Does Fiber Help You Lose Weight?

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The average woman in the United States is getting an average of 12 grams of fiber daily, which is far less than the recommended 25 grams. In addition to supporting a healthy gut microbiome and estrogen levels, fiber slows the absorption of sugar, stabilizes insulin, improves inflammation, and reduces cravings. If you’re on a mission to shed unwanted pounds and …

Can Drinking Spearmint Tea Help Balance Your Hormones?

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Spearmint has garnered attention for its potential to balance androgens and alleviate symptoms associated with conditions like polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), as well as its ability to support digestive health. Research has found that drinking spearmint tea is an effective way to address hirsutism and other symptoms of high testosterone, as we’ll discuss in this article.  Chances are you’ve consumed …

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Tips to Help With Menopause Weight Loss

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Perimenopause/ Menopause, Weight Loss Leave a Comment

Are you struggling to lose weight or prevent unwanted pounds during menopause? You’re not alone. During the menopause transition, up to 70% of women experience weight gain. On average, women gain about four to five pounds (or about 2 kilograms) during menopause, often with some of the weight accumulating in their belly area. Menopause weight loss requires a different approach …

Endocrine Disrupting Compounds and Fertility

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Endocrine disrupting compounds or chemicals (EDCs), may contribute to various reproductive health and fertility issues. As we’ll discuss in this article, EDCs may contribute to endometriosis, worsen symptoms of PCOS, and negatively impact male fertility. Endocrine disruptors are found in various sources — in the plastic bottles you drink from, in your favorite cosmetics, and in the cleaning products that …

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Understanding Magnesium for Menopause: Your Comprehensive Guide

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Herbs & Supplements, Perimenopause/ Menopause Leave a Comment

Menopause is a transformative phase in a woman’s life, marked by hormonal changes that can bring about a myriad of menopause symptoms, including hot flashes, fatigue, and night sweats. Using magnesium for menopause symptoms, as well as for support of cardiovascular, bone, and brain health, is one way to help ease the transition.  Magnesium, particularly in the form of highly-absorbable …

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Adrenal PCOS: Holistic Strategies to Manage Stress and PCOS

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As many as 30% of those diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) have elevated levels of DHEA-S due to adrenal androgen excess. PCOS is one of the most common endocrine disorders affecting women, with some estimates stating up to 70% of women remain undiagnosed.  Adrenal PCOS Symptoms include: In addition, upwards of 70% of those with PCOS struggle with insulin …

How Much Protein Should Women Have

How Much Protein Should Women Have

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Balancing Your Hormones, Brighten Lifestyle, Food, Gut-Hormone Connection, Weight Loss, What to Eat Leave a Comment

From muscle building and metabolism to hormonal balance and disease prevention, protein is an indispensable nutrient for women’s health. Women of all ages need adequate protein for energy, focus, appetite control, and tissue repair. Across different life stages like pregnancy and menopause, protein becomes even more critical, supporting fetal development, maintaining muscle tissue and bone density, and managing moods, hormonal …

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Breakfast with 30 grams of Protein for Hormone Balance

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Balancing Your Hormones, Brighten Lifestyle, Food, Weight Loss, What to Eat Leave a Comment

Being intentional about your protein intake is a crucial step in optimizing hormones, balancing blood sugar, creating your ideal body composition, and improving your longevity. Beginning the day by eating a breakfast with 30 grams of protein sets the tone for better energy, focus, and overall hormonal balance for the remainder of the day. But what I hear often from …

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What’s The Best Magnesium Supplement?

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Anxiety, Depression, Mood, Brain Health, Cramps, Endometriosis, Herbs & Supplements, Sleep Leave a Comment

Do you find it hard to drift off to sleep, frequently grapple with PMS symptoms, or regularly face headaches and constipation? These concerns could all be signaling that your magnesium levels are lower than ideal. Magnesium is a vital mineral that plays a crucial role in numerous bodily functions, from regulating blood sugar levels and blood pressure to supporting muscle …