Is This a Cure for Social Anxiety and Introversion?

It has been a while since my last blog post, to say the least. I hadn’t realized just how long, until I glanced at the date of my last post… Eeeek! Time really is whizzing by!

I apologise for the lack of updates. It is not because I have lost interest in my little blog, far from it, I have missed my time away from the keyboard and writing about my passions of self-development for the Empath. The reason I have been away for so long is because my life has seen many changes this past year (all positive), which has meant I have had little time to spend on Just Be. But as I have now found myself with a free period, I wanted to come here and share with you information I recently came across about a condition that could be causing some of you unnecessary social anxiety and excessive introversion.

Like many of you out there, I consider myself to be an introvert and an Empath, with food and environmental sensitivities…which basically means, in this world, it is a constant battle to stay in balance. There are seemingly never ending hurdles to overcome when it comes to my/our wellbeing.

If you have read some of my posts here you may be aware that I am very much an advocate of taking self-responsibility. It is up to us to stay in balance. We have to work/heal the mind, body and spirit for total holistic health (and not just the Empath). What heals one will not heal another and it is up to each of us to find out what are our tonics and what are our poisons.

From my research and self-trials I have found, when it comes to mental and emotional stability, we can be very much governed by what we do and don’t eat. Certain foods will heal us, whilst other foods can debilitate and put us on an emotional rollercoaster (something Empaths can ill afford). Our endocrine glands, and therefore chakras, can be hugely affected by what we eat.  Eating a food that does not agree with our bio-chemistry can have a knock-on effect on all the endocrine glands and thus have a negative effect on both body and mind. Also, when the body is lacking in certain nutrients it can have a detrimental effect on our mental health.

We all know stress weakens our immune systems, drains our energy and depletes us of vital life-force. Empaths carry not only their own stress, but that of others too and that is why we have to work harder than most to stay physically and mentally balanced. For many, it will take much more than healing past traumas, quieting the mind and staying away from negative energy to become balanced (especially in these tumultuous times). We have to pay particular attention to what we do and don’t consume.

I recently came across, by chance, a video about a little known condition that could be blighting your life, especially if you consider yourself to be a big introvert. The condition is called Pyroluria and is known to cause excessive introversion and social anxiety, as well as many other traits that many Sensitive folk suffer from. It is caused by a lack of vitamin B6 and the mineral zinc. I know too well the importance of proper nutrition. I also know that many of our diets and lifestyles do not promote a nutritionally balanced body and for those of us who are Sensitive, we are even more at risk from nutritional deficiencies.

I learnt about the condition, Pyroluria, after listening to an interview with an exceptional nutritionist called Trudy Scott. I have included an interview where Trudy explains the condition and a questionnaire below from her website:
This questionnaire will help you identify whether you might have pyroluria. The physical and emotional symptoms below are caused by deficiencies of vitamin B6 and zinc. When you experience high levels of stress, vitamin B6 and zinc will be further depleted, so you may notice worsening symptoms and more anxiety.

Based on my review of questionnaires and results of pyroluria tests for hundreds of clients, I’ve grouped the most common or classic signs and symptoms first. I’ve also labeled the symptoms that could be directly related to low levels of vitamin B6 or zinc so you can individualize your supplements and dosages. Symptoms without these designations are due to a deficiency of both vitamin B6 and zinc. Check off any of the following signs or symptoms that apply to you:

Most Common Signs and Symptoms

  1. Being anxious, shy, or fearful or experiencing inner tension since childhood, but hiding these feelings from others
    2. Having bouts of depression or nervous exhaustion
    3. Poor dream recall, stressful or bizarre dreams, or nightmares (low vitamin B6)
    4. Excessive reactions to tranquilizers, barbiturates, alcohol, or other drugs, in which a little produces a powerful response (low vitamin B6)
    5. Preferring not to eat breakfast, experiencing light nausea in the morning, or being prone to motion sickness (low vitamin B6)
    6. White spots or flecks on the fingernails or opaquely white or paper-thin nails (low zinc)
    7. Liquid zinc sulfate having a mild taste or tasting like water (low zinc)
    8. Poor appetite or having a poor sense of smell or taste (low zinc)
    9. Joints popping, cracking, or aching; pain or discomfort between the shoulder blades; or cartilage problems (low zinc)
    10. Pale or fair skin or being the palest in the family, or sunburning easily, now or when younger
    11. Disliking protein or having ever been a vegetarian or vegan
    12. Being sensitive to bright sunlight or noise
    13. Upper abdominal pain on your left side under the ribs or, as a child, having a stitch in your side as you ran
    14. Frequent fatigue
    15. Being prone to iron anemia or low ferritin levels
    16. Tending to have cold hands or feet
    17. Having frequent colds or infections, or unexplained chills or fever
    18. Reaching puberty later than normal or having irregular menstruation or PMS
    19. Having allergies, adrenal issues, or problems with sugar metabolism
    20. Having gluten sensitivity
    21. Neurotransmitter imbalances, especially low serotonin
    22. For women, belonging to an all-girl family or having look-alike sisters
    23. For men, having a mother from an all-girl family or a mother with look-alike sisters, or all the females in the mother’s family bearing a strong resemblance to each other
    24. Avoiding stress because it upsets your emotional balance
    25. Tending to become dependent on one person whom you build your life around
    26. Preferring the company of one or two close friends rather than a gathering of friends; becoming more of a loner as you age
    27. Feeling uncomfortable with strangers
    28. Being bothered by being seated in the middle of the room in a restaurant
    29. Being easily upset by criticism

Less Common Signs and Symptoms

  1. Stretch marks or poor wound healing (low zinc)
    31. Crowded upper front teeth, many cavities, or inflamed gums or wearing braces (low zinc)
    32. Bad breath and body odor (or a sweet, fruity odor), especially when ill or stressed (low zinc)
    33. Being prone to acne, eczema, herpes, or psoriasis
    34. Reduced amount of hair on your head, eyebrows, or eyelashes, or prematurely gray hair
    35. Difficultly recalling past events and people in your life
    36. Focusing internally, on yourself, rather than on the external world
    37. Tending to have morning constipation
    38. Tingling sensations or muscle spasms in your legs or arms
    39. Feeling stressed by changes in your routine, such as traveling or being in new situations
    40. Your face looking swollen when you’re under a lot of stress
    41. Cluster headaches or blinding headaches
    42. One or more of the following: a psychiatric disorder, schizophrenia, high or low histamine, alcoholism, learning and behavioral disorders, autism, or Down syndrome

If you check off 15 or more items, especially the more common ones, it’s highly probable that you have pyroluria and will benefit from taking zinc and vitamin B6 supplements. I encourage you to be tested, but if this isn’t possible, or even if you don’t have pyroluria, supplementing with zinc and vitamin B6 may be worthwhile if you have a large number of these symptoms.

Trudy Scott (CN), Certified Nutritionist is the founder of, a thriving nutrition practice with a focus on food, mood and women’s health. Trudy educates women about the amazing healing powers of food and nutrients and helps them find natural solutions for anxiety and other mood problems. Trudy’s goal for all her clients (and all women): “You can be your healthiest, look your best and feel on-top-of-the-world emotionally!” –

If you think you may suffer with Pyroluria or you would like more information on the subject for someone else, it is certainly worth going over to Trudy’s website.

Hopefully it won’t be as long but, until next time…

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4 thoughts on “Is This a Cure for Social Anxiety and Introversion?

  1. I think I’m going crazy and maybe I need to do more research on Empathy or schedule to see a psychiatrist. I used to be a marathoner and cyclist. I could run for days. But about 9 years ago I noticed I would see something and go through the scenario in my mind and it would affect me horribly. For instance, I would see a brand new shoe on the road. I immediately went into playing out a scenario in my mind – “the person was on the way to an interview on his motorcycle, it fell of the back, he lost the job because he only had one shoe….” I saw a runner at a race one time with a picture of her twins on the back of her shirt that said “Running for my babies in heaven.” I had to stop. I couldn’t breathe. I see a dog roaming somewhere I can’t get to to save it and play the scenario and feelings of how sad the family will be, how frightened the dog must be….” It has in turn affected my cardio. I can no longer go on long runs or rides; I can hardly walk across the parking lot. I feel myself starting to hyperventilate.

    Does anyone else feel like this? It’s causing me a lot of stress and anxiety which exacerbates the breathing, and keeps me from moving. I really feel like I’m going crazy. Is this what an Empath is?

    • Hi,

      An Empath will most certainly feel other people’s pain, especially if the other has felt great loss. Going past a funeral cortege, for example, can cause an Empath to feel overwhelmed with grief, which then may ignite their own memories of loss. But from the information you have provided, it sounds to me like there may be some psychic phenomena (perhaps a type of psychometry) going on. Many Empaths are psychic and vice versa. Some can hold an object, such as a ring, in their hands and give information about the owner. Or will come across a certain person and flashes of information from their past or future will come to them.

      Have you ever had your visions of objects or people to be verified as true?

      Do you recall if you had psychic abilities as a child but shut them down as you got older?

      Staying in balance is very important for you. There is lots of information on here on how to ground yourself when out in the world (See An Empaths Guide to Living in The World) and protect yourself from other people’s energy and emotions (whether an Empath or not) but I would also suggest you do some research on psychometry and other psychic abilities. If you are opening up to other psychic traits you will need to learn how to control/develop them.

      Hope this helps

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