Along with the growing stressors of modern life, there’s been a corresponding dependence on fatigue fighters such as energy drinks, triple-shot lattes and Mountain Dew. We take supplements to re-charge our metabolic systems, often reaching for quick-fix solutions when what we really need is to rest and recharge. But then, who’s got the time?
But without time spent each day in an anabolic state, or what Niwot author and pharmacist Dr. Izabella Wentz calls a state of “rest and digest,” we’re basically telling our bodies that we’re unsafe—a situation that, over a sustained period, triggers biologic responses that can lead to autoimmune conditions.
At 27, Wentz was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease, also known as hypothyroidism, an autoimmune condition that results in an underactive thyroid gland. Wentz often felt cold, with other symptoms including hair loss, acid reflux, fatigue and depression. Like many autoimmune sufferers, she was told by doctors that her symptoms were just in her head.
One doctor told her she was experiencing “the normal signs of aging,” she said. That was her wake-up call. From then on Wentz took a more active role in figuring out her own road back to health.
That plan led to remission, and her recovery eventually led to the publication of her latest New York Times bestseller, Hashimoto’s Protocol: a 90-day plan for reversing thyroid symptoms and getting your life back, which released on March 28, 2017.
The condition runs in Wentz’s family, and she attributes her mother as the force behind the book, urging her to write so that “my cousins in Poland would start feeling better too,” she said.
The thyroid is a small, butterfly-shaped gland that produces hormones such as thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3), which stimulate vital processes throughout the body. Not coincidentally,…