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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 March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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