Treat Hormonal Imbalances in Men Naturally

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Jun 19, 2014

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Quick Bites

  • Hormones are your body’s chemical messengers.
  • Men at any age can suffer from adrenal insufficiency.
  • Avoid consuming man-made fats found in vegetable oils.
  • Cut down the coffee or replace it with herbal teas.

Men and hormone imbalance- sounds strange? It is because the world mostly associates hormones with women and forgets about the underlying hormonal factors that can bring ill health to men also.

Hormonal imbalances in men are often dismissed as just a natural part of ageing. Hormonal imbalances in men are covert but even subtle changes in men’s endocrine system can cause conditions such as hot flashes, psychogenic changes, bone mineral loss, decreased libido and/or sexual function, weight gain, depression, and other symptoms that are identical to female menopause.

“Hormones are your body’s chemical messengers. They travel in your bloodstream to tissues or organs. They work slowly, over time, and affect many different processes, including growth and development, metabolism, sexual function, reproduction, and your mood.

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If you have symptoms like fatigue, skin issues, weight gain and weight around the middle, trouble sleeping, always sleeping, infertility, sexual or other issues, chances are you have hormone imbalance. Try these lifestyle modifications and natural remedies to fix it.

Avoid Foods Rich in Omega-6 Fats

Don’t eat fats like Vegetable oil, peanut oil, canola oil, soybean oil, margarine, shortening, or other chemically altered fats. Choose fats like coconut oil, real butter, olive oil and animal fats from healthy sources instead and eat lots of high Omega-3 fish.

Limit Your Caffeine Intake

Of course, you love coffee, but too much caffeine can take a toll on your endocrine system. Cut down the coffee if you can, or replace with beneficial herbal teas. If you can’t or won’t cut the coffee, use it as a way to sneak in your beneficial fats by adding 1 tablespoon coconut oil to each cup and blending it change its state.

Beware of Consuming Toxins

Toxins found in pesticides, plastics, household chemicals, and even mattresses can contain hormone disrupting chemicals that mimic hormones in the body and keep the body from producing real hormones. Avoid them as much as you can.

Sleep Enough

Do whatever it takes to get a sound sleep for eight hours. If you aren’t getting enough sleep, your hormone will not be balanced. End of the talk.

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Take Supplements Sagely

Rising and sleeping with the sun, getting enough Vitamin D from it, and magnesium from the ocean while relaxing and exercising each day is the perfect world that we should be living in. But, the idea sound imaginary in these stressed and fast times. Ask your health care professional for the required supplements for your body and the correct amount of them to consume.

Exercise Light

Intense extended exercise can make hormonal imbalance worse in the short term. Focus on relaxing exercises like walking or swimming and avoid the extended running, and cardio.

Consume Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil is amazing for hormone health. It provides the necessary building blocks for hormone production, can assist weight loss, reduce inflammation, and even has antimicrobial and antibacterial properties.

When men suspect a hormonal imbalance, they are recommended to take blood tests and/or salivary hormone tests which often reveal what may be happening. Without laboratory testing, it is difficult to know exactly which hormones are out of balance and by how much levels.

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