#028: Caffeine Impacts, Coffee Habits, Adrenal Fatigue & What You Can Do About It – The Coffee Episode: Part Two

Something to think about … 

An amazing continuation from last week’s conversation, The Coffee Episode #027. We’re back with the girls from SHE Changes Everything & we’re covering all of the unanswered questions you have.

 “We typically reach for caffeine because the cue is fatigue.”

– Heather Young, SHEchangesEverything.com

If you’re reaching for caffeine more than once a day – consider the causes. 

In this episode:

– What effects is caffeine having on my body? Health benefits included.

– How much is too much? What’s the “safe’ amount? Is decaf any better?

– Is adding all of the adaptogens, or trending superfoods really worth it?

– What’s coffee doing to my adrenals? Stress levels? Anxiety?

– How can I start cutting back without suffering the consequences?

– Can I just drink my coffee black?

– Favorite coffee brands, links and resources below

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Episode 027: The Coffee Episode – A Sustainable, Healthy & Ethical Conversation

Your daily cup of coffee holds more power than you think - Critical Conversations Podcast Episode 27

“Do better, once you know better” – Maya Angelou – because it’s all about making small changes once you’ve learned something new and giving yourself the chance to upgrade your routine, not only for your health, but for the health of the planet as well.

Join us for a Sustainable, Healthy & Ethical conversation around all things coffee – with Heather Young & Jennifer Klotz of shechangeseverything.com

Available to Listen on:  iTunes  &  Spotify.

When we polled you on instagram about Coffee, these were the results:

  • Do you drink coffee everyday?
    • 69% of you said YES – 31% said NO
  • Do you ever choose to drink decaf instead?
    • 33% of you said SOMETIMES – 67% of you said NEVER
  • Do you add any sort of creamer or drink it black?
    • 38% of you drink it BLACK, 62% of you add some sort of CREAMER
  • Have you ever heard of the Swiss Water Process (diving into this in episode 028)
    • 31% of you said YES – 69% of you said NO (we can’t wait to tell you about it!)
  • Do you drink a full glass of water before coffee?
    • 58% of you said “Most of the Time” – 42% of you said “Sometimes/Never”

That being said … here’s what you’ll discover in this episode:

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Episode 026: Thyroid Health Do’s & Don’ts with Carly Johnson Brawner

This episode with Carly is full of Simple Solutions & Practical Takeaways for EVERYONE whether or not you have been diagnosed with a thyroid condition, or not. This information, although centered around Thyroid Health – is truly applicable to all of us on so many levels – no matter what we’re dealing with.

Tackling your top questions after listening to last week’s Episode #025 & don’t miss all of the resources we’ve linked to below – Including that recipe we mentioned, the water filters we talked about, the gut health episode with Brigid (#016) – as well as Carly’s top resources you won’t want to miss.

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  1. Which labs should you be getting checked for a full look at your thyroid? & How often should you be re-evaluating your levels?
  2. What are the normal ranges that people can refer to when looking at their labwork – specifically for thyroid health (details provided below)
  3. How can we prevent it from happening to us? What are the triggers/lifestyle causing hypothyroid conditions and or autoimmune disorders? Things to do – Things to avoid?
  4. Are there certain foods we should be eating – that are more beneficial than others?
  5. Is it possible to get off thyroid medication? & How?
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Episode 025: Healing Hypothyroid + Hashimoto’s Through Holistic Living, with Carly Johnson Brawner of @frolicandflow

Like most of us – her story is personal. After struggling with her health for years, Carly was in pursuit of a proper diagnosis to uncover the cause of her symptoms over 5 years ago.

It didn’t happen overnight, but she was ultimately diagnosed with Hashimoto’s, a very common autoimmune hypothyroid condition. It’s then, that she became increasingly passionate about pursuing answers and identifying the root cause.

In this episode: We discuss her health journey pitfalls and successes – including the top 6 changes she made – to heal from the inside out. & If you’re just here to get access to her Healing Hashimoto’s Course opening up July 2019 – GET MORE INFO HERE.

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“I had to own my state and know that no one was going to do this for me, because my health is my responsibility. That’s when everything began to improve” – Carly Johnson Brawner of @frolicandflow



  1. Find a doctor with a root cause approach.
  2. Expand your awareness of the healing power of foods. Consider going Gluten Free and see how it makes you feel.
    • There’s something known as “Molecular Mimickery” when it comes to eating foods that contain gluten which may be harming you. Carly explains, there are proteins in gluten that resemble proteins in the thyroid – it’s often best for all people with thyroid issues to eat a gluten free diet.
  3. Heal your Digestive System – Focus on “gut health”
    • Work with a qualified provider to look further into your digetive health – issues such as candida, SIBO, leaky gut and even parasites may be contributing to imbalances leading to overall inflammation – triggering  autoimmune disease such as Hashimoto’s.
  4. “Optimize” your medications based on labwork.
    • the typical prescription for a patient with hypothyroid is usually levothyroxine or synthroid. These are T4 only medications.
    • T4 and T3 are two different types of thyroid hormones. T4 is inactive and converts to T3. T3 is active and is the hormone that is actually used by the body. However – if your body is struggling to convert T4 to T3, a T4 medication won’t serve you very well. A medication mixed with T4 + T3 might be a better option to discuss with your doctor – or even an all T3 medication might be the best option for you. Always discuss any medication changes with your provider.
  5. Get off hormonal birth control – Do your research, there are many alternatives.
  6. Change Your Mindset. Your Health is Your Responsibility.
    • No one can do this for you, and it’s going to take work, but it’s worth every step.

Check out her TOP RESOURCES:

While taking a medication is no one’s first choice, it can be a beneficial first step to restoring normal levels of thyroid hormone, feeling better, and reducing the hypothyroid effects on the body.  In the least, thyroid meds can be a stepping stone to the healing process!

These questions are meant to help thyroid patients advocate for better care, show their doctor they understand their disease, and get a gage of their doctor’s approach. The answers to these questions may show you that you have an amazing physician or they could show you that you may need to consider finding a new doctor.

Carly has also recently launched an online

“Healing Hashimoto’s” Course – Focused on empowering Hashimoto’s patients to work better with their doctors to understand their disease and really begin to build a blueprint for healing, longterm.

Next course begins July 2019.

Details available HERE to join the waiting list and even land a discount if you sign up for priority enrollment. Space is limited and you won’t want to miss it.

Created by Briana Reesing . Learn more about me & my personal health history in EPISODE 6. or check out my website beachlifeorganic.com for deeper insight and some fun simple recipes to get you inspired to get back into the kitchen again!

Join The Conversation. Don’t forget to subscribe, rate and review the show! Your feedback means the world. & We love when you connect with us over on instagram@CriticalConversations

Thanks for being here. This community is growing, which means our conversations are being heard & more and more people are becoming empowered to take their health back.

Episode 024: Body Posture, Technology Habits, Your Health & What You Can Do About It with Heather Young of @SheChangesEverything

Critical Conversations Podcast Episode 24 - Bad Posture and Poor Body Mechanics Effecting Your Longterm Health

Are you sitting up straight? … I’ll give you a minute to adjust.

If you didn’t move – I can guarantee you’ll straighten out just a little bit more and maybe even put down your phone for a while after listening to this incredible episode with Heather Young.

She said something powerful about 12 minutes into this conversations that you’ll want to remember:

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Episode 023: Skin Issues, Digestion & How Balancing Your Stomach Acid Might Just Be The Key, to Long-Term Health. Celery Juice Episode Part 2 with Jennifer Klotz


It’s about time we start paying attention to the symptoms and signals our bodies are sending us on a much deeper level. Skin Issues, Digestive Health, Heartburn, Nutrient Deficiencies … they’re all more closely related than we realize.

When you start paying closer attention to what your body is trying to tell you, you can get closer to discovering and even possibly reversing the root cause of the problem that has been developing overtime.

Lifestyle, Diet, Environment, Toxins, Stress … It’s all connected.

We dive into this, and so much more within episode 23 … it’s the perfect continuation and part two of the larger conversation from last week’s episode.

Looking for tickets to SHE DAY? Join Us in Person, HERE.

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