Does the Birth Control Pill Cause Adrenal Fatigue?

Dr. Jolene Brighten Adrenal, Hormones Comments

“Does the birth control pill cause adrenal fatigue?,” Charlotte, a 31 year old patient at my clinic asked. As a women’s health expert that specializes in helping women with the side effects and long-term consequences associated with the birth control pill, this is a question I hear often. Charlotte, like many other women, had become concerned about what role the …

The Gut Hormone Connection

Dr. Jolene Brighten Hormones Comments

“My acne has no pattern, I’ve tracked it and I can’t find any connection to my hormones,” Rebecca shared during her first visit with me. Rebecca isn’t the first patient to be baffled by how their skin seemed to take a dive at random times. While Rebecca’s acne issues did have a hormonal component, the bigger issue at play had …

What is Estrogen Dominance + What to Do About It

Dr. Jolene Brighten Hormones Comments

Estrogen dominance is one of the most common hormone imbalances we see at Rubus Health. It is a common condition because both stress and environment have a big impact on your hormone levels. Estrogen dominance can develop from excess body fat, environmental estrogens, poor digestion, stress, adrenal issues, and even autoimmune conditions. Often, it isn’t frank estrogen dominance, but rather a …

10 Top Foods for Thyroid Health

Dr. Jolene Brighten Food, Thyroid Comments

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 …

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 …

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 …

Balance Your Hormones in 4 Easy Steps

Dr. Jolene Brighten Hormones Comments

Hormones…they can completely rock our world at times. Leaving us feeling like we are at the mercy of their seemingly sporadic bursts, it may seem impossible to ever regain balance of your hormones. But I want to tell you that today, you can begin creating amazing hormone health in 4 easy steps. If you missed my last post on the …

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, …

6 Ways to Support Your Adrenals After Baby

Dr. Jolene Brighten Postpartum Comments

If there is one universal piece of advice that I give to all moms it is—Support Your Adrenals Postpartum! You may have been warned about the massive fluctuations in hormones after childbirth. The fallout from the rapid drop in estrogen and progesterone in the weeks following birth results in different symptoms for different women, but the biggies are changes in …