As I’ve written in my introduction, I currently still suffer from a chronic disease often referred to as ME/CFS. What is basically does, is reducing my energy level, so that I can do much less than if I was healthy. There are good phases and bad phases which come in more or less unpredictable cycles.
At the moment, during the last days, I’m in a relatively bad phase, so I haven’t had the energy to do a lot for this forum. I’ve tried to counter this phase with some powerful supplements, but I think this bad phase came from working hard on a chapter about basic income without adapting my magnesium intake to my increased work level. This is something I need to keep in mind: The more I do, the more magnesium I need to take. This is something I learned over the last few months, but I didn’t consider the magnesium thing this time. ME/CFS is such a complicated disease and it’s also terribly difficult to manage properly. To see what I mean, let me list up what I do to remain on a relatively high level of energy, productivity, and well-being:
- Taking lots of supplements daily
- 2 g vitamin C (more, if needed. Need is indicated by sore throat and other symptoms of cold)
- The high dosed “Two per day” multivitamin- and multimineral supplement
- 2 g magnesium citrate (I should take more, if I do more)
- during the winter months 5000 IU vitamin D, also 100 mcg vitamin K2
- several grams of curcuma (tumeric)
- several grams of the super food maca
- the grapefruit seed extract “Citricidal” to keep my gut flora dysbiosis in check
- I also experiment a lot with other supplements. Most of them don’t do much. Some do help significantly. vitamin C (or antioxidants in general), magnesium and multivitamin seem to be the most crucial
- I’m generally on a vegan low-carb diet. If I eat too many (especially refined) carbs, I get problems, especially sleep disturbances and neurological symptoms
- I mediate daily
- I do bodyweight exercises
- When it’s not as cold as it is now, I usually ride my bicycle a lot
- I also should be doing the Gupta Program which involve some helpful NLP-like exercises
- I only rarely enjoy caffeine or alcohol
- Sometimes I jump on my high-tech rebounder (mini-trampoline). It’s fun
- Long walks through forests also seem to help a lot, especially when it’s sunny.
Doing all of this, most of the time I can almost pretend being a healthy person, even without the help of antidepressants which I have taken for years. But then I do anything wrong and boom, I’m in the next low-energy phase in which my energy level and motivation are severely impacted. Luckily, I have learned to cope with the frustration this situation brings about. I just focus on optimizing my health further and learn more about how to manage my disease. Slowly, very slowly I am making progress towards recovery.
I’ve written this mainly to explain why I’m not more energetic about this project. And to express my personal frustration. Also to indicate that I really need some dedicated help if this platform is going to become something really significantly successful.
Oh, and I generally advise people to take megadoses of vitamin C. It’s really effective at minimizing diseases! Also, everyone should take (more) magnesium when under higher stress levels. The health system is rather crappy in general, so you don’t get such recommendations for mainstream health professionals, but they are rather effective.