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Men: Do You Know What Your Estrogen Levels Are?

By Stephen R. Farris

The subject of estrogen is rarely talked about in men's circles. After all, we've been mentally programmed to think that the only hormone men have is testosterone. This is not true. 

Actually, both estrogen and testosterone are produced in both males and females. These hormones play a big part in our makeup when it comes to libido, our mood, fertility, and overall health.

However, in men, too much estrogen can lead to obesity and depression as well as other health problems. But estrogen also plays a vital role in helping almost every part of our body to function as it should. Our brain, bones, muscles, heart, and immune system rely on estrogen.

If our levels of estrogen are too high, or on the low side, it might be time to take a look at our diet. Certain foods -- according to research -- could have an impact on raising or lowering estrogen levels. But before making a change in your diet you might want to consult with your doctor or chiropractor first.

Foods That May Lower Estrogen Levels

  • Soy products
  • Cruciferous vegetables
  • Mushrooms
  • Curcurim and turmeric

While the studies are not 100 percent conclusive, it could be a way to lower estrogen levels through nutritious eating. Once again, consult with your doctor or chiropractor. If you have access to a dietitian you might see what they have to suggest as well.

Foods You Probably Should Avoid

  • Dairy and Meat - Sometimes milk producers may add high levels of estrogen to their female stock to increase production. Consuming products from cattle could cause an increase in estrogen. You might consider seeking only grass-fed dairy and meat products instead.

  • Alcohol - Drinking alcohol could produce higher estrogen levels in the bloodstream and put you at higher risk of developing breast cancer. Yes, breast cancer can occur in men.

  • Grains - Certain grain products may contain a fungus called zearalenone, which has been linked to estrogen production. It is more commonly found in Europe

  • Legumes - While they have health benefits, they contain a phytoestrogen. If consumed in high doses, it could lead to higher estrogen levels. But don't cut them out completely. You can eat them in smaller quantities so you'll still get the health benefits.

If you are concerned about your estrogen and/or testosterone levels, you can always check with your doctor or a specialist to find out what your levels are.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in West Melbourne, Fla.

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