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.

Listen to this Episode on iTunesSpotify or Play Directly below.


  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?

The answers might just surprise you and hopefully even encourage you to look a little closer at your labwork, open up a deeper discussion with your doctor and really start to tune in to a few lifestyle changes, you never knew were so important – until now.

Optimal Thyroid Panel – Lab Ranges:

  • TSH normal range: 0-8, or most recently 0-5 miliunits per liter (mU/L)
  • TSH optimal range: 0.5 – 2 .0 miliunits per liter (mU/L)
  • T4 optimal range: 0.8 – 1.4 nanograms per deciliter (ng/dL)
  • T3 optimal range: 3.0 – 4.0 picograms per milliliter (pg/ml)
  • TG antibodies: 0-0.9 International Units per milliliter (IU/ml)
  • TPO Antibodies: 0-20 International Units per milliliter (IU/ml)
  • Reverse T3: below 16 nanograms per deciliter (ng/dL)
    • or less than 10:1 ratio reverse T3 to Free T3

Listen to that Gut Health Episode with Brigid: #016

Episode 016: Is It Willpower, Or Is It Your Microbiome? Discussing The Foods & Lifestyle Habits That Are Effecting Our Gut Health On A Daily Basis – with Brigid Titgemeier

Try The Chicken Liver Recipe, we promise you’ll love:

It’s not our recipe – you can find it HERE.



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& Don’t Forget to Head over to Carly’s site: frolicandflow.me for her incredible resources, articles, blogpost, free PDF downloads & sign-up HERE to join her Healing Hashimoto’s Online Course – launching again July 2019.

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.

  • More Resources and additional info can be found in the show notes for Episode 025

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