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 …

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 …

The Autoimmune Hormone Connection

Dr. Jolene Brighten Autoimmune, Hormones Comments

  Autoimmune disease is undeniably on the rise and who does it affect most? Us ladies! This might not come as a shock, but what might surprise you is just how much your autoimmune disease can completely wreck your hormones. In this post we are going to explore the autoimmune hormone connection and what this means for you. What is …

Natural Hair Loss Solutions

Dr. Jolene Brighten Hormones, Thyroid Comments

Approaching hair loss with natural solutions is a foundational part of stopping the loss and regrowing your hair. Intervening through diet, sleep, stress reduction, and targeted nutritional therapy are among many ways women naturally restore the health of their hair. Hair loss in women is a much more common issue than commonly recognized. There are over 21 million women suffering from …

The Ovarian Adrenal Thyroid Axis Connection

Dr. Jolene Brighten Hormones Comments

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 …

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 …

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 …

Why I Require a Complete Thyroid Panel & Your Doctor Should Too

Dr. Jolene Brighten Autoimmune, Thyroid Comments

In my practice, I make it a point to order a complete thyroid panel on all of my patients, especially those with symptoms or who have just had a baby. The majority of my patients have never had a complete thyroid panel, as their doctor would only order a TSH. Thyroid Stimulating Hormone or TSH is a pretty standard blood …