7 Thyroid Symptoms Most People Don’t Know About

Thyroid gland problems can range from weight gain to hair loss to depression, but these 7 thyroid symptoms are less recognized and often missed by many doctors. 7 Thyroid Symptoms Most People Don’t Know About #1. You may not taste or smell things the same if you’re hypothyroid.  Too little thyroid hormone can cause alterations to how we taste and…

Hypothyroidism & Iron Deficiency + 4 Steps to Boost Iron

Hypothyroidism and iron deficiency have more in common than you might think. From fatigue to hair loss, these two conditions can not only make you feel miserable. They are also intimately tied when it comes to your health. Here’s what you need to know about hypothyroidism and how to raise iron levels. What is Hypothyroidism? Hypothyroidism is a condition in…

The Birth Control And Thyroid Connection

The birth control and thyroid connection is real! And many women have written to me questioning if the birth control pill could be sabotaging their thyroid health. The common story I hear from these women and the women in my practice is that most of their problems started when they committed to that daily pill consumption. This has been a question on…

The Anxiety Hormone Connection

Could hormone imbalance and anxiety be linked? The anxiety hormone connection is real and it is why so many women struggle with anxiety, despite the medications or meditations they are offered. So much emphasis is put on stress and anxiety that people nearly roll their eyes now when we talk about it. I can’t blame them. When you’re told to…

Is Iodine Bad for Hypothyroidism?

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…

Are Leaky Gut Syndrome & Hypothyroidism Connected? + 5 Ways For Healing Leaky Gut

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

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

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…