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How can men balance hormones?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 15, 2013 at 9:38 AM

How can guys help to balance their hormones? Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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I thought licorice increases cortisol because it has carbanoxolone and glycyrrhetinic acid which inhibit an enzyme that breaks down cortisol to cortisone. Also it's often said that all hormones are made from cholesterol, but this is only true of the steroid hormones. A bunch of hormones are made from amino acids for example.

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Good post, but I disagree with your recommendation to go very low carb if one is IR. It is known that a long term lc-diet can also reduce one's insulin sensitivity. So if you want want to get rid of high insulin I would recommend a diet of 45-75g of carbs until you see improvements and then you should increase carbs to 60-150g or more, depending on one's goals.

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I mean 'raydawg', maybe my subconscious thinks this is a raw foods site!

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Hi rawdawg, thanks for the insightful post. Can you say anything about rhea-s and testosterone? My dhea-s is little above ref range, and I haven' really understood why, what it cold reflect...

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The same as for women, just with a different goal (i.e. you don't want high estrogen.) You test and adjust depending on what the issue is.

The traps are going to be aromatase (nothing to do with taste, but rather an enzyme that is produced by fat which converts testosterone into a form of estrogen). This can be blocked using DIM and Calcium D-Glucarate, and also by keeping insulin low, as insulin raises aromatase.

If you have some hormone to which you have resistance to, you'll need to lower its creation. i.e. if it's insulin, you go very low carb (under 50g/day), and limit protein to what you need (between .75g-1g per lbs of lean body mass).

If you have too high cortisol, you limit your stress, consume more salt/carbs, limit caffeine, meditate, repair your sleep, get adequate carbs, supplement with licorice (assuming you d on't have high blood pressure), etc.

All hormones, including vitamin D, are made from cholesterol, so be sure you provide a good high quality source of saturated fats, such as grassfed butter/ghee, avocados, coconut oil, bacon/lard/tallow, and avoid oxidized PUFAs (cheap fish oil, all industrial seed and "vegetable" oils such as corn, soy, canola.)

You can guide some hormones to be created. For example, testosterone can be signaled once you have enough of its precursors, B vitamins, preformed Vitamin A (not beta carotene), zinc, magnesium, and cholesterol. But certain things such as ZMA, and tribulus terrestris can signal its up regulation. Also, making sure you work out with heavy weights, and perhaps do HIIT... But this cannot happen if the pregnenolone which is used for its creation is "stolen" for making cortisol - so you'd have to address any stress issues first.

Thyroid issues may also cause problems here, so it would be important to test for proper function and to know whether you have Hashimotos, etc.

It would be more helpful if you would ask about which hormones you're interested in balancing as this is a very long topic.

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on July 15, 2013
at 01:14 PM

Good post, but I disagree with your recommendation to go very low carb if one is IR. It is known that a long term lc-diet can also reduce one's insulin sensitivity. So if you want want to get rid of high insulin I would recommend a diet of 45-75g of carbs until you see improvements and then you should increase carbs to 60-150g or more, depending on one's goals.

Eed7dabde3d61910685845e04605267f

(2934)

on July 15, 2013
at 11:58 AM

I mean 'raydawg', maybe my subconscious thinks this is a raw foods site!

Eed7dabde3d61910685845e04605267f

(2934)

on July 15, 2013
at 11:57 AM

Hi rawdawg, thanks for the insightful post. Can you say anything about rhea-s and testosterone? My dhea-s is little above ref range, and I haven' really understood why, what it cold reflect...

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on July 15, 2013
at 05:41 PM

I thought licorice increases cortisol because it has carbanoxolone and glycyrrhetinic acid which inhibit an enzyme that breaks down cortisol to cortisone. Also it's often said that all hormones are made from cholesterol, but this is only true of the steroid hormones. A bunch of hormones are made from amino acids for example.

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