Thanks to the Western diet and lifestyle, a surplus of estrogen has become one of the most common hormone imbalances in men. It’s important to identify and address this imbalance because it can seriously sabotage your health, cause stubborn acne and weight gain, and lead to a myriad of sexual, physical, mental and emotional consequences!
Estrogen Dominance Basics
Estrogen dominance occurs in men when estrogen levels climb too high, or when testosterone levels are too low to balance out the effects of estrogen. This health condition is rarely diagnosed, it affects males and females equally, and it has reached epidemic proportions in Western countries. Estrogen dominance can make a man feel ‘less manly’ and increase his risk for prostate cancer, benign prostatic hyperplasia, diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease.
Estrogen Dominance Symptoms
Estrogen dominance can cause a wide array of problematic symptoms including fatigue, difficult urination, irritability, mood swings, emotional sensitivity, loss of motivation, forgetfulness, increased weeping, and depression. Many men with estrogen dominance experience sexual side-effects as well, which can include a loss of libido, reduced sense of virility, lowered sperm count, inability to orgasm, and erectile dysfunction (ED). If all that wasn’t bad enough, estrogen dominance negatively influences a man’s appearance and can lead to man boobs, hair loss, muscle loss, bloating, and excess body fat (especially in the midsection).
The Ideal Estrogen Levels
Estrogen isn’t all bad– men require it in small amounts for brain, heart and bone health. For optimal health and virility however, it is essential that men keep estrogen within a tight range of normal between 20 pg/ml and 40 pg/ml. Anything beyond 40 pg/ml and estrogen dominance symptoms will start to appear. Unfortunately, because modern-day living, and the Western diet provide the perfect breeding ground for estrogen dominance, it’s not all that uncommon for men over 50 to have 5 times the upper limit of estrogen.
The Weight Gain-Estrogen Dominance Link
There is a cyclical link where weight gain leads to estrogen dominance and estrogen dominance leads to weight gain. This is fueled by aromatase which is an enzyme that converts testosterone into a potent type of estrogen called estradiol. Aromatase is stored in fat cells, and an increase in fat cells leads to higher aromatase and thus higher estrogen levels.
Unfortunately, an increase in estrogen also causes an increase in weight gain because it leads to a loss of muscle mass, and consequently a lowered metabolism. Estrogen dominance also reduces insulin sensitivity. This is problematic because an insensitivity to insulin reduces the ability of the cells to usher glucose to the liver and muscles. This results in higher blood glucose levels and the excess glucose is stored as fat.
The Estrogen Dominance-Acne Link
A surplus of estrogen can cause acne in two ways. Firstly, as mentioned above, it leads to insulin insensitivity. This is problematic because you need insulin to balance out blood sugar, and when you’re insensitive to insulin, your blood sugar levels rise. Your body responds by pumping out a lot of insulin to bring it down, and that triggers androgen hormones, which trigger acne.
The second way it causes acne is by over-burdening your liver. The liver is responsible for processing toxins and hormones and when you have estrogen dominance your liver has to work overtime. If your liver can’t keep up, the skin steps in to help with the detoxification process, which leads to clogged pores, inflammation and stubborn acne.
To reverse estrogen dominance, acne, weight gain and it’s other troublesome symptoms you should vastly reduce or eliminate your consumption of animal products because they are loaded with estrogens. Consume a wholefoods, high fiber diet, and cut out sugar and all sugar-containing foods (aside from fruit). If you are on testosterone replacement therapy (TRT), you may want to consider a natural, herbal alternative such as TestroVida Pro because as mentioned above, the aromatase enzyme converts testosterone into estrogen, and as a result, TRT commonly leads to estrogen dominance.
Finally, get the Annihilate Acne Pack and start taking these three supplements daily. This pack contains 3 clinical strength nutraceutical supplements designed to reverse acne for good, by addressing it’s 3 leading causes: too much estrogen, too many androgens, and an overburdened liver. The result? A slimmer waistline and clear, healthy skin for life!