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The Pill Thyroid Connection

Dr. Jolene Brighten Autoimmune, Hormones, Thyroid Leave a Comment

The Pill Thyroid Connection is real! And many women have written to me questioning if the birth control pill could be sabotaging their thyroid health. The common story I hear from these women and the women in my practice is that most of their problems started when they committed to that daily pill consumption. This has been a question on my mind …

Going Gluten Free? Read this first!

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If you’re considering going gluten free then you’ll definitely want to test for this! I know it may seem counter-intuitive, but there’s something you might consider doing if you feel like gluten is harming your health. Eat more of it. Ok, let me explain. Our first instinct when we learn about the inflammatory properties of gluten is to eliminate it …

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The Hashimoto’s and Autism Connection

Dr. Jolene Brighten Autoimmune, Fertility, Pregnancy, Thyroid Leave a Comment

Hashimoto’s is an autoimmune condition that primarily affects the thyroid gland and has been correlated with autism in the offspring of mothers with the condition. Without intervention, the result is immune destruction to the mother’s thyroid, often with a need for medication. There is somewhat of a “myth” in mainstream medicine that leads some doctors to the conclusion that once …

Celiac Disease— More Than Just a Tummy Ache

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Awhile back, I attended a school event with my son and through a series of events I came to realize there’s a whole lot people do not understand about celiac disease. I’ve written about my son’s food sensitivities before (there’s a long list here), but it just so happens that there is girl in his class that shares the big …

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The Importance of a Healthy Gut in Pregnancy

Dr. Jolene Brighten Digestion, Fertility, Food, Postpartum, Pregnancy Leave a Comment

Many of my patients ask me what they can do to prepare for pregnancy. Surely there’s more to prepping your body than a simple prenatal vitamin? One area that can almost always use improvement (not just in aspiring mothers, but in most of the U.S. population), is a healthy gut. Age, antibiotics, stress, and diet can do a number on our …

Guide to Carbohydrates While Treating SIBO {Free Download}

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Carbohydrates are not the devil. An oft-misunderstood macronutrient, carbs can be found in everything from broccoli to brioche, but different carbohydrates play very distinctive metabolic roles in the body. We’ll go more into the different classifications of carbs in a future post; for now, I want to focus on the role of carbohydrates while treating SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth). …

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SIBO Part II: Natural Treatment and Therapies

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As we talked about in the previous post, “SIBO Part I: What Is It & How Do I Know If I Have It?,” SIBO can be quite difficult to treat. Today, in SIBO Part II, I want to share my approach to treating this condition and what steps you can take right now to heal your gut. When treating SIBO, …

SIBO Part I: What is it & How Do I Know if I Have it?

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We know that bacteria are essential for a healthy gut biome, performing a number of functions that affect everything from metabolic function to immunity, to how we perceive the world. But there are instances when the same bacteria that help us with digestion and fighting off nasty infections can turn against us in a condition called SIBO.   Small Intestinal …

Sweet Potato Sliders- Grain Free

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These are a wonderful grain free alternative that even kids love. My toddler was a big fan! I hope you enjoy them as much as he did! Ingredients: 1 large sweet potato Handful spinach 1 lb ground buffalo or grass fed beef (vegetarian black bean patty can be substituted) Organic coconut oil Instructions: Preheat oven to 350 F. Slice sweet potatoes into rounds …