As we have heard time and time again, we are what we eat. This is a true statement, which can be observed anytime you leave your house for work or some social activity. People come in all shapes and sizes, and a lot of how we look does come down to how we fuel our bodies.
For the patients who visit our breast surgeon team in Long Island or NYC, there is a bit of good news in this tidbit of information. Although surgical breast reduction for men may be necessary to remove excess breast and glandular tissue, there are dietary changes that can be instituted to balance hormones and live strong.
Minerals and Nutrients for Balance
Zinc for Testosterone
To promote healthy male hormonal balance, foods high in Zinc are recommended.
Studies have shown that pre-adolescent males should consume about 8mg of this nutrient every day, and males older than 14 should consume approximately 11mg of Zinc per day.
Foods that are high in Zinc include organic meats like dark chicken meat, beef, pork, and lamb. For the vegetarians out there, try legumes and peanuts, toasted wheat germ, and dark chocolate.
Fiber is Essential for More than Regularity
Fiber is recommended for all of us, both men and women of any age. Not only does this necessary element help maintain bowel integrity as we age, it also lowers cholesterol and blood sugar, and aids in weight loss.
In the male body, fiber can also aid the body in elimination of excess estrogen, which can be consumed in foods like beans, fruits, vegetables, or whole grains.
Patients will benefit greatly from adding cruciferous vegetables to their diets following treatment in our gynecomastia surgery NY facilities. Foods like cauliflower, brussels sprouts, and broccoli, as well as nuts, bran, oats, and apples will all benefit the male body.
Calcium for More than Strong Bones
We have been raised to believe that milk does a body good, but for the male combating gynecomastia, farm-raised dairy can be a real catch-22 type of situation.
Cows are milked during and after pregnancy, when their estrogen levels are elevated. Combine that with the fact that most farm-raised cattle are also treated with hormones or steroids and you could have a recipe for disaster when it comes to hormone imbalances.
Calcium, however, is an important part of a healthy body. Rather than consuming large amounts of dairy to get ample calcium, however, try adding other calcium-rich foods to your menu.
Calcium-rich foods that come without the added estrogen or antibiotics of farm-raised meats and dairy include almonds and almond milk, spinach, kale, turnips, collard greens, and fruits like fresh figs and apricots. Certain types of fish will also increase your calcium consumption.
Both before and after getting gynecomastia surgery, it is wise to look into the foods you regularly use to fuel your body.
Eating the right foods not only helps you to maintain results after treatment, but will bring a whole host of health benefits as you go through life.
Free Surgical Consultation in our Gynecomastia Surgery NY Centers
For your free consultation to see if breast reduction for men is right for you, contact us in Long Island at 631.499.1831 or in New York, at 212.206.0023. Always consult a doctor before starting any diet or exercise plan.