Whether andropause is a man’s version of menopause replete with emotional, psychological and spiritual changes, or just a blip on the hormonal screen, may depend on your own circumstances and makeup. But if you’re a guy (or you have a guy) who’s experiencing some mid-life shakeups, some things you might consider:
- Watch your weight. Testosterone can be converted to estrogen via an enzyme called aromatase. Some men are genetically predisposed to more aromatase activity, but being heavy also has an impact, since aromatase is present to large degree in fat. And fat begets fat. Lower testosterone as a result of aging means more muscle converts to fat. Having more fat means that more testosterone is converted to estrogen. It’s a really negative cycle of events.
- Avoid estrogenic compounds. As testosterone levels naturally decrease with age, the ratio of testosterone to estrogen in a man’s body falls. When men are exposed to additional sources of estrogen, it further upsets the balance of testosterone to estrogen. Endocrine disruptors and xeno-estrogens from plastic food wraps, personal care products and conventionally raised meat and dairy are the most common sources. These are just as important for men to avoid as for women, especially since they also increase the risk of prostate cancer. To minimize exposure, choose organic, grass-fed or pastured animal products, avoid plastic food containers, and buy natural personal care products that are free of parabens and other chemicals. Follow the Manna Diet if you want to lose weight the healthy way.
- Recognize the spiritual side. During this stage, men have to look at all aspects of their lives, including the spiritual. They may question old patterns and wonder, ‘Now that I’ve done what I was supposed to do, what do I really want to do with my life while I still have time?’ Many men have spent a lifetime on a career. Now they want to explore their calling, the deeper more spiritual aspect of what they do. Give yourself ample time and space to recognize these changes – and be willing to go with deeper callings.
- Increase testosterone in the most natural way possible with a testosterone supplement (Phyto-testosterones) and prevent any negative side effects which might occur from chemical testosterones. Phyto-testosterones (plant derived testosterones) like those found in the Manna Andropause Supplement can help to increase testosterone and counteract ‘male menopause’ symptoms.