It’s not easy to get into a healthy routine after a big move. Ever since I moved cross-country to LA (and just months before that, internationally from Dubai), I’ve felt an exhaustion unlike ever before. Besides skipping the gym, I was relying on snacking to get me through the days. I’ve never been one to regularly take my vitamins either, which is why I was extra intrigued when LA-based naturopathic doctor, Dr. Nadia Musavvir, contacted me to ask if I’d be interested in getting vitamin B12 injections. I said yes, but of course had some questions, like why are B12 vitamins important?
“Vitamin B12 is good for energy and neurological health,” Dr. Musavvir explained. So if you’re feeling fatigue or mental fog (yes and yes for me), B12 is a good option.
Why take them as an injection as opposed to orally?
“Most nutrients are very poorly absorbed and depending what’s going on with your digestive track, for example, if you have any inflammation or gut infections, you may not be able to absorb them,” she said. “And depending on what your diet, if you’re vegan and not eating meat for instance, you may not be getting all of the nutrients you need. You need good intestinal health in order to digest them.”
Dr. Musavvir also explained that taking vitamin injections are totally elective – you don’t HAVE to have vitamin shots to maintain good health, but it’s a good way to boost your nutrient intake if you’re feeling all over the place (as I had been).
Oh and you might assume, as I did, that you’d be injected in your arm – nope, the best way to have it absorbed is to have it injected in your rear. Thankfully, the process is quick, and besides a little pinch, it was over before I knew it.
So did it help? There wasn’t an immediate surge of energy or anything…in fact, I had a cup of coffee right after. But the next couple days I felt more focused in my work and a little more balanced in my energy levels. I credit it to the vitamins, but I also started going back to the gym so was overall feeling a little more balanced. I may be a believer, and already scheduling more appointments to add the shots to my personal routine.
The shots can cost $30 to anywhere around $75 for a vitamin cocktail (it ranges depending on where you are and your doctor). But if the thought of needles make you feel light-headed, you can also get your B12 by upping your intake of greens, grains, salmon, or red meat.
Has anyone else tried these shots? Tweet us at @beautycontweets and let us know!
– Shyema Azam