Is Iodine Bad for Hypothyroidism?

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Thyroid & Hormone Balance Leave a Comment

What is the iodine hypothyroidism connection? ‘Is iodine bad for hypothyroidism?’ This is among the most common questions I am asked by my patients. While it is true that your thyroid requires iodine to make thyroid hormone, too much iodine can harm certain individuals. In this video, I review who should be careful about taking iodine and what foods best …

5 Ways For Healing Leaky Gut

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Thyroid & Hormone Balance Leave a Comment

You may have heard that leaky gut syndrome is why you developed hypothyroidism in the first place. Leaky gut syndrome is involved in the development of hypothyroidism or more specifically, autoimmune hypothyroidism  (Hashimoto’s) in the majority of cases. Here are those connections and 5 ways for healing leaky gut! Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is the number one cause of hypothyroidism in the …

10 Top Foods for Thyroid Health

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Thyroid & Hormone Balance Leave a Comment

Whether you are Hypothyroid or Hyperthyroid, this list of 10 top foods for thyroid health has got you covered! In my clinic, we like to focus on what you CAN eat, rather than all the foods you should be avoiding. And while there are certainly plenty of foods you should be avoiding if you have hypothyroidism, I want to encourage …

Healing Hashimoto’s Hypothyroidism in Portland

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Thyroid & Hormone Balance Leave a Comment

Healing Hashimoto’s Hypothyroidism in Portland is my passion. I’m Dr. Jolene Brighten and this is is a true story you may find close to home… Maddie’s doctor looked at her labs and told her, “I don’t think your thyroid is your problem. Instead, I’d like to refer you to a psychiatrist because I think your problems are largely due to …

Postpartum Fatigue or Thyroid Disease?

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Thyroid & Hormone Balance Leave a Comment

Is it really just postpartum fatigue or could it be thyroid disease? Look, we’ve got some serious issues in medicine…especially women’s medicine. As women, our symptoms often go dismissed or unheard…or worse…we are offered a band-aid pharmaceutical or invasive surgery for what is so simply a hormone imbalance.  This is no different for new moms and you’d be surprised just …

Why is Hypothyroidism More Common in Women?

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Thyroid & Hormone Balance Leave a Comment

Why is hypothyroidism more common in women? Just how common is hypothyroidism or other thyroid problems in women? Nearly 1 in 3 people have thyroid disease, the majority of which are women. Yet more than half of those with a thyroid gland condition don’t know they have it. Top Reasons Hypothyroidism is More Common in Women Hormone imbalance Hormone fluctuations …

The Thyroid Secret

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Thyroid & Hormone Balance Leave a Comment

I’m so excited that I just can’t hold this in any longer — The Thyroid Secret is finally here!!! I’ve just got word that I can finally let you in on something that I’ve known about for several months, but was sworn to secrecy! My friend Dr. Izabella Wentz and her amazing team have put together something that’s going to …

The Thyroid Gut Connection + 4 Steps to Heal Your Gut

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Thyroid & Hormone Balance Leave a Comment

Chances are if you’ve made a trip to your endocrinologist for your hypothyroidism you’ve heard that your condition is genetic, there’s a prescription for it, and that’s about all you can do. It’s an autoimmune thyroid disease. Period. I’d even venture to guess that there was no mention of your gut health at all…let alone the thyroid gut connection. What …