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Are Leaky Gut Syndrome & Hypothyroidism Connected? + 5 Ways to Heal

Dr. Jolene Brighten Digestion, Thyroid Comments

You may have heard that leaky gut syndrome is why you developed hypothyroidism in the first place. Leaky gut syndrome is  involved in the development of hypothyroidism or more specifically, autoimmune hypothyroidism  (Hashimoto’s) in the majority of cases. Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is the number one cause of hypothyroidism in the United States. And while not all causes of hypothyroidism are well …

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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 …

What is Leaky Gut?

Dr. Jolene Brighten Digestion Comments

If you read my last article, Why Adrenal Fatigue Isn’t Real, you’ll understand that it was my tongue-in-cheek way of saying that, it’s ok to use non-medical terms when communicating with your doctor, friends or otherwise. Like the term adrenal fatigue, you may have heard the expression leaky gut floating around the Internet, among your friends, or even from your …

Is Your Thyroid Causing Your Digestive Problems? + 7 Ways to Heal Your Thyroid & Gut!

Dr. Jolene Brighten Digestion, Thyroid Comments

If you’ve suffered from hypothyroidism in the past or know someone who does, chances are you know a little bit about the gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms that go along with it. I know. Fun, right? Hypothyroidism, a condition in which there is too little thyroid hormone present in the body, can result in a number of GI symptoms, including the potential …

6 Ways to Safely Treat Gut Conditions While Pregnant

Dr. Jolene Brighten Digestion, Pregnancy Comments

Many mothers and healthcare practitioners will agree— treating any infection or other illness while pregnant needs to be done safely, with baby in mind. As a pregnant mother, you’re not just thinking about the effects of treatment and medications on your body, but also how it’s affecting the growing life inside you. Many of my patients – even some who are …

Glutened? Recover with these 5 steps.

Dr. Jolene Brighten Digestion Comments

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

Mallory Leone Autoimmune, Digestion, Food Comments

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

Dr. Jolene Brighten Autoimmune, Digestion, Food Comments

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 …