10 Top Foods for Thyroid Health

Dr. Jolene Brighten Food, Thyroid Leave a Comment

Whether you are Hypothyroid or Hyperthyroid, this list of 10 top foods for thyroid health has got you covered! In my clinic, we like to focus on what you CAN eat, rather than all the foods you should be avoiding. And while there are certainly plenty of foods you should be avoiding if you have hypothyroidism, I want to encourage …

16 Natural Remedies for Hormonal Headaches

Dr. Jolene Brighten Hormones, Postpartum Leave a Comment

Ladies, there are natural remedies for hormonal headaches and today I want to share them with you some of the most effective strategies to be free of pain meds and headaches! Acetaminophen—a well known hepatotoxin… wait, Hepata, what?   Hepatotoxin is the term for substances that are toxic for the liver cells and acetaminophen is among the worst when it …

Healing Hashimoto’s Hypothyroidism in Portland

Dr. Jolene Brighten Autoimmune, Thyroid Leave a Comment

Maddie’s doctor looked at her labs and told her, “I don’t think your thyroid is your problem. Instead, I’d like to refer you to a psychiatrist because I think your problems are largely due to stress.” It’s true, Maddie was stressed. And if you looked at her chart without hearing her story, you might also think that Maddie’s symptoms were …

Thyroid Disease After Pregnancy: Fatigue in the Fourth Trimester

Dr. Jolene Brighten Postpartum, Pregnancy Leave a Comment

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 …

The Thyroid Gut Connection + 4 Steps to Heal Your Gut

Dr. Jolene Brighten Autoimmune, Thyroid Leave a Comment

Chances are if you’ve made a trip to your endocrinologist for your hypothyroidism you’ve heard that your condition is genetic, there’s a prescription for it, and that’s about all you can do. I’d even venture to guess that there was no mention of your gut health at all…let alone the thyroid gut connection. And why would your endocrinologist talk to …

The Ovarian Adrenal Thyroid Axis Connection

Dr. Jolene Brighten Hormones Leave a Comment

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 …

What You Need to Know About Heartburn & Hypothyroidism

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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 …

The Anxiety Sugar Connection + 7 Natural Ways to Curb Your Anxiety

Dr. Jolene Brighten Hormones Leave a Comment

Have you ever felt tired and unable to concentrate and reached for the nearest sugary treat for that familiar, quick rush of energy? It’s true, stimulants like sugar, caffeine, and chocolate do provide a shock of energy, but this is often short lived and followed by a huge dip in blood sugar, resulting brain fog and even less energy than …

Celiac Disease— More Than Just a Tummy Ache

Dr. Jolene Brighten Autoimmune, Digestion, Food Leave a Comment

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 …