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The 13 Best Natural Remedies for a UTI

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Herbs & Supplements, Wellbeing Leave a Comment

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are incredibly common. If you’re currently experiencing a burning sensation when you pee, or you feel like you have to urinate, but not much comes out, you could be dealing with a UTI. But what if it’s 6 p.m. on a Friday and you can’t get to the doctor until Monday? Or you don’t want to …

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How To Exercise With Your Cycle

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Cycle Self Care™, Exercise, Menstrual Cycle Leave a Comment

You may have noticed there are times in your cycle where your motivation and physical stamina are lacking when it comes to your fitness routine. Despite your trainer telling you can do one more or the Peloton instructor is saying “push” you may just find there are times where you lack the motivation. This isn’t because you’re just lazy. Instead, …

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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 …

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When Is the Best Time to Test Hormone Levels?

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Menstrual Cycle Leave a Comment

I get a ton of questions from women who are confused about their hormones. When you’re trying to figure out why you feel so crappy every month, it can be frustrating trying to get access to the appropriate tests. It can be even more frustrating to suffer terrible symptoms and yet have no diagnosis because your bloodwork comes back “normal.” …

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Does Alcohol Affect Your Period?

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Menstrual Cycle Leave a Comment

Does alcohol affect your period and what about your hormones? We’re all pretty familiar with the negative effect alcohol can have on us the day after we’ve had a few too many cocktails…dehydration, screaming headaches, and fatigue. Hangovers are no fun, right?  But can alcohol affect your period and hormones, too?  Let’s explore the ways alcohol can potentially affect your …

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14 Health Benefits of NAC (N-Acetylcysteine)

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Gut-Hormone Connection, PCOS, Preconception & Fertility Leave a Comment

N-Acetylcysteine (NAC) has a list of health benefits longer than its name! While NAC might not be as well known as other nutrients I’ve discussed, it is definitely one worth getting on your radar.  From detoxification, to brain health, to heart health, to fertility, NAC is a jack of all trades, and it’s a supplement I regularly recommend to my …

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14 Vitamin C Benefits You Should Know About

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Adrenal, Mood & Emotions, PMS & PMDD, Stress Reduction Leave a Comment

Vitamin C is an essential nutrient for many reasons. Also known as ascorbic acid, Vitamin C is water-soluble, so it can’t be stored in large amounts by the body. You’ve got to ingest it daily. Vitamin C is crucial for skin, bones, ligaments, tendons, teeth, eyes, and blood vessels. In this article, we’ll discuss all of some of the top …

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How to Prepare for Quarantine: A Mama Doctor’s Guide

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: What to Eat Leave a Comment

In this article I’m going to walk you through how to prepare for quarantine and what my family did to prepare. And I’ve got a 3 day meal plan for you along with some recipes to support. Plus, you’ll find a shopping list below with additional items to help you prepare. My family and were placed on quarantine as of …

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12 Ways to Reduce Anxiety Before your Period

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Menstrual Cycle Leave a Comment

Having anxiety before periods show up? It might surprise you to learn that this is a common time for anxiety to peak for women due to changes in their hormones.  Anxiety — it’s the body’s normal response to stressful events. Getting a little bit nervous before speaking in public or a big job interview? That’s completely normal.  But for millions …