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Males Also Suffer From Hormonal Imbalance, But Most Are Unaware Of It

Males Also Suffer From Hormonal Imbalance, But Most Are Unaware Of It

If you missed it, yes. hormonal imbalance does not affect women only. It is a common myth and a more popular one because women talk about it more over their manicure, a cup of coffee or even when shopping. In reality, it’s just as common to males out there—but it’s often overlooked. The reason is that most people mistake the symptoms of hormonal imbalance with the signs of aging.

So how do we know if it’s aging or hormonal Imbalance?

We know that aging is part of life’s inevitable “transition process,” and we will all go through it eventually sooner or later, and as men come to age, their growth hormones decline as well. In fact, by the time they reach the age 80, there will only be 5 percent left of their original growth hormones. So basically, these hormones will leave us one day.

Some men experience going through not-so-youthful changes quite earlier than others. These are not-so-emasculating changes and might not be the signs of premature aging, but of imbalance of hormones.

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These signs are

  • hair loss
  • weight gain
  • erectile dysfunction
  • low libido gynecomastia (man boobs)
  • mood swings
  • memory loss
  • anxiety
  • low self-esteem
  • insomnia

If you happen to experience any of these conditions, you may already be suffering from hormonal imbalances.

Cause of hormonal imbalance

Stress for example—a notorious culprit behind many health problems—is one of the major reasons. Stress can trigger excessive secretion of Cortisol, (aka the “Stress Hormone”), and it can result in weight gain and obesity. This symptom is called Cushing’s syndrome.

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Exposure to toxins and viruses can also be the cause. Excessive caffeine, alcohol, and other chemical intake is also a major root for hormonal imbalances. Sometimes, medical conditions such as diabetes and liver and kidney problems can also be the susceptible cause.

Worst case scenario, our invulnerability to these hormonal imbalances may be rooted to our genetic susceptibility—it’s just in our genes to be brief.

Here are some tips to prevent hormonal imbalances:

Exercise, reduce stress and get more sleep

I placed them together because these three are the generic, forever state-of-the-art advice to any health problems. There’s a reason why it’s overused and excited, and that reason is simply that these are the basic foundations for health and wellness.

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Moderate your caffeine and alcohol intake

Caffeine is a chemical that can stay in our bodies for up to six hours, and it affects our Central Nervous System (CNS) and raises our heart rate. Caffeine is also known to elevate Cortisol levels and other stress hormones like adrenaline.

Alcohol on the other hand, if consumed excessively, aside from the consequences of liver damage, can also contribute to excessive estrogen secretion, interfere with pancreatic functioning, increase liver disease risk, lower testosterone and contribute to anxiety and malnutrition.

Consume Healthy Fats

Our body requires various types of fats to create and generate hormones. Certain fats include coconut oil, avocados, grass-fed butter and wild-caught salmon. Aside from being essential building blocks for the production of hormones, these fats can keep inflammation levels low, boost your metabolism and promote weight loss. 

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Other types of fats are omega-6 and omega-3. In general, quick tip:l avoid oils high in omega-6 like safflower, sunflower, corn, cottonseed, canola, soybean and peanut. Also, eat more oils high in omega-3s instead like wild fish, flaxseed, chia seeds, walnuts and grass-fed animal products.

Can our body’s hormonal imbalance be cured or normalized?

Fortunately, yes! The first step to curing or fix any problem, of course, is to identify and regulate its main causes. Usually, the lifestyle and environment contribute mainly to hormonal imbalances.The good news is that these hormone losses and imbalances are easily correctable through proper treatment, these symptoms will often disappear and bring about a healthier, younger you.  Seek medical advice to help balance your hormones safely and efficiently using hormone replacement therapy.

Hormonal imbalance in men may not be perceived as “epidemic” as to women, in reality, it affects millions of people around the world—causing anxiety, low self-worth and even pain and misery. Unfortunately, most of them are not aware of it.

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Last Updated on November 20, 2020

Kickstart Your Morning Workout With These 10 Simple Habits

Kickstart Your Morning Workout With These 10 Simple Habits

Benjamin Franklin said it like this: “Early to bed, early to rise, will make a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.” He knew from his own experiences and watching others that the ones who got up early were healthier and more successful. That’s why a morning workout can be so important.

One 2017 study found that:[1]

“after controlling for such factors as age, sex, smoking habits, and others…night owls, were found to have a 10 percent greater risk of dying from any cause compared to morning types.”

This is a great reason to tap into some morning motivation and get your morning workout done.

Circadian Rhythm for morning workout

    As you can see in the above graph, your blood pressure begins to rise between 6 and 7 in the morning[2]. That means this is a great time to get your body moving and your heart pumping, even if it’s just for 20 minutes of exercise in the morning. 

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    Here are some tips on how to find the motivation for a morning workout.

    1. Remember Your Why

    It starts with remembering why you want to get up for a morning workout. If you don’t set a goal and establish your reasons for accomplishing a health and fitness goal, then you definitely won’t get up early.

    Getting up early isn’t easy. If it were, everyone would do it, right? Your goal for your health and fitness must be so strong, and the WHY behind it must be so powerful, that nothing will stop you from accomplishing that goal.

    2. Go to Bed Early

    If you want to get up early for a morning workout, it’s going to be important to get to bed earlier. Falling asleep at midnight and trying to get up at six just won’t work in your favor.

    This will likely be very difficult for a few days while you adjust your sleeping habits. However, as you get into an exercise routine in the morning, this will naturally make it easier to fall asleep earlier and faster at night.

    3. Make a Commitment

    I sometimes tell my Facebook community of my plans to work out, and we all keep each other motivated by posting our runs, our workouts, etc. This is a way to develop accountability. By publicly announcing your intentions, you increase your chances of actually carrying out your plans.

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    Another way to do this is to find an accountability partner who has similar goals for morning workouts. You can check in with each other to make sure you’re sticking to your plans. If that doesn’t work, hire a personal trainer for a few weeks to get you started.  

    You can learn how to find a good accountability partner here.

    4. Find a Friend

    If you can find a friend that is motivated like you are, and you can hold each other accountable daily to working out, then you will accomplish your fitness goals. Many people prefer working out with friends to working out alone. Whether it’s a chat while hitting the treadmill at the gym, or having someone to spot you while weightlifting, working out with friends is sometimes just more enjoyable.

    Texting each other the night before with a simple statement is best. Don’t ask: “Are we still working out in the morning?” With this kind of question, if they were thinking about not working out, you just gave them an opt out.

    Make a statement instead: “Can’t wait to see you in the morning!” This implies that they will be there, and they will feel more obligated to show up.

    5. Treat Yourself

    We all have to treat ourselves every now and then. After a morning workout, plan to treat yourself with a colorful, healthy breakfast or a delicious morning smoothie. This will help you look forward to something and push through to the end of your workout.

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    You can learn more on rewards and punishments here.

    6. Change your Mindset

    Many people throw away the idea of a morning workout by simply saying, “I’m not a morning person.”  Instead of using this excuse, decide to try to become a morning person by shifting your mindset.

    When you look into the benefits of waking up early and getting some exercise in before your day starts, you’ll feel more positive about your life overall.

    7. Plan Your Day

    You know you’re going to be busy. Try time blocking to plan all the things you need to do on a given day, and make sure you add in your morning workout[3]. If you have a plan laid out, you’ll be more likely to follow it and get done everything on your list done.

    Time blocking

      8. Reflect on How You’ll Feel After

      Starting a morning workout is hard, but visualizing how you’ll feel after can help you find motivation. Think about the extra energy you’ll have and how proud you’ll feel knowing that you were already so productive. No matter what you do the rest of the day, at least you squeezed in your exercise!

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      For me, I live in an area where there are a lot of runners. When I am heading home in the evening or sitting out on the patio at one of my favorite restaurants, and I see the runners go by, it makes me feel so accomplished that I got mine in that morning and I can enjoy the evening.

      9. Lay out Your Workout Clothes

      Setting out your workout clothes the night before makes it impossible for you to start to run late because you couldn’t find something to wear. Tap into the determination you have before bed in order to convince your less-than-motivated morning self that you need to get up and get your morning workout in. When you wake up and see your outfit laid out next to you, it’ll push you to get up and get moving.

      10.  Set Multiple Alarms

      Many people miss their morning workout simply because they hit the snooze button so many times. In order to make this more difficult for yourself, set a series of alarms. That way, if you keep hitting snooze, you’ll have three or four alarms going off every ten minutes, which will be annoying enough to get you out of bed.

      Also, put one alarm at least a few feet from your bed so that you’re forced to get up to turn it off.

      Final Thoughts

      About three years ago I went from being the person that says I will never be an early riser to a person that loves to get the day started as soon as possible. Without the distractions that begin to come around 8 or 9 in the morning, you’ll find that you’re more productive and more likely to squeeze in that morning workout.

      Take some of the actions above and find the best morning workout routine to start your day and feel good.

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      Featured photo credit: Tomasz Woźniak via unsplash.com

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