By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness
October 28, 2019
Ever heard about the boiling frog experiment?
Here’s how it goes…
Put a frog in a beaker of very hot water and he’ll jump out right away. Put him in cold water – with a candle slowly warming the glass – and he’ll sit there happily until he’s boiled alive.
Cruel, I know.
But men these days are a bit like the frog in warming water…
We’re being slowly exposed to toxins in our environment which have a huge effect on our virility.
Let me explain…
As men age, two hormonal changes of great consequence happen… testosterone levels decline and estrogen levels go up.
Now, we hear plenty about testosterone. After all, it’s the “manly” hormone. Every man on earth wants more of it.
But we don’t hear nearly enough about estrogens. And these days, estrogens are a real problem when it comes to maintaining your virility.
Excess estrogens are often the main cause of excess belly fat, loss of muscle strength and the development of breast tissue – often referred to as “man-boobs.”
Too many estrogens are also horrible for men’s health…
Men with high levels of estrogens are more likely to have plaque build-up in their arteries. They have a much greater risk of heart attack… and more than double the chance of a stroke.
To top things off, elevated estrogen levels are potentially linked to the development of prostate cancer.
So, where is all of the estrogen coming from? And what can you do to get rid of it?
Why ALL Men Should Be Concerned About Estrogens
Every day, you’re exposed to “xenoestrogens” – feminizing chemicals that mimic estrogen.
These fake estrogens attach to certain cell receptor sites in your body – kicking testosterone out of its rightful spot.
Over time xenoestrogens build up in your system, turning even the most virile man into a memory of his old self.
Now, these fake estrogens are everywhere today…
More than 80,000 new chemicals have been manufactured and released into our environment in the last few generations. And they find their way into plastic baggies… water bottles… your shampoos…
Even store receipts are coated in these estrogen mimicking chemicals. (Bisphenol A if you’re interested).
Plus, you’ll also find feminizing chemicals in meat and dairy products – from animals who were fed growth hormones.
In other words, they’re all over the place.
So, it’s no surprise that our sperm counts have dropped by 50% in the last generation.
You’ll be glad to know there are ways to clear these estrogen mimics from your body – so you can naturally restore your testosterone levels.
Get Rid of Testosterone-Zapping Estrogen
One easy solution to rid yourself of testosterone-zapping estrogen is to eat more cruciferous vegetables.
These veggies are loaded with a compound called DIM (diindolylmethane) along with its precursor, I3C (indole-3-carbinol). These phytonutrients help bind and flush out excess estrogen from your body.
You’ll find DIM and I3C in all sorts of veggies including:
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|Brussels sprouts||mustard greens||watercress|
There are plenty of choices with one caveat…
When choosing your vegetables, make sure to buy organic.
Otherwise, you’ll get even more estrogen mimics from the pesticides, herbicides and other chemicals used on them.
You can also try estrogen-zapping DIM in its supplement form. About 100 mg daily should do the trick.
I also like a supplement called chrysin. It works to prevent the conversion of testosterone to estrogen. As a result of this blocking action, testosterone levels are raised.
Plus, when you combine it with an extract of black pepper fruit extract – called bioperine – chrysin may help reduce estrogen levels even further.
This comes with the added benefit of increasing free testosterone levels in as little as one month. I recommend 150 mg of chrysin with 5 mg of bioperene daily.
Finally, zinc is a great supplement to help you maintain your testosterone levels. It helps reduce levels of aromatase, an enzyme which transforms testosterone into estrogen.
This leaves more circulating testosterone in your body while lowering levels of estrogen. For best results, I suggest 30 mg of zinc daily balanced with 2 micrograms of copper. With a few simple changes in your diet you can rebalance your hormones and feel better at the same time.
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