Best Fats for Hormones

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Now that fat is back with a vengeance in the mainstream media (thanks, Time Magazine), I feel like it may be time to talk a little bit more about it: the types of fat that are considered healthy to consume and just how much you should be eating. Fat is Good for You & Your Hormones I’ll keep this brief. …

9 Ways to Revive Your Hypothyroid Libido

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

The unfortunate truth is that hypothyroidism libido function is less than stellar. While low libido is common in hypothyroidism…it should never be considered “normal.” Here, we’ll take a look at thyroid and sex drive and offer advice on how to increase your libido. Anyone with Hashimoto’s disease (the major cause of Hypothyroidism), or any autoimmune condition for that matter, knows …

The Rising Incidence of Thyroid Cancer in California

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

The rising incidence of thyroid cancer in California has been of great concern among many physicians. A recent study out of the University of California, Los Angeles has found a higher rate of advanced thyroid cancer in certain parts of California. The numbers are well above the national average in certain parts of the state, leading researchers to look into …

Glutened? Recover with these 5 steps.

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

With the holidays upon us, celiac disease and gluten exposure has been on my mind and many of my patient’s minds too. When you are traveling or at the mercy of other people’s cooking, it can be hard to tell if you are getting “glutened.” Many people feel that eating gluten isn’t a big deal unless you have celiac disease. But there …

Hashimoto’s Autoimmune Thyroiditis: Fertility to Postpartum

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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 …

Common Hormonal Imbalance Symptoms

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Estrogen and Progesterone are generally regarded as the female sex hormones, although women also have testosterone, but it is in lower amounts than men (except in PCOS). When your sex hormones are out of balance, they are rarely alone. In fact, your hormonal imbalance symptoms may stem from issues with your adrenals, thyroid, gut, liver, diet or lifestyle factors. Because of …

Doctor’s Orders: Should I Stop Drinking Coffee?

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In my practice, I get asked about coffee nearly every day. “Should I stop drinking coffee” is one of the most common questions I get. Often, my patients assume I’ll tell them to stop drinking coffee and are surprised when I tell them that it depends on their unique situation. Coffee has many health benefits, including lowering the risk of liver …

Hypothyroidism? Why You Should Absolutely Quit Gluten Now

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

It is estimated that approximately 90 percent of hypothyroidism in the United States is caused by an autoimmune condition. In these cases of autoimmune hypothyroidism, known as Hashimoto’s, antibodies attack the thyroid, resulting in thyroid tissue destruction. There is evidence showing gluten plays a significant role in driving the antibody attack against your thyroid.