Alright its time to discuss how to reduce estrogen levels in men. Estrogen dominance in men can cause low testosterone ,low sex drive, low sperm quality and count. It can also result in breast enlargement (gynecomastia), small testicles in male infants and infertility. High estrogen increases the risk for prostate cancer. It also increases the risk for coronary atherosclerosis, peripherals artery disease and stroke.
Sounds nasty right? The good news is these 3 steps I am going to share with you can be started tomorrow.
First of all what are some signs and symptoms of having too much estrogen in the male body?
- Fertility Problems
- Erectile Dysfunction
- Breast Growth
- Low testosterone levels
- Loss of muscle mass
- Feeling tired
Okay I hope I haven’t scared you off with these nasty symptoms. There is 3 very easy ways to decrease your estrogen levels. Remember estrogen Is closely tied with testosterone levels. Just by aiming to increase your testosterone levels you can decrease estrogen levels at the same time.
3 easiest ways to reduce estrogen levels
Decrease body fat
Fat cells secrete extra estrogen: when you gain weight, estrogen levels rise and other health problems ensue.Reducing waist circumference confers huge health benefits, one being a lowering of estradiol levels. This is because In aging men, a large percentage of estradiol is synthesized in abdominal adipose (fat) tissues. One of the most effective ways for men to reduce estrogen is to restore their free testosterone levels and lose fat.
losing belly fat will release the excess estrogen, resulting in a more hormone-balanced body. Although visceral belly fat is located deep within the abdomen, it is still very receptive to common weight-loss methods.
One popular way for rapid weight loss which helps with burning fat away from deep within the abdomen is intermitting fasting. Intermitting fasting (IF) is a diet approach that cycles between a period of fasting and non-fasting. Usually with a window of eating for 8 hours and fasting for 16 hours. I found this video which has been the best description of IF that I have seen to date. Check it out.
Some take always that I have learnt over the years are:
- An Intermittent fasting study In non-obese men, showed that fasting increased LH (luteinizing hormone a testosterone precursor hormone) up to 67% and overall testosterone 180%.
- Intermittent fasting allows your body a daily opportunity to burn excess body fat without losing muscle mass.
- IF is the easiest way to prevent insulin spikes.
- With just a 24 hour fast, you can elevate your growth hormone levels by up to 2000%. (study).
- Fasting induces autophagy, which is the process where your cells remove toxins and estrogenic chemicals from them.
- There is no such thing as starvation mode
If you are a bit skeptical of the IF approach to weight loss that is fine but you cant ignore the facts that IF has been proven to be effective for rapid weight loss and Is used by thousands of men and even many celebrities such as Hugh Jackman and Terry crews. For an easy guide on how to start fasting I highly recommend reading “eat stop eat“.
Fix your diet
Eat your vegetables!
Cruciferous vegetables such as cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage and Brussels sprouts , contain diindolylmethane (DIM) . DIM eliminates stored hormones, such as estrogen, from the body. DIM differentiates between good and bad estrogen metabolites and carries the bad out of the body through waste.
Also try these Natural estrogen blockers
- Chrysin: This flavonoid is found in passionflower, honey, and bee propolis. Proponents argue that it blocks estrogen and increases testosterone, and others claim that there’s no evidence.
- Maca: Maca is a cruciferous plant that originates in Peru. Proponents say it has a host of benefits, including enhancing fertility and blocking estrogen in men.
- Grape seed extract: This extract has been shown to act as an aromatase inhibitor, or estrogen blocker, in postmenopausal women at high risk for breast cancer. Men may experience similar benefits when taking it as a supplement.
Avoid Environmental estrogens
There are a group of synthetic substances found in the environment that, when absorbed into a person’s system, function in a similar wary to estrogen. Environmental estrogens have recently been identified as a possible cause of endometriosis and breast cancer, two diseases increasingly found among young women. They are also believed to contribute to a reduction in men’s sperm count.
Here are some ways to avoid exposure to environmental estrogens:
- Avoid pesticides, herbicides or synthetic fertilizers by buying Organic produce, dairy, and livestock.
- Avoid cooking with non stick cookware.
- Avoid using plastic food containers, which may contain bisphenol A. Thats including plastic water bottles.
- Avoid cosmetics or personal care products containing phthalates. Use only organic products whenever possible.
- Recycle old electronics, including cell phones, hard drives, TVs and computer monitors, and batteries.
- Avoid consuming fresh fish or fish in capsule or liquid form that does not make a claim that they have been tested for PCB’s and other toxic chemicals.
These environmental estrogens are everywhere! I am currently overseas and the one thing I notice in most villages we have to consume bottled water. The problem is that 95% of these water brands are contained in harmful plastic that contain BPA. Glassed water is hell expensive and filtered water its not an option at the moment. If you do have access to filtered water BPA free you can carry it around with you in a BPA/toxin free water bottle like this one.
Even though it may be impossible for you to eliminate all these Environmental estrogens just eliminating 50% of them can have a massive positive impact on your health. I would start buy eliminating plastic containers, plastic bottles and only using organic cosmetic products.
Having high estrogen levels is not something men want to be associated with especially due to the nasty symptoms that come along with having high estrogen levels. The main one being a decrease in testosterone levels. The good news is you do have some control over your estrogen levels and can lower them naturally. Following the 3 steps mentioned in this post is a good start. If you don’t notice any positive changes I would suggest you to go get your hormonal levels check at the doctors.