Vitamin deficiency: Three vital indicators of a B12 deficiency once you go to the toilet

According to one expert, there are three important signs when you go to the bathroom that you need more B12. Registered Nutritionist at NutrientsShona Wilkinson says people with a B12 deficiency can often experience problems with constipation, bloating, and diarrhea. Speaking to, she said: “Since parts of the digestive system rely on B vitamins like the intestines, colon and rectum, there are some important signs to look for.

“Vitamin B12 deficiency can cause fatigue and fatigue, vision and muscle weakness, but here are three signs to watch out for when going to the bathroom.

“Frequent trouble with constipation, bloating and diarrhea can sometimes be a sign of a vitamin B12 deficiency.

“Also, signs that your digestive tract is messed up with symptoms like bloating or feeling nauseous can also be a sign.

“While these are by no means single indicators, when combined, it might be worth seeing a specialist.”

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She further explains why B12 is so important for our bodies.

She added: “Vitamin B12 is a water-soluble vitamin, which means it can be washed away and not easily stored.

“It can be found naturally in some foods and added to others.

“Vitamin B12 is involved in many important processes in the body from producing red blood cells, releasing energy from food and keeping the nervous system healthy.


“Vitamins also play an important role in making DNA and RNA, the foundation of every cell in the body.”

People who don’t eat a lot of protein may be more at risk for deficiency.

“Vitamin B12 is found naturally in a lot of protein-rich foods like meat, eggs and fish,” she says.

“Therefore, people with vegan or vegetarian diets are recommended to include them in fortified foods or supplements.”

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B12 deficiency can cause:

  • Pale yellow for your skin
  • Pain and red tongue (glossitis)
  • Mouth sores
  • Pins and needles (anesthesia)
  • Changes in the way you walk and move
  • Disturbed vision
  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Changes in the way you think, feel and behave
  • Decline in your mental abilities, such as memory, understanding, and judgment.

The NHS warns to see your doctor if you notice any of these symptoms.

It says: “It is important for vitamin B12 or folate deficiency anemia to be diagnosed and treated as early as possible.

“While many symptoms improve with treatment, some of the problems caused by this condition may be irreversible if left untreated.

“The longer the condition goes untreated, the greater the chance of permanent damage.”

Foods rich in B12 include meat, fish, milk, cheese, eggs, and some fortified breakfast cereals.

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