There are many people who just can’t seem to get the results they desire when faced with weight loss. They try all the tips and tricks, follow all the dieting fads and lifestyle changes, and still can’t manage to keep off unwanted weight. Here at the Soza Clinic in Richardson, TX, we see a lot of this. A B12 injection may just be the solution you’ve been looking for.
Folks come to us ready to give up and end up leaving with new hope in their hearts thanks to our simple solution, the injection. If this situation sounds familiar to you and you’d like to finally get yourself over that hump, a B12 injection may be just the thing you need to change your life for the better.
Why Do People Usually Get a B12 Injection?
1. Smoking Habits
For those who smoke regularly getting a vitamin B12 injection may be the perfect solution. Cigarettes have over one hundred different chemical compounds as well as tobacco products in them, and many of these prove to be quite harmful to the body. One of the key ingredients (that also has a hand in wreaking havoc on the body) is nicotine. It’s been discovered to constrict the blood vessels over time and elevate blood pressure as a result. This makes it a challenge for your body to deliver needed nutrients from one place to another.
If you are someone who smokes regularly and is not looking to quit, you can find a way around this by keeping tabs on your diet and only partaking in nutritious, natural foods, various supplements, and of course a regularly scheduled injection. The frequency at which you will require an injection will depend on the individual, any medical issues they may have, and how deficient in the vitamin they are. Our experts will go over your health in detail for your first-time consultation and determine a treatment schedule that will work for you.
2. Excessive Consumption of Alcohol
Much like the nicotine in cigarettes, regular amounts of excessive alcohol in the body can contribute to a deficiency in B12. There are many ways alcohol can be harmful to the body, not the least of which is its diuretic tendencies. Since alcohol makes you urinate excessively, this means you will be flushing out the nutrients and vitamins your body needs.
Too much alcohol will also elevate your blood pressure and hinders the efficiency of your circulatory system, meaning your body will be unable to deliver nutrients properly. If the symptoms of deficiency of vitamin B12 concern you, consult the American Heart Association and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to follow their guidelines on how much alcohol it’s safe to consume.
3. Gastrointestial Distress
Conditions that plague the intestines such as celiac disease or Crohn’s disease among others can hinder the absorption and release of needed nutrients in the body. Because of this, these disorders may benefit greatly from an injection.
B12 shots are also a great idea for those who have gone through surgeries such as bariatric or GI procedures. These can prevent your stomach from creating the right amount of acid by decreasing the number of cells that make it. For folks who have these conditions, it’s far better to get an injection rather than an oral supplement so that the body can make use of its bioavailability.
4. Individuals 64 Years or Older
Those who are 64 or older have a significantly greater risk of being deficient in vitamin B12, and this is due mostly to the medical conditions the body may succumb to in older age. Folks above 64 are far more likely to suffer conditions such as lacking the ability to produce the proper amount of stomach acid and atrophic gastritis among many others. Especially with lower levels of stomach acid it can become a vicious cycle: less acid means a greater chance for gut bacterias to grow that will consume the rest of your body’s already-low supply of B12.
To prevent this from happening the Institute of Medicine actually recommends those aged 51 years and older take vitamin B12 injections since they are more bioavailable than getting the vitamin from food or oral supplements.
5. Vegetarians and Vegans, Listen Up!
Since vitamin B12 is typically found in foods such as dairy, eggs, fish, and meat there’s a high chance that if your lifestyle includes this diet you aren’t getting the amount of B12 you need. This, of course, puts you at a higher risk of deficiency.
If you are pregnant, we here at Soza Clinic highly recommend booking an appointment with us to receive your injections: not only does the fetus consume significant amounts of B12 from the placenta of the mother, but once the baby is born it will continue to need the vitamin through breast milk.
If you are a pregnant or nursing mother and you don’t have enough B12 in your system, you are putting your baby at risk for permanent neurological damage for the rest of its life. Vitamin B12 is EXTREMELY important for your little one!
7. Struggling With Weight Loss? Not Anymore!
One of the rumors of vitamin B12 injections that has made its way through the grapevine is that the shot can help folks lose weight. Lots of our clients inquire about this and we are happy to inform them that it’s completely true! In fact, vitamin B12 has several ways it helps put the power of successful weight loss into your hands.
Think of it as a domino effect: B12 is essential in activating succinyl-CoA which plays an important role in the Krebs cycle. This cycle, put simply, is a string of chemical reactions the cells in your body go through during aerobic movement and respiration. The body will break down carbs and fat more efficiently for fuel. It also aids in muscle building as it helps you better metabolize proteins. Vitamin B12 also speeds up the metabolism essential to weight loss.
8. For Building Muscle Mass and/or Strength
The Krebs cycle is imperative for the building of muscle mass/strength, even if you eat plenty of protein and work out daily you will still lose strength over time if you aren’t giving ample attention and care to this cycle. This is where vitamin B12 injections come in. Typically you will find that increasing muscle mass and weight loss can go hand in hand because replacing muscle with fat makes the body up to three times more metabolically active.
9. Mood Disorders
Disorders that affect the mood such as generalized anxiety or depression will also be greatly improved through B12 shots. Extensive research over a decade has proven vitamin B12 to be safe and effective for mood disorders because it increases energy levels, giving you the motivation and desire to exercise without the urge to binge eat unhealthy foods and remain in a sedentary lifestyle.
10. Vision Problems
For those who have noticed a steady decline in vision, vitamin B12 injections may just be their savior. Being deficient will cause damages to the nervous system and the optic nerves over time. These noticeable declines are capable of being reversed thanks to B12.
11. Jaundice and/or Pale Skin
Jaundice is characterized by a yellow or pale tinge to the skin and whites of the eyes. Since vitamin B12 is key in producing the DNA required for the body to make red blood cells, it’s often because of this that one suffers from such skin conditions. Lack of red blood cells can cause one to develop megaloblastic anemia, which causes the existing red blood cells (in the bone marrow) to grow in size and succumb to fragility.
12. Fatigue Sufferers
B12 deficiencies can cause one to feel excessive fatigue which can lead to weight gain, depression, and losing muscle mass. Fatigue usually happens because there isn’t enough oxygen being transported to the cells, this is known as pernicious anemia and pairs with a lack of red blood cells.
13. Pins and Needles, a Thing of the Past
Those pins and needles we all feel from time to time may be the result of nerve damage. The most common cause of this damage is a vitamin B12 deficiency since it produces myelin which is a substance comprised of fats that protects and insulates the nerves.
A lack of B12 causes myelin to be produced differently (and inefficiently) and this causes nervous system imperfections. B12 can relieve nerve damage in any part of the body: hands and feet, legs and arms, neck, and more.
14. Changes/Decreases in Mobility
Vitamin B12 injections are also great for those suffering from bad balance, loss of coordination, and other related damages to the nervous system and equilibrium.
Are Vitamin B12 Shots Right for Me?
It’s rare for someone not to benefit from these injections, but for peace of mind, we will go over your medical history and test the levels of the vitamin in your body to determine the best approach for you as an individual. Nearly everyone is an excellent candidate that will benefit greatly from these shots. There are, however, a few things it’s important for us to know before starting this treatment with you.
For your consultation with us, we will need to be made aware of any medications you’ve taken recently or are regularly taking, especially the ones from our list:
- Any antibiotics
- H2 antagonists for receptors
- Pump inhibitors (Proton)
- Aspirin of any brand
- Contraceptives (orally taken)
Medical Conditions and/or Possible Allergies
During your consultation for B12 injection, we will also go over any possible allergies you may have or any medical conditions that may interfere with this treatment. Medical conditions we absolutely need to know about include:
- Leber’s disease
- Polycythemia vera
- Folic acid deficiency/iron deficiency
- Possible allergies to cyanocobalamin and/or cobalt
- Any disease of the kidneys
Schedule a Consultation with our Experts Today!
If you have tried tirelessly yet unsuccessfully to lose weight, or if you are someone who has managed to shave off a few pounds only to gain it back, the vitamin B12 injection may be the saving grace you have been looking for. No matter your daily lifestyle, health conditions, mood disorders, or any other ailments, this vitamin injection will benefit your quality of life. It will make you feel younger, more vibrant, and ready to take on life again.
If you feel you’re ready to take advantage of this revolutionary heal-all and weight-loss treatment, be sure to contact us today via our website, phone, or stop by and visit us here at Soza Clinic in Richardson, TX. We will schedule your initial consultation and get you started on a B12 injection plan that’s right for you!