A survival situation is a time when more male energy is actually required by both sexes…by this what I mean is rational logical thinking is required as well as focus, action, leadership, strategy, providing and protecting….all of these are male / yang qualities.
Feminine / yin energy is more emotional, non-linear, abstract, no concept of time, creative, supportive, nurturing, intuitive…and while some of these qualities are important during survival situations, in severe crisis mode it’s male energy that needs to predominate.
Using male / yang energy requires testosterone. Men get testosterone from their testes and women get testosterone from their adrenals. When women work jobs that require male energy for hours on end it can result in severe adrenal fatigue causing drained energy, feeling burned out, no sex drive, bad skin, nails and hair and a whole host of other issues.
Having severe adrenal fatigue can also negatively affect how well you are able to respond to an emergency situation when you have to call upon adrenaline…if you are all tapped out of adrenaline it could potentially be the difference between surviving or not.
Doing business is actually easier on the male energy system than it is for women unless they find a way to incorporate feminine energy into the way they work. This is something to consider.
The biggest problem the majority of modern society faces at the moment is an overload of estrogen. This is not good for either men or women. Too much estrogen for men means diminished testosterone, feminization, erectile dysfunction, low sperm count and many other issues.
Too much estrogen for women means weight gain and breast cancer and irrationality and over-sensitivity, miscarriages and birth defects.
Ideally in non-crisis situations men should be running about 80% male energy and 20% feminine energy and women should be running around 80% feminine energy and 20% male energy. This is a healthy balance.
In a survival situation when your hormones are balanced to begin with it’s easier to draw on other hormones you might need to use but if you’re severely imbalanced then you are operating at a disadvantage and there may not be reserves of what you need to access.
Here are some of the biggest contributing factors to hormone imbalances that each sex can do something about:
BPA (Bisphenol A)
Top of the list is BPA.
BPA is an industrial chemical used to make plastic hard, as in water and infant bottles, and also to make liners for food and beverage cans. It migrates from the can or plastic into the contents, which are then ingested. BPA can also be found on cash register receipt paper and in coatings of electronics so handling a lot of these things can cause BPA to be absorbed into the bloodstream via the skin.
It has been strongly established as an estrogen mimic that disrupts the endocrine (hormonal) system, with potentially serious effects on development, the reproductive system and the brain.
Since BPA is a known “xenoestrogen”, it’s been linked in animal studies (at surprisingly small doses) to all sorts of various health issues such as cancer, metabolic disorders, heart disease, diabetes, and fertility problems and birth defects or miscarriages, prostate issue, low sperm count… and even turning male fishes into female fishes.
According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), BPA was detected in the bodies of 95% of Americans in one CDC study (this is a worldwide issue though, not just limited to the US).
The Environmental Working Group reports, “analysis of our tests reveals that for one of every five cans tested, and for one-third of all vegetables and pastas (ravioli and noodles with tomato sauce), a single serving would expose a pregnant woman to BPA at levels that fall within a factor of 5 of doses linked to birth defects — permanent damage of developing male reproductive organs”.
Sodas are the biggest offenders with the highest BPA concentrations due to the alarming acid pH levels which leaches more of the BPA. Coca Cola has a 2.0 pH (caustic). Even transporting Coca Cola syrup requires hazardous materials placards to be placed on the truck and the drivers have to have a hazardous materials endorsement on their commercial driver’s license. Think about that the next time you’re tempted to drink a soda.
Next highest on the list is any canned tomato products (canned ravioli, pastas, canned tomato pastes, tomato sauces, etc) due to the acidic nature of tomatoes, which leaches more of the BPA.
Bottom line: Try to avoid canned goods altogether but if you do buy canned goods make sure any canned goods you stock up on are in BPA free cans and any other food storage or water storage containers are BPA free. Glass storage jars or mylar are better options.
If you use plastic wrap, plastic ziplock bags, plastic containers for food storage, etc, try to investigate on the label if the product is BPA-free or not. Some brands packaging will label if their products are BPA-free…some are and some are not. And NEVER heat up food in plastic containers containing BPA or with plastic wrap as the cover… that really leaches BPA into the food.
And by the way xenoestrogens are a primary contributor to abdominal fat specifically.
Next on the list is soy. Soy is extremely high in estrogen and if you’re thinking I don’t eat tofu or drink soy milk or eat vegeburgers so I’m ok think again…it’s in pretty much all packaged foods, salad dressings, mayonnaise, soups, chips, crackers cookies, shampoos and conditioners, face creams etc.. Start reading labels and you’ll see soy protein or soy oil in nearly 90% of everything in your pantry.
The average American gets around 67 grams per day of soy which is the equivalent of taking 4 to 5 birth control pills per day. It becomes higher for vegetarians who tend to eat more soy.
To read a great in depth article on The Shocking Effects of Soy on Both Sexes CLICK HERE
The best option is start making your own food from scratch using only ingredients that are healthy. Most of the packaged MRE’s currently on the market not only usually contain lots of soy but also forms of MSG (which hides under about 30 or so different names) and other unhealthy ingredients as well. Getting creative and making your own home made MREs are your best option.
Alfalfa, Clover and Hops
I’m all for sprouting. Sprouts are one of the best survival foods out there. They provide rich, digestible energy, bioavailable vitamins, minerals, amino acids, proteins, beneficial enzymes and phytochemicals, are ready in 3-5 days as opposed to waiting months for your garden to produce crops, rival most foods for nutritive value and are relatively inexpensive and easy to store.
That said, alfalfa and clover are both very high in estrogen and are two sprouts I would suggest avoiding eating and stocking up on.
These two are probably the most common ones people sprout but there are so many other types of sprouts that are available and taste amazing to choose from that won’t overload your system with estrogen.
Also you should find out if the meat you are buying is from animals that were primarily fed on soy, alfalfa or clover…it will be in their system as well…just something to consider.
Hops is also very high in estrogen so if you’re a beer lover you might want to keep this in mind and limit how much beer you drink.
Ok so now that we’ve covered some things to avoid let’s cover some things that can be beneficial to include:
DIM is a naturally occurring phytonutrient that is found in cruciferous vegetables. Though discovered over ten years ago, the connection between plant-derived dietary ingredients and estrogen metabolism are just now beginning to be understood. Research has shown that DIM has the ability to act as an estrogen balancer (sometimes referred to as an estrogen blocker) in BOTH women and men. It can be used by those addressing
estrogen dominance problems
Maca Root works to balance out the entire endocrine system…the system that regulates your hormones. The endocrine system is a collection of glands that produce hormones essential for normal bodily functions. The glands governed by the endocrine system are the hypothalamus, the adrenal glands, the thyroid and the parathyroid glands.
Scientists and doctors are now finding maca to be one of the best natural ways to regulate and support endocrine health. This action regulates metabolism, energy levels, growth, sexual development and the sense of well being and attitude.
Maca root does not actually contain hormones itself. Instead it provides a unique set of nutrients that directly fuel the endocrine system and help the glands to produce vital hormones in precise dosages predetermined by one’s own body.
When your endocrine system is balanced it can properly regulate hormone production at balanced levels.
I use maca root every day in my hemp protein shake and stock up on this stuff by the kilo.
Here’s one of the best herbal formulations I’ve seen for men for helping to maintain healthy levels of testosterone.
Super MiraForte contains high potencies of plant extracts that naturally reduce the aromatization (conversion) of testosterone to estrogen to enhance free testosterone levels.
If you’re dealing with depleted adrenal reserves or severe adrenal fatigue this herbal formula is one of the best products I’ve come across for helping to restore the adrenal system. One of the main herbs in this product is Ashwaganda which is very well known for it’s support to the adrenals along with Schizandra. I had severe adrenal fatigue many years ago and this product was what I took to help restore my adrenals back to proper functioning.
Getting your hormone levels tested is something everyone should do. It’s inadvisable to simply try to guess what your hormone levels are and getting them tested will tell you precisely what they are and you can then determine what kind of supplements would be best for your particular hormone level. For hormone blood panel tests Life Extension Foundation has by far the best hormone blood tests I’ve seen. These panels are very comprehensive and cost a fraction of the price charged by traditional laboratories.
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