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Izabella Wentz

Lifestyle Interventions for Finding and Treating the Root Cause

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Hashimoto's Thyroiditis by Izabella Wentz is a comprehensive guide that educates readers about how to address the root cause of autoimmune thyroid disease through diet, lifestyle, stress management, and supplements.

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    Identify the root cause of your Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis.

    When the author, Izabella Wentz, was 27 years old, things were going great. She’d recently got married and was happily working in her chosen field of health care. She had a healthy lifestyle too – no cigarettes, no alcohol, regular yoga practice . . . and yet she was exhausted. Wentz was tired all the time, and often felt cold and anxious. She experienced “brain fog,” frequently forgetting things. And, not to mention, her hair was falling out.

    What was happening?

    After going to the doctor and getting her hormone levels checked, Wentz had a diagnosis – the autoimmune condition Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. Her thyroid gland was being destroyed by her own immune system. And to restore her hormone levels, she’d have to take medication.

    But Wentz was a little skeptical. Taking medication without addressing the root cause of the condition? It was like trying to fill a leaky bucket. She’d be pouring in more water, or hormones, without fixing the holes.

    Besides, where did the holes come from in the first place? Wentz believed in cause and effect. When she reflected on the years leading up to her diagnosis, she realized that her thyroid condition was most likely connected to other health issues.

    For example, when she was an undergraduate, she had repeated bouts of strep throat. At one point she even contracted the viral infection mononucleosis – an infection that often triggers autoimmune conditions. Could it have triggered her Hashimoto’s?

    After her diagnosis, Wentz had a new mission. She’d dedicate herself to investigating the possible root cause of her condition. And she’d try various lifestyle interventions to improve her health. In other words, she’d fix the holes in her leaky bucket.

    Her advice to other people with Hashimoto’s is to do the same. Whatever your symptoms – exhaustion, depression, or digestive issues – you can delve into the origins of your condition, and find a treatment that works for you.

    Just so we’re clear, we’re talking about lifestyle changes as well as medication. If your doctor has prescribed a hormonal supplement like Synthroid, it’s important for you to take it. Restoring hormone levels is an essential part of the healing process.

    But it’s not the only part. At the same time, you can make other changes. Like Wentz, you can reflect on your health history and identify possible triggers for your condition. Then, you can set about healing yourself through various changes, with a particular focus on diet.

    Diet – that’s something we’ll be coming back to again and again. You might be surprised by the complex relationship between the thyroid and the gut. As Wentz discovered through years of research and self-experimentation, problems in the gut can wreak havoc on other parts of the body.

    So, it’s time to pay attention, and really try to understand the inner workings of your body. In the next few sections, we’ll be taking an inward look at ourselves to figure out what exactly is going on in there – and what we should be changing.

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    What is Hashimoto's Thyroiditis about?

    Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis (2013) is a guide to healing the body through lifestyle interventions. Wentz offers practical suggestions for people with Hashimoto’s, including recommendations for tests and dietary changes, so they can get on the right track toward feeling better.

    Hashimoto's Thyroiditis Review

    Hashimoto's Thyroiditis (2013) by Izabella Wentz is an essential read for anyone seeking to understand and manage this autoimmune disease. Here's why this book is worth your time:

    • It provides a wealth of practical strategies and solutions to help individuals take control of their health and alleviate symptoms.
    • By combining scientific research, personal stories, and the author's own experience, the book offers a comprehensive and relatable perspective on Hashimoto's Thyroiditis.
    • With its accessible language and clear explanations, the book manages to educate and inform without being overwhelming, ensuring that readers remain engaged and motivated throughout.

    Who should read Hashimoto's Thyroiditis?

    • Hashimoto’s patients looking for new treatments
    • People whose loved ones have been diagnosed with Hashimoto’s
    • Anyone interested in diet and gut health

    About the Author

    Izabella Wentz, PharmD, is a pharmacist who was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis in 2009. She’s spent years researching the condition and is the author of two other books on Hashimoto’s.

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    The main message of Hashimoto's Thyroiditis is understanding and managing Hashimoto's thyroiditis for optimal health.

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    Hashimoto's Thyroiditis is a valuable read for anyone with Hashimoto's thyroiditis seeking to improve their health. It provides practical insights and strategies.

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    The author of Hashimoto's Thyroiditis is Izabella Wentz.

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