Balance Your Hormones with Dr. Jolene Brighten
Dr. Jolene Brighten is a Functional Medicine Naturopathic Doctor and the founder of Rubus Health, a women's medicine clinic that specializes in women's hormones. She is a leading expert in Post-Birth Control Syndrome and the long-term side effects associated with hormonal contraceptives. Dr. Brighten is also the bestselling author of Beyond the Pill and a medical advisor for one of the first data-driven apps to offer women personalized birth control recommendations.
01: Dr. Jolene's Story
For years, Dr. Jolene lived through such horrible, painful periods that she was convinced being a woman was inherently awful. But in medical school she finally uncovered the information that would change the course of her life and her career, leading her to help women have the knowledge about their own bodies they deserve. This content is provided on the understanding that it does not constitute medical or other professional advice or services. If you are struggling with addiction and need immediate attention, please seek professional help.
02: Hormones 101: Blissful Hormone Balance
Your hormones work like a symphony. When every instrument is in tune, they play harmoniously. However, if one instrument is out of tune, or one hormone is out of balance, the entire piece is thrown off. Together, we'll decode your symptoms and work with your body to create hormonal balance. This means clear skin, easier periods, less hot flashes, better sex, and more restful sleep. Yes, it can be that good when your hormones are in check.
03: Hormones 101: What Are Hormones?
Understanding hormonal imbalance begins with understanding what hormones are. Hormones are chemical messengers produced by the different glands in your body. They send information to the organ systems to relay messages and exert specific actions on our tissues. Today's lesson is a walk through the key glands in your body, including the pituitary gland which is often referred to as the master gland. You'll leave with a better understanding of how your hormones operate, how they work together, and the importance of hormonal balance.
04: Hormones 101: The Phases of Your Menstrual Cycle
There are three phases to your menstrual cycle: follicular, ovulatory, and luteal. In the following video, we'll get into the mechanics about how your menstrual cycle works. Once you understand this, you'll come to understand what your hormones might be telling you about your body and where your hormonal imbalances lie.
05: Adrenal Glands: The Foundation of Hormone Balancing
This sentence sums it up: The adrenal glands are the foundation of hormone balancing. If your adrenals aren't functioning at full capacity, you'll feel it. In today's lesson, we take a deep dive into the hormones that our adrenal glands produce. We'll start to get an idea of why taking care of and keeping these glands happy is so important.
06: Adrenal Glands: Their Impact on Your Lifestyle
You cannot out supplement a poor diet and lifestyle. Yep, read that again. The focus of the following video is to understand how our lifestyle choices and current behaviors impact our adrenals. Simple changes such as being mindful of what you put on your plate, how you handle the stress in your life, and the amount of restful sleep you get can greatly support adrenal health.
07: The Thyroid: How it Disrupts Your Other Hormones
How common are thyroid conditions? Women are 5 to 8 times more likely than a man to develop thyroid disease. If your thyroid isn't functioning optimally, every single cell in your body will feel it, including your ovaries. A thyroid function that is too high or too low can lead to symptoms that include low heart rate, fatigue, weight loss, and menstrual irregularities.
08: The Thyroid: Supporting Your Thyroid Gland
Your thyroid requires a few key nutrients to produce hormones, including selenium and zinc. The following lesson contains a great deal of valuable information about how you can support your thyroid gland. When your thyroid isn't functioning properly, you'll feel it, so let’s look at how to keep it healthy and happy.
09: Progesterone: The Calming Female Sex Hormone
When it comes to having a calm, chilled-out mindset or the sweet feelings of love, you can thank progesterone. On the flip side, suboptimal levels of this hormone can cause you to have headaches, breast tenderness, inability to fall asleep, and painful or heavy periods. Together, we'll learn what you can do to get your body producing the right amount of progesterone. Because this hormone is everything when it comes to feeling at peace.
10: Progesterone: The Impact of Stress
When you're under stress, your body prioritizes survival over fertility. This means it begins to make more of the stress hormone cortisol at the expense of progesterone. If you don't have enough progesterone, you need to lower your stress. As long as you're in high stress, your body will struggle to make adequate amounts of progesterone. If you can find productive ways to manage your stress through exercise, meditation, and movement, your progesterone levels may resolve themselves.
11: Estrogen: Giving us Curves & Protecting Our Brains
You can thank estrogen for keeping your lips full and plump and your body curvy. Today, we take a deep dive into the importance of estrogen, how it impacts our body, and the effects of having too much or too little can have on your health. You'll also learn ways to support your body's estrogen production, such as seed cycling, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, and even by having more orgasms.
12: Hack Your Hormones: Blood Sugar Regulation
Regulating your blood sugar is one of the most important things you can do to hack your hormones. Having a balanced blood sugar is not only foundational to hormones, but it’s also critical to our neurotransmitters, the chemicals in your brain that produce the feelings of happiness, sadness, or make us feel energized. If your blood sugar is all over the place, you might not be making the right amounts of serotonin and GABA to keep you feeling happy, chilled out, and calm.
13: Hack Your Hormones: Stabilizing Your Metabolic Health
Blood sugar issues can come from a lot of different sources. So, how do you know what you should be checking for? In the following lesson, you'll learn the different kinds of tests that are available to have your blood sugar levels tested, such as testing the hemoglobin A1C. You'll also learn actionable tips that you can start doing right now to balance your blood sugar.
14: Testosterone: The Hidden Benefits
Most of us know that testosterone is essential for a strong libido, but did you know that testosterone is also necessary for our mood? Testosterone helps motivate us and ward off depression. You can think of it as the "wake up, kick ass, repeat" hormone. Today, we're covering all things testosterone from muscle mass, moods, and longevity to libido and orgasms. You'll learn why testosterone is vital for our brain health, cardiovascular health, mood, and, of course, our libido.
15: Birth Control Basics: Understanding The Pill
Oral birth control is associated with an increased risk of stroke, heart attack, insulin resistance, high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, and the development of autoimmunity. Many women experience low energy while on the pill, resulting in their living with chronic fatigue as well as adrenal and thyroid dysfunction. In the following lesson, we take a deep dive into birth control, the impact it has on our bodies, symptoms women experience even after they've stopped, and alternatives to the pill. You'll leave today's lesson with all the information you need to make the best decision for your body and contraceptive needs.
16: Hormone Replacement Therapy for Peri & Post-Menopausal Women
Perimenopause usually begins in our mid to late 30s, when hormone levels begin to drop. Menopause is established once a woman has had a full 12 months without a period, marking the end of your reproductive years. Afterwards, you're considered post-menopausal. During the years of perimenopause, and into post-menopause, women can experience symptoms like hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, and even depression with brain fog. Today, we'll learn natural approaches for managing menopausal symptoms as well as the benefits of BHRT therapy and how they're different from traditional hormone replacement therapy.
17: Detoxification: Hormonal & Environmental Toxin Elimination
Did you know that 80,000 toxic chemicals have been released into the environment since the Industrial Revolution? What's worse is that very few have been tested for their long-term impact on human health. Today's session is all about detoxification, the natural process that our liver, kidneys, lungs, lymphatic system, gut, and skin perform daily to get rid of metabolic byproducts that our body produces and toxins that are absorbed from the environment. You'll learn how to avoid toxins and how to address those that you already are carrying due to the nature of the environment, as well as how to optimize your body's ability to detoxify.
18: Detoxification: The Effects of Genetics
Your fate is not determined by your genes. Genetics are only one piece of the puzzle. Some genes can increase your risk for certain diseases, but if you're constantly making healthy decisions like the way you eat, exercise, and your relationships, you can change your genetic expression to be a lot more favorable to creating longevity and vitality in your life.
19: Detoxification: A Daily Practice
Detoxification is something that our bodies are naturally good at if we provide it with the resources and nutrients it needs. Simple changes such as incorporating vegetables like broccoli sprouts to your diet, opting for grass-fed and finished organic meats, avoiding drinking and eating out of plastic containers, and drinking enough water can ensure that your body has the resources it needs to detoxify.
20: Freedom: Living a Hormone Balancing Lifestyle
We can’t control everything in life, but there are some things that we do have a say in. These are things to focus on. Together, we'll learn practical changes you can make right now to start balancing your hormones and living a hormone balancing life. Remember, your hormones are the messengers. They send information all over your body to ensure that you get the right information at the right place and at the right time to continue living an optimally healthy life. Pretty important, right?