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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 September 18, 2020

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

1. Exercise Daily

It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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If you’re a morning person, check out these morning exercises that will start your day off right.

2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

3. Acknowledge Your Limits

Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

The basic nutritional advice includes:

  • Eat unprocessed foods
  • Eat more veggies
  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

    5. Watch Out for Travel

    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

    6. Start Slow

    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

    Final Thoughts

    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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