By: Natalie Jill & Clark Bartram
Today, we’re tackling one of the most common questions we both get – how to optimize hormone levels in midlife. More specifically, how to “balance hormones” for the women, and how to “boost testosterone” naturally for the men.
So, if you've ever found yourself nodding along to any of these issues on your "please make this go away" list:
⬇️ Low sex drive
🥱 Sleep problems and insomnia
💪🏽 Decrease in muscle size and strength
🦴 Bone loss
⬆️ Increase in body fat
😵💫 Trouble concentrating
🤢 Bloating, puffiness, and digestive issues
Take a deep breath, my friend, because we’ve got good news.
First, you're not alone. We hear these concerns all the time. But here's the thing – just because these symptoms are common doesn't mean they should be.
That's right! There's something you can do about it, and over the next few weeks, we're going to spill the beans on simple nutrition and lifestyle changes that can transform your midlife game.
Today, we're kicking things off with a bang – supplementation. Why?
Because step #1 in solving this midlife hormone puzzle is providing your body with the nutrients it needs to support those hormones naturally… Nutrients you probably aren’t getting in sufficient amounts via diet alone.
But hold on, don't go grabbing any old bottle off the shelf. Most people are lost in the supplement aisle, and we're here to guide you.
Let's talk about the key areas to focus on and the ingredients to look for in a top-notch supplement to kick those hormones into high gear.
Let’s start by shining a light on the remarkable role of B vitamins in supporting both men and women as they navigate midlife. Just as they play a crucial role in testosterone production for men, B vitamins are equally vital for women dealing with hormonal fluctuations.
Stress, a common companion in our hectic lives, can deplete B vitamin levels affecting mood, energy levels, and hormone regulation.
In the midst of midlife changes, we can benefit from the B vitamin trio – B6, B9 (folate), and B12 – to help manage stress, support energy production, and aid in the synthesis of hormones crucial for maintaining balance during this transitional phase.
Additionally, as the body undergoes changes in cell division and DNA synthesis, B vitamins, especially folate (B9), play a key role in supporting these processes.
B6 (Pyridoxine): Converts food into energy and regulates testosterone utilization – essential for maintaining energy and hormone balance.
B9 (Folate): Aids in DNA synthesis and cell division – crucial for creating new cells during hormonal shifts.
B12 (Cobalamin): The heavyweight champion behind red blood cell production, supplying the vital oxygen needed for hormonal magic.
Leafy Greens: Spinach, kale, and other leafy greens are your go-to for a B vitamin boost, including folate.
Lean Meats: Chicken and turkey, rich in B6 and B12, are excellent sources to support hormone balance.
Eggs: The versatile egg packs B12 and other B vitamins, making it a fantastic addition to your diet.
Legumes and Nuts: Beans, lentils, and nuts provide a B vitamin boost, including the crucial folate.
Supplements: If your diet needs a little reinforcement, consider a high-quality B-complex supplement. It ensures you're covering all bases for optimal hormone support.
Remember, the journey through midlife is unique for everyone, and these B vitamin allies can provide essential support along the way. Keep your B’s in check, ladies and gents!
Now, let's talk testosterone. We all know it's the hormone that makes us feel like superheros.
Boosting it naturally can rev up your energy levels, kick depression to the curb, and even lower blood pressure.
And ladies, testosterone isn't just for the guys. It's your secret weapon too! Because boosting testosterone can help balance your hormones and tackle symptoms like PMS, bloating, cramping, irregular cycles, and pesky food cravings.
You can boost testosterone naturally with:
Rather than replacing testosterone with synthetic ingredients, provide the body with the vitamins, minerals and nutrients it needs to create more testosterone on its own.
While TRT (Testosterone Replacement Therapy) for the men or BHRT (Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy) for the women may be necessary at some point in the aging process, we recommend starting here first.
When it comes to navigating the intricate landscape of hormones, we've covered the essentials. But hold tight, because there are a few more powerful tools in the arsenal to naturally boost and balance hormones. Let's dive into the specifics for both men and women.
Imagine a scenario with more oxygen flowing through your blood, arteries flexible and active, providing support not just for your workouts but acting as a powerhouse aid for high blood pressure. Nitric oxide is the key, and we're turning up the levels naturally.
Now, let's talk about the nitty-gritty of muscle growth and repair. Forget about questionable powders and pills.
Instead, embrace the goodness of creatine nitrate, glutamine, and BCAAs. These ingredients are the natural support your muscles crave without any unwarranted side effects.
Combat poor performance and toxin buildup with a natural detox.
Show your body's filtration system some love with ingredients like milk thistle, dandelion root, and barberry root. It's time to rejuvenate and revitalize from the inside out.
Ladies, let's talk about adrenal support. Glandulars and rhodiola root are your secret weapons.
They provide consistent, natural energy throughout the day, bidding farewell to those energy crashes. It's time to keep you at the top of your game effortlessly.
Bone health is non-negotiable. Ensuring proper calcium absorption is the game-changer.
Enter chelated calcium and bone-building ipriflavone—a dream team for your bones. Strengthening, repairing, and keeping calcium where it belongs, it's a win-win for your skeletal health.
In the journey towards hormonal harmony, these additional elements play a pivotal role.
Embrace them and incorporate them into your wellness routine to support unwanted symptoms of midlife hormone imbalance naturally.
Congratulations, you've uncovered the essential nutrients your body needs to thrive in midlife.
But hold on a minute—how can you be sure that the supplements you're taking are top-notch, not just capsules filled with fillers and sawdust?
Here are key factors to look for when ensuring the quality of your supplements.
1. 3rd Party Testing, GMP Certified:
First and foremost, seek out supplements that have undergone third-party testing and carry the Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) certification. This ensures that what's on the label is exactly what you're getting, with no room for questionable additives.
2. Whole Food Derived Vitamins:
Opt for supplements that source their vitamins from whole foods, not synthetic ingredients. Your body recognizes and absorbs nutrients more efficiently when they come from natural sources, enhancing the overall effectiveness of the supplement.
3. "Pre-digested" Supplements:
Look for supplements that are "pre-digested," meaning they are already broken down into a form that can be easily absorbed by the body. This ensures that your system can make the most of the nutrients without unnecessary work.
4. Inclusion of Cofactors and Assistor Ingredients:
Quality supplements should be crafted with "cofactors" or other "assistor" ingredients that aid in the absorption of nutrients at a cellular level. This ensures that your body can fully benefit from the supplement's potential.
Doing the research to find supplements meeting these stringent standards can be a challenge. Whether you're perusing the local drugstore, shopping online, or navigating the latest trends pedaled by the typical social media influencer, the quest for quality can be daunting.
But fear not! At Unfair Advantage, we've taken out the guesswork for you.
Our supplements not only meet these high-quality standards but are also backed by extensive lab research on men and women navigating their midlife years.
Packed with vitamins, minerals, herbs, and nutrients targeting common deficiencies, our supplements are designed to kickstart your body into high gear, ensuring your 50s, 60s, and beyond are a time of vitality and well-being.
Ready to take the plunge? We highly recommend exploring the Unfair Advantage Hormone Pack.
Consistently providing your body with the right nutrients, coupled with other healthy habits, can genuinely transform your midlife experience. It all begins with a decision.
Decide to take action and make your midlife years your absolute best years. Your journey to optimal health starts now. You deserve it!