked tongue
If you are experiencing this, it is recommended to discuss the symptoms with your doctor. I added my B12 to my Calcium with D and Fish Oil regimen. I do feel a burst of energy after I take it. You can also add the necessary B vitamins into your diet by eating:
- Beef liver and clams, which are the best sources of vitamin B12
- Fish, meat, poultry, eggs, milk, and other dairy products, which also contain vitamin B12
- Breakfast cereals are fortified with vitamin B12
- Nuts are also rich in B12
So if you are like me and need a kickstart to your energy, consider taking your B12. Good luck finding your energy again! Let me know if you have any other natural and healthy remedies that work for your energy slumps.