What to Eat for Thyroid Health + One Day Thyroid Meal Plan

Erica Favela Food, Thyroid Comments

This guest post is from my newest Functional Nutritionist to join the team — Erica Favela! Erica is sharing the top foods she recommends for people in need of a little thyroid love and answering the question, “What to Eat for Thyroid Health?” You may not know this, but us ladies are at really high risk of developing a thyroid …

Why is Hypothyroidism More Common in Women?

Dr. Jolene Brighten Thyroid Comments

  Nearly 1 in 3 people have thyroid disease, the majority of which are women. Yet more than half of those with a thyroid condition don’t know they have it. Women are 5 to 8 times more likely to have thyroid disease. It can be diagnosed with a simple blood test, but doctors don’t necessarily think to order the testing …

Why Orgasms Are Good For Women + How to Improve Your Libido

Dr. Jolene Brighten Fertility, Hormones, Thyroid Comments

  Sure, orgasms are fun, but did you know they are good for your health too? If you’ve been following my work, then you know I’m a big fan of women having orgasms because of the amazing health benefits they provide. Yup, orgasms are more than just fun… Why Orgasms Are Good for Women Bumping Oxytocin Levels. Oxytocin — the …

How to Do a Holistic Detox to Balance Hormones

Dr. Jolene Brighten Hormones Comments

Balancing your hormones with diet alone might not be getting you the results you really need. That’s where a holistic detox comes in! Depending on your symptoms, your cycle and your history you may benefit from a 21 day hormone detox 2-4 times per year. How do you know if you’re in need of a hormone focused detox? If you …

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, …