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Is Folate the Same As Folic Acid? Which is Better?

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Fertility Leave a Comment

Chances are, if you’re pregnant (or thinking about becoming pregnant one day) you’ve heard about the importance of folate for healthy pregnancies. Maybe, you’ve heard that folate is just plain good for your health. If so, you’ve probably found yourself staring at bottles of supplements wondering, “is folate the same as folic acid?” It’s true—folate is essential for a healthy pregnancy …

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Does Alcohol Affect Your Period?

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Menstrual Cycle Leave a Comment

Does alcohol affect your period and what about your hormones? We’re all pretty familiar with the negative effect alcohol can have on us the day after we’ve had a few too many cocktails…dehydration, screaming headaches, and fatigue. Hangovers are no fun, right?  But can alcohol affect your period and hormones, too?  Let’s explore the ways alcohol can potentially affect your …

How to Balance Hormones with a Holistic Detox

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Sex Hormones Leave a Comment

Anyone looking to balance hormones has tried a diet (or maybe 5) to help them get their hormones back on track. However, balancing your hormones with diet alone might not be getting you the results you really need. That’s where a holistic detox comes in! Different to a normal detox, holistic detoxes incorporate more than just your diet and nutritional …

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14 Health Benefits of NAC (N-Acetylcysteine)

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Gut-Hormone Connection, PCOS, Preconception & Fertility Leave a Comment

N-Acetylcysteine (NAC) has a list of health benefits longer than its name! While NAC might not be as well known as other nutrients I’ve discussed, it is definitely one worth getting on your radar.  From detoxification, to brain health, to heart health, to fertility, NAC is a jack of all trades, and it’s a supplement I regularly recommend to my …

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14 Vitamin C Benefits You Should Know About

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Adrenal, Mood & Emotions, PMS & PMDD, Stress Reduction Leave a Comment

Vitamin C is an essential nutrient for many reasons. Also known as ascorbic acid, Vitamin C is water-soluble, so it can’t be stored in large amounts by the body. You’ve got to ingest it daily. Vitamin C is crucial for skin, bones, ligaments, tendons, teeth, eyes, and blood vessels. In this article, we’ll discuss all of some of the top …

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Quarantined with an Abuser: 6 Ways to Stay Safe

Sarita HartzPublished: Sexual Health Leave a Comment

This guest post on how to stay safe in quarantine with an abuser is by Sarita Hartz, who worked as a Victim Advocate Counselor at Tu Casa Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Center. She and I are both currently in quarantine in one of the only places in the US to currently have a legal mandate, which is why we are …

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How to Prepare for Quarantine: A Mama Doctor’s Guide

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: What to Eat Leave a Comment

In this article I’m going to walk you through how to prepare for quarantine and what my family did to prepare. And I’ve got a 3 day meal plan for you along with some recipes to support. Plus, you’ll find a shopping list below with additional items to help you prepare. My family and were placed on quarantine as of …

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25 Health Benefits of Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Food Leave a Comment

Omega-3 fatty acids are also referred to as essential fatty acids. There are few nutrients that have been studied as extensively as these, which is why we are covering the 25 health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids that are backed by science. From brain health to hormones, these fats are incredibly beneficial for overall health. Omega-3s are called essential because …

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The Truth About Vaginal Discharge and Odor

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Sexual Health Leave a Comment

Can we talk about vaginal discharge for a minute? It’s a fact: many people are still uncomfortable talking about basic female anatomy, including the vagina. And perhaps even more taboo is the topic of vaginal discharge or heaven forbid odor.  While we’ve come a long way from the days of using Lysol or Coca-Cola as a douche, reliable, accurate information …