Foods That Affect Your Sex Hormones

As we get older, estrogen (in women) and testosterone (in men) naturally decreases. These hormones, which are key to sexual development, regulate our sex drive. If a man’s level of testosterone slowly disappears, so does his libido.

When women hit around 50 years old, menopause begins and estrogen levels drop. The good news is there are foods that can boost these estrogen or testosterone levels. A quick and easy morning shake with some of the ingredients below can do wonders for your stamina and mood.

Foods That Boost Estrogen Levels

  • Seeds: flaxseeds and sesame seeds
  • Fruit: apricots, oranges, strawberries, peaches, many dried fruits
  • Vegetables: yams, carrots, alfalfa sprouts, kale, celery
  • Soy products: tofu, miso soup, soy yogurt
  • Dark rye bread
  • Legumes: lentils, peas, pinto beans
  • Olives and olive oil
  • Chickpeas
  • Culinary herbs: turmeric, thyme, sage

Foods That Boost Testosterone Levels

  • Oils: olive, canola, and peanut
  • Avocados
  • Olives
  • Nuts: almonds and cashews
  • Oysters
  • Wheat germ
  • Shellfish: lobster and crab
  • Chickpeas
  • Oatmeal
  • Kidney beans
  • Raisins
  • Dark green leafy vegetables
  • Bananas
  • Low-fat yogurt

In addition to eating these boosting sex hormone foods, you should be getting your yearly checkup that includes a comprehensive health screening.

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Dr. Susan Linder is Board Certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Subspecialty Board Certified in Pain Medicine. She is a Diplomat of the American Board of Anti-Aging, Functional & Regenerative Medicine and a graduate of the Fellowship Program through the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine. Dr. Linder is the Medical Director of HealthSpringMD in Fort Worth Texas. Dr. Linder may be reached at 817-926-7671.