January is thyroid awareness month. In this episode, Caroline dives into all things thyroid in her conversation with holistic nutritionist Katie Braswell of Wild + Well, based in Boulder, CO. Katie explains that a lot of practitioners will often say your hormones are out of whack. They’re not wrong – but what’s the deeper cause?


In Katie’s experience, it could be due to food sensitivity or even something like mold exposure and parasites in your history that need to be cleared from the system so your hormones can work appropriately. And one of the biggest things she sees is liver stagnation. Our livers are responsible for detoxing the system and clearing things. And so, when we see that the liver is not functioning appropriately, that’s where we need to take a deeper look as it relates to hormone changes. Because, oftentimes with hormones, there’s a little more going on that we really need to look into. 


Katie’s end goal is to try to get the clients off of the medication and get to the point that the thyroid is functioning on its own. Because once you start doing thyroid medications, you can sometimes get to a point that the thyroid stops firing. It stops working on its own, and that’s a dangerous place to get into because you will then be subjecting yourself to a lifelong situation of thyroid medication to manage your health. Therefore, there has to be this delicate balance. 


This conversation is important because there might be things discussed here that could be indicative of some thyroid issues that you’re probably just letting off the hook. Knowledge is power. Therefore, it’s always better to err on the side of knowledge and get the test and help you need before things could fall off the wayside. So you have to advocate for yourself and get the care and support that you deserve.


Katie’s Bio:

Katie Braswell, of Wild + Well, is a Holistic Nutritionist based in Boulder, CO. She is passionate about working alongside women throughout their journey through childbirth, especially after her experiences with the birth of her son. Katie’s specific areas of interest are preconception health, fertility, prenatal nutrition and supplementation, gestational diabetes, breastfeeding, and postpartum nutrition/care (focusing on nurturing mama and baby). She believes in meeting her clients where they are in their health journey to regain balance and vibrant health!

She specializes in functional nutrition for families – especially the mama or mama-to-be who is looking to maximize their time adventuring with their little ones! Katie believes in meeting her clients where they are in their health journey to regain balance and vibrant health. Katie offers one-on-one nutritional and supplementation consultation packages, custom meal plan and prep consults, as well as, private and group yoga classes. Check out her website to learn more!

**Wild + Well does not provide any medical advice and is not intended as a substitute for the advice provided by your healthcare professional. I am not a doctor nor do I claim to be and nothing you read here should be taken as medical advice.**

In this episode, you will hear:

  • The thyroid and its function
  • Early signs when the thyroid can go wrong
  • Screening and tests to check your thyroid health
  • Diving deeper into the root causes of thyroid dysregulation 
  • Looking at the role of liver stagnation
  • Mineral supplementation and food sources to improve thyroid health

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