How to Boost Sex Drive After Stopping The Birth Control Pill

Dr. Jolene Brighten Hormones Comments

It’s no secret the pill can snuff out that special spark while you’re on it, but many women who discontinue the pill find their sex drive has gone missing for good. This was Megan’s story. She found her way to my clinic after reading my Post Birth Control Syndrome (PBCS) article and for the first time since stopping the pill, …

What is Estrogen Dominance + What to Do About It

Dr. Jolene Brighten Hormones Comments

Estrogen dominance is one of the most common hormone imbalances we see at Rubus Health. It is a common condition because both stress and environment have a big impact on your hormone levels. Estrogen dominance can develop from excess body fat, environmental estrogens, poor digestion, stress, adrenal issues, and even autoimmune conditions. Often, it isn’t frank estrogen dominance, but rather a …

Is Iodine Bad for Hypothyroidism?

Dr. Jolene Brighten Thyroid Comments

Is iodine bad for hypothyroidism? This is among the most common questions I am asked by my patients. While it is true that your thyroid requires iodine to make thyroid hormone, too much iodine can cause harm in certain individuals. In this video I review who should be careful about taking iodine and what foods are best to meet your …

Period Gone Missing After the Pill? Here’s What to Do First.

Dr. Jolene Brighten Hormones Comments

Have you been off the pill for 3 months and your period still hasn’t returned? You’re not alone. In fact, upwards of 37% of women never see the return of their period post pill. For many women, coming off of the pill signals the beginning of a myriad of symptoms and can mean the end of regular periods.  The threat …

Are Leaky Gut Syndrome & Hypothyroidism Connected? + 5 Ways to Heal

Dr. Jolene Brighten Digestion, Thyroid Comments

You may have heard that leaky gut syndrome is why you developed hypothyroidism in the first place. Leaky gut syndrome is  involved in the development of hypothyroidism or more specifically, autoimmune hypothyroidism  (Hashimoto’s) in the majority of cases. Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is the number one cause of hypothyroidism in the United States. And while not all causes of hypothyroidism are well …

What Causes Endometriosis + 5 Steps to Heal Naturally

Dr. Jolene Brighten Autoimmune, Hormones Comments

  When Elle first came to see me for her debilitatingly painful periods she was also experiencing some pretty serious digestive issues that were the result of her non-stop ibuprofen use. At 36 she had already gone through multiple surgeries, which offered only temporary relief. For about a week and a half every month she’d find herself missing family events, …

10 Top Foods for Thyroid Health

Dr. Jolene Brighten Food, Thyroid Comments

Whether you are Hypothyroid or Hyperthyroid, this list of 10 top foods for thyroid health has got you covered! In my clinic, we like to focus on what you CAN eat, rather than all the foods you should be avoiding. And while there are certainly plenty of foods you should be avoiding if you have hypothyroidism, I want to encourage …

Healing Anxiety Functional Medicine

Healing Anxiety with Functional Medicine

Dr. Jolene Brighten Adrenal, Digestion, Hormones Comments

Anxiety is common enough that I’d venture to guess you at least know someone who has dealt with it, or maybe still is dealing with it. Or maybe that someone is you and you’re trying to understand if there is any chance of healing your anxiety. The conventional perspective on anxiety is simplistic really—you have a neurotransmitter imbalance and you …

16 Natural Remedies for Hormonal Headaches

Dr. Jolene Brighten Hormones, Postpartum Comments

Ladies, there are natural remedies for hormonal headaches and today I want to share them with you some of the most effective strategies to be free of pain meds and headaches! Acetaminophen—a well known hepatotoxin… wait, Hepata, what?   Hepatotoxin is the term for substances that are toxic for the liver cells and acetaminophen is among the worst when it …