By: Courtney Ward
I’ve got to let you in on a little secret. I am literally obsessed with a new weekly happy hour - and it’s not the one you’re thinking. I have been going to a B12 injection happy hour for the past few months and I’m hooked.
You might be thinking, Courtney, you go to a Happy Hour for someone to give you a shot?
Hell yes. And you should too!
Vitamin B12 is a water-soluble vitamin and one of the thirteen essential vitamins your body needs to stay alive. B12 is produced in the gut, so it is the only vitamin that you can’t obtain from a plant or sunlight. It’s also the only vitamin that has trace amounts of the element Cobalt, which can help our bodies form new red blood cells and treat certain illnesses like anemia.
For me personally, B12 shots have allowed me to forgo the afternoon energy slump, to sustain more focus when I’m working, and maintain an overall happier state of mind. Basically ever since I have been getting B12 shots I have been a better parent and person overall. I spend a lot of my day chasing a 3 year old around, so I’ll take any help I can get. Since I've been taking these shots, I no longer have coffee or caffeine to get me through the day. Not to mention it has greatly reduced any hangovers I could have (which, if you are in your mid-30’s like me, you know are a kick in the ass).
These injections were really popular in the 50's and 60's, in fact my grandmother and my Mother in Law both remember's their Mom's getting them too. Now they are making a comeback due to their incredible health benefits, non-existent side effects and easy access. You don't need an appointment or a referral from your Dr.
Here are a few of the facts that I have pulled from the handout that my now friend, Dr. Shannon Wood, gives her patients. Dr. Shannon is a Naturopath now, but was a midwife and is an amazing mother to three young kids! Before you read these, know that there are literally NO side effects to B12 injections, other than a possible bruise at the location of the shot.
What are the benefits of B12 injections?
Improves Athletic Performance
Increases Red Blood Cells
Essential for Neurological Health
Aids in Digestion
Support for Depression
Enhances Vascular Health
Aids in Memory Loss