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

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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 22, 2021

Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

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Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

Thanksgiving, a day of pure gluttony, football, and possible uncomfortable situations with family members that you may or may not like. Oh, yeah, and the whole “know and reflect on what it is to be thankful and grateful.”

During the holiday season many people forget what this time of year is bout and are too worried about getting the “early-bird” deals on Black Friday and making sure that they have the perfect gifts for their loved ones. I am sort of a “Grinch” when it comes to the holiday season, mostly because of that mentality by many of the poeple around me.

But instead of being grinch-like this holiday season, I decided to simplify things and get back to what this time of year is actually is about; being thankful for what I have and what I can give.

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Simplify

I’m not a “minimalist” in any real sense, but in the last few months the talks of Patrick Rhone and others have got me to rethink my stance. Can you really have too much stuff?

Absolutely.

And with all that stuff comes the burden and the weight of it on your back.

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If you feel that the things around you are out of control, maybe it’s time to simplify and be thankful and grateful for what you have and use. Here are a few things that you can do to simplify:

  • You know those gadgets in the drawer that you said you were going to sell? Well, time to get the listing on eBay and sell them. Or, send them to a place like Gazelle. Even if they are old and won’t get money, you can at least recycle them.
  • Get rid of things you don’t need. Like old books, clothes, tools, etc. Have something that’s been laying around forever with no use? Donate it to a charity or church. If you aren’t using it, someone else could be.
  • Find your productivity tools and stick with them. Use tools and gadgets that serve multiple purposes so you can simplify your tool set.

Be Mindful

You don’t have to be a master Buddhist or meditator to be mindful (although, it can definitely help). Being mindful comes down to being cognizant of the present and not keeping yourself in the past or future. It’s about living in the moment and being aware of yourself and everything around you. It’s just being.

Without getting too “California” on you, it is super important to be mindful during the holiday rush. Rather than worrying about the things that you forgot at your house on the way to relatives or thinking about the next stop in your endless holiday travels, just breath and think about what you are currently doing.

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Spend the time with your family and friends and don’t crush the moment. Try not to concentrate so hard on getting the perfect photo of the “awesome moment” of the day and actually miss the awesome moment.

Being mindful over the holidays will help you be with your families, friends, and yourself allowing you to enjoy your time.

Reflect

As the year is coming to a close (yes, it really is that close!) it’s a great time to start reflecting on what you have accomplished and what you haven’t. Within the next few weeks we will have a more throrough reflection article here at Lifehack.org, but reflecting every now and then over your holiday break is a great way to see where you have been doing well in your life and where you need to improve.

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Reflection shouldn’t be used to “get down” on yourself. Reflection should be used to take an honset inventory of what you have accomplished, how you handeled situations, and what you can do better. If you journal everyday (a daily form of reflection) it may be a good time to start going over some of the things that you have written and start to put together a year’s end journal entry. I mean, how else will you write your autobiography?

But, seriously, reflecting on yourself makes you aware of your successes and faults and helps you plan and make goals for the coming year. It makes you a better person.

So, while you are stuffing your face with bird, stuffing, and mashed taters’, remember that the holidays are much more than the superficial things. Use this holiday to become a better person.

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