So like I’ve said in the past, keeping your hormones in balance is very important key so many people overlook this simple fact when trying to lose body fat or add muscle mass. To maintain a lean physique or stay anabolic you want to keep your estrogen levels low and your testosterone high. So what are these hormones and what affect do they play in our body, let’s take a closer look.
Are the primary female sex hormone which have various roles throughout the body, these hormones include estrone, estradiol and estriol. However this does change from male to female. In females estrogen has a big role to do with the reproductive system and estrogen levels rise and drop throughout the month depending on where a female is in her cycle. In males estrogen is crucial for health as we need it the formation of bones, mood as well as sex drive.
This is the primary male sex hormone and is responsible for male sex organ development, building and maintaining muscle mass, bone mass, mood, hair growth, sperm productive and sex drive. As you can see this is very important hormone especially when it comes to bodybuilding or fitness.
So now that we’ve covered a basic understanding of these two hormones and what their functions are in our bodies lets discuss why it is important to maximise testosterone and minimise estrogen. Now, I’m not a doctor nor a healthcare professional and I can’t recommend anyone take any kind of supplement or drug – that is at the individuals discretion and this information is targeted more at males rather than females but it can still be applied.
So having high estrogen can wreck havoc on your body – it can contribute to fat gain, bloatedness, excess water retention, poor mood, diminished sex drive, cause cancer, gynecomastia and can effect your GAINS in the gym! So how do males get high estrogen? According to bodylogicMD “Testosterone will begin to convert to estrogen in men as they age due to the aromatase reaction. Aromatase is found most prevalently in fat cells, so the more body fat a man has, especially in the midsection, the more aromatase and hence the more estrogen.”
So will all of that in mind I think it’s safe to say you want to maximise your test levels and minimize your estrogen levels, correct?
Well there are a few of ways you can do this and I’ll compile a list below:
- Lose Bodyfat
- Gain Muscle Mass
- Strength Training
- Limit excess sugar consumption
- Eat healthy natural fats
- Taking supplements (Like Zinc, DIM & Calcium D-Glucarate)
- Lower your Cortisol levels (reduce stress)
- Hormone replacement therapy (HRT/TRT)
- Take Steroids / Peptides (as prescribed from a doctor – I’m not advocating anyone do this illegally)
If you are already doing most of these things on the list and feel like your testosterone levels are not reaching their full potential I suggest you have a blood analysis done to see where your hormone levels are sitting, your doctor can advise you on the appropriate cause of action to take from there.
Hopefully this post has given you a bit of insight into the importance of keeping your hormone levels balanced and what kind of role they play within your body.
Until next time folks!