The Gut Hormone Connection

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“My acne has no pattern, I’ve tracked it and I can’t find any connection to my hormones,” Rebecca shared during her first visit with me. Rebecca isn’t the first patient to be baffled by how their skin seemed to take a dive at random times. While Rebecca’s acne issues did have a hormonal component, the bigger issue at play had …

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

Dr. Jolene Brighten Digestion, Thyroid Leave a Comment

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 …

Thyroid Disease After Pregnancy: Fatigue in the Fourth Trimester

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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 …

What You Need to Know About Heartburn & Hypothyroidism

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Heartburn — that sensation of burning in your chest or throat that may accompany meals or haunt you throughout the day. Chances are you’ve experienced it at some point, which you means you know how uncomfortable it can be. However, you might be asking yourself right now, what could heartburn and Hypothyroidism or Hashimoto’s possibly have in common? Heartburn is a …

What is Leaky Gut?

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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 …

6 Ways to Safely Treat Gut Conditions While Pregnant

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Many mothers and healthcare practitioners will agree— treating any infection or other illness while pregnant needs to be done safely, with baby in mind. As a pregnant mother, you’re not just thinking about the effects of treatment and medications on your body, but also how it’s affecting the growing life inside you. Many of my patients – even some who are …

5 Tips For Enjoying the Holidays With Food Sensitivities

Mallory Leone Autoimmune, Digestion, Food Leave a Comment

Dr. Brighten here – When you’ve got food sensitivities it can feel like surviving the holidays is impossible. But not to fear! My staff nutritionist, Mallory, shared with use her top 5 tips for surviving the holidays with food sensitivities.  Wishing you Happy Holidays!!! Dr. Jolene Brighten The other night, I went to a small event at a beautiful shop …

The Surprising Cause of IBS

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I had the pleasure of attending the SIBO Symposium at the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon last week. The speakers were fantastic and a lot of great information was shared regarding SIBO and IBS, all of which I’ll be sharing with you through my blog and videos on YouTube. I will be sharing some of the pearls …

7 Causes of Fatigue & How to Increase Your Energy

Dr. Jolene Brighten Adrenal, Autoimmune, Postpartum, Thyroid Leave a Comment

Fatigue is the number one complaint that brings patients into my office. Below I share how I approach low energy and give tips to help you increase your energy. I often find that by working on diet, gut health, hormones and detoxification my patients feel revitalized and experience increased daily energy. Nutrient Deficiencies. Both B12 deficiency  and iron deficiency anemias …