(Health Secrets) Andropause is the name given to the change of life for men. This change is not as pronounced as the menopause experienced by women, but it’s just as real. Most men don’t like to think or talk about it because it makes them seem less manly. They are reluctant to do anything about it, and when they do, it’s to ask for a prescription for Viagra rather than attempting to address the underlying causes of their declining energy, weight gain, irritability and failing sexual performance. A recent study may jar them into action. Researchers have found that low testosterone levels in men are associated with high risk of early death from all causes.
From about the age of 30 on, men experience a decrease in levels of their primary sex hormone of approximately 1.5 percent per year.
Declining testosterone is responsible for the symptoms of andropause and is what initiates the mid-life crisis in men. Prescription drugs do nothing to address the real issues men face during andropause. Yet this is a critical time period in their lives, a time during which the seeds for early death are sown.
Large study documents the association between lower testosterone and higher mortality
In the past few years, I’ve learned a lot about balancing hormones naturally with a healthy diet of traditional food and food supplements. I’ve put together my Top 5 Tips For Balancing Hormones Naturally.
Before I share my tips with you, please note that I’m not an expert in this area, nor am I a doctor and this post should not be construed as medical advice. However, I have learned some things over the past few years that I want to share. I hope it will help some people out there.
This post is especially for women, since so many of us suffer from hormonal issues. These hormonal problems are more prevalent as we age, and particularly after pregnancy and childbirth. However, more and more women are experiencing hormonal problems in our youth — everything from missed periods, low sex drive, cysts in the breasts and ovaries, infertility, and breast cancer. There are many things we can do nutritionally to prevent and reverse these hormonal disorders.
My Experience with Balancing Hormones Naturally
This post was originally published in June of 2010, but the topic is still pertinent today! Soy is one of the most commonly mistaken modern “health foods”, and unfortunately, can be found in just about everything in the form of soy lecithin. This article covers why this plant is not at all what we should be putting in our bodies and explains why soy is not a health food!
Guest Post by Katie Fox
I know it goes against everything we hear these days about healthy eating, but I’m here today to tell you that I don’t eat soy products, and I don’t think you should eat soy products, either.
There. I came right out and said it. Might as well get the controversy right out in the open from the start, right? (wink)
Honestly, I’m not looking for a fight. In my real off-line life, I almost never talk about dietary choices with people unless they flat-out ask me my opinion. Diet is a really personal thing, and people often feel defensive if their choices are questioned. But the soy issue really concerns me, so I decided to take this opportunity while guest-posting here at Keeper of the Home to talk about the side of soy we don’t usually hear about. (more…)
Maca ( Lepidium meyenii ) is a plant that has exceptional nutritional and also medicinal properties. Due to all of the benefits provided it is classified in the category of super food.
Maca root is a source of strength and fertility. Contains vitamins B1, B2, B12 and C, alkaloids, macro and micro nutrients, carbohydrates, protein, fiber, fatty acids, fructose, starch, tannin, sodium, potassium, calcium, copper, zinc, iron, manganese, silicon and magnesium.
Calcium, phosphorus, vitamins B1 and B12, and fatty acids have a beneficial effect on the nervous system, stimulate the appetite and positive impact on digestion. Sterols, calcium and vitamin C from mace help build muscle mass and increase physical endurance. That is why one of maca supplements used by many top athletes.
Maca contains a four unique alkaloids – macaina 1, 2, 3, 4 – not found in any other plant. Alkaloids from maca help in exploiting all the nutrients from the mace that the body needs.
Maca Consuming (more…)
What is estrogen dominance? (It’s probably not what you think!)
by Dixie Mills, MD, FACS
I sometimes feel sorry for estrogen. It gets a bad rap for so many things. Women hear that too much estrogen causes breast disease (my specialty), and too little causes everything from hot flashes to hair loss in menopause. I also hear from many women with concerns about “estrogen dominance” — a state of high estrogen levels blamed for a wide range of distressing symptoms as well as fibroids, endometriosis, hypothyroidism and breast cancer, too.
While excessive estrogen can lead to problems, it’s a little more complicated than simply “too much estrogen.” To manage all your symptoms, it’s important to understand how your individual estrogen levels are related to your other hormones — particularly progesterone and testosterone. For example:
Some signs & symptoms of high estrogen-to-progesterone ratio
- Unwanted hair growth
- Breast tenderness
- Water retention
- Weight gain
- Cyclical migraines
- Mood swings
- Skin outbreaks
- Digestive imbalance
- Fuzzy thinking
- Irregular periods / anovulatory cycles
- Breakthrough bleeding, spotting
Some conditions associated with relatively high (or “unopposed”) estrogen levels (more…)
Cholesterol is absolutely not unhealthy, but essential. Decreased blood-cholesterol level causes depressions and sleeplessness, as a warning signal.
The only bad cholesterol is cholesterol that has been oxidized due to the influence of heat.
To prevent vascular diseases, consume as little prepared food in general, and as little prepared animal food in particular. See diet suggestions
To prevent depressions and insomnia, and enable maintenance of brain-cells and other organs, consume sufficient fresh raw animal food (like sashimi or fresh raw egg yolk, requiring an hour rest to digest by the way!). Lots of fruits and some fresh raw animal food combined contain all nutrients you need. (more…)
A recent study conducted by a German university found very high concentrations of Glyphosate, a carcinogenic chemical found in herbicides like Monsanto’s Roundup, in all urine samples tested. The amount of glyphosate found in the urine was staggering, with each sample containing concentrations at 5 to 20-fold the limit established for drinking water. This is just one more piece of evidence that herbicides are, at the very least, being sprayed out of control. (more…)
A recent study with far reaching implications has gone a long way in explaining why women get breast cancer and how they can prevent the disease and its recurrence. Scientists have found evidence that hormonal balance is key in determining whether or not a malignant growth will occur in a woman’s breast. Critical to the outcome is whether receptors in the body for estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone are fully functioning and optimally balanced. (more…)