Is Iodine Bad for Hypothyroidism?

Dr. Jolene Brighten Thyroid Comments

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 cause harm in certain individuals. In this video I review who should be careful about taking iodine and what foods are best to meet your …

Are Leaky Gut Syndrome & Hypothyroidism Connected? + 5 Ways to Heal

Dr. Jolene Brighten Digestion, Thyroid Comments

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. Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is the number one cause of hypothyroidism in the United States. And while not all causes of hypothyroidism are well …

10 Top Foods for Thyroid Health

Dr. Jolene Brighten Food, Thyroid Comments

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 …

Detox Skin Care & Beauty Products in 3 Steps

Dr. Jolene Brighten Hormones, Thyroid Comments

At some point in my 20’s I got it in my head that women were supposed to smell like vanilla…and berries and champagne…and whatever the people behind the infamous VS store told me I should smell like. Looking back, in my attempt to smell like the “perfect woman,” I was bathing in lotions and huffing fragrances that were wrecking my …

Healing Hashimoto’s Hypothyroidism in Portland

Dr. Jolene Brighten Autoimmune, Thyroid Comments

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 stress.” It’s true, Maddie was stressed. And if you looked at her chart without hearing her story, you might also think that Maddie’s symptoms were …

What to Eat for Thyroid Health + One Day Thyroid Meal Plan

Erica Favela Food, Thyroid Comments

This guest post is from my newest Functional Nutritionist to join the team — Erica Favela! Erica is sharing the top foods she recommends for people in need of a little thyroid love and answering the question, “What to Eat for Thyroid Health?” You may not know this, but us ladies are at really high risk of developing a thyroid …

Postpartum Fatigue or Thyroid Disease?

Dr. Jolene Brighten Thyroid Comments

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 how often thyroid …

Why is Hypothyroidism More Common in Women?

Dr. Jolene Brighten Thyroid Comments

  Nearly 1 in 3 people have thyroid disease, the majority of which are women. Yet more than half of those with a thyroid condition don’t know they have it. Women are 5 to 8 times more likely to have thyroid disease. It can be diagnosed with a simple blood test, but doctors don’t necessarily think to order the testing …

The Thyroid Secret

Dr. Jolene Brighten Thyroid Comments

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 …