Everyone wants to look and feel their best when celebrating a birthday. Many of us make birthday resolutions such as improving our health. Maintaining good levels of Vitamin B12 is essential for improving your overall health. Let’s look at four common factors that can cause low levels of Vitamin B12.
- Have you recently taken or currently take any of the following: birth control pills, antibiotics (such as Amoxicillin and Ciprofloxacin), antacids, H2 blockers, and proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) which are commonly prescribed for treating heartburn and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)? These and other medications are known to inhibit the body’s ability to utilize Vitamin B12.
- Do you have a thyroid or autoimmune system disorder or another known health issue? A thyroid or autoimmune system disorder also affects the body’s ability to access B12 from food sources. If undergoing radiation or chemotherapy for cancer treatments, make sure B12 levels are being monitored. Keeping healthy levels of Vitamin B12 will aid your body’s immunity.
- Do you drink alcohol or use recreational drugs? Too much birthday bubbly and then some? Alcohol and recreational drugs deplete the body’s Vitamin B12 storage, along with dehydration and other possible long-lasting health problems.
- If you are over 50 years old, or a caretaker for someone who is over 50, you should always keep an eye on B12 levels. Beyond the age of 50, the body’s ability to store Vitamin B12 decreases, and there could also be issues related to taking medication, along with the lack of intrinsic factor. Dementia has been linked with long-term low levels of Vitamin B12. If cognitive problems are apparent, B12 is essential, and levels should be addressed immediately and monitored. Vitamin B12 levels are vital to protecting mental faculties as we naturally age.
Be ready for the demands of your new birthday year by making your health a top priority. Come visit us soon at a B12 LOVE Happy Hour near you! Get your B12 LOVE boost and start off your birthday celebration feeling awesome!
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All the best,
B12 LOVE Team