Friday 24 November 2017

Men have hormones too

By Clair Whitty - Naturally Healthy

Clair Whitty.
Clair Whitty.

When it comes to balancing hormones we mostly associate it with women.

But we are not the only ones who suffer from hormonal imbalance-men have their problems too. So this time I am focussing on male hormone balance.

Men also have periods of low mood or self-esteem, depression, energy slumps, inability to sleep, stress, low energy or stamina, and low libido. Some men lose their hair, lose muscle tone and with it their sense of manhood. Many women moan about their hormones, and wish they were men! But I don't know, men have their moments too.

Testosterone is the male sex hormone and it affects more than just sex drive. It's responsible for bone and muscle health, sperm production, and hair growth. Low levels may be associated with deficiency of vitamin D, Magnesium, Zinc, and B6.

Vitamin D is found naturally in tuna, sardines, beef liver, egg yolks, cheese, and butter, and sunshine, which leads to the conversion of Vitamin D. Magnesium is found in green leafy vegetables, and B vitamins in grains. You will find Zinc in pumpkin seeds. Other foods that increase testosterone include red grapes, avocado, pomegranate, eggs, and good quality beef.

So, what can you do? Your diet is a good place to start, keep it healthy and varied. Keep the sweet treats to a minimum, reduce alcohol and smoking. Top that up with a multi vitamin and some fish oils. Some men don't mind taking supplements others will only take one thing. Krill oil for men is one such option it combines omega 3 oil, Zinc, Vitamin D, and your B vitamins in one product. This will help mood, energy, support your immune system, and help balance hormones.

If you are highly stressed due to work or home life, feeling very low or depressed, then you could add in Rhodiola. This is a herb that helps with mood, energy, concentration, memory, recovery after training, and helps improve libido. Its effectiveness is increased with the support of vitamins and essential fats, Krill for men will enhance the benefits of Rhodiola.

So look after yourself. Eat a good diet, exercise, reduce stress, and get a good night sleep. Then top up your diet with extra nutrients if you need and you should start to feel better. It's worth a try.

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