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LIVE WELL PODCAST | Episode #19 - Improving Thyroid Health and Finding Your “Normal” with Tina Christoudias-Spyrou

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Tina Christoudias-Spyrou is on the podcast today to speak about navigating your thyroid health and “finding your normal” when it comes to lab values.

Tina, also known as ‘The Thyroid Dietician’, is a Harvard-trained registered dietitian, certified as an autoimmune protocol coach and currently training as a functional medicine practitioner. She’s also the author of the book, “Tired of Feeling Tired?”. She was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis in 2009 and used diet, lifestyle and a more holistic approach to health to recover.

Through consulting, writing, speaking, and workshops, it’s Tina’s mission to inspire and enable as many people as possible to take their health into their own hands and be an advocate for themselves in their health journey.


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Show Notes:

  • 0:00 Intro

  • 0:40 Introducing Tina Christoudias-Spyrou the Thyroid Dietician

  • 3:00 Tina’s personal experience with Hashimoto’s (an autoimmune thyroid condition)

    • Probably had a thyroid problem since the age of 15 but not diagnosed until later

    • Flare up after giving birth to daughter

  • 5:00 The journey of finding an integrative doctor and doing own personal research

    • Gluten-free

    • Dairy-free

    • Nutrient density

  • 9:30 Definition of autoimmune disease and thyroid autoimmune disease

  • 10:20 Diagnosis and treatments for autoimmune thyroid conditions

    • TSH

    • “The normal range of TSH has been predicted and sampled from a group of sick people”

    • Normal TSH range should be between 0.5 and 2

  • 14:00 The importance of measuring thyroid antibodies

  • 17:00 Finding the right practitioner

  • 20:00 What to eat for thyroid health

    • Remove inflammatory triggers like sugar and processed foods

    • Consider removing gluten and dairy

    • Place a big emphasis on nutrient dense foods

    • “Any healing diet is a process and it’s a process of trying to figure out what works for your body. Finding your normal.”

  • 33:30 The importance of self-advocacy and finding the right practitioner for you

  • 35:00 Common root cause factors tied to thyroid conditions

    • SIBO or gut dysfunction

    • Toxic overload

    • Nutrient deficiencies (Vit D, B12, Zinc, Folate, Selenium)

    • Liver health

  • 38:00 The importance of being on the right medication

    • T3 + T4 Combo

    • Desiccated Thyroid

    • Levothyroxine

  • 40:00 Normal ranges vs. optimal ranges for lab values

    • Download Tina’s guide to lab values

  • 44:00 Where can you find Tina?

  • 45:15 Outro

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