How To Optimize Your Hormones Naturally For Weight Loss And Excellent Sports Performance

Most people grossly underestimate the influence that hormones have on their bodies. Without optimally balanced levels of key hormones, including cortisol, DHEA, growth hormone, testosterone (men), estrogen and progesterone (women), you’ll never come anywhere close to your true potential.

This is true regardless of your age or your level (weekend warrior to pro). And you can forget about losing weight if your hormones are out of balance. I know this firsthand from working with hundreds patients.

I like to start by optimizing the stress hormones cortisol and DHEA levels in my patients. These two hormones are made by the adrenal glands, and they can have a powerful influence on other hormones. If you’re suffering from adrenal gland burnout, these hormone levels will never be optimally balanced.

Cortisol directs your body’s response to stress. It breaks down different tissues to provide energy. For example, cortisol breaks down protein in muscles to provide amino acids to your liver. Cortisol influences the burning of carbohydrates and it directs the storage of fat. It also inhibits repair and immune functions.

All of these things are good for dealing with short term stresses like skiing all day or running a marathon. But if you’re under chronic stress (as most of us are), the cortisol production never lets up. Your body is in a state of perpetual breakdown and perpetual fate storage.

In an ideal world, the stress would end and you’d have time to recover. Your cortisol levels would drop and your DHEA (a repair hormone that serves as cortisols counterpart) would rise. Your muscles would get their proteins back, your immune system would ramp up its efforts to fight infections, and other repairs would take place.

Unfortunately, few of us have lives that allow us to fully recover from stress. We work hard all week. We play hard on the weekend. Then on Monday we’re back to work, fighting through commutes, and dealing with other stresses that keep cortisol levels elevated. Your adrenal glands can’t catch a break.

Poor repair, poor immune function and impaired recovery: this is what destroys sports performance. It also causes your body to store fat. You obviously can’t just eliminate the stresses in your life. But you can learn to better manage them.

Impact of stress on sex hormones

Your stress hormones indirectly control your growth hormone, testosterone (men), estrogen and progesterone (women) levels. For the sake of simplicity, I’ll refer to these hormones as “sex hormones”.

Your stress hormones use many of the same building blocks as your sex hormones. Since they are more vital to your survival, your body will always preferentially make stress hormones over sex hormones. If your body needs to make more stress hormones, it will steal the building blocks from your sex hormones.

As a result, burned out women may have excess body fat, lower sex drives, and sometimes have trouble getting pregnant. Guys have trouble gaining muscle, trouble losing fat, and lowered sex drives. Some burned out guys even have mild sexual dysfunction.

In most cases, correcting your stress hormone levels will allow your body to correct the sex hormone levels. That’s why I like to start with the stress hormones.

Hormones influence how you look, how you feel, how quickly you age, and more. But you can’t simply “take hormones” to optimize them. The truth is that optimizing hormones is a long-term project. And you can do it naturally, primarily through lifestyle changes.

How to figure out if your stress hormones are burned out…

It’s a good idea to get a baseline test of your Cortisol and DHEA to see where they’re at. This is done very easily with saliva samples that you can collect at home. The test kit is then sent to the lab and sophisticated assays are performed to determine what your stress hormone levels are.

Without testing, you can make an educated guess about whether your levels are out of balance based on the questionnaire at the end of this article. Frankly, the lab test is far more reliable, but more on that later.

Your stress hormones are made by your adrenal glands. When you’re under prolonged stress with no real relief, your adrenal glands will start to burn out in a predictable pattern. This burnout pattern progresses through three stages. Genetics play a role in how long it takes to move through each stage.

Stage 1 Stress Hormone Burnout

In Stage 1 Burnout, your stress hormone levels are higher than normal. This means your body is still working hard to keep up with the excessive demand that you’re putting on it.

Some of the symptoms may include irritability, trouble sleeping, anxiety, food cravings (fats and sweets), declining sports performance, getting more colds and/or sinus infections, nagging injuries.

Stage 2 Stress Hormone Burnout

Sooner or later, if you’re in stage 1 you’ll slide into Stage 2. In Stage 2, your adrenal glands can’t make enough cortisol and/or DHEA to keep up with demand that your placing on your body throughout the day.

Stress is starting to wear you out. The symptoms that may go along with this include fatigue, mild depression, chronic injuries, weight gain, and all of the symptoms from Stage 1, but to a greater extent.

Stage 3 Stage 3 Stress Hormone Burnout

Luckily, I don’t see too many Stage 3 Burnouts in my practice. This is generally a case where someone has really run him or herself into the ground. Some significant health problems usually accompany stage, along with symptoms like severe fatigue, significant depression, loss of any interest in sex, apathy, severe sleep troubles, and more. If you suspect that this sounds like you, you need to get help now.

Since the vast majority of my patients are in Sate 1 or Stage 2, I’ll share a couple of true stories so you can see what I mean. The names a changed but the cases are real.

Jenna, a true Stage 1 Burnout…

Jenna was 29 when she came to me complaining of trouble sleeping, significant food cravings, and trouble losing the last 10 pounds of pregnancy weight. Her baby was about 18 months old, but she was still 10 pounds over her pre-pregnancy weight. She was training for a marathon, but not progressing like she used to.

After speaking with her during a consultation I discovered her sleep was poor, work was exhausting her, and she ate a lot of junk at night. When the results of her Stress Hormone Test came back, her levels were high. She was a classic Stage 1.

Matt, a true Stage 2 Burnout…

Matt was about 36 when I started working with him. He was (and is) an Ironman competitor, and had been watching his race times get worse and worse with each passing year. His training regimen was rigorous, with six to seven workouts per week. He also had a young child.

Matt did not like his job, and he traveled at least twice a month. On top of that, he drank a lot of caffeine, frequently used protein powders and energy bars instead of eating food, and slept about 6 hours per night.

When he first came to me, Matt’s primary concern was declining sports performance. After a few minutes of speaking with him, it was clear that his real concerns were fatigue, moodiness, and low sex drive.

As you can guess, when we tested Matt, his cortisol and DHEA levels were both low. After years of burning the candles at both ends, his lifestyle was wearing out his adrenal glands.

Your secret weapon for balancing your stress hormones

Once you have a handle on where your hormone levels are, it’s time to figure out what’s driving the imbalance. More often than not, lifestyle issues are causing the problems. The good news is that these lifestyle issues can be changed.

There are 4 basic kinds of stress that will affect your stress hormones. I always work with my patients to get each of these factors under control. Sometimes it’s easier said than done, but it ALWAYS makes a dramatic difference. They are:

Life stress, work stress, money stress

Sleep stress

Dietary stress

Exercise and injury stress

Let’s look at how these factors applied to Jenna and Matt, and you’ll see what I’m talking about.

So, getting back to Jenna…

Jenna went through a major life stress. She went through a nine month pregnancy, delivered a healthy child; breast fed for a year, and was raising a healthy toddler when she came to see me. Even though all of these are good things, they are all extremely stressful, particularly to your hormonal systems. Significant life stresses like childbirth, divorce, job loss, bankruptcy, death of a loved one, marriage, moving can all have a dramatic impact on health.

Luckily for Jenna, she got her child sleeping through the night when he was about 3 months old. So she was getting about 8 hours of sleep each night. Her sleep was probably what kept her from sliding into stage 2.

Like many new moms, Jenna got used to eating for two. Building a baby and breast feeding a baby both require incredible quantities of calories. In particular, Jenna got in the habit of eating a lot of calories at night, partly because she was hungry, and partly because the food helped her relax. Dietary stress usually involves blood sugar control issues, and this can drive your cortisol levels up. Balanced eating leads to balanced blood sugar, and this helps optimize hormones.

Again, like many new moms, Jenna started exercising too much too soon. She was running again as soon as her doctor allowed (about 10 weeks after her son was born). Training for a marathon with an already over-stressed body was only further draining her body. Excessive exercise is a significant problem for many of my patients. This will keep your cortisol high, your DHEA levels low, and prevent any meaningful recovery. For athletes, this is what destroys performance.

Moving Jenna towards balance…

The first thing I had to do was get Jenna to understand that she needed to fully recover from having the baby and nursing. Until that time, marathon training was out of the question. I limited her to no more than 3-mile runs four times a week. It seemed like too little to her, but this allowed her to exercise and recover at the same time. If she kept training for the marathon, she’d never get out of the hole she’d dug.

Even though Jenna was getting 8 hours of sleep, she felt like she could sleep more. So I told her to try to let her body get as much sleep as it needed. She agreed, and for the first three months, she slept about 10 hours a night (usually 9PM-7AM). Sleep is when your body repairs itself and when it makes most of its hormones, so it’s crucial that you get it. For Jenna, this meant giving up some crappy evening TV and getting to bed.

And finally, we limited her to no more than 250 calories after 7 PM. At first, she could eat whatever she wanted to get those calories, but eventually she got in the habit of eating a small healthy snack. It took a few months, but Jenna did indeed get back to her pre-pregnancy weight without any fad dieting.

What about Matt?

Matt required more work. First, I had him work with a triathlon coach to modify his training and allow for adequate recovery. He loved training for races, so taking that away from him would have been a disaster. But his training needed to be managed by someone who could be more objective about it. We did agree that he would take two weeks off from exercise. Only stretching and walking were allowed.

From there we tackled his diet. The first rule: no more protein powder or bars. Just about every protein powder is nothing but processed junk with a big marketing budget. It’s simply an inferior substitute for real food. These products often contain lots of artificial chemicals and poorly absorbed proteins. Real food is much better. A little planning ahead was all Matt needed to make sure he had food, not powder, to help his body repair itself.

Matt’s sleep was totally inadequate. It was leading directly to his over-consumption of caffeine. We had to slowly add to his sleep and start tapering off of all the coffee and energy drinks. Stimulants like this force your adrenal glands to keep pumping out stress hormones when they’re burned out.

And finally, I told Matt that it was time to make a career move. It doesn’t matter how much money you’re making if you hate what you do. Matt couldn’t stand the travel any more. He had a young son, and he wanted to be home. This kind of problem is usually not as hard to fix as people think.

Bringing hormone levels back into balance naturally

I often use supplements AFTER a patient has started implementing these lifestyle changes, but never without first obtaining a stress hormone lab test. By taking into account lab results, personal history, and lifestyle issues, I’m able to custom-design supplement programs that do exactly what the name implies: supplement the efforts that you’re already making. I used supplement programs with each of these patients, but I won’t disclose what those programs were. I don’t want anyone copying a program that was designed for someone else.

Hidden stressors may be present, too. Sometimes a patient will have a hidden internal stressor, often a low-grade digestive infection, that will drive them into a stage 1 and eventually stage 2. High morning stress hormone levels can indicate this type of problem (which requires medical treatment with antibiotics). Chronic muscular injuries are another type of hidden stressor.

Sometimes undiagnosed food allergies (to wheat or dairy for example) can create a tremendous stress on the body. Again, a careful history and information from the lab test can help figure this out.

Realistic goals and realistic time frames

One of the first things I tell a new patient is: “This is not something that you can fix overnight.” People spend years getting themselves in to Stress Hormone Burnout. It usually takes about 6 months to correct a Stage 1, about a year for a Stage 2, and even longer for a Stage 3.

Six months after we started working together, Jenna decided not to train for a marathon. She was feeling great, and she and her husband were ready to have another child.

I’ve been working with Matt for about 9 months at the time of this writing. He’s doing much better. He quit his job before he even started looking. He used that lag time to start sleeping more. First he started sleeping for seven hours, then 8. He now averages about eight and a half hours.

He landed a better job with slightly less pay, but he still does very well. Not wanting to go totally without coffee, he limits himself to two cups each morning. His first race of the season is about 3 weeks away. I have a feeling he’ll be pleased with his time.

And, if you haven’t guessed by now, Jenna and Matt are married.

So what can you do?

Sleep. I said it before and I’ll say I again: Your body makes most of it’s hormones and repairs itself during sleep. Ignoring your sleep needs a certain recipe for disaster. Most people need somewhere between 8 and 10 hours every night.

Acknowledge life stress. Some life stresses can be changed, and some can’t. The key is to change the ones that you can change, and learn to cope with the ones that you can’t change. These types of stresses drain your body 24 hours a day. It’s impossible to rebalance your hormones without addressing them. Sometimes, professional help may be required.

Eat balanced meals. Every meal should include about 3-5 ounces of quality protein, 1-2 cups of veggies, and, if you want, some form of carbohydrates. I like to have patients test out a wheat-free diet to see how they feel (many feel great).

Fine tune your exercise so it improves your body instead of draining it. Most people reading this article are more likely to over-exercise than under exercise. I’ve worked with many athletes, distance athletes, lifters, etc, and many of them are almost addicted to training. So they over-train. Over training severely depletes your adrenal glands and never allows your body to repair. Hormone testing is the best way to gauge the effects of your exercise habits, since everyone is different.

And finally, get a stress hormone assessment. I like to use the functional adrenal stress profile from Biohealth Diagnostics. This is a saliva lab test that allows you to collect samples at home and then use pre-paid FedEx to send the kit to the lab. Cortisol and DHEA levels are measured at four different times throughout the day (first thing in the morning, noon, late afternoon, and bed time. This very accurate lab test is an excellent starting point for balancing your stress hormones.
It’s important to take action now. Imbalanced hormones will destroy sports performance and keep you from losing weight. As time goes by, these imbalances can lead to more significant health problems, like heart disease and diabetes.

You can have your stress hormone levels tested by Dr. Hyman by scheduling a consultation or enrolling in a six-month program. From there, Dr. Hyman can help set up a natural hormone balancing plan that get you back to performing at your best.

Stress Profile Questionnaire

Next to each question assign a number between 0 and 5. You should assign values as follows:

0 = Not true

3 = Somewhat true

5 = Very true

Once you have completed the questionnaire calculate your total and locate the range you fall under on page two.

1. ___I experience problems falling asleep.

2. ___I experience problems staying asleep.

3. ___I frequently experience a second wind (high energy) late at night.

4. ___I have energy highs and lows throughout the day.

5. ___I feel tired all the time.

6. ___I need caffeine (coffee, tea, cola, etc) to get going in the morning.

7. ___I usually go to bed after 10 pm.

8. ___I frequently get less than 8 hours of sleep per night.

9. ___I am easily fatigued.

10.___Things I used to enjoy seem like a chore lately.

11.___My sex drive is lower than it used to be.

12.___I suffer from feelings of depression such as sadness, or loss of motivation.

13.___If I skip meals I feel low energy or foggy and disoriented.

14.___My ability to handle stress has decreased.

15.___I find that I am easily irritated or upset.

16.___I have had one or more stressful major life events. (i.e: divorce, job loss, new baby, new job)

17.___I tend to overwork with little time for play or relaxation for extended periods of time.

18.___I crave sweets.

19.___I frequently skip meals.

20.___I am experiencing muscle aches, headaches, or more frequent illnesses.

Scoring Your Stress Profile:
It is important to note that this is not a diagnostic test and should not be used to diagnose any conditions. It is simply a tool to help assess your likely level of adrenal burnout.

If you scored between:

0 – 30: You are in good health.

30 – 40: You are under some stress.

40 – 50: You are a candidate for adrenal burnout.

50 – 60: You are in adrenal burnout.

60 + : You are in severe adrenal burnout.

* If you scored 60 or higher it is important that you take immediate steps to correct this condition before your health is adversely affected.

If you have scored 40 or higher you are in adrenal burnout and will at some point experience the symptoms such as fatigue, weight gain, insomnia, irritability, and mood swings.

Tissot T-Sport Watches – Go Ahead in Your Journey

Tissot shared a deep a connection with various sports disciplines renowned across the globe. This has inspired the brand to craft timepieces that match the thrilling and racing journey of today’s generation. The T-Sport collection is mainly designed for giving a tribute to the champions in the racetracks. Generally, the timepieces of the collection celebrate a rugged, casual look that appreciates the day-to-day fashion. Since 1853, the brand has been in the field of watchmaking and earned expertise that is hard to beat by any other manufacturers. From the beginning, it has shown its interest in designing timepieces that are more sporty than the sophisticated.

These days, the timepieces of the brand have been sold in more than 160 countries as they have a universal appeal to allure the hearts of the wearers. The association of the brand with the sports is long as it is the official timekeeping partners of basketball leagues, cycling, and the motorsports. The timepieces engineered by the brand have a got a touch of each field of sports in their design.

Tissot and its connection with the sports:

When it comes to design sporty watches, no other brand can beat the victorious reach of Tissot. Since the brand closely witnessed the breathtaking and adrenaline rush of the sports, it has depicted the same through the design and the mechanism of the timepieces. Being partnered with the NBA, FIBA and CBA games, the brand introduced watches to celebrate the craze of different teams. Besides this, the brand has also enjoyed being selected as the official timekeeper of the cycling – Tour De France and UCI world cup. The journey of the brand continues and it has also tasted the excitement of motorsports with the MotoGP and the FIM World Superbike Championship. Added to this, the brand has also got fame for joining the rugby games, fencing, and ice hockey.

The content explores timepieces from the T-sport collection that reflects the daring courage of the brand in designing timepieces that meet the excitement of sports.

Match the step with the time:

T-Sport collection is specially designed for the people who are care-free and want to reach their goals. The collection has an array of timepieces designed for celebrating the enthusiasm of different sports. The PRS 516 expresses the excitement of motorsports, with which the brand has a long association. The design of the timepieces has taken a direct inspiration from the 1960’s motorsports. The timepiece T044.430.21.041.00 comes up with the same thought the brand has been cherished for long. Belonging from the PRS 516 collection, it brings alive the nostalgic touch of the motorsports. The 42mm blue dial has been designed with the white hands and indexes. With the simple look and a creative style, the watch has soon become the piece of the expression of men’s personality. The stainless steel strap complements the look of the watches.

Stay Ahead of the time:

Tissot designs such timepieces that always remind wearers of the rugged and robust mechanism running beneath the sporty look. The V8 series also brings forth watches that are as powerful as your thought is. The timepieces of the collection have come up with the chronograph function where the design of the sub-dials has similarities with the dashboards of the racing cars. The dial of the watch has Arabic numerals at 12, 3, and 9 o’clock positions. The sturdy appeal of the watch is even more intensified with the tachymeter engraved bezel and a brown leather strap. Since men’s fashion is more daring and brave than elegance and sophisticated, this watch perfectly presents the confident of the wearers with a touch of the fashion.

The T-Sport collection of Tissot reveals the sporty and racing spirit through each detailing of the timepiece. They justify the name of the collection through their unique gesture and the unparalleled expression of style. There are many series like V8, Quickster and PRS 516 that unfold the brand’s journey with various sports disciplines across the world.

Gift for Men

You’re out shopping for the man you love. The man you care for more than anything in the world (I hope) and you don’t know what to get him. Surprisingly you’re not alone. There are thousands of women searching for a gift for there man every month. We know it’s not easy. Which is exactly why we’re going to make some suggestions. With all of the personality types out there we understand that there isn’t a single gift that would be perfect for any man. Which is why we’re going to pick a single gift for every personality type. All of these gifts were sampled from major retail websites.

Men who are Activist

If you’re man is an activist then he might be interested in the following suggestion. When we refer to an activist we mean the “Eco” friendly man. The guy who’s always telling you to recycle your aluminum cans and drives a hybrid. If you’re man is that guy then he might be interested in owning his own eco-system. We found dozens of eco-systems that even give you the option to customize them. Each eco system comes in it’s own glass container that’s fill with bio-life. It’s practically your own bio-dome. Typically gifts like this come with a price tag of more than $70.

The Creative Thinker

So your man is a creative thinker? Is he the type of guy that likes to smoke on his corn cob pip while playing a game of chess? How about the type of guy who likes to express himself through his art? If he’s that guy then he might like his own Lego Architect Set. Most of the time when people think of Lego’s they think of little kids building blocks. That’s just not true. Lego offers an entire line of architecture sets that will keep any man busy. For example one of the sets we found is an exact replica of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Of course, if building a museum doesn’t float your boat there are dozens of different models available.

The Man who is a Devoted Dad

If you’re man loves his child with all of his heart then he might like this gift. Of course what man doesn’t love his kids? We found a personalized family portrait on canvas that he might be interested. What you do is a hire a company that deals with “Canvases on Demand.” After sending them a picture they’ll send you a canvas with that family photo on it. The only problem with this gift is that it can get pricey. For a canvas 90×60 inches the price is $938. That’s a diamond ring or the down payment on a car. He’s worth it though right?

Men who are “Do-It Yourselfers”

This type of guy likes to fix everything. It doesn’t matter if it’s a hole in the wall or the car breaking down he’ll try to fix it. It doesn’t matter if he knows what he’s doing because he’ll try anyways before calling a professional. If that’s your man then try buying him one of the many tools that he needs. If that doesn’t work then you could try buying a funny book like the “Jumbo Duck Tape Book.” With that book your man will learn everything that duck tape can do. For example he’ll learn how to turn any piece of clothing into rain wear with a strip of duck tape. If that doesn’t cut then find out how to keep your kids from looking at pornography by placing duck tape on the computer screen. The possibilities with duck tape are endless.

The Fitness Guy ( A.K.A. The Health Nut )

Does your man spend more time at the gym than he does with you? If he does then you probably got a health nut. While he’s off counting carbs why not check into some of these gift suggestions. One of the most popular gifts for this type of guy is actually the Phiten Star Necklace. This necklace helps reduce pain in the neck and back after strenuous work outs. The best thing about the necklace is that it’s never “used” up. To get the necklace to work all you have to do is wear it. The necklace is actually being worn by professional athletes world wide.

The Geeky Guy

How much time does your man spend on the computer? If the answer to that question is a lot then he probably doesn’t have a girlfriend. On the off chance that he does here are some gift suggestions. Since geeks seem to be the “tech” guys we think that would appreciate some of the latest and greatest gifts. Great example of gifts for geeks are iProducts (Apple), computer games, and comic books. The problem with geeky guys is that their gifts can be quite expensive. If you’re on a budget when shopping for a geek then I would recommend just buying something like the video spy pen. It offers hours of fun at a fraction of the cost of an iPhone. The only problem is that he won’t love it as much.

The Guy who is the Mans Man

Does your man always spend time with his buddies? Every Friday night do they get together to play some poker? Watch the big game? Then it looks like you’ve got a guy’s guy. This guy loves his friends who are luckily enough all men. For some reason the guy’s guy is always a drinker. We would recommend buying this guy his very own microbrewery. If your man doesn’t drink then you could try buying him a football chip n’ dip set. The football chip n’ dip set is a football helmet that allows you to put chips in the top. The football helmet comes in every team possible.

The Hipster

If you’re man stays on top of the latest fads then you’ve probably got a hipster. This guy is always in style. He’s got the latest everything. The hipster is always a hard guy to shop for. The reason being is that he usually always has almost everything. One thing we know he doesn’t have is a ironic and hilarious oil painting. The oil painting features one of the most dramatic characters of all time. We’ll give you a hint. It’s a star of one of the most popular YouTube videos of all time. If you answered the dramatic chipmunk then you’ve got it. Oil paintings of him can be found on most major retail websites offering novelty items. The painting features the chipmunk striking his famous pose.

Men who are the Host

If you always seem to have people over then your man is the host. This guy loves inviting all of your friends over for BBQ’s and gatherings. He’s the type of guy that loves to be around people. What kind of gift should be given to this guy? There are a variety of different options available to you. For example you could buy him his own personalized cutting board. If that doesn’t cut it ( get it? ) you could try buying him his very own “funny people home helper.” This suggestions is a voodoo knife set that features a knife holder in the shape of a human. All of the knives slide into him (unfortunately). It’s a taboo gift that would be great for a conversation piece.

The Intellectual Man

Does you man like to have long conversations about subjects that you know nothing about? Does he like to play games of chess will slowly smoking tobacco? Then you might be with an intellectual. This type of guy loves to tinker around with anything that gives him a challenge. Great gifts for intellectuals include items like whiskey stones. A whiskey stone is a natural soapstone that doesn’t scratch glass. What the whiskey stone does is retain temperature for extended periods of time. With whiskey stones your man won’t have to worry about them watering down his whiskey. It’s the ultimate gift for the intellectual who likes to sip on his brandy while reading in front of the fireplace.

The Metro Man

Does your man shop at eagle outfitters? Then chances are he’s the metro man. We know this because only metro men would ever shop at eagle outfitters. Other ways you can tell is by your mans willingness to follow the latest trends in clothing and accessories. Keep in mind that the greatest gifts for metro men always change. Every time the times change so does this mans opinion. At the writing of this article gifts like the diesel gear seem to be trendy for men. Another great gift for the metro is a watch. Watches tend to be classic gifts for men that never go wrong.

The Outdoorsman

How much time does you guy spend outside? If he loves hiking, the great outdoors, and nature then you have an outdoorsman. The outdoorsman is always an interesting guy to shop for. The reason being is that he doesn’t always like “material” objects. With the outdoorsman you have spend a lot more time shopping. Some of the gifts we can recommend is survival gear and solar chargers for gadgets. Solar chargers allow you to charge a variety of different products ( depending on which one you buy ) just by placing them in the sun. Survival gear includes anything from backpacks to boots. It all depends on your mans needs.

Men who are Professional

The professional guy is the man who loves his job. He’s the guy that’s always trying to climb that corporate ladder. If that sounds anything like your man then you’ve got a professional. When shopping for the professional you should think of “appropriate” gifts for his office. Keep in mind that some offices are not always as accepting of novelty items. Typically the professional guy can always go for gifts like the workday recovery kit, wireless stock market updates, and briefcases. Shopping for the professional guy can be boring. We’re only glad that we’re not the ones marrying him.

The Sports Fans

This is one of the most common types of guys that you’ll ever meet. We’re not talking about the guy who just likes to watch the games. The sports fan is the guy who is over infatuated with his favorite teams. Typically he’ll have an entire room dedicated to sports memorabilia. If that sounds like your man then you’ve got it easy. Anything to do with his favorite team will be the best gift for him. Keep in mind one thing. Don’t mess up. I’ve seen women buy men the wrong team before. That doesn’t go over very well.

Men who are Spiritual

Shopping for the spiritual guy is one of the hardest things to do. We would compare shopping for this guy with climbing Mount Everest. He’s the guy that’s into his own spiritual beliefs. It doesn’t matter if those beliefs are Christianity, Catholicism, or Hinduism he’s spiritual. Some great gifts for this type of guy are items like the words to inspire paperweight. This paper weight includes the inspirational words of someone who loves him (you). Another great gift idea would be items like the “nifty tea infuser” that holds tea that can be easily infused with water at any time.