The problem with B vitamins is, the civilized lifestyle causes their constant and ever-growing deficit, which cannot be leveled out without appropriate action on our part. It’s like borrowing a large sum of money for something special and then living off the paycheck, which only suffices for basic needs and wondering why the debt doesn’t pay itself. What do we borrow the money for? Anything posing a threat to the body (viruses, bacteria, fungi, parasites, drugs, coffee and alcohol, food additives, pollution, radiation) destroys them. Even an excess of protein or fats in a theoretically healthy diet – what is meant by excess is an excessive amount proportionally to the B vitamins capable of digestion. In the case of a large B vitamin deficit even a small quantity of products containing fats and protein could be excessive and that burdens the body.
Some “reformed” people complain that despite the passage of time they can’t fix certain health issues, like obesity, excessive weight loss or skin conditions and so on. The reason being they provide enough B vitamins for basic everyday functioning, so they function noticeably better, but they aren’t able to alleviate the symptoms of the initial deficit, pay off the earlier debt – lose the excess fat or make up for accumulated deficits in the body, for which they still don’t have enough B vitamins to do.
This happens for example:
– when the body is additionally fighting parasites or toxins, which completely uses up the vitamins consumed in food;
– in the case of an illness, inflammation, after a surgical procedure or taking medication;
when the diet constantly consists of more fats and proteins (dairy and meat, but also nuts, seeds, vegetable fats) and flour products than vegetables;
– in the presence of a B vitamin deficiency when using supplements of omega 3 fatty acids and liposoluble vitamins: A, D, E, K; the body may need those fatty acids, but if it is unable to process them, the only result is accumulation of the fats. For example my acquaintance put on two pounds in three months of using such a preparation, without changing anything in her diet and subsequently lost said two pounds by putting the preparation away in favor of supplementing B vitamins. On the other hand, an excess of liposoluble vitamins, which are stored in the liver, is toxic – but that happens only if those vitamins are supplemented. If you get too much beta-caroten from your diet in proportion to B vitamins, it will not be turned into the vitamin A, but instead stored, coloring the insides of your palms and feet orange: it’s a sign of imbalance between those vitamins, an indirect indicator of B vitamin deficiency.
– in the case of a hidden B vitamin deficiency when supplementing elements the absorption of which depends upon B vitamins – for example, vitamin B6 is necessary for the absorption of magnesium, magnesium is necessary for the absorption of calcium. Who knows how many links there are in this chain, how many substances indirectly depend upon B vitamins? When we strengthen one random link in this chain, we end up making the whole thing weaker, because an imbalance is a burden – what is the body supposed to do with an excess of calcium, for which it lacks the magnesium it needs to be absorbed? Or the magnesium, which requires vitamin B6?
– when using preparations which intensify the body cleansing or alkalizing itself, such as vitamin C, probiotics, preparations meant to strengthen the immune system or kill parasites;
– while frequently going to the sauna or working out heavily – a lot of magnesium is excreted with sweat.
These are examples of situations, in which a healthy diet isn’t able to fulfill the body’s need for B vitamins because of them being used for different purposes. Combining multiple of these situations could not also prevent the body from returning to a healthy state, but even cause or increase the B vitamin deficiency. For example combining a body cleanse and working out alongside an increased intake of protein and inappropriate supplementation. Instead of the desired results, you’d get health issues such as feeling weak, headaches, digestive problems, skin conditions etc., caused by a rapid increase of B vitamin demand. One person I know ended up with a chronic angioedema, another with fainting, yet another – cysts, failing pancreas and enzyme deficiencies (she stopped digesting fats).
The natural balance is, of course, easily upset by the use of drugs and alcohol. One teenager suffered bouts of unconsciousness a month after spending a very “grown up” holiday. She was diagnosed as having epilepsy, but without any physical focus point – most likely a metabolic one, caused by a dramatic magnesium deficit, since the girl had additionally been eating very unhealthily beforehand.
Among the products destructive to B vitamins is coffee – it’s acidogenic and the oxalates contained in it decrease the absorption of zinc, calcium, magnesium and iron; it blocks biotin (vitamin B7), necessary not only for digestion, healthy skin and hair, but also responsible for preventing the Candida yeast from turning into deadly fungi. I came across the hypothesis that our bodies treat coffee as a poisonous substance and mobilize all forces to get rid of it, which is surprisingly backed by my observations – coffee enjoyed from time to time does actually heighten energy levels and acts as a laxative, but when ingested frequently in large quantities doesn’t work that way anymore – instead it is addictive and weakens the body, often causing stomach and liver ache.
The demand for B vitamin also increases when phases of the menstrual cycle change. This is also where the body tend to save B vitamins if forced to, which is where a lot of hormonal issues and the conditions they cause come from, such as intense symptoms of PMS, difficulties during puberty or menopause.
B vitamins also take part in thermoregulation. The less of them in the body, the weaker is the body’s tolerance for heat and cold and the stronger the sudden cold flashes, such as constant cold feet and hands. Even sunbathing or supplementing vitamin D cause an increase in demand for magnesium, and hence B vitamins as well. This is why paradoxically, supplementing D vitamin in the case of a large B vitamin deficiency could not only not energize you, but do the opposite, increasing the feelings of weakness and fatigue.
B vitamin deficiency cause sleep and emotional balance issues, while lack of sleep and stress increase the amount of magnesium used to maintain normal functioning. This is one more vicious cycle, or rather a downward spiral towards bigger and bigger deficiencies.
To sum up – we unknowingly do many things that destroy or use up B vitamins and the substances dependent on them, but there is little we could unknowingly do to repair the state of said vitamins. We aren’t able to casually make up for the deficit, which is why most people do not function optimally, despite trying to eat and live healthily. The more magnesium and its synergists you’d used up for detoxication or sweated out, the weaker your body’s resources for reacting to current threats and challenges. And the larger the B vitamin deficit, the harder it is to repair that magnesium deficiency until much more is needed than absorbed and serious health issues begin to surface. In this process Candida albicans, a yeast species, plays a major role. As a result of our civilized lifestyle it grows excessively in the bowels and subsequently infects and poisons the body, becoming a dangerous parasites that’s difficult to fight; attempts of controlling its overgrowth consume most of the B vitamins ingested by the body, which cripples the nutrition and healing of inflammation, which is where many diseases start.