An increasing number of men in their 50s and above suffer from prostate and urinary problems.
It is becoming more generally understood that the underlying conditions, which cause these prostate and urinary issues, are linked to estrogen dominance and hormonal imbalance.
What is estrogen dominance?
I have explained for many years that when levels of estrogen climb in an aging man at the same time that testosterone levels are lowered, then something called estrogen dominance causes testosterone in men to be converted into dihydrotestosterone (DHT).
DHT is a highly active form of testosterone that irritates the prostate. That irritation can initially cause enlargement and inflammation of the prostate.
When the high levels of DHT become chronic, it causes benign prostate hyperplasia (BHP). If the chronic condition persists, it can also, if neglected, turn into prostate cancer. This position was widely accepted for years, but it is now controversial in the current medical literature.
Estrogen and progesterone are two of the primary sex hormones involved in the many everyday biological functions that occur in our bodies.
Estrogen dominance occurs when the ratio of estrogen to progesterone levels sways too much one way or another.
The adrenal glands and testes in males produce natural progesterone.
The reduction in testosterone levels in an aging man and the increase in estrogen levels are natural occurrences of aging. However, the degree to which these things occur and how early they occur are consequences of diet and lifestyle.
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What happens when estrogen levels are high?
With a change of diet and lifestyle as I recommend, together with supplements, this process can be halted and to a certain extent reversed. The most important supplement where there is estrogen dominance is Estro-Clear, and I explain more about that further on.
Why does this matter? It matters if for nothing else because estrogen dominance reduces the quality of your life.
Men with low testosterone levels may feel a lack of stamina and suffer from reducing strength, alertness, and assertiveness. But there are also very severe diseases that flow from estrogen dominance.
We already know that it can cause BPH and raise the risk of prostate cancer. But, in addition to that, estrogen dominance will increase the risk of bone density loss, high cholesterol levels, and importantly, cardiovascular disease. These are not insignificant issues, especially as it is in your power to reduce those risks.
What are the symptoms of estrogen dominance?
When hormones become out of balance, you often experience a wide variety of symptoms that can affect mood and energy and may also lead to more serious conditions like the development of hormone-positive cancers, among others.
Probably the most common symptom that men may experience is Gynaecomastia, which is when a man starts to develop “breasts,” but in reality, it is the only body fat that is being stored in your pectorals, thus giving the illusion of having breasts. This can result in breast tenderness.
2) Hair loss
Although hair loss can be seen as a natural effect of getting older, this is not always the case. The higher levels of estrogen promote loss of hair.
Studies have reported the link between hormone imbalance and depression. A study published in 2008 showed that men who reported depression also experienced low levels of testosterone. A decline in enthusiasm for day-to-day tasks as well as difficulty concentrating and mood swings was also reported.
4) Prostate enlargement
Research suggests that high estrogen levels in men lead to benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Having BPH causes urinary problems such as difficulty urinating or frequent trips to the bathroom.
5) Increased risk of cardiovascular disease
Those affected by estrogen dominance are at a greater risk of cardiovascular disease. The studies show that men who have suffered from heart attacks also have higher levels of estrogen than men of the same age (who haven’t suffered from heart attacks).
6) Low libido
High estrogen levels can not only cause low libido but can also affect sperm count as well as sexual performance.
How do you decrease estrogen levels?
Here are some tips on how you can rebalance your hormone levels:
- If you already have BPH and a rising PSA level take my total health for the prostate supplement because it provides all the nutrients you need to inhibit the aromatase enzyme in fat cells from turning testosterone into estrogen.
- Avoid testosterone robbers like caffeine, alcohol, and cigarettes.
- Reduce weight using my ketogenic diet – fat cells lower available testosterone by converting it to estrogen.
- Take up strength training to boost muscle mass and testosterone levels.
- Counteract daily stress with modest regular exercise.
- Choose organic hormone-free foods and products to avoid “xenoestrogens” and other hormone-disrupting chemicals, like phthalates and synthetic estrogens (more on that further on).
- Hit the sack before midnight and ideally get more than eight hours sleep a night.
- Make time to de-stress and do the things you enjoy!
Estrogen dominance and stress
Everyone has heard that ‘stress kills,’ but what role do hormones play? The process is complex; but in brief, stress – especially stress that is chronic and goes on for more than three months – triggers changes in the strength and output of the adrenal glands.
Short-term stress signals the adrenal glands to produce more of the stress hormone adrenaline to sustain us in an accident or emergency.
The surge also signals fat cells to release energy quickly. But when we are under constant stress, the adrenal glands flood the body with extra cortisol to meet the extended demand. Adrenal fatigue comes from chronic stress.
Over time, the adrenal glands may become exhausted, disrupting cortisol production, and the immune systems it supports. Cortisol levels that are too high, or too low, are red flags that you are “stressed out,” and probably burning the candle at both ends.
If you feel wired and tired at the same time, can’t get to sleep at night and can’t get up in the morning, use coffee and sweets to keep going — but keep falling behind — your adrenals may be out of balance.
Of course, there is always “good stress”: weddings, birthdays and major milestones and challenges that make up the ‘spice of life.”.
However, when stress becomes “distress,” the body goes into overdrive: pumping out cortisol until the pump wears out.
Other hormone imbalances may crop up, allergies and insomnia may get worse, you get impatient and irritable, and every cough and flu bug seems to settle in you.
Estrogen dominance and weight gain
Another hormonal pitfall of high cortisol is weight gain, especially fat deposits around the abdominal area. Excess fat cells trigger increased estrogen production.
When your estrogen and progesterone are not correctly balanced due to age or other hormonal influences, you are predisposed (at a cellular level) to gain weight. For men, weight settles in the belly (the classic “spare tire”).
Weight-loss research proves that because of shifting hormone production, the average person will add one to two pounds around his or her midsection each year between the ages of thirty-five and fifty-five without ever changing their eating or exercise habits.
That means that even when you are doing your best to eat well and exercise frequently, you may still be fighting a losing battle if you have an underlying hormone imbalance! And when you don’t eat as healthfully or exercise as often as you should, it is only natural that age-related changes will cause additional weight gain.
To add insult to injury, fat cells produce estrogen, thereby worsening a pre-existing estrogen dominant condition! Estrogen dominance also causes an increase in thyroid-binding globulin, which can result in a condition of hypothyroidism.
Because a primary function of the thyroid is to run the body’s metabolism, hypothyroidism will cause your body’s metabolism to slow down-the result: more weight gain and a vicious cycle of ever-increasing estrogen dominance.
But you can interrupt and reverse this vicious cycle by a combination of change of diet, stress avoidance, improved lifestyle with regular exercise, and taking the appropriate supplements.
The Standard American Diet
The Standard American Diet (SAD), also known as the “Western pattern diet,” is notoriously deficient in nutrients.
The “sad” fact is that typical Americans are not getting all the nutrients they need from the foods they eat. Nutrient deficiency is the fastest path to early aging and disease.
Today, the average person eats three times the amount of cheese as someone in the 1970s, and as much as 22 teaspoons of sugar a day! We eat double the recommended amount of refined salt–mostly from processed foods.
The healthy alternative to the SAD diet is the ketogenic diet consisting of largely organic produce. I strongly recommend the ketogenic diet either for people who are suffering from a disease or those that wish to avoid disease.
The industrialization of our food supply means that even when we make healthy choices, we get less nutrition than our ancestors did. Many modern foods contain significantly fewer nutrients than they did a century ago.
Why? Studies have shown that fertilizers, pesticides, and other techniques applied in the pursuit of higher crop yields have led to diluted protein, vitamins, and minerals in many food crops.
That’s why I recommend that you eat organic produce whenever possible.
Research has linked nutrient deficiencies to a variety of health concerns and conditions-and your diet, as I have explained, directly affects your hormone balance!
Unless you have been eating a ketogenic diet for decades, you may still need to counteract the effects of processed foods and boost your hormone balance.
What is estrogen exposure?
There are certain things such as diet, regular exercise, and stress avoidance that are largely, if not entirely under our own control.
But, in an unregulated industrialized society, we are constantly under attack from environmental toxins and synthetic products that can have a significant influence upon a hormone imbalance.
There are some things you can do to avoid them, but you cannot avoid all of them because of air and water pollution as well as pollution in our food from additives.
Toxic chemicals even coat our fruit and vegetables and cannot even be washed away. Strong arguments for only buying organic produce.
In our society, unfortunately, the effects of toxic chemical exposure are very pervasive.
In addition to the pseudo-estrogens in some foods such as soy which I recommend being avoided, there are also environmental estrogens called “xenoestrogens,” or more generally, “xenohormones.”
These “xenoestrogens,” can be found in dry cleaning chemicals, plastics, meat and, dairy products from animals injected with antibiotics or hormones, drinking water, cosmetics, and personal care products, and of course, pesticides, herbicides, and industrial chemicals.
The trouble is, synthetic chemicals are in everything, from the materials in your mattress to the paint on the walls and the fibers in your carpet. A common concern is “off-gassing,” or low-level fumes, from materials such as furniture glues and paint on your walls.
All of these readily-available materials are tested, of course. They are permitted to be sold because the levels of toxic chemicals and heavy metals in each product are considered low enough to be safe — but what about the overall effect of the accumulation of all these “tiny” amounts of toxic chemical exposure?
Heavy metals such as mercury contain estrogen-mimicking properties. It’s even been suggested that these endocrine disruptors in our environment may be behind the earlier-onset puberty.
Many studies are now showing that cumulative effects are the real concern.
There are few, if any, studies on the combined effects of common household chemical exposure on our bodies over time, and every person is exposed to different combinations.
Awareness and avoidance can go a long way to reduce your exposure.
To support better hormone balance, you can better inform yourself about xenohormones and make some lifestyle changes.
- Start with avoiding plastics as much as possible, for example: use glass or stainlesssteel water bottles.
- Check labels on cleaning products and cosmetics to avoid parabens, phthalates (artificial fragrances), and sulfates. Reduce chemical use in your home and yard with organic plant-based sprays.
- Drink filtered, or natural mineral water Choose organic fruits and vegetables and meat when possible to reduce pesticide exposure. Little choices can add up!
How To Naturally Clear Excess Estrogen
My Estro-Clear supplement has been specifically designed to reduce estrogen levels. It is, without a doubt, the most powerful natural supplement of its kind. Below I describe the six nutrients in Estro-Clear and how they work.
Diindolylmethane (DIM) is a component of Indole-3-carbinol (I3C) found in members of the Brassica family. Most notably, broccoli, kale, and cauliflower.
It has potent effects on estrogen metabolism and can keep the body relatively balanced (by preventing either drastic increases or decreases in estrogen).
In small amounts, it can both inhibit the aromatase enzyme (and prevent the conversion of testosterone into estrogen), and it can act on more potent forms of estrogen and convert them into less potent forms; this conversion reduces the overall effects of estrogen in the body.
DIM also exerts numerous anti-carcinogenic (anti-cancer) effects in the body and is one of the reasons this vegetable family is seen as healthy.
Calcium-D-Glucarate (CDG) is a natural substance produced by all mammals, including humans. Small amounts are also found in fruits and vegetables.
Calcium D-Glucarate is known for:
- Lipid-Lowering – Preliminary results in humans show D-Glucarate reduced total serum cholesterol up to 12 percent, LDL-cholesterol up to 28 percent, and triglycerides up to 43 percent. 1.
- Estrogen Removal – Calcium-D-Glucarate allows the body to excrete used hormones, such as estrogen before they can become reabsorbed.
- Large doses of Calcium-D-Glucarate have been shown to lower serum estrogen levels in rats by 23 percent. Studies are showing a beneficial connection between Glucarate and estrogen receptors.
- Tumor Prevention – Animal studies have shown positive results regarding the use of Calcium D-Glucarate for detoxifying carcinogens in the colon, skin, lung, breast, and liver.
- New research has shown that CDG is just as effective as Tamoxifen in treating estrogen dominance but with none of the side-effects. CDG allows excess estrogen to be passed out of the body. Also, a review in 2003 said calcium-D-Glucarate could be as effective in preventing cancer as Tamoxifen.
- *In one study, calcium-D-Glucarate was able to reduce the number of estrogen receptors by 48 percent. It’s also been shown to lower serum estrogen levels by 23%.
Astragalus is a perennial flowering plant prevalent in northern China, Mongolia, and Korea. Its root has a long history of medicinal use to increase metabolism, stamina, strength, and vitality.
Astragalus continues to be widely used in traditional Chinese medicine, often combined with other herbs, to boost immune function, improve endurance, prevent upper respiratory infections and colds, lower blood pressure, control night sweats, and to treat heart disease and diabetes.
The medicinal value of Astragalus was first mentioned in Shen Nong Ben Cao Jing, the classical Chinese herbal treatise, written in 200 AD. It is one of the best immune system boosters. It can increase the number and the activity of T-cells and natural killer cells.
Astragalus also slows down the aging process and revitalizes the entire body by stimulating the production of stem cells in the bone marrow.
It works by improving communication between the hormones and hormone-regulating chemicals, making it easier for them to be balanced.
This plant also protects the liver, kidneys, and urinary system, and supports the immune system. It is rich in antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory properties. It also provides a gentle energy boost, while strengthening the body against disease.
Cyperus Zedoiara And Cyperus
Estro-clear contains 10 times the concentration of the two herbs Cyperus Zedoiara and Cyperus. These are two herbs that have received very little attention in the West. But in Asia, they have been known for centuries to balance Chi (the human energy force).
Research in Asia has shown both of these herbs to be natural aromatase reducers that can reduce estradiol levels. An aromatase reducer or inhibitor will prevent the male body from converting testosterone into estrogen.
Its effect on aromatase expression was clearly indicated in an in vivo study. After 28 days of the administration, both of these herbs reduce aromatase expression in rat endometrium and ovarian tissue by 100% and 85.6%, respectively. (Chi TT. Townsend Letter. Dec 2009; 317:70-74.).
Its reduction of estradiol levels, therefore, was not a surprise. In an animal study, 90 mice were given these two herbs for 30, 60, and180 days. Their average estradiol level after each period was 50.6, 36.6, and 32.4 pg/ml, respectively. Their estradiol level progressively reduced and then stabilized.
Similarly, a human study involving 60 postmenopausal women with cysts and fibroids reduced their estradiol level by 47.88% after only ten days.
A small quantity of Organic black pepper (peppercorn) has been added to the Estro-Clear formula. This is as black pepper is a catalyst that enhances the power of several of the herbs in the Estro-clear formulation.
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