Can't get Enough of Vitamin B?   



Can't get Enough of Vitamin B?

 
Vitamin B is actually a group of several vitamins (B1, B2, B6, B12, pantothenic acid, niacin and folic acid) that can be found in a variety of foods. These include milk, green leafy vegetables and innards (chicken liver – yummy!). Surprisingly, despite the abundance of B vitamins in common foodstuffs, millions of people suffer from vitamin B deficiency.

Symptoms of nerve damage, such as tingling, prickly pain and numbness, are just some of the symptoms of vitamin B deficiency. The rest are less obvious and develop gradually; heart palpitations, indigestion, chronic fatigue and exhaustion, paranoia and a sense of dread, nervousness, irritability or an inability to concentrate, and poor sleep. It can also cause anemia.

There are a number of things you can do to prevent and overcome vitamin B complex deficiency;
• Substitute processed foods with less processed ones. For example, switch to brown sugar. White sugar has its B vitamins practically stripped off.
• Reduce your intake of coffee and other caffeinated drinks. Caffeine makes you urinate more-washing away precious B vitamins.
• Eat more vitamin B-containing foods. This one is plain. Oats, barley, avocado, salmon and Brazil nuts are tasty choices.
• Avoid toxins in your life. As a general rule, day-to-day stresses, especially pollution, depletes vitamins. Alcohol is particularly notorious.
• Keep an eye on possible symptoms. The symptoms may be Subtle and develop gradually. They can easily be missed, but may be corrected by simply correcting the deficiency-either via an improved diet of vitamin supplements.

MORE THAN JUST "PINS AND NEEDLES"
Most of the time, peripheral neuropathy is caused by another underlying medical condition. Diabetes, HIV infection, anticancer drugs, injury, back problems, vitamin B deficiency and other vitamin deficiencies can damage nerve, Diabetes alone causes a third of all cases of peripheral neuropathy.

Sometimes, numbness and tingling can also be the ONLY symptom, particularly in some rare or serious diseases, such as multiple sclerosis (where the brain slowly degenerates), stroke, seizures, panic attack or fibromyalgia (a recurring type of body pain). Hence, neuropathy is actually a signal for doctors to look for another condition.

Prompt medical diagnosis is foremost. In a lot of cases, patients complain about pain but they're ignored when there's no obvious cause for pain. When nothing is found, they're labeled as hysterical and depressed and treated for depression. And they still have the pain. Fortunately, some antidepressants have been found effective against more serious types of neuropathy.

Unprocessed foods are generally richer in vitamin B
Preventing the usual kind of "sleeping leg" syndrome is quite simple: don't sit on your legs, and keep moving. Keeping your legs active will also prevent you from getting ugly varicose veins. Another way to prevent "pins and needles" is to take steps to avoid its causes. These include:

• Eating well. This ensures that you never suffer from vitamin deficiencies, especially the most common ones that cause neuropathy, the B vitamins. Foods rich in B vitamins include eggs, dairy, meat and green leafy vegetables. Unprocessed foods are generally richer in vitamin B.
• Avoid drinking too much. Excessive use of alcohol can affect the nervous system in a multitude of ways. To mention a few: It depletes the body of vitamin; it is toxic to nerves; and it impairs balance, making you at risk of injury.
• Avoiding exposure to toxic chemicals. These include pesticides, fertilizers and cleaning products. Many of these are toxic to nerves.
• Controlling your blood sugar if you have diabetes.
This includes regular testing of blood sugar, diligent taking of your prescribed anti-diabetes medication, and proper diet and exercise.

Many of the B vitamins may help relieve some symptoms of peripheral neuropathy. When severe vitamin B deficiency is present, some of these vitamins can be given as shots.
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Happy reading,
Evelyn


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