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EXACTLY WHAT ARE VITAMIN INJECTIONS AND WHY YOU SHOULD GIVE THEM... A SHOT.

by Amelia Pridham 3 min read

red syringe

"Vitamin Injections? Sure, I'll give them a shot."

I crack myself up. 

PICTURE THIS.

YOU ARRIVE FOR WHAT YOU THINK IS A ROUTINE MANI/PEDI DATE WITH A FELLOW #GIRLBOSS — BUT — AS SOON AS YOU ARRIVE, INSTEAD OF BEING GREETED AND ASKED TO CHOOSE A POLISH COLOR, YOU'RE GREETED AND ASKED IF YOU'D LIKE TO ADD A "B12 INJECTION" TO YOUR SERVICE.

BEFORE LAST WEEK, I WOULD HAVE CONSIDERED THIS SCENARIO A BIT 'LATE-NIGHT CSI LAS VEGAS'.

HOWEVER, IN THE SPIRIT OF ADVENTURE AND EXPERIMENTATION, AFTER THOROUGHLY INTERROGATING THE INJECTION EXPERT, I DECIDED TO GIVE IT A GO. WHY NOT? THE MORE SHE TOLD ME, THE BETTER THE BENEFITS OF INJECTING VITAMINS DIRECTLY INTO MY BLOODSTREAM SOUNDED, I HAD MY FRIEND NIKKI THERE TO HOLD MY HAND, AND IT WAS ONLY $30 BUCKS.

 

"WHY NOT?!?

I'LL GIVE IT... A SHOT".

OK SO... TELL US THE RESULTS!  

THE PROCESS OF GETTING THE SHOT WAS EASY AND RELATIVELY LOW PAIN - THE ENTIRE PROCESS ONLY LASTED ABOUT 5 MINUTES. THE BEST PART? IT WORKED FOR ME - I COULD DEFINITELY FEEL THE RESULTS. IN FACT, THE VERY NEXT DAY I WOKE UP FEELING RESTED AND HAD WAY MORE ENERGY. IF I WOULD HAVE KNOW THEY WERE THIS QUICK, EASY, AND EFFECTIVE I WOULD HAVE STARTED A LOT SOONER -  I AM 100% A FAN. 

SO NOW THE SCIENCE... 

WHAT IS VITAMIN B12?

VITAMIN B12 IS AN ESSENTIAL VITAMIN FOR YOUR BODY. HOWEVER YOUR BODY DOESN'T NATURALLY PRODUCE IT SO THE ONLY WAY TO GET YOUR DAILY DOSE IS THOUGHT DIET OR INJECTION.

WHY DO YOU NEED VITAMIN B12?

YOUR BODY NEEDS VITAMIN B12 TO HELP YOUR RED BLOOD CELLS, NERVES AND DNA CARRY OUT ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS. THE AVERAGE ADULT NEEDS 2.4 MICROGRAMS OF B12 PER DAY BUT DUE TO A VARIETY OF REASONS THIS RARELY HAPPENS AND MANY ADULTS ARE VITAMIN B12 DEFICIENT. 

WHY ARE VITAMIN B12 INJECTIONS HELPFUL?

MOST PEOPLE WHO ARE VITAMIN B12 DEFICIENT ACTUALLY GET PLENTY OF B12 FROM THEIR DIET, HOWEVER, THEIR BODIES CAN’T ABSORB IT. STRESS, POLLUTANTS, AGING AND MEDICATIONS CAN PREVENT THE ABSORPTION OF B12. SO, WHERE ELSE CAN WE GET VITAMIN B12? OTHER THAN FROM OUR DIET, PEOPLE CAN GET VITAMIN B12 FROM ORAL SUPPLEMENTS AND INJECTIONS.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF VITAMIN B12 INJECTIONS?

  • INCREASES ENERGY AND METABOLISM (BYE-BYE MID-DAY SLEEPINESS!)

  • ENHANCES NEUROLOGICAL HEALTH

  • MINIMIZES ALLERGIES

  • DECREASES IRRITABILITY 

  • IMPROVES ATHLETIC ENDURANCE (FINALLY, SOMETHING TO HELP POWER THROUGH THAT WORKOUT!)

  • ENHANCES VASCULAR HEALTH

  • STABILIZES SYMPTOMS OF DEPRESSION, ANXIETY OR MOOD DISORDERS

  • DECREASES SYMPTOMS FOR PEOPLE WITH NERVOUS OR ENDOCRINE DISORDERS, SUCH AS DIABETES, SEIZURES, AND THYROID DISORDERS

WHO IS MOST LIKELY TO HAVE LOW VITAMIN B12 LEVELS?

VEGANS, VEGETARIANS AND ANYONE OVER 50 YEARS OLD TEND TO HAVE PROBLEMS ABSORBING VITAMIN B12. ALSO, PEOPLE WHO DRINK ALCOHOL, HAVE DIGESTIVE ISSUES OR ARE TAKING MEDICATIONS KNOWN TO AFFECT THE ABSORPTION.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF A VITAMIN B12 DEFICIENCY?

  • FATIGUE

  • NERVE PAIN (SUCH AS SINGLES OR HERPES)

  • LACK OF SLEEP

  • MOODINESS

  • TREMORS

IN WHICH FOODS IS VITAMIN B12 FOUND?

AMP UP YOUR DIET WITH VITAMIN B12 RICH FOODS LIKE LIVER, BEEF, SALMON, TROUT, TUNA, SARDINES AND CLAMS. IF YOU’RE NOT A MEAT EATER, SMALLER AMOUNTS OF B12 ARE FOUND IN EGGS, YOGURT, CHEESE AND CEREALS THAT ARE FORTIFIED WITH B12.

IF I TAKE DAILY VITAMIN B12 SUPPLEMENTS ARE VITAMIN B12 INJECTIONS STILL BENEFICIAL?

YES! INJECTIONS PASS THROUGH YOUR DIGESTIVE TRACT AND ARE A DIRECT ROUTE TO YOUR CELLS. IT’S READILY METABOLIZED AND YOU FEEL THE RESULTS ALMOST INSTANTLY.

A FEW FINAL THOUGHTS

I ADMIT, THAT AT FIRST, TAKING A VITAMIN SHOT TO THE BUTT WAS DEFINITELY A BIT WEIRD (YES, YOU CAN HAVE IT THERE OR IN YOUR ARM). BUT THAT WEIRDNESS QUICKLY FADED WHEN I REALIZED JUST HOW PAINLESS, YET EFFECTIVE MY SHOT WAS.

THIS EXPERIENCE MADE ME THINK ABOUT THE FUTURE OF VITAMINS AND I CAN'T HELP BUT START TO THINK THAT INJECTABLES ARE WHERE IT'S AT. 

Amelia Pridham
Amelia Pridham


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