Sex Hormone Imbalance news from my mentor, Dr. Mark Hyman.
Get your sex hormones back in balance, and these problems usually disappear.
Male Hormonal Problems
If you are a man older than age 50, you might be getting flabby and feeling less interested in sex.
Do you see the hair on your legs and chest disappearing?
Are you getting “man boobs”?
If so, you might be low in testosterone, which makes you depressed, unmotivated, and mentally dull.
The solutions are simple:
- Lose belly fat
- Build muscle
- Consider using topical testosterone cream or gel
Female Hormonal Problems
If you have headaches, breast tenderness, fluid retention, mood swings, and irritability before your menstrual period, you might have too much estrogen and not enough progesterone.
We know that sugar, caffeine, alcohol, stress, and lack of exercise all contribute to worsened PMS and all hormonal imbalances including menopause and andropause.
It is also true that dairy consumption can worsen hormonal imbalances because of all the hormones in milk. Even organic milk can come from pregnant cows, jacking up hormones levels.
Here’s what to do:
- Eat a diet of whole foods that are low in sugar and refined carbs, caffeine, and alcohol.
- Load up on broccoli, collard greens, and kale, which help balance hormones.
- Supplement with vitamin B6, magnesium, evening primrose oil, and fish oil.
- Get regular exercise.
Balancing your hormones is a process–and sometimes it has little twists and turns. But by sticking with it, you can become vital, happy, alert, brilliant, and thriving.
But beware: there may be some serious side effects from balancing your hormones … Some people notice a significant spike in their sex drive and pleasure!
To your good health,
Mark Hyman, MD
Note: This post was previously published on this site on August 21, 2014, and has been completely revamped for readability, comprehensiveness, and accuracy.