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 …

Healing Hashimoto’s Hypothyroidism in Portland

Dr. Jolene Brighten Autoimmune, Thyroid Comments

Maddie’s doctor looked at her labs and told her, “I don’t think your thyroid is your problem. Instead, I’d like to refer you to a psychiatrist because I think your problems are largely due to stress.” It’s true, Maddie was stressed. And if you looked at her chart without hearing her story, you might also think that Maddie’s symptoms were …

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 …

Postpartum Fatigue | Thyroid Disease | DrBrighten.com

Postpartum Fatigue or Thyroid Disease?

Dr. Jolene Brighten Thyroid Comments

Is it really just postpartum fatigue or could it be thyroid disease? Look, we’ve got some serious issues in medicine…especially women’s medicine. As women, our symptoms often go dismissed or unheard…or worse…we are offered a band-aid pharmaceutical or invasive surgery for what is so simply a hormone imbalance.  This is no different for new moms and you’d be surprised just how often thyroid …

Why is Hypothyroidism More Common in Women?

Dr. Jolene Brighten Thyroid Comments

  Nearly 1 in 3 people have thyroid disease, the majority of which are women. Yet more than half of those with a thyroid condition don’t know they have it. Women are 5 to 8 times more likely to have thyroid disease. It can be diagnosed with a simple blood test, but doctors don’t necessarily think to order the testing …

The Thyroid Secret

Dr. Jolene Brighten Thyroid Comments

I’m so excited that I just can’t hold this in any longer — The Thyroid Secret is finally here!!! I’ve just got word that I can finally let you in on something that I’ve known about for several months, but was sworn to secrecy! My friend Dr. Izabella Wentz and her amazing team have put together something that’s going to …

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 …

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 …

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 …