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 …

7 Daily Habits for Glowing, Youthful Skin

Dr. Jolene Brighten Fertility, Hormones, Thyroid Comments

You know all about avoiding sun exposure, wearing sunscreen and keeping toxins off your face, but there are other practices that can help you achieve that daily glow. Make these 7 daily habits part of your skin care routine for vibrant and youthful skin. Eat Gelatin Eat 2 Tablespoons every day to improve collagen production and elasticity of your skin. I …

How to Tell If You Are Gluten Intolerant

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

  More and more patients are coming to me wanting to know if they have a gluten intolerance or sensitivity. Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity (NCGS) is a condition in which you experience symptoms when eating gluten, but do not have an autoimmune response like that of celiac disease or an allergy to wheat (1). Although the symptoms people experience are very real …

Are Food Sensitivities Making You Ill?

Dr. Jolene Brighten Autoimmune, Digestion, Food, Thyroid Comments

Food sensitivities may be driving many of your symptoms. Migraines, difficulty losing weight, acne, hormonal imbalances, fatigue and many other symptoms can be signs of food sensitivities. Because food sensitivities can be difficult to identify (a reaction may not be evident for up to 3 days after consuming food), many people have no idea that they are reacting to the …

7 Causes of Fatigue & How to Increase Your Energy

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

Fatigue is the number one complaint that brings patients into my office. Below I share how I approach low energy and give tips to help you increase your energy. I often find that by working on diet, gut health, hormones and detoxification my patients feel revitalized and experience increased daily energy. Nutrient Deficiencies. Both B12 deficiency  and iron deficiency anemias …