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In a time where TIME seems to be in short supply, and Jack has long since been a dull boy, we all feel like we could use more energy.
From a media and marketing standpoint, we seem to see a bit of a slowdown in the push for energy drinks pumped full of Taurine and chemicals that supposedly give you wings, however, we are seeing more and more companies and even doctor offices offering relief from “brain drain” in the form of a shot.
No, not “a shot” like a vaccination against stress – although… with all the vaccine controversy of late, I would not be surprised to see this in the upcoming years. Big Pharma – if you are reading this, shame on you. It was my idea.
And no, not a “shot” like we are hearing about on the news that resulted in us not being able to watch the Dukes of Hazzard on TV Land. Although, trying to make sense of that has indeed caused a mental fatigue of sorts that only those who have read Bradbury’s infamous Fahrenheit 451 may understand.
But a shot – an injection – of blood-stream-ready water-soluble B vitamins.
Specialty nutrition /weight-loss clinics, and doctor offices are offering package deals of multiple bi-weekly shots for hundreds of dollars. The pay-off? You will reportedly feel more energized, focused, and alert. Coupled with your morning through afternoon patronage of Starbucks and your daily dose of Adderall, you could be all energized for only about $300/month. Just a car payment or so. No big deal.
I mean it sounds great. B vitamins are water soluble and having them injected instead of taken orally through capsule or food does mean they are absorbed faster.
Injecting vitamins [or anything else for that matter] does NOT increase your body’s capacity to absorb them. B vitamins, along with Vitamin C and several others, are water-soluble. This means that once your body reaches its capacity to absorb at that time, your kidneys take over and eventually you simply excrete the vitamins along with your urine.
Eating your B vitamins naturally through whole foods, will mean it takes a bit longer for your body to absorb, BUT, this method of slower intake and therefore slower absorption, acts as an “extended release” energy formula for your body. All together this, as compared to the B shots, is like the difference between sipping two cups of java over a several hour period and downing 3 shots of espresso. In the latter, with the shots and the espresso, you are more likely to crash from the energy burst and also likely too piss away good money. Literally.
Oh- and also – B shots are routinely issued into the Gluteus Maximus. And it hurts.
I don’t know about you, but I already consider flushing money down the toilet to be a royal pain in the ass.
I don’t need to sign up for a package deal.
And neither do you.
Wondering which foods have the highest levels of the different B vitamins?
Miss Fit has made this lovely chart for just such an occasion:
|B VITAMIN||ALTERNATE NAME||FOOD SOURCES|
|B1||thiamine||Beef, pork, beans, peas, nuts, whole grains|
|B2||riboflavin||Dairy products, dark, leafy vegetables, beans, nuts|
|B3||niacin||Tuna, poultry, pork, beef, peanuts, mushrooms, sunflower seeds|
|B5||Pantothenic acid||Avocado, broccoli, kale, cabbage, mushrooms, eggs, dairy milk|
|B6||Pyridoxine, pyridoxal, pryidoxamine||Egg yolk, beef, sweet potatoes, melon, whole wheat|
|B7||biotin||Eggs, organ meats [liver, kidney], nuts, peas, beans, chocolate, dairy milk|
|B9||Folic acid||Dark, leafy greens, asparagus, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, citrus fruits, avocados|
|B12||Cyanocobalamin, methylcobalamin||Sardines, salmon, lamb, shrimp, Eggs, spinach|
Make sure you check back on Saturday’s Seasonal installment where MissFit will be featuring a wonderfully simple summer salad recipe jam packed with B vitamins, guaranteed not to taste like grass or be a pain in the ass.
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