What do anxiety, fatigue, and migraine headaches all have in common?
I recently saw a client with all three. He had a history of 10 years of suffering and was on multiple medications to mange all three – separately.
He brought some recent standard blood work from his doctors in with him. As I reviewed the results, one thing stood out over and over again:
An elevated MCV (Mean Corpuscular Volume)
Previous this seemed to have been completely ignored.
If you are wondering, an elevated MCV value means that your red blood cells are too large.
This one finding was extremely important because an elevated MCV most commonly can mean that a person’s vitamin B12 levels are low. And this is where we can connect the dots.
Vitamin B12 deficiency is a known cause of anxiety, migraine headaches, and anemia**.
But the question I wanted to know, with my functional approach – Why was his B12 low in the first place? I suspect Gluten Sensitivity. You see, gluten sensitivity is a major cause of stomach/intestinal damage, and vitamin malabsorption. The area of the intestine responsible for B12 absorption takes the greatest amount of gluten damage.
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