The anti-estrogen diet, or anti-estrogenic diet, is indicated for individuals with symptoms of estrogen overload; these symptoms could include low libido in men. Developed by Ori Hofmekler and detailed in his 2007 book "The Anti-Estrogenic Diet," with co-author Rick Osborn, the diet eliminates estrogenic foods and chemicals and includes anti-estrogenic foods, herbs and spices. This reduces exposure to estrogenic chemicals that are prevalent in foods, water and the environment.
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Signs of an estrogen imbalance in men might include decreased libido, low sperm counts, prostate disorders, chronic fatigue, inability to lose abdominal fat and increased sensitivity to stress. Hofmekler says that estrogenic food is responsible for much of the obesity in today's society, according to the website Diet Spotlight. Because estrogen is involved in weight gain, eating food that boosts estrogen levels worsens the problem. The anti-estrogenic diet is purported to decrease the risk of metabolic disorders, weight gain, accumulation of belly fat, and even prostate cancer.
Through Hofmekler's experiences as a member of the Israeli Special Forces, he came to believe the body digests foods during rest rather than during active times of the day. He recommends eating lightly during the day and then eating the largest meal in the evening, according to the Every Diet website.
Foods to Avoid and Include
Avoid foods with estrogenic chemicals, including vegetables and fruit that might have pesticide residue, as well as soy and beer. Limit meat intake, and don't use artificial sweeteners. Hofmekler says some foods have anti-estrogenic activity, and you should add these to your meal plan, according to Every Diet. Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, and cauliflower qualify. Other good foods include citrus fruits, avocado, nuts, eggs, organic milk products, coffee and tea. Organic foods are best, according to Hofmekler.
The anti-estrogenic diet has three phases, according to Every Diet. The first is a liver detoxification phase that encourages eating fresh fruits and vegetables, particularly the cruciferous vegetables. Also include beans, whole grains, low-fat yogurt, aged cheese and wild fish. The book recommends eating organic fertilized eggs as well. You can add herbs to food for extra flavor. Follow this phase for two weeks to give your liver and kidneys a break and help them function better. The second phase adds other anti-estrogenic foods, including olives, raw nuts and raw seeds. The extra fat is purported to revitalize the body's hormonal systems and to create sex hormones. In the third and ongoing phase, add fish and meat, bread and pasta to your evening meal. Follow a phase-three diet every other day and either a phase-one or phase-two diet on the alternate days.
Breakfast is the same in all three phases, with one grapefruit, a cup of coffee and one glass of water. A snack might include 8 ounces of yogurt and 1 cup of fruit. For lunch, you could choose a green salad or steamed vegetables along with two poached eggs. Dinner could include meat with potatoes, fish or eggs with pasta and vegetables, or black beans, avocado and rice.