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How Does Serotonin Affect Depression?

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Anxiety, Depression, Mood Leave a Comment

You probably know serotonin best as the “happy molecule,” but how exactly is it linked to our mood? This hormone plays a role in digestion, sleep, memory, and more but is best known for its impact on regulating happiness, anxiety, and mood. Low serotonin levels in the brain can lead to symptoms of depression, so understanding this powerful hormone is …

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Hormone Safe Sunscreen: Choosing Natural Sunscreen For Summer

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Balancing Your Hormones Leave a Comment

Before you throw on a swimsuit and grab your sunglasses for a day of sunbathing, there’s an important step you should not skip: applying sunscreen. I see an eye roll coming and maybe even the common excuse I hear from my patients, “there’s no hormone safe sunscreen,” so let me explain. While sunscreen can be an annoying part of the …

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How To Increase Serotonin Levels

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Anxiety, Depression, Mood, Brain Health, Exercise, Libido, Sleep, Stress Reduction Leave a Comment

Serotonin is a key hormone in promoting feelings of happiness and well-being. It plays a role in regulating your digestion, sleep, bones, inflammation, libido, and memory. If you’re dealing with depression, anxiety, mood disorders, or insomnia, you may want to ask your doctor about a possible serotonin deficiency. You can support your body’s natural happiness hormone by understanding how serotonin …

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Serotonin Deficiency – What’s The Risk?

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

Serotonin (also known as 5-hydroxytryptamine, or 5-HT) is one of the most talked-about neurotransmitters– molecules that help your nervous system communicate. You may know it as “the happy molecule” because of its role in regulating happiness, anxiety, and mood. The best-known indicators of low serotonin include depression and anxiety, but it plays a larger role in the body as well. …

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14 Ways Rhodiola Can Benefit Your Health

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Adrenal, Anxiety, Depression, Mood, Stress Reduction, Weight Loss Leave a Comment

Rhodiola rosea is an herb known for increasing energy, improving mental and physical stamina, and for building resilience to stress.   While Rhodiola may be one of those herbs that you may not have heard of — yet. But it is a versatile and powerful tool in improving hormonal health. From helping the body adapt to stress via adrenal support to …

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Does Progesterone Cause Weight Gain?

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Menstrual Cycle, Perimenopause/ Menopause, Period Problems Leave a Comment

Hormones. It’s easy to blame them for everything, from mood swings to food cravings to those extra pounds that don’t quite make sense. While weight fluctuation can be totally normal and healthy, truly unexplained weight gain can point to a hormone imbalance and might be your body’s way of asking for extra help. If weight loss is a goal, it’s …

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15 Perimenopause Supplements for Happy Hormones

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Balancing Your Hormones, Libido, Perimenopause/ Menopause Leave a Comment

Perimenopause is a time of hormonal decline as the body prepares to stop ovulating and shift into menopause. While ideas of shifting hormones may feel you with a sense of dread, there are many nutrition, lifestyle, and perimenopause supplements that can help you maintain your energy, mood, and overall well being.  Perimenopause can be a confusing time in a woman’s …

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What Is Interstitial Cystitis?

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Autoimmune Disease, Balancing Your Hormones Leave a Comment

Interstitial cystitis (also known as Bladder Pain Syndrome) is a chronic condition involving bladder pain that you cannot attribute to another known cause. Interstitial cystitis symptoms include pain in the bladder or urethra, a frequent need to urinate, and sometimes pain throughout the pelvic floor.  Interstitial Cystitis or Bladder Pain Syndrome most commonly affects women but can also affect men. …

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Magnesium Benefits: 15 Ways This Mineral Boosts Health

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Balancing Your Hormones, Cramps, Food, Headaches & Migraines, Herbs & Supplements, Pregnancy, Thyroid & Hormone Balance Leave a Comment

Magnesium is near the top of the list of crucial nutrients. It is the fourth most plentiful mineral in the human body, and it helps with things like your heartbeat, sleep cycles, muscle contraction, energy production, immune function, hormone balance and so much more. When you dig into the research, the magnesium benefits seem endless. Safe to say that getting …