Seven Mind-Body Practices for a Better Mood

Mind-body healing techniques can be defined as incorporating mindfulness/meditation and movement into our healthcare routine in order to tap into our bodies’ natural healing abilities and cope with stressors. These techniques have been used for centuries to heal and strengthen our bodies and minds, but it’s only recently that these techniques have been recognized by the scientific and medical communities. …

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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 …

Surviving Adrenal Fatigue in Motherhood

Adrenal fatigue as a mom is rough.  Are you dragging to get out of bed every morning? Do you feel moody often? How about low in energy, an inability to fall asleep at night or maybe you’re craving sugar and salt? If any of these are sounding familiar your adrenals may be in need of some support. One of the …

Harder to Kill Radio with Dr. Jolene Brighten

I’m so honored to be a guest on Harder to Kill Radio! One major highlight of this year’s PaleoFX was my chance meeting with Steph Gaudreau. We hit it off pretty much immediately and I’m so excited for you guys to hear the amazing podcast we recently recorded for Harder to Kill Radio. 

5 Ways to Improve Your Early Postpartum Health

Women rarely are prepared for the months that follow labor and postpartum care. Sure, you studied up on what you should eat during pregnancy, the prenatals, the safest carseat and really, all things baby. But did anyone talk to you about how to optimize your recovery from childbirth?

Postpartum Thyroiditis

Fatigue, weight loss or gain, anxiety and irritability are all just part of being a mother, right? Not necessarily. In fact, when these symptoms persist, postpartum thyroiditis is a likely suspect.  While we expect there to be some level of fatigue, many mothers find themselves in my practice after being told their severe exhaustion, debilitating anxiety and fluctuations in weight …

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Breastfeeding: Censorship Not Required

Straight out to of the gate I want to say— This is my Opinion. You’ve likely found your way onto my blog because you are interested in learning more about your health and I want you to know that you will continue to find educational health posts on this site, but today, well today I just have to speak out …

10 Signs You Have Hypothyroidism

Hypothyroidism is a highly common, yet under-diagnosed condition. In fact, it is estimated that over 27 million Americans have a thyroid disease, but more than half of them are aware they have it. 10 Signs You Have Hypothyroidism: 1. Fatigue. Do you wake feeling rested? Do you find yourself with ample energy to get through your day? If you answered …

7 Causes of Fatigue & How to Increase Your Energy

Fatigue is the number one complaint that brings patients into my office. Below I share how I approach low energy and give tips to help you increase your energy. I often find that by working on diet, gut health, hormones and detoxification my patients feel revitalized and experience increased daily energy. 7 Causes of Fatigue Nutrient Deficiencies. Both B12 deficiency …