Info about estrogen,testosterone and DHEA

When your hormones are balanced, you’ll have a great start on having the most energy, vigor, and getting the most out of your life:

You should have your doctor test two things: 1) Your estrogen and testosterone levels, and 2) your DHEA level. These are the basis for any man’s health, and important for women, too.

1) Estrogen and Testosterone: You won’t hear many doctors talk to men about estrogen. But for both men and women, chemicals, pollutants and pesticides in the environment are dosing you with estrogen look-a-likes every day and wreaking havoc on your body.

But you can restore your energy, mood and get back your masculine “V” shape by making sure your estrogen levels are low and your testosterone levels are healthy.

Too much estrogen can cause fatigue and sexual problems, and can turn your muscle into fat … giving you the “doughy” look. Flushing out excess estrogen and restoring a healthy ratio of testosterone to estrogen will help give you back your muscle tone and restore your energy and confidence.

Males testosterone levels should be at or near 800 (don’t let a doctor tell you 241 is “normal”), and your total estrogen should be below 100. Your testosterone to estrogen ratio should be at least 4-to-1.

A “normal” testosterone range for a woman is from about 25 to 85. Normal estrogen levels for a woman are a bit harder to pin down. Estrogen levels change throughout life and depend on the individual woman’s age and any health concerns.

Women should have estrogen in the 200 range. A lot higher or lower than that could be a cause for concern, depending on age and health. But it’s very individualized and the range is very wide. So you should speak with your gynecologist and discuss what’s best for you.

If your estrogen is high, you can flush the excess by eating lots of cruciferous vegetables, which have a compound called indole-3-carbinol. This helps metabolize estrogen into harmless compounds. It also prevents the negative effects too much estrogen in a male body can cause, by blocking the fake estrogen from attaching to your cell’s receptors.

You can also take it as a supplement. They recommend 100 mg of indole-3-carbinol (I3C) a day.

2) DHEA: Most hormones decline with age but cortisol, the stress hormone, increases with age. Cortisol then plays havoc on your body. Under stress, your body stops building for long-term health and improved immunity and instead says “just get through the moment, damn tomorrow.”

This accelerates aging. It’s like burning your candles at both ends. Endurance exercise makes this worse. Short periods of progressively intense exertion boost DHEA,reverse stress and boost anti-aging hormone secretions.

DHEA is the natural counter to cortisol. It also serves a dual purpose to have healthy levels because DHEA is a precursor to your sex hormones like testosterone.

Youthful levels of DHEA for men range from 400 to 560. For women, levels should range from 350 to 430.

After your levels have been checked, you can determine optimal dosing. A common starting dose is 5 mg for women and 10 mg for men daily. DHEA is absorbed well and can be taken at any time but best mimics the natural daily fluctuation when taken first thing in the morning.

Estrogen Shielding Foods

Look at it like you are a fortress and their are space invaders trying to get inside. Your first defense should be powerful shields that will stop them. But you need to constantly maintain your shields other wise they will weaken here are the top ten foods for protection from estrogen:

 

Number 1) Cruciferous vegetables. Broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, bok choy and Brussels sprouts. If I was a woman I’d be doing cruciferous veggies on a daily basis. The one knock and the cruciferous veggies is their affect on the thyroid. Some folks who are dealing with thyroid health issues may find that raw. Cruciferous veggies may have a negative effect on the thyroid. If you slighhly6 stem your veggies, for most folks that should take care of the problem.

Number 2) Citrus lemons, limes, grapefruits, oranges. Chemical in these fruits called flavanoids have some tremendous anti estrogenic affects, especially when it comes to cancer protection. Especially for female cancer like breast and uterine cancer. Their tasty cheap and readily available and like the cruciferous veggies, there’s no reason not to be enjoying them on a daily basis.

Number 3) Onion and Garlic. Like the citrus fruits these versatile veggies are loaded with estrogen protecting flavanoids, especially something called Quercetin. They support liver health and can boost the immune system too. They work well in combination with other flavanoids so use onions and garlic with the cruciferous veggies and citrus fruits for a nice immune boosting anti estrogenic salad or soup.

Number 4) Raw nuts and seeds both of which are sources of something called sterols which have protective affects against estrogen and may help promote production of estrogens opposing hormones progesterone. Sterols can also support testosterone production in men and if you’re a guy and you’re starting to notice that you’re going to the bathroom more than once or twice in them idle of the nite, sterols may be a way to protect yourself from prostate enlargement. Make sure your using raw nuts and seeds not the kind that are roasted or otherwise processed as these kinds of techniques can reduce their nutritional value and even produce harmful compounds.

Number 5) Olives are also a good source of sterols that can have beneficial effects on estrogen and may help lower blood cholesterol too. Olives are a good source of Vitamin E which has anti estrogenic properties.

Number 6) Turmeric, which is the active ingredient in curry. Turmeric is one of the most medicinally herbs/ spices you could ever use and if you’re dealing with any estrogen issues or you want to protect yourself from cancer you’d be wise to use curry on everything.

Number 7) Fish and seafood which are sources of special compounds called DHA and EPA which have wonderful anti-inflammatory benefits that can offset the pro inflammatory affects of estrogen. These compounds can also balance out the pro-inflammatory and pro-estrogenic compounds in most grain and cooking oils. Get ion the Ultimate EFA which is a good source of the protective essential fatty acids.

Number 8) Green leafy veggies are a source of b-vitamin and chlorophyll both of which can help balance our estrogen. In addition some green leafys like spinach is a source of powerful detoxification substances that help the body process excessive amounts of xenoestrogen.

Number 9) Seaweeds and algaes as mentioned previously are powerfully ant estrogenic. These kinds of foods are very undervalues in Western cooking although in Japan they’ve been using seaweed as a source of nourishment for millennia. I like to get the dry seaweed and use it like croutons to add a crunch to salads. Sometimes I’ll soak my seaweed in water with a bunch of garlic and onion powder and sea salt and use it as a bed underneath grilled fish or squid.

Number 10) Fermented foods like kefir, sauerkraut and borsht all have estrogenic properties. The bacteria that give these types of foods their bite can help process estrogen and can provide digestive benefits too.

Estrogen and The Top 10 Hormone Disrupters

10 Top Offenders that Can Disrupt Your Hormones

Beside BPA and BPS, other top offenders you should be aware of, and watch out for, include:

Phthalates, a group of industrial chemicals used to make plastics like polyvinyl chloride (PVC) more flexible and resilient. They’re also one of the most pervasive of the endocrine disrupters, found in everything from processed food packaging and shower curtains to detergents, toys and beauty products like nail polish, hair spray, shampoo, deodorants, and fragrances. Exposure to phthalates can lead to incomplete testicular descent in fetuses, reduced sperm counts, testicular atrophy or structural abnormality and inflammation in newborns. Fluoride, which is added to the majority of public water supplies in the United States. Research has shown that animals treated with fluoride had lower levels of circulating melatonin, as reflected by reduced levels of melatonin metabolites in the animals’ urine. This reduced level of circulating melatonin was accompanied — as might be expected — by an earlier onset of puberty in the fluoride-treated female animals.
Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), a likely carcinogen found in grease- and water-resistant coatings and non-stick cookware. Methoxychlor and Vinclozin, an insecticide and a fungicide respectively, have been found to cause changes to male mice born for as many as four subsequent generations after the initial exposure.
Nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPEs). Known to be potent endocrine disrupters, these chemicals affect gene expression by turning on or off certain genes, and interfere with the way your glandular system works. Bovine growth hormones(rBGH) commonly added to commercial dairy have been implicated as a contributor to premature adolescence.
MSG, a food additive that’s been linked to reduced fertility. Non-fermented soy products, which are loaded with hormone-like substances.
DDE (a breakdown product of the pesticide DDT) PCBs

Tips to Reduce Exposure to Hormone-Disrupting Substances

  1. Eat whole, preferably organic, produce and free-range, organic meats to reduce your exposure to added hormones, pesticides and fertilizers. Also avoid milk and other dairy products that contain the genetically engineered recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH or rBST)
  2. Eat mostly raw, fresh foods. Processed, prepackaged foods (of all kinds) are a major source of soy and chemicals such as BPA and phthalates.
  3. Store your food and beverages in glass rather than plastic, and avoid using plastic wrap and canned foods (which are often lined with BPA-containing liners).
  4. Use glass baby bottles and BPA-free sippy cups for your little ones.
  5. Make sure your baby’s toys are BPA-free, such as pacifiers, teething rings and anything your child may be prone to suck on.
  6. Only use natural cleaning products in your home to avoid phthalates.
  7. Switch over to natural brands of toiletries such as shampoo, toothpaste, antiperspirants and cosmetics. The Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Database is a great resource for finding personal care products that are free of phthalates, parabens and other potentially dangerous chemicals.
  8. Avoid using artificial air fresheners, dryer sheets, fabric softeners or other synthetic fragrances.
  9. Replace your non-stick pots and pans with ceramic or glass cookware.
  10. When redoing your home, look for “green,” toxin-free alternatives in lieu of regular paint and vinyl floor coverings.
  11. Replace your vinyl shower curtain with one made of fabric.
  12. Avoid non-fermented soy, especially if you’re pregnant. Also, never use soy-based infant formula.

Get rid of excess estrogen

 Get rid of excess estrogen

 

To get rid of excess estrogen that makes you fatter & weaker so your body can naturally produce more testosterone…

  • You can eat more RAW cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower because cruciferous vegetables contain a chemical called diindolylmethane (or DIM) that helps your body get rid of excess estrogen and… You can supplement with DIM to flush out excess estrogen or eat these other sources of cruciferous vegetables like Brussels sprouts, bok choi, radishes, turnips, collard greens, and kale and…
  • You can also supplement with Red grape skin extract (resveratrol) to help your liver remove excess estrogen.
  • Avoid eating or drinking out of plastic containers. Find BPA free containers instead.
  • Eat organic meat, drink organic dairy.
  • Reduce your body fat. Excess body fat creates an estrogenic inside your body.

Beat Estrogen With Indole-3-Carbinol

Beat Estrogen With Indole-3-Carbinol

If your estrogen is high, you can flush the excess by eating lots of cruciferous vegetables, which have a compound called indole-3-carbinol. This helps metabolize estrogen into harmless compounds. It also prevents the negative effects too much estrogen in a male body can cause, by blocking the fake estrogen from attaching to your cell’s receptors.

Indole-3 carbinol  can be found at relatively high levels in cruciferous vegetables such as broccolicabbagecauliflowerbrussels sproutscollard greens and kale. For a more comprehensive list click here.

You can also take it as a supplement. 100 mg of indole-3-carbinol (I3C) a day.

Estrogen In Plants; Not So Bad After All?

The information hi-way is a busy place with a lot of turns and dead ends. Sometimes the more you know the less you come to understand. On the subject of estrogen and how to either block it or avoid it in the foods we eat it appears the more you travel the road, murkier things become.

In a post titled blah blah, I had discussed some interesting things that I had found and posted it. I later came across even more info and decided to go back to the post and add this info in. I put the new info in red while keeping the original in white so the reader can see for themselves.

Well, now I have found even more info and I’m afraid that this info is in contradiction to the older info I posted. This really is a can of worms that I have gotten myself into here. I found this new info to be pretty interesting so I will proceed with  providing it

Why does the phytoestrogen from plants that we eat get the esteemed privlieg of getting first dibbs on the estrogen receptor sites in our bodies while the estrogen that our own body naturally produces gets the boot?? This article doesn’t explain that and I don’t think they even ever thought of this detail. Shouldn’t our own bodies be more willing on allowing the natural estrogen to bind readily with the receptor site before it allows some plant based estrogens from binding?

Digging deeper I found this info:

How do phytoestrogens act in the body?

There are many different ways that phytoestrogens may work in the body. The chemical structure of phytoestrogens is similar to estrogen, and they may act as mimics (copies) of estrogen. On the other hand, phytoestrogens also have effects that are different from those of estrogen.

Working as estrogen mimics, phytoestrogens may either have the same effects as estrogen or block estrogen’s effects. Which effect the phytoestrogen produces can depend on the dose of the phytoestrogen. The phytoestrogen can act like estrogen at low doses but block estrogen at high doses. Estrogen activates a family of proteins called estrogen receptors. Recent studies have shown that phytoestrogens interact more with some members of the estrogen receptor family, but more information is needed about how these receptors work, especially in breast cancer. Finally, phytoestrogens acting as estrogen mimics may affect the production and/or the breakdown of estrogen by the body, as well as the levels of estrogen carried in the bloodstream.

Phytoestrogens – acting differently from estrogen – may affect communication pathways between cells, prevent the formation of blood vessels to tumors or alter processes involved in the processing of DNA for cell multiplication. Which of these effects occur is unknown. It is very possible that more than one of them may be working. Also, the effects in various parts of the body may be different.

http://envirocancer.cornell.edu/factsheet/diet/fs1.phyto.cfm

Foods That Contain Estrogenic Additives, Xenoestrogens

I do not have any mayo in the house but I am pretty sure the last time I read the ingredients label I did not see this: Propyl Gallate  & I am also sure that the last time I bought shrimp I did not see any labeling or signs that said it contained : 4-Hexyl Resorcinol.  I was busy doing research on foods that contain estrogen and I came across some info that certainly has me thinking twice about a lot of the food that I eat.

A discovery that two commonly used food additives are estrogenic has led scientists to suspect that many ingredients added to the food supply may be capable of altering hormones.

More than 3,000 preservatives, flavorings, colors and other ingredients are added to food in the United States, and none of them are required to undergo testing for estrogenic activity, according to the Food and Drug Administration. “We need to be mindful of these food additives because they could be adding to the total effect of other estrogen mimicking compounds we’re coming into contact with,” said Clair Hicks, a professor of food science at the University of Kentucky and spokesperson for the Institute of Food Technologists, a nonprofit scientific group. “The benefits of using these additives in food need to be weighed against the risks they present,” Hicks said.

In a study published in December, Italian researchers screened 1,500 food additives using computer-modeling software, a much faster and cheaper approach than testing lab rats. The researchers first used modeling to identify 13 molecules that could hypothetically bind with an estrogen receptor, a group of molecules activated by the hormone. Like a clenched fist that fits into the palm of a hand, potentially estrogenic molecules will “fit” inside the receptor, indicating they could interact and alter hormones. Then, the researchers exposed cells to the 13 food additives, which confirmed that two have estrogen-mimicking properties. Known as “xenoestrogens,” these substances have been linked to reproductive problems in animals and perhaps humans. The first food additive, propyl gallate, is a preservative used to prevent fats and oils from spoiling that can be found in a range of foods including baked goods, shortening, dried meats, candy, fresh pork sausage, mayonnaise and dried milk. The second additive, 4-hexyl resorcinol, is used to prevent shrimp, lobsters, and other shellfish from discoloring.

Nature has already staked it’s claim on producing vegetables that have estrogen. Most cruciferious veggies do contain what are plant estrogens. This is a natural occurence and nothing to be alarmed about. But if food additives have estrogen then I am a little worried. That’s because these are chemical, man made estrogens that our bodies may not be able to assimilate and may be overloading us with what can be a dangerous amount.

So far the best advice given is to stay away from any processed foods and to only shop around the perimeter of the super market. Stay away from the aisles. That’s where all the processed food with these mysterious additive are found and it looks like not all the additives are making it onto the label. unfortunately it appears that our seafood is being doused in these additives as well. So what about our chicken,beef,lamb,and turkey?

Something to think about.

Juicing Review & Juicing Foods High In Estrogen

After about a hundred Carrot,Apple and Ginger Juices and throwing away all that pulp I really had to stop and FINALLY THINK! Juicing is very expensive and it is a waste of calories. A Waste of money & food. That’s all it is.

Now if you blend or pulverize the entire veggie and drink the juice AND the pulp, that’s a different story.

I guess I was suckered in by all the hype like everyone else.

I did some research and if you are doubting what I am saying then you should to. Just look up what nutrients are in the pulp of said veggies or fruit. When you find out you will cringe at the thought of the sheer waste of vitality that was dumped in the garbage.

Even if you are trying to lose weight it is still stupid to juice. Removing the pulp just allows your body to suck up the sugars in the juice. With the pulp present it slows down the sugar absorption, making it low glycemic.

Where juicing comes in handy is when you want to heal yourself. When we eat, even healthy food, our liver is working hard to metabolize what you are consuming. Along with your liver  the rest of your body is hard at work in the digestion process. By juicing you are getting the closest thing to an IV as you can. You will skip the middleman and pump nutrients (and sugar) right into your blood stream and give your taxed digestive system a good rest.

I would say that juicing veggies , not fruit, is a better choice because fruit is full of sugar. But why throw away the pulp ?? That pulp is fiber and it is good to get fiber. The only thing we would be overlooking is that you can juice a very large quantity of something and get a mega dose of nutrients. You can juice an entire package of celery for instance and drink it down but who would ever eat an entire pack of celery? So that’s a good thing but that becomes very expensive and certainly won’t help out your hunger. In fact if you are on a diet and you rely on juicing then you will run the risk of making yourself hungry and wind up bingeing later on in the day.

Juicing and foods that are high in estrogen.

Lots of fruits and veggies are known for having the potential for increasing your estrogen. If this is a concern then you would be wise to know which fruits and veggies are responsible and avoid them and especially not juice them! For all the same reasons why juicing can deliver a mega dose of nutrients it can also do the same with plant based estrogen which some studies have shown can increase estrogen in men and women . I wrote a post about these foods and you can view it here.

A Better Idea

A better idea would be to process the entire fruit or vegetable pulp and all and consume it this way. You are still breaking open the cells of the plant and grinding up the fiber into a pulp but allowing the pulp to remain so that it can play its roll in slowing down the absorption of sugars too quickly. Basically it’s a happy medium. Problem solved.

Foods containing Estrogen and foods that block estrogen(Updated)

I originally posted this before I came across more information that I felt was too important to leave out. I added this info and put it in red so you can see what was added. I should have done more thorough research before the original posting , that’s my fault and I will try to not make this mistake again in the future.

I did a little research to find foods that either increase testosterone or block estrogen. From that I compiled two lists for this post. The first list is foods that contain natural Estrogens. Now if your a guy reading this don’t get all psycho over this list. You don’t have to stop eating these foods. If you have a healthy endocrine system your body will naturally regulate your hormone levels properly. So if say you consume loads of food that contains plant estrogens that happen to increase your levels, your endocrine system will catch the increase through its bio feedback loop and regulate down its own natural production. The human body is always seeking a level of homeostasis to avoid too much or too little of a hormone. Of course the foods we eat can affect our bodies over time and I feel that consumption of plant estrogens can eventually cause a slight increase in levels of estrogen. For this reason I wanted to at least be aware of what foods may do this and try to limit them. Sorry if I am slightly contradicting myself but there is a lot of conflicting info out there to begin with. But the point I am trying to make is that if you are worried about causing your estrogen levels to increase from eating certain foods just don’t eat them all the time. Limit the amount you eat and you will be fine.

The second list is your Estrogen blockers. I was interested in this list because I just want to experiment with my diet to see if I can add something in that would block Estrogen, not entirely because as I said some estrogen is needed and besides, it’s impossible to completely block estrogen. I did not go to a doctor and have my blood work done and I am not trying to tell people how to improve on any hormonal imbalances or anything like that.  I’m just basically fooling around here. If you have issues don’t use this blog as advice, go see your doctor.

I started this search after a woman told me that her doctor wanted her to add soy to her diet to increase her estrogen . I figured I may not benefit from her diet and wanted to find foods that can improve my hormonal function better.

Foods Containing Natural Estrogens called phytoestrogens known as isoflavins which are plant based compounds that have a similar function inside the body as estrogen. (University of Maryland Medical Center)
A number of different foods and herbs are sources of natural plant estrogens, and can be very helpful during menopause, The following is a list of some of the best food sources of estrogen. These foods are also high in vitamins, minerals, fiber, and essential fatty acids, and they are low in saturated fat. In other words, they are nutritious and should be part of your diet on a regular basis. Alfalfa
Animal flesh
Anise seed
Apples
Baker’s yeast
Barley
Beets
Carrots
Cherries
Chickpeas
Clover
Cowpeas (black- eyed peas)
Cucumbers
Dairy Foods
Dates
Eggs
Eggplant
Fennel
Flaxseeds
Garlic
Hops
Licorice
Oats
Olive oil
Olives
Papaya
Parsley
Peas
Peppers
Plums
Pomegranates
Potatoes
Pumpkin
Red beans
Red clover
Rhubarb
Rice
Sage
Sesame seeds
Soybean sprouts
Soybeans
Split peas
Sunflower seeds
Tomatoes
Wheat
Yams

Estrogen Inhibiting Foods

If you are suffering from breast cancer, PMS, fibroids, ovarian cysts, and other situations that estrogen might exacerbate, the following estrogen inhibiting foods might be of interest to you.
Berries
Broccoli
Buckwheat
Cabbage
Citrus Foods
Corn
Figs
Fruits (except apples, cherries, dates, pomegranates)
Grapes
Green beans
Melons
Millet
Onions
Pears
Pineapples
Squashes
Tapioca
White rice
White flour

Broccoli

cauliflower

cabbage

bok choy and Brussels sprouts.

Citrus lemons, limes, grapefruits, oranges.

Onion and Garlic.

Raw nuts and seed

Olives

Turmeric

Fish and seafood

Green leafy veggies

Seaweeds and algaes

Fermented foods like kefir, sauerkraut and borsht