Estrogen and Testosterone are two sex hormones that are present in different amounts in both men and women. While there are some benefits to having small amounts of Estrogen in the body (for men) too much of it (combined with low levels of Testosterone) can cause some negative side effects. In this article we will discuss the top five ways to keep your Estrogen and Testosterone levels in check.
To understand this step, you need to know what aromatase is. It is an enzyme who’s function is to turn excess Testosterone into Estrogen. If you have very high levels of Testosterone, turning some of it into Estrogen is actually a good thing (your body is always trying to create balance). The problem occurs when your Testosterone levels are low and Estrogen is high – which can happen for a number of reasons.
When this happens it can make a bad situation worse, so what you need in an aromatase-inhibitor, something that lessons the influence of aromatase. Luckily a lot of foods contain aromatase-inhibitors. Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, kale, brussel sprouts. Also celery sticks, red wine, and oysters. Increase the amount of these foods in your diets and your hormonal balance should be restored.
One of the most effective (and enjoyable) ways to increase testosterone levels is to improve the quality of your sleep. Hormones such as testosterone and growth hormone are maximally released while you are in REM sleep – something that only occurs when your sleep quality is high. Following a sleep schedule will help you to drop off to sleep quicker and wake up fresher, meaning that your quality of sleep will improve and therefore testosterone.
Moderate alcohol consumption should have no long term effect on testosterone production, but high alcohol intake can massively lower testosterone. It can also boost aromatase (that pesky enzyme we mentioned earlier) which converts testosterone into estrogen. If you are concerned with how low your testosterone levels are, or how high estrogen is, then giving up alcohol for a few weeks might be a great idea.
One way to improve your testosterone/estrogen balance is to lose weight and build some muscle. Clearly exercising in a gym is the most effective way to do this, but even walking more, or just doing some extra housework can burn additional calories and lead to weight loss. If you ARE in the gym, then using free weights rather than resistance machines or cardio is the most effective way to boost testosterone.
Natural testosterone boosters contain a number of ingredients that can increase testosterone in men with low levels. Ingredients such as Tribulus Terrestris, Fenugreek, Eurycoma Longifolia Jack, Ashwagandha root, and DIM can increase testosterone and reduce estrogen production. If you already have high testosterone then these products won’t make too much difference. But considering most men are deficient, there is definitely a case for buying them. If you’re low in testosterone then there’s a chance you’re high in Estrogen. Supplementing with a natural estrogen blocker might be something to consider as well.