• A Year of Healing My Body From Adrenal Burnout: Interview with Alex Mazzurco PART 2

    Can you heal adrenal fatigue naturally?

    If you are an active fitness fanatic like me, it isn’t difficult to end up with health issues and potentially reach a point of adrenal fatigue. Why? You’ve heard me talk about this a lot on the show, and I use my own experience (stay tuned, I’ll write a post and share a new podcast on my own experience in getting adrenal fatigue and worse- adrenal burnout, and how I got better, mostly inspired by this lady in this interview– Alex!!) — but the truth is, it’s very easy once you become addicted to fitness, for your healthy obsession to turn into an unhealthy obsession. And we often don’t even realize it- but sooner than we think we are overtraining and under-eating, our sleep suffers, our menstrual cycle suffers, and our stress increases. It becomes a bad cycle and over time our bodies cannot handle the wear and tear. Enter Adrenal Fatigue. It’s a very real thing- whatever you might hear on the internet (some know-it-alls claim there is no such thing. WHATEVER.)
    This 2-part interview with Alex Mazzurco will flood you with more a-ha moments than you can imagine. Alex was an active figure competitor and killing it in the gym, until she very suddenly hit a brick wall with her health. Weight gain and fatigue were just the beginning of her body just plain giving out on her. Learn how she took a year to HEAL from the inside out and now is thriving both physically and emotionally. This interview will teach you so much about the importance of self-care and self-LOVE. Fitness should be FUN not punishment. Be sure to listen to both parts of this 2-part episode! This is part 2, you can listen to part 1 if you haven’t done so yet by CLICKING HERE.

    About Alex Mazzurco

    From her online bio: “Day One of my fitness journey, I ate one piece of toast instead of two and did a 45-minute Hip Hop Abs video with my Mom. From that day on I did something to change my health every day for 50 days. I say health and not body because, unlike most girls, I didn’t have a body image issue—I had health and wellness issue. With my focus and determination, I had lost almost 15 pounds in those 50 days just by making uneducated “healthy” changes to my typical college lifestyle. Not only did my health and wellness improve, but I noticed the changes my body had made, and all it took was one day that compounded into weeks, then months, then years.
    After healing, I needed another challenge. I was always the skinny runner girl in high school, so why not go back to my cross-country roots? I started training for Tough Mudders and half marathons. I ran a lot—cardio cleared my mind, and each mile time became something to beat. But when you run with the goal of a PR every run, you burn yourself out and end up with stress fractures… like me.
    Things happen for a reason. I was broken and had to find a new outlet. I came across bikini competitions and immediately knew that was my next challenge. Little did I know the rollercoaster I was hopping on. Who knew becoming a bikini competitor meant you needed to eat more, lift a lot, do less cardio, buy a bedazzled bikini for hundreds if not thousands of dollars, become an Oompa Loompa, buy clear heals off of an exotic dancer website, learn how to pose, and learn how to do stage makeup?!
    After a year of competing the wrong way, I made the decision to give it one more try with a healthier approach. I found macros and my coach, Adam Atkinson, and my life changed. I interviewed him for over 2 hours and demanded answers, explanations, and attention, all things a coach should provide. I realized I was different—my muscles grew quickly and they utilized carbs differently. I researched, I communicated, I was in tune with my body, and Adam listened to me.
    Most of you know that story and you know my journey on the stage did not end well.
    In 2017 I went from a 110 lb. athlete to a 150 lb. girl who couldn’t train, let alone stay awake for more than 8 hours. Through testing I found out I had SIBO/Dysbiosis, adrenal fatigue and severe nutrient deficiencies. I have spent the last two years healing and learning.
    Everything happens for a reason—especially then. This experience humbled me, made me a better coach, and a healthier human.
    I want to encourage young women that they can have their (buff) cake and eat it too. That you need to eat to fuel your body which builds muscle which builds your metabolism. Who doesn’t want to eat more? You don’t have to spend hours on the treadmill like a hamster on a wheel and you need to eat more than a rabbit.” You can find Alex at her website by CLICKING HERE. You can follow her on the gram by CLICKING HERE.

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  • Is Weight Loss With Hypothyroidism Possible? YES! Izabella Wentz Shares How!

    How to achieve weight loss with Hypothyroidism!

    Izabella Wentz Interview on Hashimoto's Disease

    Are you struggling with hypothyroid and weight loss? Do you wonder if weight loss with hypothyroidism is possible?  Do you you aim for weight loss but feel that your hypothyroid problem prevents it? This blog and podcast will answer a lot of questions for you and explain that weight loss with hypothyroidism is in fact accessible. You can achieve weight loss when you are hypothyroid. (I am living proof!! It took me a while to get there but – be sure to check out some of my most recent posts, it really can be achieved with hormone balance and food. The first post to check out is this one: CLICK HERE and the second one I think you’ll love is found by CLICKING HERE {all about my current diet} and then the next one if found by CLICKING HERE my 8 week results on the keto diet will blow your mind ) This podcast will share a lot of information about hypothyroid disease and weight loss and after you finish listening, you’ll understand that it is possible to achieve weight loss with hypothyroid disease or Hashimoto’s.

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    Dr. Izabella Wentz is a pharmacist with a passion to spreading awareness of lifestyle interventions as well as the root causes of thyroid diseases. She is the author of The New York Times bestselling books “Hashimoto’s Protocol” and “Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis.” (Her latest book is “Hashimoto’s Food Pharmacology“) Interestingly, she was never really interested in the thyroid gland in school or even after graduation.

    It wasn’t until Izabella was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s herself in 2009 – after 10 years of confusing symptoms – when she decided to try to find ways to treat her disease. She never wanted to give up and just let the disease take control of her life, that there had to be a way to make herself feel better.
    In today’s episode, Izabella tells us all about what Hashimoto’s disease is, the usual prescriptions that don’t really work, and the type of interventions she recommends to her patients.

    “Whether we’re 25, 35, or 65, we shouldn’t feel horrible. We shouldn’t feel exhausted.” – Dr. Izabella Wentz

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    In this episode, you’ll learn:

    • How she started her journey into better health and fitness.
    • How her life was before she found out she had Hashimoto’s.
    • The usual drugs prescribed that only offer band aid solutions.
    • Why she doesn’t recommend working with an endocrinologist when you have Hashimoto’s.
    • Does she have patients who are able to solve their thyroid issues without a synthetic hormone?
    • When should we take thyroid hormones?
    • Why is Hashimoto’s so common? What is it that really causes Hashimoto’s?
    • Will you always have Hashimoto’s once you’re diagnosed?
    • Is Hashimoto’s more prevalent in the US and Western culture than other countries?

    Key Takeaways:

    • It’s easier to prevent damage to the thyroid gland than to regrow a thyroid.
    • The ones that heal and thrive are the ones who take charge of their own health.
    • We should have an open mind in figuring out what’s best for your body.

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    About Dr. Izabella Wentz

    From her online bio:

    Dr. Izabella Wentz, Pharm.D., FASCP is a passionate, innovative and solution focused clinical pharmacist. She has had a passion for health care from a very early age, inspired by her mother, Dr. Marta Nowosadzka, MD.

    Fascinated by science and the impact of substances on the human body, Izabella decided to pursue a degree in pharmacy with a dream of one day finding a cure for a disease.

    An avid learner and goal-oriented student, she received the PharmD. Degree (Doctor of Pharmacy) from the Midwestern University Chicago College of Pharmacy at the age of 23.

    After graduation, she excelled at numerous roles including working as a community pharmacist, a clinical consulting pharmacist and later a medication safety pharmacist. She is a Fellow of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists and holds certifications in Medication Therapy Management as well as Advanced Diabetes Care.

    After moving to a new city, she was given the opportunity to lead a statewide medication safety initiative, transitioning to a career in medication safety and healthcare quality improvement. There, she developed an expertise about the whole systems approach, rapid tests of small change; outcomes tracking and root cause analysis.

    After two years of researching Hashimoto’s and Hypothyroidism, she decided to combine emerging knowledge with her quality improvement expertise to run rapid tests of change on herself that led her to discover the root cause of her condition. She has summarized three years of research and two years of testing in her book: Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis: Lifestyle Interventions for Finding and Treating the Root Cause.

    In 2017, she published another #1 NY Times bestselling book, Hashimoto’s Protocol: A 90-Day Plan for Reversing Thyroid Symptoms and Getting Your Life Back – a more step-by-step, in-depth plan that streamlines the most effective interventions to reverse the autoimmune damage at the root of Hashimoto’s.

    Her most recent publication, Hashimoto’s: Food Pharmacology: Nutrition Protocols and Healing Recipes to Take Charge of Your Thyroid Health, is a cookbook featuring 125 delicious recipes with thyroid-supporting nutrients, strategies for making dietary changes an easy part of one’s life, and protocols that can help transform the body into a safe place so that it can receive the foods needed to heal.

    During her time as a consultant pharmacist, Dr. Wentz worked as part of an interdisciplinary team consulting on thousands of complicated patient cases, often caused by rare disorders. She was regarded as an expert in clinical pharmacology and would be called to investigate cause and effect by performing comprehensive medication therapy reviews to help identify and resolve adverse drug events. She quickly became well versed in finding and evaluating emerging research to help address her clients’ unique challenges. Although trained as a pharmacist, she was an ardent champion for lifestyle interventions, which often helped patients much more than any medications.

    My Mission
    I didn’t want to give up. I thought that all my symptoms were somehow connected… There has got to be some lifestyle factors that contributed to this condition! There’s got to be ways I can make myself feel better! There has got to be ways I can help stop the progression… What can I do as a person with this condition to give myself the best possible life?

    I am a proud supporter of ThyroidChange because I believe that every thyroid patient should have access to proper diagnosis, appropriate medication management and education about lifestyle interventions!

    Thyroid patients are not diagnosed appropriately
    The TSH is not a reliable marker of thyroid function as it can fluctuate, especially in those with Hashimoto’s. TPO antibodies become elevated, years, sometimes decades before a change in TSH is seen and may be associated with fatigue, recurrent miscarriage, and many other issues before the TSH becomes affected.

    I believe that patients should be better optimized on their medications!
    Just because a TSH falls in the “normal” range does not mean the medication is dosed appropriately. We need to treat the patient, not the lab values! Patient symptoms are key! As a pharmacist, I can tell you that there are many medications that have pro-drugs that do not get converted to the active drugs in the body. T4, by definition, is a pro-drug, and does not always convert to T3! Sometimes combination medications are needed.

    Lifestyle interventions are often ignored by mainstream medicine.
    Interventions such as eliminating infections, addressing nutrient depletions, reducing sensitizing foods and addressing adrenal function can help to improve symptoms, and even reduce or eliminate autoimmunity.

    It is my sincere hope, if you have suffered from fatigue, hair loss, brain fog, weight management, dry skin, depression, muscle aches, and the countless other symptoms, that your life will be changed for the better after implementing the research I’ve uncovered.

    It can help you do what most doctors and most clinicians would consider impossible, to put Hashimoto’s into remission!” Find Dr. Wentz on her website by CLICKING HERE.

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