I want to follow up on the thoughts from earlier this week regarding creating hormonal health through max effort training AND proper nutrition. Allow me clarify a few things.
1. This really works! Obvious right? Well, often people see chemical medicine as a “legitimate” option and natural cures/enhancements as a secondary or complementary component. Quite the opposite! Adjusting your “lifestyle fitness” habits is intended to be the main method of adjusting your health and fitness. Then medicine (when needed) can simply be complementary.
2. This applies to men AND women. I realize marketing methods are a (big) part of life but it can often create confusion when it could (and should) be clarifying things for people. For instance, I see tons of articles with titles like…”foods for men’s health” (see below) or “habits for women’s health”. They might even contain good information. But what can end up happening is guys avoid the “women’s habits” and women ignore the “men’s foods” However if you look more closely, the VAST majority of the time the foods and habits that are healthy for men and their hormones are the same ones that are beneficial for women and their hormones.
If you see something that looks like, “try this overnight miracle fix for [insert gender here]”, that should probably be avoided. If it looks more like, “create wise lifestyle habits so that you maximize your health and fitness and live life the way you were intended”, that is probably a better option.
If I could sum up these guidelines for gender health, both would look something like this. This is the real “magic fix” haha.
- Avoid sugar and excess low quality grains
- Drink lots of water
- Eat tons of organic vegetables
- Eat high quality grass-fed meats
- Eat healthful fats
- Get adequate sleep
- Reduce stress
- Train hard!
Check out this article “for guys” that actually has some pretty good, simple tips for both genders.