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Sugar, Estrogen and Fat…Three Monsters That Feed Off Each Other
Its way too easy to gain weight, and often sugar, estrogen and fat are to blame. But why does this happen? On average, most Americans will gain about a pound of fat and lose a pound of muscle every year after 40.
My Experience with Sugar, Estrogen and Fat
It’s a drag when you first realize time is catching up to us. The joints ache, pants are tighter, hair is thin, and your seeing grey. Believe me, my seven-year-old reminds me I have a bald spot almost every day.
At my worst I ballooned up and gained 50+ lbs of body fat, developed fatty liver, and constantly had heart burn. I knew better, but I was in a low point in my life and I ate in order to sooth my stress and pain. That is, until it made me feel worse.
Sugar and refinded carbohydrates elevating my glucose level was largely to blame for my weight gain. Since weight gain is more of a hormonal issue than a calorie in, calorie out issue, the weight gain significantly messed up my hormones.
I was well on my way to metabolic syndrome with high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, and pre-diabetes. Plus, my hormone imbalance destroyed my mood and quality of life.
Why Sugar, Estrogen and Fat are a Vicious Cycle
Why am I sharing all of this? Because I have experienced the vicious cycle of sugar, estrogen and fat that occurs within the body when too many carbohydrates are consumed on a regular basis.
You see, when glucose levels are high from too many refined carbohydrates, the hormone insulin comes out to do its job. Insulin is the storage hormone and assists the body in storing excess calories as energy (fat).
This occurs first in the cell as fuel, then into the muscles, liver and remaining fat stores as reserve energy. Much of this excess glucose gets stored in the belly, which is where a lot of the trouble begins to happen.
If insulin is always high storing fat, the fat removing hormone, glucagon is suppressed and the body becomes unable to lose weight. It’s a lopsided hormonal imbalance.
In addition to causing the accumulation of belly fat, this process also contributes to fatty liver disease and chronic inflammation.
Estrogen and Fat
Men have their own special concerns when it comes to excess fat….which luckily I realized and addressed 50 lbs. ago.
Fat contains an enzyme called aromatase, also known as estrogen synthase, which turns testosterone into estrogen.
More fat = more aromatase = potential for lower testosterone and hormone imbalance - DocTesta
This can be a problem for both men and women; however, for purposes of this post we’ll focus just on men and the dangers of estrogen and fat.
As testosterone converts to estrogen the ratio of testosterone to estrogen gets imbalanced. That is; estrogen increases, while testosterone decreases.
That’s a problem for men and can lead to muscle loss, bone loss, elevated cholesterol levels, mood swings, fatigue, loss of confidence, man boobs, and even erectile dysfunction.
Increased estrogen and fat can also increase systemic inflammation, which can damage small blood vessels, including those found in the penis. These normal blood vessels can become permanently damaged with scar tissue.
Even with the “blue pill” you will have limited or temporary benefit without healthy blood vessels to fill with blood to get that erection.
All of this is often the direct result of too much sugar, estrogen and fat. Thankfully none of this happened in me, because I was fortunate enough to catch it in time.
The aromatase enzyme I mentioned earlier, increases with age, obesity, elevated insulin, and alcohol consumption.
All of these were happening in me and can become a spiral going in the wrong direction. That is why it is so important to reduce sugar consumption and to focus on limiting the action of this enzyme as much as possible.
There are some basic thing that can help reduce and or alleviate the issues caused by sugar, estrogen and fat. These are what helped get the weight off of me, reversed my fatty liver, resolved my heartburn, and made me healthier than I was 15 years ago.
It was what I learned about slowing down aging. If your living like I was or your health is simply not what you want, you are speeding up the aging process.
By slowing aging, you will reduce weight, balance insulin, increase libido, improve your testosterone to estrogen ratio, and move towards healthy longevity.
Tips For Reducing the Impact of Sugar, Estrogen and Fat
Start with time restricted eating, eating in alignment with your circadian rhythm. The day night cycles.
Be done eating 2-3 hours before bed.
Fast after your last meat for 12-16 hours. Do this daily or as many days that feels good for you.
Eat a whole food plant-based meal 80% of the time, and animal protein 20% of the time. Listen to your body, there is no one diet.
Remove sugar, refined white carbs and high glycemic carbohydrates.
Exercise with vigor 20-30 min a day.
Get cold or take cold showers.
Hit the sauna.
We strongly suggest you make all of the necessary lifestyle adjustments before turning to supplements, but there are some powerful herbs and foods that can help reduce estrogen and help block the aromatase enzyme, including:
Conclusion: Dealing with sugar, estrogen and fat is easier than you think and getting in shape over 40 doesn’t have to be hard. Slowing aging, reducing fat, balancing testosterone are all within reach with sustainable diet, exercise, and lifestyle tweaks.
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About the Author: Dr. Mark Testa, DC, CAcMHA, is an expert in Fasting a Fasting Mimicking Diets. Dr. Mark is Chief Wellness Adviser for Train for Longevity and Pine Pollen Superfoods. #BeYourOwnDoctor
Disclaimer: The ideas and recommendations discussed in this post may not be suitable for everyone. Always consult your physician prior to starting any health or dietary supplement regimen.
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