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Balancing Your Hormones With Neal Barnard, MD

By January 13, 2020January 23rd, 2024No Comments
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Episode #492



A predominant theme of this podcast is the profound impact of nutrition on long-term well-being.

Less discussed is the importance of hormonal health. Most would be surprised to learn that certain maladies — including infertility, menstrual cramps, weight gain, hair loss, breast and prostate cancer, hot flashes, and many others — have one thing in common: they are fueled or influenced by hormones hiding in everyday foods.

The good (and surprising) news is that proper nutrition can also help restore endocrine balance, often with benefits that rival popular medications.

To provide insight on how hormones wreak havoc on the body, and how specific diet and lifestyle changes can help alleviate years of stress, pain and illness, I’m joined today by my friend Neal Barnard, MD.

Making this third appearance on the podcast (check episodes #242 / #296), Dr. Barnard is a pre-eminent authority on diet, nutrition and its impact on illnesses such as atherosclerosis, diabetes, cancer and Alzheimer’s. In addition, he is the founder & president of The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), where he leads programs advocating for preventive medicine, good nutrition, and higher ethical standards in research.

Dr. Barnard is also an adjunct associate professor of medicine at George Washington University and has authored over 70 scientific publications as well as 18 books, including Power Foods for the Brain, 21-Day Weight Loss Kickstart, Dr. Barnard’s Program for Reversing Diabetes and The Cheese Trap.

Hitting bookstores February 4 and currently available for pre-order, Dr. Barnard’s latest offering — and the focus of today’s discussion — is entitled, Your Body in Balance: The New Science of Food, Hormones, and Health. A powerful step-by-step guide to better understand what you can do to feel better fast, it covers the important hows and whys of striking hormonal balance for optimal wellness.

“Rather than using people as recipients of prescriptions, let’s instead work with people as partners to help them to put the best fuel in their bodies.”


Today we dive deep to better understand the mechanisms of optimizing hormonal health.

We begin with a deconstruction of recent science on the implications of eating meat on human health.

We then turn to a wide-ranging discussion on the endocrine system. The impact of testosterone levels in men. And how diet and lifestyle impact fertility and menstruation in women.

We examine how left unchecked, hormone imbalances can lead to everything from autoimmune diseases, hyperthyroidism, adrenal fatigue, depression and anxiety. And we conclude with the many simple things you can do to prevent such imbalances and thrive.

You can watch it all go down on YouTube. And as always, the conversation streams wild and free on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

I love this man. This is a fascinating discourse. And I sincerely hope you enjoy our exchange.

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Thanks to Jason Camiolo for production, audio engineering and show notes; Margo Lubin and Blake Curtis for video, editing and graphics; portraits by Ali Rogers; and theme music by Hari Mathis, Tyler Piatt & Trapper Piatt.

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