Do Women Need Testosterone?

Dr. Jolene Brighten Hormones Comments

Testosterone seems to conjure images of bulky muscles, aggression and robust libidos. Many people even mistakenly think that testosterone is a hormone that women don’t have to think about. But this multifaceted hormone does so much more for your body than help you bulk up. Testosterone builds bones, supports your brain health, increases energy, helps with weight loss and keeps …

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 …

I’m Not a Mom: Here’s What I Did To Prepare For a Loved One’s Birth

Mallory Leone Postpartum, Pregnancy Comments

This article is by guest author, Mallory Leone, NC.  Mallory Leone, NC is a nutrition consultant with certifications in holistic nutrition and sports and exercise. She is also trained in motivational interviewing and coaching techniques that change depending on her client’s individual needs. Mallory has been studying under Dr. Jolene Brighten since 2014 in Dr. Brighten’s unique approach to medicine, …

7 Things Medical School Didn’t Teach Me About Postpartum (And Your Doctor Probably Didn’t Share)

Dr. Jolene Brighten Postpartum Comments

Any mom knows … motherhood is a crazy journey full of hard days, even harder laughter, and unexpected lessons learned along the way. I decided to write down some of what I experienced that medical school did not prep me for and the common concerns that many of my patients share with me (that is, once we close the office …

Why I Prescribe High Dose Iron to My Patients

Dr. Jolene Brighten Hormones Comments

For years, the gold standard for overall health was thought to be long-form cardio. From running to biking to Jazzercise, your best bet was to increase your heart rate for an hour or more. Or so we thought. Many people still enjoy these forms of exercise, perhaps for the meditative quality of a long run or the challenge of participating …

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

Dr. Jolene Brighten Hormones Comments

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 …

Optimal Health for New Moms on Thriving Force Radio

Dr. Jolene Brighten Postpartum, Pregnancy Comments

There is health and then there is optimal health. And what I want for each and every new mom is optimal health! And let’s be clear, I am NOT talking about the absence of disease— I am talking bursting with joy, thriving, feel’n like a million bucks and taking on the world kind of health. But sadly, this isn’t what …