- Higher energy
- Lowered blood pressure
- Increased muscle mass
- Decreased risk of cardiovascular disease
After years of feeling run down, Laura, a 45-year-old salon owner, decided it was time to get some help.
“I think it was with my last baby when I started seeing more changes,” said Laura, who has four girls ages 5 to 19. “I was just more tired, and I used to always take naps in the afternoon. Around 2 or 3 o’clock I’d just be wiped out.”
Laura, who has a form of lupus that was already challenging her autoimmune system, thought there was something more happening. On a whim, she tested her blood pressure and was shocked to discover it was high. “I’d never had that before,” Laura said.
She visited other providers who discovered, in addition to high blood pressure, that she had Hashimoto’s disease, an autoimmune disorder that can cause an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism). “I also found out that my iron was a little low,” she said.
It was then that Laura’s sister—Lyndsay Hayes, a nurse practitioner at the Wisconsin Institute of Functional Medicine (WIFM)—suggested she come in to see her.
“I remember my sister saying, ‘I’ve been concerned about you napping every day for years now, we need to get that fixed,’” said Laura, who discovered through her lab work at WIFM that she indeed had low iron as well as low Vitamin B and D, and zinc.
Additionally, “I would always get stomachaches when I would eat,” said Laura, who was using a supplement from another provider to help with the pain. After working on her other health issues with WIFM, she hasn’t needed to take the supplement.
Lyndsay started Laura on supplements and medications, including one to help with her Hashimoto’s disease.
Laura also received a new dietary plan with increased protein in her diet, a new strength training program and peptide injections to help with insulin regulation. She has lost between 5 and 7 pounds, and her muscle mass has increased tremendously. “I like to see those changes in my muscle mass and BMI,” she said.
Best of all, after taking a supplement recommended by WIFM for two months, Laura’s blood pressure is back in the healthy range. “It was really off the charts, and now it’s perfect,” Laura said. “Lyndsay said, ‘This is why they call it the silent killer—people don’t know it’s high because they don’t feel anything.’ I’m grateful I decided to do something about my health.”
Laura’s Advice for Others
“I have been sending all my friends to WIFM—I tell them if you’re trying to lose weight, go there,” Laura said. “They’ve got stuff for energy, they’ve got stuff for weight loss and they test your blood to figure out what’s off, rather than just playing the guessing game. And you’ve got to be willing to do the work, too.”
Now, Laura’s husband Cory also is a client of WIFM. “He’s lost almost 20 pounds.”
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