I’ve decided to try something for 30 days. I’ve recently had testing done that shows I have a lot of systemic inflammation – the precursor to lots of chronic diseases. I remember Kevin Cottrell did a guest blog post on Jack Kruse’s site about reducing inflammation. He used multiple forms of magnesium and combined it with Cold Thermogenesis (aka freezing one’s ass off) and within a month dropped is hs-CRP from 5.4 to 0.44. At the time I thought to myself that those were impressive results but we don’t know which of the two interventions he did simultaneously actually had the impact. Was it the magnesium? Or the freezing off of his ass? It sure would have been nice if he would have separated out the two and tested after each one.
Well, I’ve already tried freezing my ass off (see posts from 4/15/12 through 6/22/12). I didn’t actually do specific testing before/after to measure the effect of CT on my body, so I can’t say that it didn’t lower inflammation – maybe it did, but if it did the improvement was temporary – my hs-CRP results in March and again in November were both 8-point-something. I know I didn’t lose weight though, which was my primary objective. It was expensive to implement because my tap water wasn’t very cold, it was time consuming, and it was incredibly uncomfortable during the re-warming period. Not something I’m willing to try again.
What I am willing to do though is take 30 days and bombard my system with lots of magnesium to see if that has an effect. Two days ago I got a Magnesium RBC test (should have the results soon) and I already have my hs-CRP baseline (13.58). I’ve been following the Magnesium Advocates group on Facebook. It seems low magnesium can have many dramatic consequences, including anxiety attacks, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, and systemic inflammation. I’m just starting to learn about the scope of this mineral’s effect on our bodies, but I know enough to know that I’m probably deficient. Apparently it’s very difficult to get enough magnesium naturally in food/lifestyle because the soils that grow our food are depleted and we’re just not spending much time in the ocean (or near it). For my experiment I’ll be using Mg drops, Mg oil, Mg oral supplements, and epsom salt baths, per Morley Robbins Protocol for Restoring Magnesium.
I’ll test again when I’m done and report back.
In the meantime, take a look at my blood sugar now:
Wow…nice highs and lows there! I think it’s safe to say I’ve (literally) crossed the line over to Type II Diabetes at this point. Not formally diagnosed, however. I refuse to go to a doctor and go on prescription meds if there’s something I can do to fix this.
So here’s my overall plan. I’m pretty much done looking for some guru to tell me what to eat. I’m going to eat what makes my body feel best – a high protein breakfast, and pretty much an elimination of white carbs (wheat, corn, rice, any kind of flour, and most sweeteners). In the past when I’ve done this I don’t have the highs and lows in mood and blood sugar. It’s something I can live with. I’ve eaten this way for months at a time and my blood sugar and hs-CRP were still high, so I don’t think this is going to confound my magnesium experiment. I’d like to keep juicing (mostly vegetables with some fruit added for flavor) because I’m just not interested in eating fruits and veggies every day and I know I need those micronutrients. However, if my blood sugar doesn’t come down at the end of this 30 days, that’s gone too.
For exercise I’ll be riding my bike and doing yoga when the urge hits. Nothing organized or stringent.
I’ll blog as I go with updates.