Yoga Pose: Tree Pose (Vrksasana)

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Tree pose is an excellent posture for strengthening the lower body and core. It also has the benefit of improving your balance and concentration. The muscles of the feet, as well as the calves, thighs and glutes should be engaged while in tree pose. You want to feel as if the foot is rooting down into the earth and that the …

Are You Considering Probiotics for Your Baby?

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While in your womb your baby’s gut is sterile, meaning there is no bacteria populating their gut. It is during vaginal birth that your baby is exposed to the first forms of bacteria that will take up residence in their gut. Since lactobacillus acidophilus is what primarily inhabits the vagina, this will most likely be the first gut bug that …

Grain Free Pumpkin Pie Breakfast Recipe

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Food 4 Comments

This recipe is very simple to make & it’s good for you. Pumpkin is loaded with vitamins and the protein in this recipe helps keep your blood sugar balanced, which is definitely a bonus first thing in the morning. I must admit that I set out to make a dessert when I developed this recipe. I wanted something low in sugar, but …

Simple and Effective Natural Heartburn (GERD) Relief

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Heartburn or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a common complaint among patients I see. While you may consider it nothing more than an inconvenience after meals or before bed, it may actually be doing some serious damage to your esophagus. In this article I share natural heartburn (GERD) relief strategies that have helped many of my patients. Chronic GERD can …

Holistic Pelvic Care for Postpartum Recovery

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Can holistic pelvic care for postpartum recovery help new moms thrive? Any woman who has been through childbirth can tell you that what the pelvic floor goes through is nothing short of a heroic feat. The muscles, connective tissue, nerves and blood vessels all have to make way for a whole person to pass through. Although it may be a …

The Great Pumpkin and All Its Nutrition

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Pumpkin season has finally arrived and with it comes an array of pumpkin goodies. Pumpkin soup, beer, pie, latte, bread… the list goes on and on. And as long as you aren’t over indulging in the sweet pumpkin treats, there are a lot of health benefits that this bright orange gourd brings to the table. 1. Mood Enhancement Pumpkin seeds …

Ways to Increase Male Fertility

4 Simple Ways to Increase Male Fertility

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Fertility, Preconception & Fertility Leave a Comment

Fertility struggles are not just a woman’s issue. New research suggests that up to 50% of infertility cases may be due to male factor issues, which is higher than previously thought.  In fact, male fertility rates have plummeted over the last decades, with average global sperm counts declining by 62% since the 1970s. Acknowledging and understanding the role that male …

Healthy Coffee? 5 Tips to Improve That Cup of Joe

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When working with patients on improving their health the issue of coffee consumption often comes up. After all, I practice in The San Francisco Bay area, home to some of the most delicious coffee roasters. Coffee can tax the adrenals, disrupt blood sugar, deplete nutrients and stress your digestive and cardiovascular system. Coffee or rather, caffeine, can prove to be …

Is Fat Slowing Your Brain Down?

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Is Fat Slowing Your Brain Down? In this article we’ll explore how the wrong kind of fat can seriously affect your brain and how to biohack your brain health. New research is showing that the fat you eat may be affecting how well your brain is functioning. For a long time, the nutrition and medical community have been concerned with …