A Special Gift Just for Moms

Mother’s Day is this weekend and in celebration of all mothers, I am sharing important information about health and nutrition that will support fertility, optimize pregnancy, help moms thrive in the postpartum healing and continue to support their health for many years to come. I compiled some helpful resources for you to implement or share with a mom you know! …

How the Menstrual Cycle Works

It goes without saying that every menstruating woman knows what is happening to her body once a month for most of her adult life… or does she? If you are nodding along but know deep down you feel like you could know more, this blog is for you. Here is how the menstrual cycle works. For many of us, have …

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5 Blood Sugar Balancing Strategies for PCOS (The Secret to Happy Hormones)

One of the major characteristics of PCOS and other conditions that cause hormone imbalance is blood sugar dysregulation. This results in surges of high blood sugar followed by deep dips in energy and mood. Blood sugar dysregulation can result in symptoms like irritability, shakiness, and fatigue, or even lightheadedness and nausea. The Blood Sugar Dance Metformin is often recommended for …

5 Hormone Lovin’ Superfoods for Women (That You Might Not Be Eating)

When my dear friend, Bridgit Danner, LAc told me she wanted to share with you 5 hormone superfoods she prescribes to patients I was instantly interested. I know this is the type of actionable information you like and these foods are not typically thought of as superfoods, but do have amazing nutritional benefits.  Dr. Jolene Brighten, ND   5 Hormone …

Why I Advocate for Better Postpartum Care

Many of you know that I am a postpartum care advocate. (Yeah, I’ve only been talking about it since the birth of my son 4 years ago!) It was through my experiences as a doctor and a mother that I came to recognize the lack of care provided to new mothers. Before I ever had my son, I spent time …

Hashimoto’s Autoimmune Thyroiditis from Fertility to Postpartum

Autoimmune thyroiditis, also known as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, affects over 20 million of Americans, the majority of which are women. Thyroid conditions have a direct impact on our fertility, pregnancy, birth outcomes and can have a large influence on our postpartum period. But for some women, childbirth is the triggering event that leads to postpartum thyroiditis Bridgit Danner, LAc and I …

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The Hashimoto’s and Autism Connection

Hashimoto’s is an autoimmune condition that primarily affects the thyroid gland and has been correlated with autism in the offspring of mothers with the condition. Without intervention, the result is immune destruction to the mother’s thyroid, often with a need for medication. There is somewhat of a “myth” in mainstream medicine that leads some doctors to the conclusion that once …

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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 …

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.