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 …

Thyroid Disease After Pregnancy: Fatigue in the Fourth Trimester

Dr. Jolene Brighten Postpartum, Pregnancy Comments

Thyroid disease after pregnancy may be the most overlooked and under diagnosed condition affecting new mothers. Taking a conservative estimate, we can expect 300,000-400,000 mothers to develop postpartum thyroid disease this year. That is 10% of all new moms. But some estimate it may be as high as 17%— and those are only the women who are being tested. Many other mothers …

8 Ways to Prevent Holiday Fatigue & Lower Stress

Dr. Jolene Brighten Adrenal Comments

Do you feel like the holidays might get the best of you and your energy? If preventing holiday fatigue is on your mind, I want to let you know you’re not alone.  Many of my patients share that the holidays are the most stressful time of year for them!  Travel, family, late nights, eating out… It’s easy to see why …

The Autoimmune Hormone Connection

Dr. Jolene Brighten Autoimmune, Hormones Comments

  Autoimmune disease is undeniably on the rise and who does it affect most? Us ladies! This might not come as a shock, but what might surprise you is just how much your autoimmune disease can completely wreck your hormones. In this post we are going to explore the autoimmune hormone connection and what this means for you. What is …

The Ovarian Adrenal Thyroid Axis Connection

Dr. Jolene Brighten Hormones Comments

The Ovarian-Adrenal-Thyroid Axis or OAT for short is the most important axis to assess when striving for balanced hormones. The OAT is the way in which these three hormone producing glands (your ovaries, adrenals and thyroid) communicate and truly–rule your world. The 3-Legged Stool I like to think of the OAT as a 3-legged stool, which each gland representing a leg. When …

Seed Cycling to Balance Pre & Post Menopausal Hormones

Dr. Jolene Brighten Hormones Comments

Seed Cycling is a powerful tool that I teach to many of my patients to gently and effectively balance their hormones. And the best part is that it works no matter what stage you are at in life— pre-menopause, postpartum, post-menopause or even at the very beginning of your reproductive years.  I’ve witnessed women overcome infertility, resolve their long standing acne and …

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 …

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.

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 …