What to Eat to Get Pregnant

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Fertility Leave a Comment

There’s a lot of focus on what to eat when you are pregnant, but what about before?   Supporting your body with nourishing nutrients before pregnancy can reduce complications for mom, help with the growth and development of your baby, reduce the chance of preterm birth, and more. Not only does your diet set the stage for a healthy pregnancy, it …

Birth Control While Breastfeeding: What You Need To Know

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Choosing the right birth control is hard enough. But what about after having a baby and using birth control while breastfeeding? Your post-birth body, your breastmilk, and your baby all need to be considered. It’s not always as easy as just re-starting whatever worked for you previously. This guide will take you through birth control options that may be suitable …

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What Are the Benefits of Gratitude for Your Hormones and Health?

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Balancing Your Hormones, Brain Health Leave a Comment

Did you know that there is immense power in gratitude and being kind to ourselves? Yep, it’s true! There are numerous health benefits that come from being thankful and treating ourselves with compassion and respect. Mindset is everything. It’s the secret sauce that helps people heal. I know many of you will be rolling your eyes at this point; skeptics …

The Benefits of Licorice Root for Women

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Adrenal Leave a Comment

Native to Asia, the Middle East, and Southern Europe, the licorice plant has a long history as both a medicine and a flavor. Licorice was a favored sweet drink in ancient Egypt, and used medicinally across Chinese and Middle Eastern cultures to treat inflammation, soothe upset stomachs, and more.  Modern studies are finding more evidence for the many traditional uses …

Everything You Need to Know About Vitamin B5

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Balancing Your Hormones Leave a Comment

Vitamin B5, also known as pantothenic acid, is one of the eight B vitamins, each vital for maintaining overall health. Your body uses vitamin B5 to produce healthy red blood cells, to build several important hormones, and to process carbohydrates, fats, and proteins into energy.  B5 also supports healthy skin and hair, and is often added to skincare and hair …

The Benefits of Black Cohosh for Women

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Balancing Your Hormones Leave a Comment

Black cohosh, a white flowering plant native to eastern North America, was first used in Native American medicine to support women’s health and reproduction, body pain, coughs, colds, fatigue, and weakness. Today black cohosh is one of the most popular women’s health supplements. As research into its efficacy began to grow, scientists began to sort out what it may help …

Cat’s Claw: What Is It and What Are the Benefits?

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Balancing Your Hormones Leave a Comment

Cat’s claw has been used for thousands of years in traditional medicine to support a variety of health conditions. It’s native to South and Central America, where it’s been an essential part of healing and spiritual practices. In more recent years, interest in cat’s claw has grown throughout Europe and North America. It’s often used as an herbal remedy for …

The Best Herbs for Menopause

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Perimenopause/ Menopause Leave a Comment

Entering the season of menopause can bring up so many different emotions for a woman. It’s a time of immense change that can mean a new chapter of freedom and wisdom. Unfortunately, the symptoms associated with menopause can seriously impact how a woman experiences this shift, ranging from bothersome to completely debilitating. Menopause means you’ve not had a menstrual period …

7 Benefits of Vitamin A

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Herbs & Supplements Leave a Comment

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 …