All You Need to Know About Sports Nutrition

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B12 Injections – Latest Weight Loss Fad (Guest Post)

Today’s guest post is brought to you by Jessica from www.TreadmillReviews.com, and it brings up a great point – it’s always better to get our nutrients from our diets, and our weight loss from clean eating and exercise, rather than supplements. Supplements can get expensive … and in a world where everyone is trying to make a dime, you want to be confident that you aren’t adding something that is, at best, ineffective, and at worst, deadly, into your body. My advice? Be smart about your supplements!

Now, Jessica’s take on one of the many weight loss fads out there, B12 injections:

People will try anything to lose weight nowadays… even a shot! Would you be willing to get a shot every day just to lose weight? Honestly, if I were to do that I would just go ahead and buy HCG shots. According to Dr. Rina Shinn with Adonis Cosmetic Surgery & Spa, “”Vitamin B12 itself will not make you lose weight at all, so that has nothing to do with weight loss. But it gives you the energy and it supplements you while you tend to be B12 deficient.”

So, as you can see, there’s no actual evidence that it even works. I’m sure if you found a way to utilize it correctly, it might help you shed a few pounds.

How about instead of a shot, you just go and try eating B12 rich food? That seems like a lot better, cheaper, and easier way to get your B12 instead of paying an obscene fortune to get a little shot every day. Below is a list of the top 10 foods highest in vitamin B12:

1. Shellfish
2. Liver
3. Caviar (or Fish Eggs)
4. Octopus
5. Fish
6. Crab or Lobster
7. Beef
8. Lamb
9. Cheese
10. Eggs

Yuck! No wonder people are so deficient. I wouldn’t eat half of those things. Here is a different list of more palatable sources of vitamin B12:

  • Turkey
  • Beef
  • Cheese
  • Eggs
  • Chicken
  • Fortified-Cereal
  • Soy Products
  • Yogurt
  • Energy Bars
  • Lunch Meat
  • Milk
  • Tofu

And the list goes on. Here are some reasons why B12 is so beneficial and why it is so important!

  • Protect and Repair DNA to Reduce Cancer Risk and Slow Aging
  • Protect Against Heart Disease
  • Alzheimer’s Protection
  • Energy and Endurance
  • Helps you be in a better mood
  • Helps depression
  • Better Sleep
  • Memory
  • Concentration

A lot of people out there who are looking for such weight loss fads are usually looking for an easy fix because they are too tired to do anything. They don’t have the energy to go running or workout at the gym. If they had the energy, maybe they’d be able to actually get up and do something instead of laying in bed.

As you can see, B12 is pretty dang important. There are many sources of vitamin b12 out there, you just have to get creative and find what works best for you. Even if you are vegetarian or vegan, there are still many foods out there that you can have to get your very much needed B12.

I Just May Love Pure Matters.

I’m not usually one to gush about a product or brand, but I have to be honest … I recently stumbled upon Pure Matters, and it is AWESOME! I came across the brand through another website, and they had some kind of promotion that motivated me to check out what they had to offer. I’m usually strictly a Vitamin Shoppe girl, but once I saw that the prices are reasonable, as well as what the company stands for I figured I’d try them out.

I placed my first order several weeks ago, and with my bottle of vitamins came a couple of extra goodies – a Camelbak water bottle (nice!) and a small fabric bag filled with 10 plastic, sealable vitamin travel packs (and the timing on these was perfect, as I was getting ready to start pulling out the Ziploc snack bags to dole out my vitamins for my vacation). Not to mention, it’s clear that they take pride in the presentation of the products, because the inside packaging shows that the order was assembled with care.

I was so impressed with my first order, when I received a promotional email earlier this week, I had to place order #2. Again, they did not disappoint. I purchased this: 

And this came free with it:

The shipping was unusually quick, too – I placed the order on Tuesday afternoon, and received my box Thursday night. How often does 2-5 day shipping actually mean your products will be in-hand two days later? (Not often, in my experience.)

How cute is this packaging?

Anyway, like I said – I don’t often come across brands that I’m so impressed by that I find myself gushing. No, Pure Matters did not in any way compensate me for a glowing review of their products – I just really think they are that great. If you’re interested, check them out: www.purematters.com. And sign up for their emails, because they send out great specials every Tuesday.