I got the results of some testing today. I haven’t yet talked with my health coach about them, so I don’t know what the game plan is, but it sure is nice to have some numbers. I did GAPS for over two years, supplemented with magnesium for much of that time, took some zinc last year and STILL this is what’s going on with me. So just use your imagination as to how bad things were before.
I have low magnesium. Really low magnesium. A decent reference range is 5-7. My level: 3.9. This was according to a red blood cell (RBC) magnesium test, which is a lot better than a serum test. If your doctor suggests a serum test, tell him that less than 1% of magnesium is stored in blood serum.
I also have unbound copper. Copper needs to be bound with something called ceruloplasmin. My ceruloplasmin is low, so I have free copper floating around. Unbound copper can cause trouble in the body. What kind of trouble? Just ask me what kind of issues I have; I’ve got plenty of symptoms. Or you can click here.
So what caused this low magnesium and low ceruloplasmin? A big factor is stress. Another big factor is my poor adrenal function. I’ve had plenty of stress, and I’ve had long-term adrenal issues.
The tricky thing is I can’t just bombard myself with magnesium. That stresses my adrenals out even more. I have to go slow, and I have to make sure I get enough salt. Salt? Yes, salt. Fatigued adrenals have a hard time regulating sodium and potassium properly. In this case, too much magnesium lowers that sodium level even more.
Currently, (due to some recent heart palpitations) I have been drinking salty water with magnesium in it. (I use ConcenTrace mineral drops for magnesium.) It seems like a good way to get my magnesium up while also keeping my sodium up.
And as for the copper and ceruloplasmin issues? Well, I’ve got to talk with my health coach first.
Robbins, Morley. "How to Restore Magnesium in 3 Steps." http://gotmag.org/how-to-restore-magnesium/
Robbins, Morley. Magnesium Advocacy Group. https://www.facebook.com/groups/MagnesiumAdvocacy/
Wilson, James L. (2001) Adrenal Fatigue: The 21st Century Stress Syndrome.