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


IN THIS EPISODE:

WE DISCUSS THE TOP LIFESTYLE CHANGES THAT HAVE BEEN MOST BENEFICIAL IN HEALING FOR CARLY – HERE’S A QUICK RECAP OF WHAT HAS WORKED FOR HER, BELOW.

  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!

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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

CRITICAL CONVERSATIONS PODCAST EPISODE 23 - JENNIFER KLOTZ - HEALTH QUOTE

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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Episode 22: Celery Juice, Intuitive Eating, & The Thyroid Issue No One is Talking About, with Jennifer Klotz, MS, RD, LDN

CELERY JUICE – seemingly the most well known food “fad” of 2019. With this episode, we’re shining light onto both the risks and benefits of celery and so much more.

Falling victim to food trends is the first step away from listening to what your body needs – which is why we’re also diving into what intuitively eating really means, while also discussing some really interesting thyroid issues you don’t want to miss.

Listen on iTunes, Spotify or Play directly below.

& if you’re excited to learn even more after listening – be sure to check out this AMAZING and crazy informative, well researched post – written by Jennifer Klotz herself on the SHEchangeseverything site, HERE.

Ultimately, we’re hoping to leave you feeling open minded, well educated and inspired to move forward with the daily habits that are truly working for you.

REMEMBER: We’re all unique.

What works for one person might not work for you.

& What works for you – Might not be the right answer for others. 

CELERY JUICE USERS BEWARE: there are risks associated with daily consumption of such a large amount of celery on a daily basis – and we’re here to make sure you’re aware of both sides of the story.


Are you taking any prescription medications?

Do you have a history of thyroid issues? Digestive Issues? Sensitivity to the Sun?

… you really need to listen to this episode to understand how celery juice might be (negatively) effecting your health, long-term. Even if it’s making you feel great – right now.

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Episode 21: Simple Tips & Tricks for Healthier Holidays: Stress Less, Enjoy More. & Let Go of the “Weight Gain” Fear. Shocking Statistics Inside This Conversation with @SheChangesEverything

According to a recent survey –  88% of Americans report feeling “stressed out” for a multitude of reasons around the holidays.

We hope to inspire you to cut yourself a break (& those around you) so you can enjoy every moment of your Holidays, without missing a beat of your new version of ‘Healthier Holidays’ this year.

We’re diving into the most commonly perceived stressors around holiday traditions and gatherings to make things a little easier on you. & We’re here to empower you with personal stories and advice to remind you that you’re not alone.

Shocking statistics around weight gain and the diet industry inside this episode. Don’t let family conversations derail you. & Don’t miss out on the traditions of the day.

Relax, Let Go, Take a Deep Breath & Enjoy the time with your family and friends while you can.

Listen to Episode 21 on iTunes, Spotify or play directly below.

Topics we tackle in this episode:

Perceived Weight Gain,  Shocking Statistics about the Diet Industry, Food Rules, Food Allergies, Family Opinions, Food Cravings, (Letting Go of) Meeting Expectations for Others, Food Cravings, Breaking Free from Traditions (if that’s what feels right),  & stress management techniques you won’t want to miss.

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Episode 20: Should Everyone Eat Gluten Free? The Health Impacts, Symptoms & Solutions You Need To Know About – with Brigid Titgemeier, MS, RDN, LDN

critical conversations podcast - episode 20 - you are what you eat - diving into all things gluten

Continuing our last conversation from episode 16 with Brigid all about the imperative role our gut health plays in our overall health, mood, and well-being. This week – we’re focusing in on GLUTEN & why so many people are experiencing improved health once going “gluten free”, the right way.

As the saying goes – “you are what you eat”. But, now we know, it’s actually more about what you “absorb” that makes you who you are.

Is gluten affecting all of us negatively, or is it just a small percentage of the population?

Should we all be eating gluten free?

Could you potentially be intolerant and not even know it?

We answer all of your questions and more, in this episode.

Listen on iTunes, +  Spotify, or directly using the player below.

Oh, & lucky for you – i found a link to that book Brigid was talking about 🙂

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