If you are a man in your middle years or older, chances are high that you are struggling with a number of “minor” health issues that seem unreasonably hard to beat. Some examples are:
– Softening, shrinking muscles—you’re just not as strong as you used to be and no amount of weight lifting seems to make a difference.
– Declining sex drive—you still like to think about sex, but actually having sex seems to be more and more difficult.
– Low energy and fatigue—you wake up tired and you never feel completely at your best
– A growing prostate—you’re having more trouble urinating and you have to take bathroom breaks all the time.
It would not be uncommon to feel like you have a bunch of different middle-aged problems but in reality it could be just one troublesome problem!
This unfortunate physical change is caused by foreign chemicals that behave like estrogen in your body. And this hormonal imbalance can lower your testosterone-to-estrogen ratio and throw your body out of whack.
What is a Xenoestrogen?
Xenoestrogen are chemicals that are everywhere in our environment. They weren’t always, but now they are ubiquitous. Chemicals in common fertilizers act like estrogen in your body. These nasty little molecules are in your favorite laundry detergent. They’re in your sunscreen. They’re in the hormones that farmers feed to their cattle and so they make their way into the meat that you eat. They are even in your favorite pain reliever.
It’s no wonder you’re showing signs of an estrogen imbalance—there are estrogen-like chemicals everywhere.
Fortunately, there is something that you can do to help curb this feminine invasion of your endocrine system. And it can all start with the type of foods you eat. Your diet is an easy way to remove estrogen-like chemicals from your body and help boost your body’s natural testosterone production.
My Three Easy Rules For Choosing Foods that Feed Your Masculinity
Today, I would like to give you three simple guidelines to choose the right kinds of foods for a good hormonal balance.
Rule Number 1: Eat lots of good, high quality protein. Your body needs protein in order to make testosterone, so you should make protein the foundation of each meal. Unfortunately, a lot of the run-of-the-mill meat available at your grocery store is packed with estrogen-like hormones.
To make sure you’re getting the very best sources of protein without the xenoestrogens, choose the most natural meats you can find. Look for grass-fed beef, bison, and free-range chicken. Check the labels for “No Antibiotics” and “Raised Without Hormones” and choose meats with those labels. A good online source for natural meats is US Wellness Meats.
Rule Number 2: Eat a serving of cruciferous vegetables at least four times a week. Vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, and asparagus contain a compound that helps to sweep excess estrogens out of the body. These foods are very valuable if you need to balance your hormones.
Rule Number 3: Eat foods rich in the minerals zinc and magnesium. Your body needs these two minerals to make testosterone. Most protein sources contain these minerals, but some of your best bets are oysters, beef, nuts, and dairy.
By following these three guidelines, you’ll start to bring your hormones back into balance and you’ll be better able to beat those pesky middle-aged health problems.
Mark Rosenberg, MD
Natural Health News