High Cortisol Levels and Cognitive Function

The Connection Between High Cortisol Levels and Cognitive Function

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Brain Health, Mood & Emotions, Stress Reduction Leave a Comment

Cortisol, the primary stress hormone released when your body perceives a threat, is essential for survival. In small doses, cortisol has beneficial effects, like waking you up in the morning, supporting energy, and helping the body deal with stress. The problem is that high cortisol levels over a prolonged period can lead to adverse health consequences, both physically and mentally. …

How Women Can Reduce Holiday Stress and Burnout

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Adrenal, Anxiety, Depression, Mood, Balancing Your Hormones, Sleep, Stress Reduction Leave a Comment

Time with family, holiday lights, special food, and fun drinks are some of the many things we love about the holidays. But let’s be honest: The holidays can be more than stressful. The pressure to make everything “perfect,” plus extra get-togethers, travel, and gift-giving, can all add up. For women, who tend to do it all, the holidays can be …

L-Theanine Benefits: Better Sleep and Less Stress

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L-theanine benefits include promotion of relaxation, stress reduction, restful sleep, and increased concentration. It is an amino acid that is found in both green and black tea. It is also found as a stand alone supplement and in combination formulas designed to promote sleep and relaxation. Many of my patients have benefited from adding L-theanine to their lifestyle routine to …

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Why Am I So Hungry On My Period?

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Exercise, Menstrual Cycle, Period, Sex Hormones, Sleep, Stress Reduction Leave a Comment

Ever notice that your appetite seems to increase in the days leading up to your period? If so, you’re not alone. During our weekly Ask Dr. Brighten Q&A on social media I am often asked, “why am I so hungry on my period (or before),” especially for sugary snacks. It’s a common question among my patients too. So if you’ve …

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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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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 and rhodiola benefits in improving hormonal health. From helping the body adapt to stress via …

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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 …

Can Stress Cause a Hormone Imbalance

Can Stress Cause a Hormone Imbalance

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Anxiety, Depression, Mood, Brain Health, Hormones, Stress Reduction, Wellbeing Leave a Comment

In our modern world, the pervasiveness of stress is more than just a fleeting concern; it’s a critical health issue. With each passing month, new research emerges, underscoring the profound impact of stress on our overall well-being. Far from being a mere inconvenience, stress has the potential to impact your hormone production significantly, weaken your immune system, and, alarmingly, even …