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-