Healthy Holiday Gift Guide

Dr. Jolene Brighten Hormones Comments

The holidays are a wonderful time to share the gift of health…. but finding that great gift can sometimes be a bit of a challenge. In hopes of reducing your stress this holiday season, I’ve made a list of my favorite healthy, useful and tasty gift ideas. This is a great way to share your healthy lifestyle with your friends …

Vitamin B12 Deficiency Impacts More Than Just Energy

Dr. Jolene Brighten Autoimmune, Fertility Comments

  Vitamin B12 is a vital nutrient for energy, brain health, hormone function and pregnancy. Which is why a vitamin B12 deficiency impacts more than just energy.  And deficiency is more common than you might think.  Deficiency is Common Depending on which study you look at, anywhere from 20-40% of the U.S. population has suboptimal levels of this nutrient. And …

Lab Tests—Could Your Doctor Be Missing Something?

Dr. Laura Wollman Autoimmune Comments

Hi everyone! Dr. Brighten here.  This guest post is by my associate, Dr. Laura Wollman, who is a Naturopathic Doctor and Certified Midwife. Both she and I share a similar view on lab results — they must be evaluated in the context of the patient’s symptoms.  After all, you are living in your body, which means you’re the only one …

What You Need to Know About Heartburn & Hypothyroidism

Dr. Jolene Brighten Thyroid Comments

Heartburn — that sensation of burning in your chest or throat that may accompany meals or haunt you throughout the day. Chances are you’ve experienced it at some point, which you means you know how uncomfortable it can be. However, you might be asking yourself right now, what could heartburn and Hypothyroidism or Hashimoto’s possibly have in common? Heartburn is a …

Going Gluten Free? Read this first!

Dr. Jolene Brighten Food Comments

It may seem counter-intuitive, but there’s something you might consider doing if you feel like gluten is harming your health. Eat more of it. Ok, let me explain. Our first instinct when we learn about the inflammatory properties of gluten is to eliminate it completely. Which makes total sense. Between celiac disease, wheat allergies, FODMAP sensitivities, and non-celiac gluten sensitivity, …

What is Leaky Gut?

Dr. Jolene Brighten Digestion Comments

If you read my last article, Why Adrenal Fatigue Isn’t Real, you’ll understand that it was my tongue-in-cheek way of saying that, it’s ok to use non-medical terms when communicating with your doctor, friends or otherwise. Like the term adrenal fatigue, you may have heard the expression leaky gut floating around the Internet, among your friends, or even from your …

Glutened? Recover with these 5 steps.

Dr. Jolene Brighten Digestion Comments

With the holidays upon us, celiac disease and gluten exposure has been on my mind and many of my patient’s minds too. When you are traveling or at the mercy of other people’s cooking, it can be hard to tell if you are getting “glutened.” Many people feel that eating gluten isn’t a big deal unless you have celiac disease. But there …

Celiac Disease— More Than Just a Tummy Ache

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

Awhile back, I attended a school event with my son and through a series of events I came to realize there’s a whole lot people do not understand about celiac disease. I’ve written about my son’s food sensitivities before (there’s a long list here), but it just so happens that there is girl in his class that shares the big …

SIBO Part I: What is it & How Do I Know if I Have it?

Dr. Jolene Brighten Autoimmune, Digestion, Food Comments

We know that bacteria are essential for a healthy gut biome, performing a number of functions that affect everything from metabolic function to immunity, to how we perceive the world. But there are instances when the same bacteria that help us with digestion and fighting off nasty infections can turn against us in a condition called SIBO.   Small Intestinal …