7 Benefits of Vitamin A

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Vitamin A is an essential nutrient critical for whole-body health. From your eyes to the immune system, vitamin A is a must-have. So, what does vitamin A do, and why do we need it? Here are seven reasons vitamin A should be part of your daily routine and what you can do to ensure you are getting enough. What is …

How To Recover From A Hysterectomy

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Balancing Your Hormones Leave a Comment

Your doctor brought up a hysterectomy, and as soon as you left the exam room, the questions started churning. What exactly is a hysterectomy? How long does it take to recover from a hysterectomy? How is a hysterectomy performed? Will I feel the same after I heal? It all feels more than a little overwhelming. In this article, I’m walking …

The Benefits of Calcium D-Glucarate

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Estrogen Dominance Leave a Comment

If you struggle with PMS, painful breasts, or difficult periods, calcium d-glucarate is a supplement you’ll want to know about. Calcium D-glucarate helps the body safely remove excess hormones, supports detoxification, and may be protective against certain cancers. Calcium D-glucarate is a supplemental form of glucaric acid, an important naturally occurring chemical that helps remove toxins and unneeded hormones from …

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Your Guide to Managing Fibrocystic Breast Disease Naturally

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Breast Health Leave a Comment

Fibrocystic breast changes are widespread, with up to to 80% of women experiencing symptoms at some point in their reproductive years. While common, fibrocystic breast disease is not dangerous and non-cancerous. If you’ve got breasts and they have ever felt painful, heavy, lumpy, or uncomfortable leading up to your period, you may have been experiencing the symptoms of fibrocystic breasts. …

Saw Palmetto Benefits and Uses

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Saw palmetto (Serenoa repens) is an herb that is increasing in popularity for hormonal regulation, specifically for the benefits it may have for high testosterone.  Native to the US, this herb has been traditionally used by Indigenous people who first discovered its benefits centuries ago.  Saw palmetto has anti-androgenic properties, meaning it can help mitigate the negative effect of testosterone …

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Is It Bad To Take Melatonin Every Night?

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Most people know melatonin as a supplement to help you sleep with bonus antioxidant benefits. It has a reputation for being safe and effective. But is it bad to take melatonin  every night?  In this article, we’ll look at naturally occurring melatonin, the safety of melatonin supplements, and alternative non-drug sleep enhancing options.  What Is Melatonin? Melatonin is a naturally …

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DIM Supplement Benefits For Women

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Balancing Your Hormones, Period Problems, PMS & PMDD Leave a Comment

If you’ve been struggling with PMS symptoms, heavy periods, acne, breast tenderness or symptoms of PCOS or perimenopause then you’ve probably come across a DIM supplement as a solution.  That’s because DIM supports healthy estrogen levels in the body.  What Are DIM Supplements? DIM is short for diindolylmethane, a metabolite of indole-3-carbinol. DIM is a compound that can only be made …

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The Best Diet for PCOS

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Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is a condition that can benefit greatly from diet and lifestyle therapies. In this article we’ll discuss the best diet for PCOS, which should be part of a comprehensive treatment approach to this complex condition. Often, once diagnosed with PCOS the initial treatment options include hormonal birth control, Metformin, and perhaps Spironolactone. While all of these …

Ovarian Cyst Symptoms And Natural Treatments

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Balancing Your Hormones, Endometriosis, Herbs & Supplements, PCOS Leave a Comment

If you’ve got ovaries that ovulate, it is highly likely that you develop an ovarian cyst at sometime in your fertile years. You may not even notice the ovarian cyst symptoms or it may be very painful depending on the type and size of the cyst. Each ovulatory cycle, an egg matures inside of a follicle. Then the follicle bursts …