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How to Reduce Estrogen in Men Through the Diet

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author image Susy Sedano
Susy joined LIVESTRONG.COM at its inception in 2008. Focused on all things food, fitness and health related, her daily contributions as the LIVESTRONG.COM community manager is an asset to the site and the millions of community members. She has a M. A. in Clinical Psychology.

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How to Reduce Estrogen in Men Through the Diet
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Estrogen is a hormone often associated with women, but the truth is both men and women produce estrogen. All humans must have a certain level of this hormone to be healthy. Overproduction of estrogen in men can have effects on the body that some men may want to avoid. Gynecomastia is a condition that enlarges the breasts and results when the testosterone and estrogen levels in men become imbalanced. Dealing with a hormone imbalance is something you should discuss with your doctor. However, adjusting your diet may be one way to naturally reduce estrogen production and improve your situation.

1. Increase Fiber
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1 INCREASE FIBER

Increase your fiber intake. Fiber binds to bile acids to help flush estrogen from the body. Increasing the amount of green leafy vegetables and bran in your diet can decrease the estrogen.

2. Add Cruciferous Vegetables to Your Meals
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2 ADD CRUCIFEROUS VEGETABLES TO YOUR MEALS

Add diindolylmethane (DIM) vegetables to meals. These vegetables are known as cruciferous and include cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage and Brussels sprouts. DIM eliminates stored hormones, such as estrogen, from the body. According to the website All About DIM, this element differentiates between good and bad estrogen metabolites and carries the bad out of the body through waste.

3. Reduce Alcohol Intake
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3 REDUCE ALCOHOL INTAKE

Reduce your alcohol intake. Kristie Leong, M.D. reports that estrogen metabolizes in the liver. Alcohol can affect liver function and may increase estrogen levels.

4. Limit Your Dairy Consumption
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4 LIMIT YOUR DAIRY CONSUMPTION

Limit the amount of dairy products you consume. Dairy can contain estrogen excreted by cows. It is possible you consume estrogen hormones when you drink milk. Switch to a non-dairy product such as almond milk.

5. Drink Water Throughout the Day
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5 DRINK WATER THROUGHOUT THE DAY

Drink plenty of water throughout the day. This is a true regardless of your hormone levels. Water is an essential part of the human body. Guaranteeing you drink enough water improves your overall health and may help balance hormone levels. Drink at least eight glasses of water daily.

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