I was hoping for improvement in helping my very fine, thinning hair, skin which abrades easily and heals very slowly & with scarring and strengthening nails which chip and flake before they ever reach beyond the tips of my fingers.
I'm eating Paleo w/ full fat homemade yogurt and cheese. I also eat about three servings a fruit daily and between 1/2-1 lbs of sweet potatoes weekly. I tend to eat salmon, sardines, shrimp and beef offal (not grass fed), along with chicken eggs, occasionally I eat beef and chicken. Whey from the yogurt making goes into soups and stews, and I use marrow bones to make soup base. No gluten and no added sugar, except a little dark chocolate -1-2 oz per week if that. Coffee and herbal iced tea. Vegetables, all sorts, depending what's available at the weekly open air market (not the organic farmers' markets).
I supplement with B12, B6/Mag Taurinate, Vit D 6K IU daily, biotin, chromium and zinc.
I'm the severely chronically insomniac, so I also take melatonin. I walk - a lot, and I hand carry all of my groceries/shopping about two miles 3-4x/week. I also do yoga and follow a basic set of resistance exercises to build hip and abdomen strength, mobility and flexibility.
I don't use nail, hair and skin products, except for a mild soap, mild shampoo and dilute vinegar as a skin and hair rinse.
My energy level has deteriorated, and for the past few weeks, I haven't even gone out beyond keeping a few appointments.
Labs of note: Globulin is chronically low around 2.0 (nl starting at 2.6), with total protein around 6 - 6.5. However, the latest labs showed an A/G ratio of 2.8, and I'm heading in the wrong direction there. I also had a low IgM, with low normal IgA and IgG values done late last summer. SPEP was nl. My RBC's were just under the lower limit last month, and my WBC's are always low normal with absolute monos being deficient and neuts also being low normal. It's as if my immune system just doesn't give a rat's patoot about mounting any sort of immune response. (grin) Vit D at the end of last summer was 69. B12 was 850ish.
I am mostly in ketosis (by urinalysis). And in January I did pre and post prandial BG monitoring for five days, and I was in perfect (for me) control staying between 73 and 90. However, my BP has been very low, at one point not rising above 70s/40s, although I wasn't symptomatic (I was serving as a healthy control in a kidney function study, and research staff were doing all of this fab monitoring).
I think the prolonged sleep deprivation is doing me in, but I don't know what else to try. (My coffee is decaf, limited amount, and always in the early AM). I have an appt with an ENT doc to evaluate for a mechanical airway issue, but that's just swatting at flies - I don't know if I have that sort of issue or not.
I'm using skin, nails and hair condition as proxies for a healthy immune response, which is why I'm turning to you for your sage wisdom. Thanks-
Sleep is a top tier issue. Without it, it'll be impossible to fix the rest. How much magnesium are you getting? What form? Are you taking it in divided doses?
Why chronic ketosis? While we seem well adapted to tolerate and thrive in a state of ketosis, Jaminet, Harris and others make a good case for it not being optimal - especially for someone struggling with major health issues.
It seems reasonable in your case to do a couple of IF's a week but to otherwise provide your body with enough glucose so that it doesn't have the extra stress of gluconeogenesis when it is already, clearly, struggling.
How much total calcium are you getting per day from the dairy? How much total zinc daily? I know the paleo/primal community in general isn't big on supplements and micromanaging micronutrients but in some cases it seems reasonable. This would be one of them. :)
ETA: When I think of skin issues, I think vitamin A, zinc, protein and EFA balance. Are you getting any sources of preformed A in your diet - ie retinol? You mentioned eating beef offal so I assume you're getting A from liver if liver is included in the offal you're eating.
strong hair = protein rich hair! use an egg mixture 3 times weekly to keep your hair strong and shiny, and then use a coconut oil "hair mask" to keep it supple, smooth and also enrich it with strengthening fatty acids. This is what I do. Rosemary oil mixed in with the coconut oil can prevent dandruff and also gives it a clean scent.
skin- use coconut oil as you would lotion, a thin layer is all you need. I use it before bed and then the next morning i take a warm shower and wash with an oil based soap like castile soap. baking soda is a good exfoliator but so do gently, as it has a tendency to cause redness if rubbed too hard into skin. also if you have acne, a honey mask works very well to heal the wounds faster and decrease inflammation. leave honey on blemishes for 10 mins and rinse with warm water.
nails- coconut oil and olive oil. rub on hands and nails, working the oil into the cuticles.
I use all these techniques with great results, my family always compliments me on how young and healthy my skin looks and always ask me what I do to keep it so pretty. these are my secrets!
I think the sleep is one big issue to tackle. You should try (if you havn't already) dimming the lights and avoiding tv and internet after the sun goes down (lots of bright flashing lights make your body think the sun is still out). Also I'd try avoiding any dairy and fruit after 3pm.
Insulin sensitivity appears to be linked to hair loss. Im a fan of homemade yogurt and cheese but even if its raw and full fat it will still have a very high insulin index, which means it will spike your insulin. Also, 3 servings of fruit on top of that means you could have some insulin issues going on. I see your glucose is good but maybe try cutting back on dairy for a month?
hope this is helpful
The book "Lights Out, Sleep, Sugar and Survival," by TS Wiley, does a great job in explaining how important sleep is for all of our bodies functions. She also talks about melatonin.
I agree with the a previous poster about no TV, Internet, and lights before sleep. It's not natural and doesn't help the body shut down. There is a lot going on in our body when we sleep and if we don't get it, it will catch up with body functions starting to fail.
I have sleep problems and I am trying everything I can. I just got black out shades for my bedroom and uploaded flux.com on my computer.
I agree with others who have said that sleep issues will prevent you from healing. Have you had your cortisol levels checked? If melatonin isn't helping, that is where I would recommend going next. External fixes will only be band-aids if you are not getting adequate sleep. I would seek out the help of a naturopath, or other healing professional who can check your cortisol levels, and help you figure out the root cause of the insomnia, and have creative options to get you sleeping regularly!
Iodine helped my skin, hair and nails and especially my energy levels immensely. Silica is an over-looked mineral that gives strong, flexible nails and strong hair. I use food-grade diatomaceous earth as my source of silica. Also, based on your food list, I wonder if you are not getting enough protein.
B vitamins are synergistic -- meaning they only work "in community" with each other, and as they are water-soluable, you have to replenish all of them everyday in order for them to work.
High doses of a pure vitamin B complex will help with hair, skin, nails (particularly B5). Coconut is considered good "hair food" too for some reason. To harden soft nails soak them in warm olive oil for about 20 minutes on alternate days.
For hair: Shampoo LESS, once a week, maybe less. Rinse with COLD water. Cold water has improved the look and strength of my hair this past year. And cold water if used long enough will promaote weight loss/control and I like how it mentally makes me a warrior. I mean if you can't take some cold water on the body, what change do you have when shit hits the fan in life.
I'm surprised to see no mention of iron.
Iron deficiency can definitely cause thinning hair, brittle nails, and low RBC count, especially for those of us with intestinal damage from gluten. When we cut out cereal grains and other fortified iron sources, we have to make sure we are eating enough red meat.
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