78- Support For Hashimoto's Disease with Stephanie Ewals

78- Support For Hashimoto’s Disease with Stephanie Ewals

By Bryan Carroll CFMP, NTP, FAFS

July 11, 2019

Nearly 20 million Americans are suffering from a thyroid condition. The thyroid is either overactive (hyperthyroidism), or underactive (hypothyroidism).

90% of those suffering from hypothyroidism also have another condition called Hashimoto's Disease, which is an autoimmune condition. This is where the body attacks the thyroid, causing damage to it.

While both men and women can have thyroid issues, women are 5-8 times more likely to develop a thyroid condition. The reasons for this is unknown, but many people have some ideas why that would be.


What Role Does the Thyroid Play in the Body

The thyroid gland is a butterfly shaped gland located at the base of the neck. It releases hormones that influence your metabolism, so it impacts every single cell in your body.

Since it controls metabolism, we often see signs of thyroid dysfunction via someone's weight. If you gain weight rapidly in a short period of time, this could be an indicator of hypothyroidism.

If you have a hard time putting on weight, this could be a sign of hyperthyroidism.

The thyroid can express other symptoms as well, which we will talk about in this episode.

What To Expect From This Episode

  • What issues a dysfunctional thyroid may cause in the body
  • Specific lab markers to keep an eye on
  • Why the body attacks the thyroid and causes Hashimoto's
  • What foods or supplements should be used to improve thyroid conditions


  • [2:00] Why did Stephanie become a Nutritional Therapist
  • [5:00] Most people take the medication to mask the symptoms, Stephanie used the diagnosis as a chance to learn alternative ways
  • [6:00] Women are more likely to have a thyroid condition than men
  • [7:30] What is the thyroid and what role does it play in the body
  • [9:15] What is the difference between hypo and hyperthyroid
  • [11:30] If you gain weight quickly, typically this is a hypothyroid response
  • [12:30] Why would the body turn on itself and start to attack the thyroid
  • [13:45] The proteins in gluten and dairy are similar to what is found in the thyroid, so it can confuse the immune system
  • [17:00] It can take years for a doctor to make the correct diagnosis. What are some symptoms or lab markers people should be aware of
  • [21:00] Doctors typically only test for TSH, but there are about 7 other thyroid markers that are more important to test
  • [24:00] What's the difference between lab values from conventional medicine and functional medicine
  • [25:30] What are some supplements or foods that Hashimoto's people should take more of
  • [27:00] What is the current consensus about using iodine
  • [32:00] When first starting with someone who has Hashimoto's , what are the initial steps to working with them
  • [33:30] How long does a Hashimoto's program usually take
  • [37:00] Do you have a morning routine that helps you to keep your Hashimoto's in check

Resources From This Episode

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Transcript For Episode (Transcripts may not be 100% Accurate)

Learn More About Stephanie Ewals

Website: Out of the Woods Nutrition

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Learn how to reduce your Hashimoto's symptoms and get your thyroid under control

Learn how to reduce your Hashimoto's symptoms and get your thyroid under control

About the author

Bryan Carroll CFMP, NTP, FAFS

Bryan Carroll is a certified Functional Medicine Practitioner and Movement Therapist who helps the outdoors community to reduce injuries and improve their health so they can get back to exploring nature. His big health crisis from mold exposure taught him the importance of finding the root causes to illnesses so you can take back control of your life. He is also the host of the Summit For Wellness Podcast.

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