You know when you tell people you're a vegan and they're like... but protein and iron and B12?!!?! They suddenly go into a panic about things they never would've care about otherwise. I've always prided myself as a vegan who knows how to eat right, and I do love to brag that my protein levels are usually higher than most omnis, I'm like LET'S COMPARE BLOOD WORK! However, my body, as expected, does not like me, and in an ironic twist, developed an autoimmune disorder called Pernicious Anemia. Due to a lack of protein called intrinsic factor that my body thinks is bad and my immune system fights off, causes me to be unable to absorb B12 through my food. Isn't it ironic? Don't ya think?
So, what's the deal with it? The who, what, when, where, why, how? I'm going to keep this as simple as possible. I was the kid reading medical dictionaries, because clearly I was pretty cool. I'm not a doctor, but I'm just sharing my knowledge and experience. PSA: if you think you have a medical problem, see your doctor. I love my doctor so much, I wish I could just hang out with him on the weekends.
Who: There are a lot of factors, like: age, diet, family history, ethnic background, etc... For me, it was already having one autoimmune disease. Once you have one, you're more likely to develop another one.
What: Basically, having Pernicious Anemia means that my autoimmune system likes to attack healthy cells, like the ones that create the protein intrinsic factor, which is necessary to absorb B12 in the stomach. It binds to it, so less intrinsic factor, less B12 absorption.
When: Whenever really. As I previously stated, age does play a factor, but there is no set time table when it comes to this.
Where: Your belly mostly, but the symptoms can impact many facets of your life. Fatigue, headaches, dizziness, cold hands and feet, and chest pains happen in general with anemia. Specifically, with B12 deficiencies, you can add nerve damage, depression, memory loss, nausea and other stomach related issues, and oddly a smooth, thick, and red tongue. Please remember: this does not apply to everyone. For me, I just knew there was something else going on. I was more tired than usual, really dizzy, my brain was constantly in a fog, and I just felt off. The depression could've been literally anything, but I have that too.
Why: I call it being unlucky, but risk factors can help answer the why better.
How: I manage mine with vegan B12 supplements (see below) I take sublingually, 1x a day in the morning. Shots were considered, and still are, depending upon how I do with the B12. It's been about 5 months now since I've been diagnosed with it. I get blood work every 3-6 months, for all of my many health problems, and they check my B12 as part of it. I encourage everyone, even if you hate blood work, to not only suck it up and do it, but also tell your doctor you want to have everything checked; B vitamins, Vitamin D, thyroid, everything. Be your own healthcare advocate! Only you know how you feel! You may have to pay extra for some tests, and they may come up negative, but it's better to pay for peace of mind; that's my motto!
I love DEVA brand, I take them for my regular multivitamin as well. I get this 90 day supply from Amazon for like $9 maybe?
Remember, I am not a doctor, just a Google MD as I refer to myself. Please see your doctor if you have any medical concerns. This post is just to inform and share my experience, and is not intended to diagnose anyone!
Friends! How I've missed you all. Graduation is quickly approaching, on 10/29/19, but these classes have been taking up every spare ounce of time I have. Plus, there are some other drastic changes that have occurred in my life, so I am definitely behind on my blogging. I'm sorry! Thank you for still sticking with me as I go through this journey, it means a lot to me!
I have two vegan mascaras I want to review for you. One of which I received in my VeganCuts Makeup Box, but the other is a Pacifica brand one. One day, I was at Target, minding my own business, buying what was on my list, and I happen to stumble across some Pacifica clearance. Target tells you what you need, and Target told me I needed all the things. Case in point:
Let's begin with Inika Organic Long Lash Vegan Mascara.
I wanted to love this mascara, because the brush is perfect. I like a tapered brush, because I have a lot of lashes, and I find that they usually perform really well on my lashes. It's all natural, made with Vitamin E and Magnolia Bark Extract to keep lashes strong and healthy, and it comes in black and brown; I always use black. Preferably blacker than black, but this shade is just black. It's organic, Australian owned, and of course, cruelty free. I do think it does a great job at lengthening, but it does not hold a curl to save my lashes. Eventually, my lashes end up sticking together becoming a few lashes versus a row of actually lashes. I wanted to like this so much, but at $33 per tube (a cheap plastic feeling one too), I wouldn't purchase it. I will use it, with other mascaras. I'm always a 2 coat girl, and because it's natural so you really only have 3-6 months to use it. I wanted to love it, but I can't say I do, and I am sad.
Let's finish with Black Crystals Super Charged Extending Mascara.
This is one of my impulse clearance buys from Target, and I am such a fan of crystals, so I was excited to try it. The color is called Black Beauty, and is infused with quartz powder and mica to add extra dimension to your lashes. Containing Vitamin B and coconut to protect and nourish your lashes, the ingredients are natural. I like it better than the Inika, even with the fuller brush, it applies really well. I don't notice any mica at all, despite 2 coats, but it goes on smoothly and does last throughout my day. Again, it doesn't really hold a curl, and my lashes just don't pop like I want them too. The price point is really good, retailing at $13.99 at Target, and I got it on clearance for $9.78, so I'm not mad at the price.
I have some other new mascaras I'm excited to try (looking at you Tarte and KVD), but so far, my forever favorite is Better Than Sex by Too Faced.
Target still has some goodies on sale. Check out your local store!