Managing Hormones through Lifestyle [Interview][Transcript]

dr_mark_sherwood_hormone_balanceGuest: Dr. Mark Sherwood
Presenter: Neal Howard
Guest Bio: Mark Sherwood, Naturopathic Doctor, Author of Amazon best seller, The Quest for Wellness. Co-CEO of The Functional Medical Institute, a wellness-based medical practice in Tulsa, OK, with his wife Dr. Michele, Co-host of the Living It TV, a weekly television program with bridges the gap between Biblical principles and Eastern and Western medicine. He and his wife speak all over the world to corporations, organizations, wellness professionals, and churches with an emphasis on living in health and receipt of healing.

Segment overview: Dr. Mark Sherwood talks about managing hormones through lifestyle.

Health Professional Radio – Managing Hormones

Neal Howard: Hello and welcome to Health Professional Radio, I’m your host Neal Howard. Thank you for joining us on the program today. I’d like to welcome Dr. Mark Sherwood to the program CEO of the Functional Medical Institute and also the author of the Amazon bestseller, The Quest for Wellness an Amazon bestseller. He’s in studio today to talk with us about managing hormones through our lifestyle. Welcome to the program Mark.

Dr. Mark Sherwood: Neal thank you for having me, I appreciate it.

N: Thank you a lot for returning. When we were here before we talked about some of the best practices for maintaining healthy weight loss once the weight is gone, we also talked in another segments about a certain diet known as the ketogenic diet. You’re here with us today to talk about hormone management, not so much through supplementation even though that is a possibility but more through lifestyle.

S: Thanks right. Many times as we age we don’t like to hear this but the hormones get a little bit cranky, fickle and more or less all messed up and hormones we should know are simply messengers and a messenger that is not delivering a message that is complete, clear or even timely is certainly problematic. Some of the most common hormones we’re here to talk about today certainly are the sex hormones like the testosterone, estrogen even the progesterone. But there’s also some that are super critical to understanding and those would be the following three: cortisol, insulin and something called leptin. When you look at all these hormones together in a big matrix, we can begin to understand that there is more than this putting a hormone onboard because any level is low or even cutting some because it’s high everything works together synergistically. And I forget to mention the thyroid hormones there simply critical to metabolism, the heart, the way we maintain body fat or not, hair loss or not, the way we manage our temperature whether we’re cold all the time or hot all the time, all these things matter.

N: Do these things obviously they matter throughout our life but are there periods in our life when some of these hormones matter a great deal less or more than others as we age and can substitute some of these hormones because our bodies aren’t naturally producing that amount anymore? Is that something that we can do and can we do it through diet?

S: Nutrition is probably the best way and it’s probably the number one the thing that we do in our clinics here at the Functional Medical Institute as a precursor to even putting any sort of hormone therapy onboard because it’s almost like a fertile ground you have to till up the ground, put some fertilizer in it, get ready to grow and get these hormones ready get onboard so when we do something such as you stated to get a person in this fertile ground area we’ll along a kind of a ketogenic anti-inflammatory food protocol and we see many, many times. And I saw this just recently that a gentleman came in here his testosterone level, the normal range is between depending on what lab 200 and 1200 or 200 and 1100, I saw his testosterone go from 250 to 480 in a 3 month period just by getting his nutrition in line and this wasn’t an older gentleman he was in his early 40s and he was tired and fatigued all the time. And we know that when men come in the andropausal age, yes men have that symptoms as well they’re gonna be tired…down and many times testosterone will begin to be declining in their life and when you put replacement therapy onboard the body overtime will eventually shut its own production down depending instead on the exogenous hormone coming in and when we’re talking about women the same is true they come in their progesterone goes down, their testosterone goes down, their estrogen begins to come up and they get a lot of weight gain, a lot of fatigue even hair loss, moodiness, etc. and all these things can be aligned better and modified or optimized better by fixing nutritional regimen and they’re taking in and we see many times in that example testosterone will come up a little bit, estrogen will normalize and many times my wonderful wife Dr. Michelle will prescribe some progesterone to help them rest and sleep better so that they won’t have excess fatigue build up which affects another hormone that we mentioned earlier, cortisol.

N: Are any of these tips and methods available online for our listeners?

S: They are on our website at there are numerous articles, blogs, videos that talk about the interrelationship of all of these hormone pathways and interestingly enough Neal this is a fascinating relationship that everybody will really grasp today if I might is this when a person is eating poorly we know that that’s goanna cause excess yellow fat gain, now nobody like that everybody wants to get that off. We talked about dieting and weight loss or body composition tips in the past, but when yellow fat is onboard like this very inflammatory and it’s also very stressful so we see in the stress of a matter cortisol comes up so as cortisol comes up abnormally high for an abnormal portion of the day, we know that cortisol is … or our body being in a fight or flight but when we’re at the fight or flight mode we see adrenaline come up as well but the body will produce its own blood sugar, its own blood sugar which forces the pancreas to secrete insulin to deal with blood sugar. Well here’s the problem, when insulin is chronically elevated because of chronic cortisol elevation we’re in a chronic fat storage mode. You cannot lose body fat because you’re chronically storing it, the body is trying to hang on to what it’s got. The more fat we have, fat begins to secrete that hormone leptin and leptin is supposed to go to our brain and tell us that ‘You know what, we have enough fuel. We don’t need anymore’ in another words we have enough fat in our body to be used as fuel. But when the body is inundated with too much leptin, the brain becomes leptin resistant and it doesn’t give out a signal anymore and instead of hearing ‘I’ve got enough fuel’ it doesn’t hear anything and then interprets or makes the brain interpret that ‘I have no fuel.’ And so the brain will talk to the thyroid to the pituitary and say ‘Thyroid you need to lower yourself down because we need to hang on to some fuel.’

N: Okay, so it all comes together. Yeah.

S: Yeah, it does. And the interrelationship there is fascinating and if people can get a hold of the nutritional piece, they can begin to regulate their hormones much longer in life and allow them to optimize much longer in life before the need for hormone replacement or hormone supplementation…

N: Now you’re the author of Amazon’s bestseller, The Quest for Wellness. With all of the information available for folks at the Functional Medical Institute there in Tulsa and with just an abundance of information, blogs and everything else on the website why did you write the book, The Quest for Wellness?

S: We saw a need for I mean people are dying one plate at a time or one person at a time across this country and we wanted to give people these principles that are easy to follow for everybody. There is a plan in there no matter where a person is on this journey of wellness to get better, to optimize hormones, nutrition, life, etc. The plan is broken down to four steps – physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual – so that a person can grow every day in all those areas simultaneously. You can’t separate those, if you do one is gonna be left out or neglected. So the idea being to give people a practical, doable, sustainable plan to improve in all areas of life for the rest of their lives.

N: Now how easy are these principles to pass on to our kids once get an understanding of ketogenics and other hormone management strategies that you offer there at the Functional Medical Institute?

S: Very simple, when parents will get onboard and we have parents and families that come in here when they live this thing out and it becomes a culture in their home they’ve not only changed their kids because the kids are gonna do what the parents did and that’s a powerful truth. They’re gonna do what they saw and I encourage all parents to grasp this thing and begin to feed their kids high quality of protein, vegetables, good fats and watch them grow up and be sick less, watch them have better grades, watch them perform better and watch them not have to struggle with excess fat tissue because they don’t have this massive exposure to these processed, inflammatory foods.

N: Great. It’s been a pleasure having you in the studio today with us Mark.

S: Neal, thank you again for having me. I certainly appreciate it as always.

N: You’ve been listening to Health Professional Radio, I’m your host Neal Howard in studio with Dr. Mark Sherwood discussing hormone management thru lifestyle. Transcripts and audio of this program are available at and also at and you can subscribe to this podcast on iTunes.

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