LIVE WELL PODCAST | Episode #19 - Improving Thyroid Health and Finding Your “Normal” with Tina Christoudias-Spyrou
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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0:40 Introducing Tina Christoudias-Spyrou the Thyroid Dietician
Author of the book Tired of Feeling Tired?
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
9:30 Definition of autoimmune disease and thyroid autoimmune disease
10:20 Diagnosis and treatments for autoimmune thyroid conditions
“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
Nutrient deficiencies (Vit D, B12, Zinc, Folate, Selenium)
38:00 The importance of being on the right medication
T3 + T4 Combo
40:00 Normal ranges vs. optimal ranges for lab values
Download Tina’s guide to lab values
44:00 Where can you find Tina?
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