This is a quick blurb that I wrote last fall.
I’m re-sharing it as this has been a common theme I have been seeing with online clients and students over the last few weeks. I will be expanding on this blog soon. – April
I’ve had a number of clients recently come in who had increased their B vitamins – these women were visibly buzzing, wound up and strung out. Many had started taking the B vitamins to help with decreased energy and fatigue, however, this was making them ungrounded and frenetic energy.
My running hypothesis is that the B vitamins are too Yang ascending for someone who is lacking in Yin. I’m still looking at this trend and there are many factors to consider so I don’t have a conclusion yet, but here is what I do know without writing a full blog.
Vitamins are mostly Yang, minerals are mostly Yin.
Briefly, Yang is movement, activity, energy and fire – all wonderful and delightful. However, this fire of Yang must have adequate Yin to keep it burning. We replenish or nourish Yin by times of rest, quiescence, nourishment, grounding and fluids. It’s the oil for the fire. Without adequate Yin, the fire of Yang is too robust and will burn too hot leaving no reserves and further depleted. In these cases, increasing mineral (Yin) rich foods helped anchor and settle the client while providing a gentle increase in energy – the first steps to rebuilding a strong foundation for abundant energy.
I am not saying toss out your Vitamin B supplements or run to the store and buy a mineral complex, but it may be a consideration. I am a firm believer in using whole foods first whenever possible, but supplementation may be necessary. Either way, consider looking dialing back your B vitamins and bumping up mineral rich foods as you nourish Yin.