10 He-Man Ways to Stop Man Boobs and 2 Things to Avoid at All Costs

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Man Boobs, officially called gynecomastia, is an embarrassing condition for most men. Gynecomastia is when the breast tissues in men swell and get, well, let’s say a “full” look. This can affect one or both breasts for various reasons, such as, for example, irregular hormone levels.

If you have developed man boobs and you also find that your newfound breasts are also painful, and have discharges from nipples, you should see a doctor right away as this might be a more serious condition.

Most men find this condition extremely embarrassing and difficult to cope with. In fact, a great number of men even undergo breast reduction surgery in their effort to avoid this feminine look.

You don’t have to go to that extreme, however. There are many natural remedies that can help to treat this problem. We are also going to give you two important suggestions for things you should avoid at all costs to stop developing this problem in the first place.

 

1. Turmeric

One of the famous natural remedies for man boobs is turmeric. This spice naturally increases the levels of testosterone in men. When testosterone levels are high, male breast size naturally reduces. An added bonus is that turmeric helps to burn fat and encourages a healthy liver.

One of the ways to use it is by simply adding one tablespoon of turmeric to one cup of water or milk and allowing the mixture to simmer for a quarter of an hour. Then drink this mixture two or three times each day, make sure you take it before going to bed. Repeating this daily, you should begin to see results in two or three weeks.

Always get advice from your doctor before taking any herbal supplements or treatments. Turmeric is tolerated well by most people but it can worsen gallbladder problems and make GERD worse for some people.

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2. Epsom Salt Bath

If you are getting man boobs because of water retention, this is a great way to help remove excess water from the body. Epsom salts aren’t really salt but are magnesium sulfate flakes that will also help detox the body and help to rid the body of excess hormones.

Fill a bath with hot water and add 2 cups of Epsom salt to the water. Stir until they are dissolved, then relax in the bath for 20 to 25 minutes. Do this three times each week. If you have heart problems or hypertension, you should avoid this method.

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3. Dandelion

This is another terrific way to help treat those man boobs. Dandelion is a natural diuretic, which means that it removes excess water from the body and removes harmful toxins as well as excess estrogen from the body. It also helps the body breakdown carbohydrates, which can cause your body to store less fat.

Make your own dandelion tea by adding 1 teaspoon of dried dandelion to one cup of hot water. Cover and steep for 10 minutes, then strain and drink a cup of this tea two or three times a day until you see improvement.

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4. Fish Oil

Fish oil is famous for its super beneficial omega-3 fatty acids. Fish oil is great for stopping man boobs because it stimulates the production of male hormone testosterone and reduces females-related estrogen levels, one of the main culprits behind those man boobs.

Check the correct dosage for your size and condition with your doctor.

Healthy Diet. Flax Seeds

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5. Flaxseed

This is another source of omega-3 fatty acids that can reduce estrogen and increase testosterone. Flaxseeds contain higher levels of lignans, which balance the activity of estrogen in the body. These seeds can also help to remove harmful toxins and excess hormones from the body as well.

Try adding 1 tablespoon of ground flaxseeds in one glass of warm water and drink daily until you see improvement.

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6.  Passion Flower

Passion flower has natural testosterone boosting compounds, which can help decrease the size of your breasts. Passion flower also has a substance called Chrysin, which stops the body from breaking down testosterone.

Make your own passion flower tea by steeping around a teaspoon of dried passion flower in 1 cup of boiling water for about a quarter of an hour, then strain, and drink this tea two or three times each day.

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7. Milk Thistle

If those man boobs are due to a liver problem, milk thistle is your best option. Milk thistles active ingredient is silymarin, which is well documented as improving liver function.

You can take this in a supplement from, but ask your doctor for the proper dosage and if it is safe for you to take. Or, make your own tea by adding 1 tablespoon of crushed seeds to 3 cups of very hot water. Cover it and allow it to steep for 15-20 minutes. When the drink cools off a bit, strain the seeds and add a bit of raw, organic honey. Drink two or three cups of this tea for the next two or three weeks.

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8. Zinc

Zinc naturally increases testosterone levels. In fact, several studies have shown that zinc deficiencies can lead to lower levels of testosterone in men. Eat foods that are high in zinc such as lobster, oyster, cashews, raisins, chickpeas, and yogurt.

 

9. Cold Compress

If you find that your breasts are tender, or even painful, apply a cold compress. This will cause the breast tissue to contract, which should reduce both pain and swelling. Wrap an ice pack or a bag of frozen peas in a clean towel and apply to the breasts for 1 minute, then remove for 2 minutes. Repeat until you get relief.

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10. Exercise

Exercise can help to reduce those man boobs both by balancing hormones and by reducing body fat. Certain exercises can help build the chest and torso muscles. Try to include weight lifting, cardio, and elliptical exercises in your routine.

Swimming is especially helpful for reducing body fat. Walking and jogging are also terrific forms of exercise.

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One of the best ways to avoid those man boobs is to avoid products that interrupt and confuse the body’s production of hormones. Several studies have shown that when men avoid the following products, their breasts returned to a more normal size.

 

1. Tea Tree Oil and Lavender Oil

Many household products contain either tea tree oil or lavender oil for both scent and for antibacterial compounds. Lavender is perhaps the most common scent and is found in body spray, hair spray, after shave, cologne, hair gel, shampoo, hair conditioner, and room air fresheners. Tea tree oil is an increasingly popular home remedy for many skin problems, such as eczema or for dandruff.

Screen every single product that comes into contact with your body. Make sure that it does not contain lavender oil or tea tree essential oil.

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2. Soy Products

Soy contains phyto-estrogens, which can interrupt male androgen levels, which can encourage those man boobs. Avoid products that contain soy. Read labels carefully as soy is hidden in many foods and you might not realize it, such as powdered coffee creamers and cereal.

 

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Other Tips:

  • Do not smoke or use tobacco in any other form
  • Eat organic foods and meats to avoid exposure to toxic chemicals
  • Maintain a healthy body weight
  • Do not take bodybuilding drugs or steroids
  • Do not drink to excess
  • Avoid exposure to pollutants such as lead or mercury
  • Limit your consumption of marijuana

References:

Umm.edu

Nejm.org

Journals.aace.com