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 …

How to Improve Egg Quality Naturally

Dr. Laura Wollman Fertility Comments

When couples are wishing to conceive there are many areas that I like to address to ensure they are doing everything possible to have a healthy pregnancy and baby. Some of the things I might discuss relate to decreasing environmental chemical exposure, reducing inflammation, or tackling chronic health problems before pregnancy.   One of my main areas of focus is …

Is Pain Keeping You From Getting Pregnant?

Dr. Jolene Brighten Fertility Comments

Are you one of the millions of women who is struggling with chronic pain? Well, it may just surprise you to hear that your pain may be keeping you from getting pregnant.  Headaches, gut pain, menstrual cramps, joint pain, backaches and old injuries have many women reaching of a bottles of Ibuprofen, Naproxen, Midol, and NSAIDs to get symptom relief. And …

The Super Antioxidant Smoothie that Boosts Male Fertility

Dr. Laura Wollman Fertility Comments

An antioxidant rich diet can go a long way when it comes to male fertility. Today’s guest post by my associate, Dr. Laura Wollman, includes a delicious super antioxidant filled smoothie for future dads! Enjoy! Dr. Jolene Brighten Free Radicals & Fertility Free radicals, which are produced by the body and encountered in our environment, cause destruction to the cells …

Easy Detox Tool for Happy Hormones

Dr. Jolene Brighten Hormones Comments

Your body is a wondrous thing – constantly working to remove toxins and excess hormones, while converting the food you eat into nutrients that fuel every cell in your body There are natural detoxification pathways that help to process and clear exogenous chemicals, excess hormones, and cellular waste from the body. This is how the body avoids the buildup of …

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 …

5 Blood Sugar Balancing Strategies for PCOS (The Secret to Happy Hormones)

Dr. Jolene Brighten Hormones Comments

One of the major characteristics of PCOS and other conditions that cause hormone imbalance is blood sugar dysregulation. This results in surges of high blood sugar followed by deep dips in energy and mood. Blood sugar dysregulation can result in symptoms like irritability, shakiness, and fatigue, or even lightheadedness and nausea. The Blood Sugar Dance Metformin is often recommended for …

Seed Cycling to Balance Pre & Post Menopausal Hormones

Dr. Jolene Brighten Hormones Comments

Seed Cycling is a powerful tool that I teach to many of my patients to gently and effectively balance their hormones. And the best part is that it works no matter what stage you are at in life— pre-menopause, postpartum, post-menopause or even at the very beginning of your reproductive years.  I’ve witnessed women overcome infertility, resolve their long standing acne and …

10 Signs You Have Hypothyroidism

Dr. Jolene Brighten Autoimmune, Hormones, Postpartum, Thyroid Comments

Hypothyroidism is a highly common, yet under-diagnosed condition. In fact, it is estimated that approximately 59 million Americans are hypothyroid. 10 Signs You Have Hypothyroidism: Fatigue. Do you wake feeling rested? Do you find yourself with ample energy to get through your day? If you answered no and struggle with fatigue, you should have your thyroid evaluated by an experienced …