Men may be surprised to learn that their bodies produce estrogen. Researchers at the Mayo clinic have found that estrogen is essential in preventing osteoporosis in men and creates hormonal balance. But when that balance is tipped by too much estrogen, feminization can occur resulting in loss of muscle mass, increased fatty tissue, lower sperm counts and don’t forget man-boobs! According to Ori Hofmekler, author of The Anti-Estrogenic Diet: How Estrogenic Foods and Chemicals Are Making You Fat and Sick, “Our bodies are not equipped to handle excessive amounts of estrogen […] Men, women and children are becoming noticeably fatter and the rate of estrogen induced cancers in both sexes have reached almost epidemic proportions”.
Where is this excess estrogen coming from?
Estrogenic chemicals exist both in nature (phytoestrogens) and synthetically (xenoestrogens). Phytoestrogens are found in soy products like tofu and tempeh and spices like cinnamon. Xenoestrogens are found in everything from plastic products to shampoo. Note the differences between the two, one is natural the other is not. Daily staples such as meat, dairy, fruits and vegetables are ridden with synthetic estrogen in the form of hormones and pesticides. Synthetic hormones and pesticides mimic estrogen in our bodies then store it in fatty tissue (they love beer guts and beer!). Since estrogen is naturally inflammatory an overproduction can lead to inflammatory ailments such as rheumatoid arthritis and testicular cancer!
Hofmekler believes we are “eating ourselves into extinction” and he may be right. Researchers in Colorado found that male fish have developed both male and female sex organs as a result of too much estrogen in rivers and streams. At the University of California, Berkeley scientists found that atrazine, a common weed killer, causes sterilization in frogs. If estrogen affects human males the same way it affects animals, future generations will be at high risk of being born sterile.
If you notice a change in mood, muscle mass, sex drive, low sperm count, and are having difficulty losing weight you may want to watch your intake of foods containing natural estrogen such as: alfalfa, meat, apples, carrots, www.holisticonline.com, and olive oil. I for one can’t live without milk in my cereal so if you must eat an estrogen rich food try to pair it with an estrogen blocking food like: berries, broccoli, buckwheat and cabbage. A full list of estrogenic and estrogen inhibiting foods can be found at:
A typical day’s meal on the anti-estrogen diet will look like this:
Breakfast: Grapefruit, coffee or tea, 1 boiled egg.
Snack: Handful of berries and yogurt.
Lunch: Organic vegetables on a bed of kale and vinaigrette dressing
Dinner: Millet mushroom pilaf, broccoli, and a salad.
Dessert: Rice pudding made with coconut milk
Not so bad right? The beauty behind this diet plan is that you don’t have to completely give up the food you love. By limiting your intake of meat, buying organic, and pairing estrogen blocking foods with estrogenic foods, you can lose weight and get your hormones in check! Always check with your primary care physician before starting a new diet plan.