Hormone Imbalance? Your Adrenal Glands May Be the Cause

Dr. Jolene Brighten Adrenal, Fertility, Hormones, Postpartum, Pregnancy, Thyroid Comments

Your ovaries, adrenal glands and thyroid depend on one another to function properly. I like to think of the ovarian adrenal thyroid axis (OAT) as a 3 legged stool. For that stool to remain sturdy, and well…functional, you need all three legs supporting it. If one of those legs (systems) starts to falter, the whole system can eventually topple. If …

Natural Medicine for the Win! Best General Practitioner 2015

Dr. Jolene Brighten Autoimmune, Hormones, Thyroid Comments

I am so unbelievably thrilled and full of gratitude to have been voted the Best General Practitioner in Oakland & East San Francisco Bay again! This is my second year of receiving this honor and am humbled by your appreciation for what I do. I wish I could hug you all!!! But you know what makes this really cool? It’s …

Surviving Adrenal Fatigue in Motherhood

Dr. Jolene Brighten Adrenal, Autoimmune, Postpartum, Pregnancy, Thyroid Comments

  Are you dragging to get out of bed every morning? Do you feel moody often? How about low in energy, an inability to fall asleep at night or maybe you’re craving sugar and salt? If any of these are sounding familiar your adrenals may be in need of some support. One of the most common reasons moms come to …

Doctor’s Orders: Should I Stop Drinking Coffee?

Dr. Jolene Brighten Adrenal, Digestion, Food, Hormones, Thyroid Comments

In my practice, get asked about coffee nearly every day. 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 cancer, but it may not be benefiting you. Here are 3 reasons to consider reducing …

Hypothyroidism? Why You Should Absolutely Quit Gluten Now

Dr. Jolene Brighten Autoimmune, Food, Thyroid Comments

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.

Postpartum Thyroiditis

Dr. Jolene Brighten Postpartum, Thyroid Comments

Fatigue, weight loss or gain, anxiety and irritability are all just part of being a mother, right? Not necessarily. In fact, when these symptoms persist, postpartum thyroiditis is a likely suspect.  While we expect there to be some level of fatigue, many mothers find themselves in my practice after being told their severe exhaustion, debilitating anxiety and fluctuations in weight …

10 Signs You Have Hypothyroidism

Dr. Jolene Brighten Autoimmune, Hormones, Postpartum, Thyroid Comments

Hypothyroidism is a highly common, yet under-diagnosed condition. In fact, it is estimated that approximately 59 million Americans are hypothyroid. 10 Signs You Have Hypothyroidism: Fatigue. Do you wake feeling rested? Do you find yourself with ample energy to get through your day? If you answered no and struggle with fatigue, you should have your thyroid evaluated by an experienced …