A couple months ago I took a Meyers Briggs test and got a surprise. For the first time, it labeled me as an extrovert! I have never been an extrovert in my life! I ran this by a couple friends who had taken the test alongside me years ago, and they agreed that they have seen me become more extroverted. What happened? I believe it's because I got healthy.
I have been studying quite a bit more about amino acids lately. I was focused on anxiety in general, but also specifically, the relationship of amino acids and Pyroluria. Along with many other symptoms, Pyroluria can express itself as a deep seeded social anxiety. It is exacerbated by stress and is often caused by an underlying deficiency of zinc and B6 which are the raw materials and building blocks for producing GABA and Serotonin in the body.
The epiphany is that Pyroluria and Introversion are very closely related. They look almost identical at times. However, with a proper diet, avoiding sensitivities that damage your gut and deplete your nutrients, an "introvert" can change their stripes! Isn't that exciting? People are so used to thinking "that's just the way I am," but introversion can be one more symptom that gives us a clue as to the state of our physical health. Personally, I think this is exciting because I know firsthand that being introverted can be painful and stressful. When your job demands that you act otherwise, or your social responsibilities require you to push yourself beyond your comfort zone, it can exacerbate the problem. Rather than just resigning it to a personality trait that can't be changed, there is hope for people who suffer!
To give you a personal example, I noticed a change in myself since going to the West Coast in July. When I flew out of Midway, I had been eating well, taking care of myself, and felt better than I had in years. I was excited to see family and friends, and it was easy to communicate and enjoy life. During my trip however, I didn’t handle my stress well, I ate differently, and I let a couple disciplines slide. By the time I landed back in Chicago, I was a different person. After that, I shied away from being in contact with people and needed a lot more “alone” time. It’s amazing how one week can throw you off for a month! I’m much better now after detoxing, and getting back into a healthy rhythm. My adrenals, hormones and amino acids are dancing together again.
I’m sharing this personal story, just in case you can relate or know someone this information could help. If you want to be able to enjoy friends and participate in all of what life has to offer, look into amino acids and possible deficiencies. Lab tests are not always accurate, so also listen to your body, and know when to get someone to help you figure it out!