Anyone that has, or is starting a business from the ground up, can tell you it takes a lot of hard work, determination, and stamina to succeed. Which is why today I decided to open up and talk to you about something I have lived with for a long time. I have a B12 and iron deficiency. Before I was FINALLY diagnosed, there were so many days where I could barely find the energy to move out of bed. It seemed like a never-ending battle of wits with my own brain and body to function normally! I have learned not only to deal with it but also how to Live, Work & THRIVE With Vitamin Deficiencies
Let’s start off with a few facts shall we!? Some facts about Vitamin B12 and iron deficiencies.

The symptoms tend to be very similar between the two of them, leaving diagnosis up to blood tests. B12 deficiency symptoms are things such as changes in personality/depression, irritability, abnormal sensations ( it’s quite common to have my limbs start to tingle and feel numb ), psychosis, changes in reflex, decreased taste, poor muscle function, reduced heart functions, and decreased fertility. Some symptoms of an iron deficiency are as follows: fatigue, dizziness, pallor ( abnormally pale skin ), hair loss, twitching, irritability, weakness, pica (Persistent craving and compulsive eating of nonfood substances ), brittle or grooved nails, and restless leg syndrome. As you can see, there are several symptoms of these deficiencies that can be pretty dangerous. For example, for me personally, I am and have always been very prone to dizziness and fainting, losing the feeling in my legs and arms can be very common at times as well. The Causes of these deficiencies can be so small. The main cause I have found is purely diet, medicinal, and heredity. thankfully 2 of those 3 can be fixed. Having an iron and B12 deficiency can be even more dangerous for a child than an adult. If it’s not caught in time it can lead to anemia. As far as I know these blood tests are not common practices for kids, and these symptoms are so common for so many other illnesses.
I think though even after years of stubbornness, and not wanting to take vitamins every day or the simple and plain “I forgot, OH WELL” mentality, I am coping pretty well with my deficiencies, I think. I take a multivitamin, a B12 supplement, and an iron supplement every day. What happens if I forget to take my vitamins for a day or two!? You can count on pretty much zero productivity from me. I can’t concentrate my depression kicks in pretty hardcore, I also tend to sleep a lot more than usual. It will usually take something like my husband reminding me, to get me back on track.

 

Live, Work & THRIVE With Vitamin Deficiencies
Sometimes the simplest things can be the hardest battles to fight. Are you fighting any battles!? Let me know in the comments below. Also, I’d love to hear from you if you have any tips or recommendations for helping with B12 and  Iron deficiencies as well.
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24 comments on “Live, Work & THRIVE With Vitamin Deficiencies – Working around B12 and Iron Deficiencies”

    • Ohhh Please do! Just remember, if you feel things aren’t working in your body correctly. You have every right to ask your Dr. for bloodwork to check your vitamin levels. That’s what I had to do.

  1. I can totally relate to this. I have celiacs, which tends to lead to B12 deficiency. I had it happen to me once for about a month before I went to the doctor and realized what had happened. I felt so exhausted it was unbelievable. I started incorporating higher B12 foods every day, especially eggs, yogurt, and salmon. Made a world of difference! I’m glad to hear you’ve also managed to up your levels of both iron and B12.

    • It’s insane the importance of these vitamins in our systems, yet we are never taught about them. Just be careful not to eat too many of those B12 sources as they themselves in excess are not healthy in other ways as well!

  2. This is how I feel when I don’t take my iron supplement. It took a while for an actual diagnosis of anemia, but I can see the benefits of taking the supplements. I hadn’t heard much about B12 deficiency. Thanks for the information!

  3. This was a very interesting read. I’m glad you are handling your deficiencies better now and taking care of yourself. I have always felt like there was something wrong with me. I thought it may have been anemia but apparently not. My next move is to check my vitamin levels and see if I’m deficient in anything.

    • I’m glad you are going to look into it! they say that over 90% of the world’s population is deficient now. We have leeched the earth so much, that she no longer provides many nutrients she used to. I hope you find the answers you need! Don’t stop till your gut instinct is satisfied.

    • HAHA! I know what you mean. I hate pills. I have been on them all my life at one point or another. But you can’t get a better feeling than when your vitamin and mineral counts are normal. It’s a drastic change for me, that’s for sure!

    • I was surprised too! I had no idea about any of it, Believe it or not, it wasn’t my Dr. that helped me find out, but more my psychiatrist at the time. I think Dr.’s feel forced to peddle prescription rather than true solutions most times.

  4. I find it disturbing how many doctors will precribe meds instead of getting vitamin levels checked first. Glad you found a way to heal naturally!

    • I couldn’t agree more! We have become a heavily medicated society. It is much easier to place a bandage on something, rather than digging for the underlying cause! Thanks so much for reading 😀

  5. Wow – what strikes me about this issue is how easy it would be to be diagnosed with a million different conditions that share these symptoms without ever realizing that it was as simple an explanation as a vitamin deficiency. So scary – glad you figured it out!

    • I couldn’t agree more! B12 deficiencies have actually been linked to several mental illnesses as well. Including Alzheimer’s.

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