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!

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

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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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Episode 16: 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

Gut Health is one of the major key factors we should all be aware of when it comes to learning about our long-term health & we’re only just beginning to understand  – as a society – how intricately related the balance of our microbiome is to our mood, our energy and even our immune system.

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Did you know that your microbiome actually begins to develop before you’re even born, while you’re still in-utero?

There are many factors we can’t control – such as the  health of our mothers before giving birth, whether or not we’re born via c-section or a regular vaginal delivery as well as what type of foods we’re raised on and exposed to throughout our life. However, there is still so much within our control that we’ve been overlooking for too long & we hope, that with this episode – we will encourage you to take your power back – before it’s too late.

In this episode:

Antibiotics, processed foods, refined sugar, prescription medications, pesticides covering conventional produce & all of our community parks, sterile work and home environments, as well as a lack of exposure to the outdoors, fermented foods, willpower, calorie counting, prebiotics and probiotics that all play a role in our long term health.

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Episode 10: Added Sugar, YOLO & It’s Hidden Effects on Your Long-Term Health

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YOLO (you only live once). It may be a ‘fun’ common way to say ‘live a little’ – but we actually take it’s meaning – Quite Literally. As nurses, we’ve seen too much. & We’ve seen the long term effects poor lifestyle choices can have long-term.


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How much sugar have you eaten today? Truly take a minute to think about it.

Google it – Look into it. Use that information & go from there.

Information is Power.

& we want to give you your Power back.

What you do with this information is up to you.


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Episode 9: Got Gut Health? Signals, Symptoms & Simple Solutions

DISCLAIMER: Everybody poops – but no one is talking about it.

So, we’re taking the liberty of opening up the conversation around digestive health to a much deeper level today. Do you poop often enough? Do you pay attention to what it looks like?

More on this (diarrhea and constipation), along with a multitude of other symptoms that may be silent symptoms of poor gut health that you’ve been ignoring. Psoriasis, Eczema, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Diabetes, Weight Gain, Fatigue, Brain Fog, Hypoglycemia, ADHD, MS, headaches …. You name it . It’s all connected.

In this episode we dive deeper into the importance of your microbiome as well as the simple solutions that are in your hands on a daily basis.

Why do we care so much?

We truly believe – Understanding the microbiome is going to be a game changer for western medicine and current medical research is proving that there’s so much connected to the gut and digestive health that no one was talking about – UNTIL NOW.

Know that what you’re doing on a day to day basis – is adding up.

It’s in your hands to utilize the knowledge you gain from this episode and any other podcast you listen to, book you read, or article you discover & do your best to implement powerful change in your life – slowly, mindfully & when you’re able to.






MINDBODYGREEN: Want To Prevent Inflammation & Autoimmune Disease? Here’s Where To Start


22:00 –  If it’s at your house and you have the power to get rid of it, get rid of it. (Canola Oil)

23:17 – There are much better (packaged food ) options available to us now – with much cleaner ingredients

23:38 – If it has to be microwaved you probably shouldn’t eat it.

24:00 – If you see a food commercial for it you probably shouldn’t eat it – EVER. (It’s those products with the most money behind them that are most likely the worst for you.)

29:30: Real food is truly the starting point to ease versus dis-ease

If you really stop to think about it – you’re eating 3 times a day, every day of your life, 365 days a year – FOOD IS THE THING that we are exposed to the most & it’s also the thing we have the most control over going back to the daily choices we make

A lot of exposures – over a long period of time – the convenience factor of making food easy to grab – has pulled us away from our true intuition of “what to eat and when”

Food desserts exist – we understand that. However, knowledge is power & we want to arm you with the ability to do what you can with what you have while learning how to make the best of it, for what works for you in this moment in your life.

Food – BAD inflammatory fats – Stress – Antibiotics – Medications – Cleaning Products – Antibacterial Soaps – Bleach – Chemicals in the air (perfumes, body spray, air freshners) – hormone disruptors and microbiome – triclosan

Things you may think you need because it’s what you’ve been told to buy and advertised too – are not necessarily necessary at all (antibacterial soap – perfume, most cleaning products)

34:00 Being aware of the chemicals in your products is huge . – That doesn’t mean go throw everything out right away (because that’s expensive) but, it’s a reminder to start becoming more aware of what your buying & slowly introduce new products into you’re home

38:30 “If the problem centers around being too clean – then the solution must be the opposite.” – Dr. Josh Axe


41:05 – Increase the variety of your microbiome by increasing the variety of the types of (real) foods you’re eating – which will introduce bacteria from a variety of different types of soil & environments.

know your farmer – talk to them – ask them what they use on their crops and whether or not they pay attention to the quality of their soil

43:30 – seasonal is key

44:25 – fermenting our foods was the first method of preserving our foods – which in turn built up a good bacteria microbiome within us. Now, with refrigeration and shelf stable preservatives – fermentation is no longer part of our American culture.

46:10 – FOOD OVER PILLS always. (referring to purchasing prebiotics & probiotics versus eating fruits, vegetables and fermented foods.)


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& PODCAST EPISODES WE LOVE: about the microbiome:


Bulletproof Radio: Dr. David Perlmutter: Autism, Alzheimer’s & The Gut Microbiome – #250

Bulletproof Radio: Eat Dirt: The Secret To a Healthy Microbiome – Zach Bush – #458

Cabral Concept 418: The Weight Loss Gut Microbiome Connection

Lewis Howes : EP 616 Dr Mark Hyman: Heal Your Body with Food

Chris Kresser: RHR: Practical Steps for Healing the Gut—with Michael Ruscio



*LEGAL DISCLAIMER: The information in this podcast is to be viewed as general knowledge and is not a substitute for professional medical help. Our opinions are our own and do not reflect that of our employers. We are registered nurses, not doctors, pharmacists or nutritionists.

We are providing general information and are here to open up conversation on heath care related topics. The content found here is our educated opinions and, should you require medical assistance, we urge you to seek medical professionals who are equipped to give you the personalized care you need.



Episode 8: Is our Microbiome & Gut Health – The Root Cause of most Diseases?

Leaky Gut.




Food Sensitivities.

Probiotics …

There’s a chance you may have heard these words mentioned in recent conversation with your doctor, coworker, friend or possibly even on social media. But, do you truly understand why “gut health” is such a hot topic of conversation lately?


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