I’ve discussed before the importance of optimal hormone balance, and a few ways you can adjust your diet and health habits to achieve this. However, since my blog seems to be primarily targeted towards women, given than I try to speak from personal experience (and while I may behave and dress like a 17 year old boy, I am in fact not), I want to touch on anti estrogen and estrogen support usage.
I feel that many women shy away from anything that claims to be anti estrogen, or a supposed test booster. Yes, having higher estrogen levels is one of of the defining characteristics of the “fairer” sex. But this is only relatively speaking. Estrogen is what causes you to store more fat, I.e., your lovely lady curves. And, the more fat you have, the more estrogen you produce. Fat itself has a huge influence on hormone balance and it can because a bit of a vicious cycle. But here is the kicker, testosterone, our main androgen, has to be balanced by estrogen. So many of the huge muscle bound men you see out there, may In fact have higher estrogen levels than you! It’s all about optimal balance. If your test levels, or sex hormones in general are unbalanced, you’ll notice all sorts of weird side effects. This is why some ultra lean athletes during prep sometimes lose their sex drive.
For a female looking to gain muscle, reduce middle weights/leaner legs, and all together harder body composition, a test booster, or estrogen support is an important addition. There is a reason men don’t have the signature “fat thighs” or other female issues. As well, as they tend to be stronger and build mass more easily. The answer is testosterone.
Also, you may notice around certain times of the month, or when your diet falls of track you experience specific acne patterns. Cheek and jawline acne are also indicators of hormonal imbalance. So what is a girl to do? Well, first of all, building more muscle will in turn create an anabolic demand, which will shift your body towards more optimal production. And aside from avoiding estrogen mimicker, such as plastics, and certain foods, one of my go to supplements year round is DIM.
Like many supplements, DIM has its basis in plant sciences. It is found in smaller amounts in foods like kale, broccoli and cauliflower. Veggies all body builders are all too familiar with. But in order to reap the benefits you’d have to be grazing cauliflower, all day, all night. DIM is what I would consider a “estrogen support”, opposed to anti estrogen. It’s effective in preventing either drastic increases or decreases in estrogen. It can both inhibit the aromatase enzyme, and prevent conversion of testosterone into estrogen, which is why men with high testosterone can have high estrogen levels. It can also act on more potent forms of estrogen and convert them into less potent forms; this conversion reduces the overall effects of estrogen in the body. This is the ideal aim for most women looking to both build muscle and reduce fat.
It’s also noteworthy that high estrogen levels have been scientifically linked with cancer. Just another reason to support optimal estrogen levels. All in all, who doesn’t want to have clearer skin, better sex, a harder body and stronger lifts? (Rhetorical). Not to mention a little more mental “stability” when it comes to those fluctuations, and fuck cancer, am I right?!