Naturopathic Medicine in Oakland, California

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

It is with great pleasure that I announce the opening of my new California Natural Medicine practice. I will be practicing Naturopathic Medicine in Oakland’s Grand Lake area beginning in September. My office is located on Grand Avenue in the same space as Awaken Chiropractic, a wonderful group of holistically minded practitioners. The space is beautiful, comfortable and family friendly. A …

Reduce Your Stress Today for Better Hormones

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

It seems like every month there is a new study coming out telling us how bad stress is for our health. And there is no denying that it is. Stress can not only weaken your immune system, but it can literally shave years off your life. This is because when stress goes high so does cortisol, a pro-aging hormone. The …

Increase Your Libido and Enhance Your Orgasms Naturally

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

In this day in age sex is everywhere in the media. We are constantly bombarded with sexual images and profiles of what Hollywood thinks the perfect sexual experience is. All of this makes it easy to feel like you may be the only one without a libido. Low Libido is a Common Concern The reality is that many people experience …

Is Fat Slowing Your Brain Down?

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

New research is showing that the fat you eat may be affecting how well your brain is functioning. For a long time, the nutrition and medical community have been concerned with how fat is affecting our hearts, but now, research is showing those same fats that keep your heart healthy can keep your brain healthy too. In one study, women …

Winter Warming Herbs

Dr. Jolene Brighten Thyroid Comments

  Winter warming herbs can be just what you need to keep warm and well this winter! In addition to helping your body beat the chill, these herbs also have important immune stimulating properties. Could your cold intolerance be something more? Feeling the dread of cold weather? Or maybe you’re someone who always experiences cold hands and feet. Cold intolerance …

Tips to Stay Warm Outside During Winter Exercise

Dr. Jolene Brighten Thyroid Comments

When the cold weather begins many of us take our running and other fitness routines indoors. But if you are one of the fearless who doesn’t want cold weather interrupting their outdoor activities, here are some tips for you to stay warm while you exercise outside this winter. Start Slow. If you are new to exercise, this is especially important. Allow yourself …

What is Naturopathic Medicine?

Dr. Jolene Brighten Autoimmune, Thyroid Comments

Naturopathic medicine is based on the belief that the human body has an innate healing ability. Naturopathic doctors (NDs) teach their patients to use diet, exercise, lifestyle changes and cutting edge natural therapies to enhance their bodies’ ability to ward off and combat disease. NDs view the patient as a complex, interrelated system (a whole person), not as a clogged …

Gluten Sensitivity: More Common than Once Thought

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

Naturopaths have long suspected gluten to be a trigger, if not the cause of some of the symptoms their patients report. Many patients experiencing a range of symptoms from IBS to migraine headaches have experienced relief  from their issues by removing gluten from their diet.  A recent article entitled, “Clues to Gluten Sensitivity“, provides information that explains why a gluten free …

5 Heart Healthy Foods + What Foods to Avoid

Dr. Jolene Brighten Autoimmune, Food, Thyroid Comments

Heart disease is one of the leading causes of death in America. Heart disease is created through a combination of factors, one of which being diet. And while there is no one food that will cure heart disease, there are some healthy foods that you can add to your diet to help repair damaged cells and nourish your heart. Here are 5, easy to eat; heart healthy foods that can help improve your health.