Androgen and Hirsutism in Women

Hirsutism in Women: Causes and Natural Solutions

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Adrenal, PCOS, Sex Hormones Leave a Comment

We all have varying amounts of hair on our bodies. What’s considered so-called normal or acceptable can depend on ethnicity, where you live, your own individual genes, and even your own personal preference. But there are cases where extra hair growth indicates something could be out of balance with your hormones and should be investigated by your provider. Hirsutism is …

How to Address Hormonal Acne With Changes to Your Diet

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Acne, Sex Hormones Leave a Comment

Many women deal with hormonal acne caused by changes in the body’s hormonal balance. While common, I know it can be incredibly frustrating and impact your self-esteem and confidence. There are many treatments for acne, but I’ve found that a few diet changes can significantly improve symptoms. The food we eat directly impacts our hormones, including those that trigger acne. …

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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 …

How to Balance Hormones with a Holistic Detox

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Sex Hormones Leave a Comment

Anyone looking to balance hormones has tried a diet (or maybe 5) to help them get their hormones back on track. However, balancing your hormones with diet alone might not be getting you the results you really need. That’s where a holistic detox comes in! Different to a normal detox, holistic detoxes incorporate more than just your diet and nutritional …

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What are the health benefits of Maca powder?

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Sex Hormones Leave a Comment

Maca is an herb that has long been used in women’s health to increase energy, boost libido, and eliminate uncomfortable symptoms like hot flashes. Adaptogens are gaining steam in the health and wellness realm, as more and more people are learning how these herbs (many of which have been used in traditional medicine for thousands of years) can bring balance …

Biotin—The Importance of Vitamin B7

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Sex Hormones Leave a Comment

Looking for better hair, skin, and nails? Biotin is hands down one of the best nutrients to help with strong nails, healthy skin, and luscious locks. But there is a whole lot more to biotin than just looks.  Biotin (vitamin B7) is one of the eight B vitamins. It is an essential nutrient with myriad functions in the body. Today, …

Vitex Guide

The Essential Guide to Vitex and the Chaste Tree

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Sex Hormones Leave a Comment

Odds are that if you’re struggling with symptoms of hormone imbalance, PMS, PCOS, infertility, endometriosis, irregular periods, missing periods or any other period problem, you’ve heard of vitex. Today, I’ll be talking more about the benefits and potential uses of vitex (also called chasteberry and chaste tree berry). Consider this your guide to understanding if this herb is right for …

Ashwagandha Benefits and Uses

Ashwagandha Benefits and Uses

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Sex Hormones Leave a Comment

Ashwagandha is an adaptogenic herb that has become increasingly popular as more people learn about how herbal medicine can support their health. It has myriad possible benefits, from potentially acting on your body’s inflammatory response, to promoting a healthy brain. In this article, we’ll explore the benefits of Ashwagandha. What is Ashwagandha? According to WebMD, “Ashwagandha is a plant. The …