Nutrition Specialist

Whole Body Healthcare

Integrative Medicine Clinic & Medical Center located in Baltimore, MD

One of the factors that affect our natural resistance is nutrition. Malnutrition breaks down the immune functions by suppressing the immune system. Balanced nutrition, especially in terms of adequate vitamin, mineral and protein intake, enhances the resistance against infections. The Whole Body Healthcare Team can help you understand the impact of nutrition on our body's ability to heal itself and to be prepared in the fight against illness.

Nutrition Q &A

Inflammation impedes the body's natural ability to heal, build immunity and fight. Some foods can contribute to inflammation. Removing gluten and dairy products from your diet or going to a KETO or PALEO diet can decrease inflammation in the body by as much as 20%, allowing that much more energy to go towards fighting off illness.

Vitamin B12 is one of the tools offered at Whole Body Healthcare

B12 helps your metabolism convert food into the energy your body needs to meet the challenges of the day. Combined, these factors contribute to a healthy immune system that is ready to fight off illnesses year-round.

B12 is a water-soluble vitamin, meaning that your body does not keep a store on-hand, and so must be replenished daily. Because B12 occurs naturally in many types of food, this vitamin is readily available as a normal part of most diets. However, deficiencies can occur whether due to inadequacies in intake or malabsorption due to a medical condition.

  • Potential signs of a B12 deficiency include
  • Weakness, tiredness, or lightheadedness.
  • Heart palpitations and shortness of breath.
  • Pale skin.
  • A smooth tongue.
  • Constipation, diarrhea, loss of appetite, or gas.
  • Nerve problems like numbness or tingling, muscle weakness, and problems walking.
  • Vision loss.

For the most part, incorporating B12 into your diet is sufficient to maintain a normal level of this vitamin in your body. B12 is a widely available vitamin that is found in foods such as shellfish, meat, dairy, eggs, and fortified cereals and grains. Over-the-counter supplements are another way to incorporate B12 into your diet.

Individuals with vitamin B12 deficiency can benefit from shots and infusions. Intravenous doses of B12 bypass the digestive system, making this type of delivery. Certain individuals may have difficulties absorbing vitamins orally due to illnesses or other preexisting conditions. Both shots and infusions are delivered directly into the bloodstream, ensuring a 100% absorption rate for both shots and infusions.

If you'd like to know more about nutrition or B12 treatments, call the Whole Body Healthcare Team or book an appointment using the online booking agent.