How to Heal your Gut Conditions While Pregnant in 6 Steps

Mothers and healthcare practitioners will agree— treating any infection or other illness while pregnant needs to be done safely. Specifically, with baby in mind. As a pregnant mother, you’re not just thinking about the effects of treatment and medications on your body. You’re worried about how it’s affecting the growing life inside you. To that end, I wrote up this blog …

Glutened? Recover with these 5 steps.

With the holidays upon us, celiac disease and gluten exposure has been on my mind and many of my patient’s minds too. When you are traveling or at the mercy of other people’s cooking, it can be hard to tell if you are getting “glutened.” Many people feel that eating gluten isn’t a big deal unless you have celiac disease. But there …

5 Tips For Enjoying the Holidays With Food Sensitivities

Dr. Brighten here – When you’ve got food sensitivities it can feel like surviving the holidays is impossible. But not to fear! My staff nutritionist, Mallory, shared with use her top 5 tips for surviving the holidays with food sensitivities.  Wishing you Happy Holidays!!! Dr. Jolene Brighten The other night, I went to a small event at a beautiful shop …

Celiac Disease— More Than Just a Tummy Ache

Awhile back, I attended a school event with my son and through a series of events I came to realize there’s a whole lot people do not understand about celiac disease. I’ve written about my son’s food sensitivities before (there’s a long list here), but it just so happens that there is girl in his class that shares the big …

Healthy Gut | Pregnancy | DrBrighten.com

The Importance of a Healthy Gut in Pregnancy

Many of my patients ask me what they can do to prepare for pregnancy. Surely there’s more to prepping your body than a simple prenatal vitamin? One area that can almost always use improvement (not just in aspiring mothers, but in most of the U.S. population), is a healthy gut. Age, antibiotics, stress, and diet can do a number on our …

Guide to Carbohydrates While Treating SIBO {Free Download}

Carbohydrates are not the devil. An oft-misunderstood macronutrient, carbs can be found in everything from broccoli to brioche, but different carbohydrates play very distinctive metabolic roles in the body. We’ll go more into the different classifications of carbs in a future post; for now, I want to focus on the role of carbohydrates while treating SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth). …

Doctor’s Orders: Should I Stop Drinking Coffee?

In my practice, get asked about coffee nearly every day. “Should I stop drinking coffee” is one of the most common questions I get. 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, …

The Surprising Cause of IBS

This time on the blog I want to talk about the cause of IBS, like the migrating motor complex and more. This is all sort of spiraling out of a SIBO Symposium I just attended and I wanted to share it with you. I had the pleasure of attending the SIBO Symposium at the National College of Natural Medicine in …

Bone Broth | Functional Medicine | DrBrighten.com

The Healing Properties of Bone Broth

Touted for its gut-healing, immune-boosting properties, bone broth has to be one of the most delicious healing foods out there. Broth is a traditional food prepared by cultures worldwide for generations because of its association with healing. As trendy bone broth bars pop up in cities like New York and Portland, you might be wondering if this warm, salty broth …