Are Leaky Gut Syndrome & Hypothyroidism Connected? + 5 Ways to Heal

Dr. Jolene Brighten Digestion, Thyroid Comments

You may have heard that leaky gut syndrome is why you developed hypothyroidism in the first place. Leaky gut syndrome is  involved in the development of hypothyroidism or more specifically, autoimmune hypothyroidism  (Hashimoto’s) in the majority of cases. Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is the number one cause of hypothyroidism in the United States. And while not all causes of hypothyroidism are well …

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 …

The Thyroid Gut Connection + 4 Steps to Heal Your Gut

Dr. Jolene Brighten Autoimmune, Thyroid Comments

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 …

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 …

Welcome Dr. Laura Wollman

Dr. Jolene Brighten Fertility Comments

When we started Oakland Naturopathic (Dr. Brighten’s CA-based clinic), we never could have dreamed of the outpouring of support from the community. Patients and colleagues alike have helped us to grow this practice to the point where we can begin to expand services and … add practitioners! We are so excited to announce the addition of Dr. Laura Wollman, ND …

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 …

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 …

The Rising Incidence of Thyroid Cancer in California

Dr. Jolene Brighten Thyroid Comments

A recent study out of the University of California, Los Angeles has found a higher rate of advanced thyroid cancer in certain parts of California. The numbers are well above the national average in certain parts of the state, leading researchers to look into possible causes such as farming practices, pesticides, or radiation. There is a lot of research that …