Oestrogen dominance in both men and women in todays fast paced manufactured culture is one of the main causes of fat storage, especially around the unwanted areas. This is a real issue for anyone, but in particular men who feel they are developing “moobs”. Oestrogen causes fat storage in the more female regions, while testosterone causes storage around the mid-rift mainly.
Both men and women could do with having higher test (testosterone) levels. Test is an anabolic hormone responsible for fat burning, muscle building and a heightened metabolism. Oestrogen is created in bodyfat, and it promotes fat storage, a vicious cycle that leads to elevated soft fat tissue and lowered metabolism. Oestrogen inhibits the production of testosterone, so keeping your oestrogen levels stably low is very important.
Xenoestrogens are foreign or synthetic oestrogens that pass into our system through pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, plastics, fuels, car exhausts, dry cleaning chemicals, industrial waste, meat from animals which have been fattened with estrogenic drugs, and countless other household and personal products which many of us use every day.
Avoiding the use of these products and returning to a “naturalistic state” means lower oestrogen levels and therefore higher test levels.
Steps to lower Xenoestrogen intake would be the use of less products, aiming for organic and grass fed/wild meat and vegetables, and avoiding plastic wrapping on foods.
Big no-no’s would be the plastic taste you get when you leave water in a bottle on a hot day, and the lids on coffee cups. These heated plastics get released into the drink and become Xenoestrogens you consume. So avoid!