Beach vacation was cold and wet, not from splashing in waves, but running from rain. No worries, retail therapy saved the day and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute until one afternoon a strange dizziness and tiredness overcame my sunshiny disposition and I lay on a bench (not the beach) while my husband jogged the boardwalk.
I packed my Vitamix, veggies, fruits, and supplements and expected to eat at two restaurants catering to vegans to continue my vegan commitment. Unfortunately, the restaurants closed Monday-Thursday in prep for Memorial Day. Therefore, I ate seafood at alternate restaurants and thought my symptoms evolved from seafood toxins. I was wrong.
Seems we humans must have B-12; without it we may die. However, B-12 ONLY comes from animal products, including dairy, meats, fish, and eggs. So my question is, if humans were intended to be vegetarians as implied by our anatomy-long colon and flat teeth-then why do we need animal by-products?
I started taking liquid B-12 supplement about two weeks ago, then learned the difference between cyanocobalamin and metylcobalamin B-12 and switched to the latter in form of a pill that dissolves under the tongue. Still, I developed symptoms determined to thwart my vacation.
Did I have a B-12 deficiency long before my vegan debut? Do I efficiently absorb B-12? Has permanent damage already occurred? Will I continue my vegan journey? A visit to my doctor will help answer these questions. I just wish I had known at the beginning of my vegan quest what I know now about B-12.
I hope my experience will help you on your journey.
To your health,
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