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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 …

Post Holiday Detox

Dr. Jolene Brighten Adrenal, Digestion, Hormones Comments

Is your body in need of a mini-reboot? Is a little Post Holiday Detox in order?  Overindulging in food, stressed from holiday travel or maybe having one too many glasses of wine are one of many reasons you may be feeling fatigued, bloated and moody. Feeling awful around the holidays is the worst… actually, feeling that way anytime of year …

8 Ways to Prevent Holiday Fatigue & Lower Stress

Dr. Jolene Brighten Adrenal Comments

Do you feel like the holidays might get the best of you and your energy? If preventing holiday fatigue is on your mind, I want to let you know you’re not alone.  Many of my patients share that the holidays are the most stressful time of year for them!  Travel, family, late nights, eating out… It’s easy to see why …

Is Adrenal Fatigue Real?

Dr. Jolene Brighten Adrenal Comments

Hold up! Adrenal fatigue isn’t real? Try telling that to my exhausted body! Chances are if you’ve been following my work then you’ve probably already heard me explain what takes place in “adrenal fatigue” and how it isn’t really an issue with the adrenals becoming fatigued. I dedicated an entire section to explaining Adrenal Dysfunction in my book, Healing Your …

Seven Mind-Body Practices for a Better Mood

Dr. Jolene Brighten Adrenal, Autoimmune, Food, Hormones, Postpartum Comments

Mind-body healing techniques can be defined as incorporating mindfulness/meditation and movement into our healthcare routine in order to tap into our bodies’ natural healing abilities and cope with stressors. These techniques have been used for centuries to heal and strengthen our bodies and minds, but it’s only recently that these techniques have been recognized by the scientific and medical communities. …

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Hormone Imbalance? Your Adrenal Glands May Be the Cause

Dr. Jolene Brighten Adrenal, Fertility, Hormones, Thyroid Comments

Your ovaries, adrenal glands and thyroid depend on one another to function properly. I like to think of the ovarian adrenal thyroid axis (OAT) as a 3 legged stool. For that stool to remain sturdy, and well…functional, you need all three legs supporting it. If one of those legs (systems) starts to falter, the whole system can eventually topple. If …

Surviving Adrenal Fatigue in Motherhood

Dr. Jolene Brighten Adrenal, Autoimmune, Postpartum, Pregnancy, Thyroid Comments

  Are you dragging to get out of bed every morning? Do you feel moody often? How about low in energy, an inability to fall asleep at night or maybe you’re craving sugar and salt? If any of these are sounding familiar your adrenals may be in need of some support. One of the most common reasons moms come to …

Doctor’s Orders: Should I Stop Drinking Coffee?

Dr. Jolene Brighten Adrenal, Digestion, Food, Hormones, Thyroid Comments

In my practice, get asked about coffee nearly every day. Often, my patients assume I’ll tell them to stop drinking coffee and are surprised when I tell them that it depends on their unique situation. Coffee has many health benefits, including lowering the risk of liver cancer, but it may not be benefiting you. Here are 3 reasons to consider reducing …

How to Tell If You Are Gluten Intolerant

Dr. Jolene Brighten Adrenal, Autoimmune, Digestion, Food, Thyroid Comments

  More and more patients are coming to me wanting to know if they have a gluten intolerance or sensitivity. Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity (NCGS) is a condition in which you experience symptoms when eating gluten, but do not have an autoimmune response like that of celiac disease or an allergy to wheat (1). Although the symptoms people experience are very real …