74: Dr. Izabella Wentz on Improving Hashimoto’s in As Little As Two Weeks

74: Dr. Izabella Wentz on Improving Hashimoto’s in As Little As Two Weeks

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Improving Hashimotos in as Little as Two Week with Dr. Izabella Wentz

My long health struggle with an underactive thyroid (finally diagnosed as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis) makes me especially value my guest today, Dr. Izabella Wentz. An internationally acclaimed thyroid specialist and licensed pharmacist, she has dedicated her career to addressing the root causes of autoimmune thyroid disease.

What makes her so passionate on the topic? Like me, her own diagnosis with Hashimoto’s.

Dr. Izabella Wentz: Your Thyroid’s Best Friend

Dr. Izabella first caught my attention in 2013 with her New York Times best-selling patient guide Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis: Lifestyle Interventions for Finding and Treating the Root Cause. It contained truly life-changing information about a condition that’s all too frequently misunderstood.

Now she has released an even more targeted 90-day plan to heal the thyroid called The Hashimoto’s Protocol to help thyroid sufferers pinpoint and heal a hypoactive (underactive) thyroid … and often in only 2 weeks!

And thank goodness, because with about 27% of our general population today struggling with Hashimoto’s antibodies (and the majority of them women), we need specialists like her.

In This Episode, You’ll Learn

  • why the rates of thyroid problems are increasing, especially among women
  • how gut health and thyroid health are often closely linked, and why
  • the strange connection between feeling “safe” and avoiding thyroid disease
  • which nutrient deficiencies pave the way for thyroid disease, and how to correct them
  • why the thyroid medications you’re taking may not have improved your condition
  • how less exercise might be the answer to underactive thyroid (yay!)
  • reasons why low-carb, Paleo, or Ketogenic diets might not be the diet for someone with thyroid issues
  • the anabolic vs. catabolic processes of the body and how they affect the thyroid
  • Dr. Izabella’s 2-week prescription for jumpstarting thyroid health

What to Do If You Suspect a Thyroid Problem

Unfortunately, it isn’t always easy to get a straightforward answer when it comes to thyroid disease. If you struggle with most of the following symptoms, thyroid disease might be affecting you:

  • chronic pain
  • hair loss
  • fatigue
  • IBS/impaired digestion
  • food allergies
  • brain fog
  • forgetfulness
  • chronic cough
  • weight management
  • dry skin

I know all too well the health toll of these symptoms and the struggle to put together the pieces of the puzzle. (My blood tests didn’t even show that I had thyroid disease!) I felt like I was going crazy because I knew things were not normal but doctors continued to tell me I was fine.

When I finally was correctly diagnosed, I learned that Hashimoto’s is more than just an underactive thyroid. It is actually an autoimmune disorder that calls for a multi-targeted treatment of medication, diet, and lifestyle changes that isn’t always easy to figure out.

The Izabella Wentz 2-Week Prescription for Thyroid Health

Here are just some of the helpful suggestions Dr. Izabella makes in the podcast for anyone who suspects a problem with hypoactive thyroid. Take a listen to hear them all!

  • Purge home of antibacterial soaps, conventional makeup, and toxic beauty products
  • Install a fluoride filter (fluoride suppresses the thyroid)
  • Add turmeric, green juices, cilantro, milk thistle and healthy liver-supporting foods to diet
  • Limit common food sensitivities: gluten, dairy, and soy
  • Supplement selenium, D and B vitamins, ferritin, thiamine, and magnesium citrate
  • Drink hot lemon water or water with apple cider vinegar to stimulate stomach acid
  • Get more rest and adequate sleep
  • Add a quality probiotic to feed good bacteria and encourage gut health
  • Avoid strenuous exercise
  • Add yoga and restful activities to your routine

In addition to these general “quick fix” steps, The Hashimoto’s Protocol goes deeper with a detailed 2-week liver detox plan, a 4-week adrenal detox plan, and a 6-week gut protocol.

Check out the resources below to find out more!

Resources We Mention

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Reader Comments

  1. im 28 wks pregnant and feeling unusually debilitating fatigue. its my third, and this time im 8 yrs older (36) which everyone keeps telling me is why im tired. i dont believe that, as many women over 35 feel great. im a personal trainer, eat gluten free dairy free and tons of supplements (all your suggested prego ones) and green drinks lace my diet. what tests should i get? thx!!!

  2. Thank you for this post! I have been struggling with Hashimoto’s for yrs now, but only recently diagnosed. I have a hard time staying on track with my diet, but am determined!

    Thank you for connecting me to Dr. Izabella!
    Glenna from Austin, TX

  3. Hello!! While I am not pregnant but looking to it within the near future I have lately been struggling with my thyroid. I went for bloodwoek about a month ago bc I have just not been feeling right. I have been struggling for a long time with being able to lose weight, constantly tired and bloated and along with many other symptoms. Oddly enough my blood work came back showing that my tsh levels indicated I was hyperthyroid and was sent to see an endocrinologist. Had more bloodwork done and said my tsh levels improved and I tested positive for antibodies of the hashimotos disease and now I just had bloodwork done again today and my tsh levels were normal and they want me to come back I. 3 more weeks for more bloodwork. I am just feeling frustrated at the moment bc I know something is going on because I have not been feeling myself. I guess I’m just looking for any advice, info anything that anyone has on this issue.thank you!!

  4. I have had Hashimotos for many years. When I was initially diagnosed, I went into war mode and forced myself to walk a treadmill for 1 hour a day, then weights and once I got some stamina, I started jogging. I was always thin, but because of the crazy fatigue and low thyroid, I ate too much and was overweight. I now ate nothing but fresh organic meat and veggies. I was what those around me called being too ratical, but they didn’t know what my exhaustion felt like and that this wasn’t a choice. I felt better, took my Synthroid at 5 am then I would work out for an hour, breakfast 2 hours later, t3 at noon, no eating past 7 pm and vitamins, iron, etc and bed by 9:30 pm. Long story short, I felt ok, looked great, but I then got involved with a guy that didn’t like me getting up so early to workout. The weight came back on, then more fatigue and serious depression. Months turned into years and I am overweight and my Endocrinologist I saw all along received my latest blood levels…low white and red blood cells, low vitamin d, low thyroid, and low cortisol…Addisons Disease. So, if you still don’t feel well, it’s because there is something else going on. Women need their hormones tested early so we know what normal is for us. And, if that’s not bad enough, my only daughter of 27 years old has high levels, severe lupus and sarcoidosis. We are both fighting against autoimmune disease and to have a semblance of a life.

  5. Can you have hashimotos if all of your labs are normal, but you have all of the symptoms and also have nodules on ur thyroid? I don’t know what to do bc I can’t afford a special diet right now and I don’t have a way to buy all natural cosmetics and toiletries bc I’m having to help my fam out so much right now . . It sucks that treating ur thyroid is so dang expensive .

    • It is possible, especially if they aren’t testing TSH and antibodies. Nodules are usually a dead giveaway for Hashis, though a doctor should definitely confirm that. And hugs to you… I’ve been there too and it is so tough and feels so helpless. My advice would be to do the best you can and do the free stuff that helps like sleep more, get sunlight and sub out cheap frozen veggies for most sugar, flour and processed food. Izabella also usually suggests experimenting with avoiding dairy and wheat for a while to see if it helps. Good luck!

  6. Hi there!
    I am new to your website and podcast and am so thankful to have stumbled upon it! 🙂
    Question: (and I am so sorry to bother you with this!)
    I am trying to order from Paleo Valley and I cannot put an order through b/c the 30% discount for bulk doesn’t show up, nor is there a place to put in your WELLNESSMAMA10 discount code.
    I have tried emailing Paleo Valley and they will not respond. I have tried messaging them through facebook and they will not respond.
    And they do not provide a phone number, which is odd.
    It seems like they have great products, and I’d love to try them with all our kiddos.
    But, how do you get in touch with them?
    Thank you for any direction you can give me!!

    • Hi Allyson, so sorry you’re having trouble! Have you gone through the entire checkout process all the way up to confirming your order? I know some websites don’t offer the field for discount codes until the payment information. And it may not be showing your discounted price until that point as well. Worth a shot! Let me know if that doesn’t work.

  7. Hello!

    How can I address Hashimotos disease while nursing? I feel when I alter my diet, my milk supply is affected.

    Any information would be most helpful.

  8. I stumbled upon Dr. Wentz after becoming frantic a few weeks ago when aroutine neck MRI for arthritis showed a rather funky thyroid. I have been taking levothyroxine for about 17 years. Never had any real symptoms,(although my husband thought I was bi polar, LOL!} but back then a routine TSH test showed a “sluggish thyroid”, so I went on 75 mcg, got the TSH every year and felt fine. I took it upon myself to buy an on line lab test for antibodies. I was devastated when the test came back positive! Not that the treatment would have been different, but I certainly would have done some lifestyle changes had I known all those years. I go for a biopsy next week.
    Back to Dr. Wentz, I have been inhaling all her information, bought her book and have implemented some of her ideas. Here’s where I get a bit skeptical. As I read more and more, I admire her entrepreneurship, but when I see self help programs and supplements at very high prices, I become skeptical. I have yet to come across someone, apart from information from Dr. Wentz, that has said, “My antibodies went down from 1000 to 4 using all the supplements and buying the self help programs.” Anyone out there?

    • Read the many amazon reviews on her book. Plenty of people experiencing drastic improvements. I’d be more skeptical of dangerous pharmaceuticals with their novel length lists of side effects than some supplements.

  9. HI I recently got diagnosed with Hoshimotos thryoiditis and was prescribed steroids due to my TPO Lab was four times above normal range and my Vit D is low-was given 50.000 u once a week. I do not want to take meds. I take a supplement for thyroid and those levels are normal but TPO is extremely high. I have severe body pains episodes of near syncope and am very worried. I am on a organic gluten free eating plan. I don’t know how to being down the inflammation quickly please help

  10. Diagnosed hashomotos after swallowing a pill taking a special X-ray test, you’d it was my towns water, told he didn’t know why my thyroid was growing but would take some tests and send me to a specialist. All tests normal but TSh. Was told it was an easy disease to have. Back in 1977. Years later, I learn about brain fog after almost losing my job. My levels went up and down. Later my glands swelled, was told fibermyalgia, take this pill for 2 weeks. I learned the hard way I am not athletic, barely passed PE in school. Gain weight easily and work so hard to take it off. Tried different diets only to find out they interfere with my thyroid
    . Now no cabbage, broccoli, kale etc. no soy, limit wheat. Don’t take certain supplements, they interfere with thyroid, people think I’m hypochondriac tired faking it. Your list doesn’t begin to tell the limitation of life and food. I’m tired of being my own advocate. So thank you for taking over. I need to give your book to my GP who won’t refer me to an endoconologist.

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