More than likely you haven't been eating properly lately ........ not many people do over Christmas (me included!)Numbness and tingling and prickling sensations in the outer extremities (hands and feet and arms and legs) are symptoms of vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) deficiency.
Other symptoms of vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) deficiency ........ are intolerable dry mouth, excessive urination and nighttime muscle spasms and leg cramps, nausea and vomiting,
Eat more foods rich in this vitamin ie: liver, fish, cantaloupe, cabbage, blackstrap molasses, unmilled rice, eggs, oats and peanuts and walnuts.
Symptoms of B complex deficiency you also may be suffering from are fatigue and exhaustion, insomnia, dizzy spells and loss of balance, headaches and migraines, inability to concentrate clearly, irritability and moodiness, excessive sweating, constipation, depression......... and even chest pains and heart palpitations !!
To clear these symptoms eat more foods rich in vitamin B12 ie: skimmed milks and cheeses, fish and eggs, organ meats such as lambs fry and kidneys.
Quite scary actually if you don't reaise the vitamin factor.
It is really important that you supplement your diet with a multi B complex tablet on a daily basis if you aren't eating a well balanced diet. The B complex of vitamins is essential for healthy immune, neural and digestive functioning. Get one including all the B's ie: B1, B2, B3, B5, B6 and B12 as they work best as a group.
The B complex of vitamins is a water soluble complex and as such our bodies can neither store or produce them. therefore, we need to ingest them on a daily basis or suffer the consequences as you unfortunately appear to be ....
When you take your daily supplement ensure that you take it with some type of calcium rich food ie: low fat cheese or milk or a calcium supplement as B12 needs calcium to be properly assimilated by the body......... also calcium needs vitamin D to be properly absorbed so get at least 10 minutes of sun each day or eat cold water fishes such as tuna, sardines, whiting and salmon. These fishes are also rich in magnesium, which is known as the antistress mineral .... Other foods rich in magnesium are leafy and green vegies, nuts and seeds, wholegrains and cereals.
When our bodies are placed under added stress ie: sickness, new home, new job or just the grind of daily life really ...... the B complex of vitamins will usually be the first group to get used up and we therefore need to adjust our intake accordingly.
When you are getting any stress related symptoms or any of the above mentioned symptoms simply take another vitamin B complex tablet. As they are water soluble, our bodies will simply excrete any excess in our urine.
Drinks loads of fresh filtered water too, as the healthiest and happiest ody will always be the most hydrated one.
Try to cut back on the things that will rob you of your precious B complex of vitamins too ie: caffeine, sodas and soft drinks, alcohol are all brilliant B complex thieves ---- things such as the oral contraceptive, antidepressants, antibiotics, eostroegen supplementation, laxatives, aspirin, diuretics will also do a great job of robbing you of your B's.
Another point is that if you are deficient in vitamin B6 you will not be able to absorb any vitamin B12 and would have all the symptoms of Bcomplex deficiency as above as well as the symptoms of iron deficiency anaemia because iron needs vitamin B12 to assimilate (absorb) in the human body.
Take care of you♥
naturopath in training