Men, do you know why you need to reduce estrogen? Less estrogen and cortisol is critical to men's health. Estrogen is known as a female hormone but it's also found in small amounts in men. Consider this though, your testosterone level is normally 10 times higher than your estrogen level. As you get older, this ratio can get out of balance.
Even more insidious is how estrogen is acquired from the environment. Shampoos, chemicals, water, processed foods, food packaging . . . all may contain estrogen-mimics known as xenoestrogens. The effect is the same - a rising estrogen to testosterone ratio in your body.
Do you know how to lower estrogen? Here's how to start reducing estrogenand regain your manliness:
Reduce estrogen by first having your estrogen measured - Have a test taken to measure total estrogen in your blood. This is needed to measure the critical ratio of estrogen to testosterone. A ratio of 8 parts testosterone to 1 part estrogen is needed for maximum "manliness". Athletes should have 10 to 1.
Your total estrogen should be less than 100. After determining your estrogen, here's how to eliminate the problem.
1. Consume less alcohol
2. Eat hormone-free meat
3. Cut the fat off your meat before cooking (this is where chemicals and hormones can collect)
4. Drink purified water
5. Wash fruits and vegetables prior to eating them.
6. Avoid insulin-spiking refined carbohydrates like pasta and bread from your diet. Avoid sugar.
7. Eat more cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and cauliflower which inhibit estrogen estrogen.
8. Diet to lower estrogen and supplements such as DIM (diindolylmethane) and I3C (indole-3-carbinol) - 2 natural estrogen blockers
DIM occurs naturally as a compound in cruciferous vegetables. Take 200 - 400mg of DIM and 200mg of I3C once per day. See Cycling Supplements for better efficacy.
One study actually showed DIM could slow prostate cancer cell growth. - See Trouble Free Prostate for more details.
Does DIM Lower Estrogen?
Check out this website for women with breast cancer and their findings on DIM. I know, this may sound like I lost my mind, but the message strings talking about DIM for women trying to control estrogen naturally provides some unbiased, realistic results from DIM.
Bodybuilders who artificially raise their testosterone levels have used DIM for years to offset the estrogen increasing effects that boosting testosterone causes.
Myomin: Natural Hormone Balancer
An alternative to DIM is Myomin. Myomin is an herbal blend created to normalize estrogen levels in women and men. It works by helping to metabolize unhealthy estrogens and promoting proper hormone balance.
Myomin competes with estradiol (the most active form of estrogen) at estrogen receptor sites, and can therefore be especially effective for estrogen dominance. It also inhibits the aromatase enzyme helping to stop the conversion of androgens into estrogen. See Energetic Nutrition to learn more.