If you are reading this while sprawled out on your living room couch, please note: you are not alone. Exhaustion is all too common during the holidays. And, who can blame you? All those hours spent circling the mall’s parking lot in search of a space, the shopping lines (Oh, the lines!), schlepping back and forth from recital to holiday party, the gift wrapping, the even longer lines to meet with Santa, the family in town, the hosting, the travel, the traffic, the tree, the list goes on and on and on, and you are absolutely worn out. However, if that tiredness teeters on a feeling of extreme fatigue, you may be dealing with a more serious problem than mere holiday burn out…
It is estimated that as many as 15 percent of people in the U.S. are deficient in vitamin B12, according to the National Institute of Health. One of the earliest warning signs of a B12 deficiency is (you guessed it) fatigue. Other onset symptoms can include an inability to focus, poor memory, feelings of dizziness, and weakened muscles. If you happen to be a vegan or vegetarian, you may be especially at risk. See, unlike most vitamins, B12 is one that is not produced naturally in our bodies. It must come from an outside source. More specifically: fish, red meat, and eggs. So, if you will be choosing roasted veggies over roasted meat this holiday, you might want to consider taking some action to supplement…particularly during the holiday season.
After all, you know what holiday parties lead to, don’t you? Partying, of course. For many of us, this means ample champagne toasts, warm spiked cider, and festive cocktails of every sort. Here’s the issue: alcohol consumption has been shown to reduce our ability to absorb B12, due to its potentially irritating effect on the stomach’s lining. For vegetarians and vegans especially, this puts our chances of a B12 deficiency even higher.
Luckily, there is much you can do to reverse and (even better) prevent a B12 breakdown in the coming weeks. One option is to add B12 enhanced ingredients (i.e. nutritional yeast) and certain sea vegetables into your diet. However, a more reliable and substantially easier solution is OneSecond Supplements Daily Vitamin B12. This doctor-formulated version of the vitamin offers rapid delivery of high-quality vitamin B12 in a convenient, pocket-sized oral spray. This way, you won’t have to sully your holiday feast with a not-so-festive sea veggie spread.