Chapter 1 - The Problem
We live in a society that places a high value on being strong , muscular and masculine, but our actions tell an entirely different story.
Testosterone has many benefits for men and women. For men, specifically, it helps build muscle, reduce fat and has been linked to greater motivation, confidence and increased cognitive function.
On the flip side low testosterone has been linked to less muscle, more body fat, depression and difficulty getting an erection. Sounds terrible, right ?
When given the opportunity most men would say, "I want to boost my testosterone; sign me up!"
There is a problem, though. Testosterone in men has steadily been on the decline. Year after year men are diagnosed with low testosterone at younger ages.
Our current lifestyles do not generally maximize our testosterone. We need to make some serious changes.
The beautiful part of this problem is that we can make the changes to naturally boost our own production of testosterone.
Through changing our nutrition, exercise and lifestyle routines we can increase the amount of testosterone our body produces. Remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither were Arnold Schwarzenegger’s arms.
In order to successfully increase your testosterone you must adopt new habits over time. Too much too soon is a perfect recipe for being overwhelmed.
Make small daily changes and before you know it you have changed your lifestyle.
Chapter 2 - Signs of Low Testosterone
Low testosterone is no fun and can negatively impact how you look, feel and perform in your daily life. Here are some common signs that you may be deficient in testosterone:
• Low sex drive
• Difficulty getting and maintaining an erection
• Hair loss
• Constant fatigue and lack of energy
• Reduced semen volume
• Trouble with memory
• Loss of muscle mass
• Difficulty gaining muscle
• Decrease in bone density and mass
• Increase in body fat
• Can't lose body fat
• Mood changes (anxiety, depression)
Chapter 3 - What Decreases Testosterone?
• Low fat diets: Dietary fat, especially saturated fat and cholesterol, are the raw materials that your body uses to produce testosterone.
Just as you can’t build a house without materials, you can't boost your testosterone on a low fat diet.
• Excessive stress: Stress raises the hormone cortisol. This hormone enhances your ability to wake up alert, lift weights, and overall brain function.
Cortisol is needed but there is balance that needs to be maintained. Too much cortisol can cause difficulty falling asleep, poor quality sleep, fat gain around the abdomen.
When your cortisol is always elevated the raw materials to make testosterone are stolen by the adrenal glands to support cortisol production.
• Lack of adequate sleep: Your body repairs itself and rebuilds from the day's efforts while you sleep. Your muscles are torn in the gym, fed in the kitchen and built in your bed.
Less muscle mass means less fat burning potential. Lack of adequate sleep is associated with a stronger cravings for sugar and carbohydrates along with diminished willpower.
You secrete testosterone when you sleep; by spending less time sleeping you spend less time producing testosterone.
• Excessive amounts of sugar: There is nothing good about sugar, especially the gross amount present in our food. I challenge you to look on a label and not find at least one sugar additive in that food.
When we pour tons of sugar and refined carbohydrates into our body throughout the day we damage our bodies. Ingesting excessive sugar stresses the organs that regulate blood sugar by forcing them to become overworked, especially the adrenal glands.
Our adrenals glands are designed for use in times of emergency to support short term stresses. When we consume large amounts of sugar we are in a constant state of stress.
Because the adrenal glands are the general of our fight or flight system it is given priority to take what it needs to keep us alive. Those materials that would be used to make testosterone are stolen and converted to cortisol instead.
• Alcohol consumption: Negatively impacts blood sugar causing large insulin spikes, blunting any fat burning or muscle building potential.
Alcohol tends to also keep us up later and but depletes the quality of our sleep by interrupting our restorative stage of sleep.
• Long distance running : Steady state cardio causes the body to release the hormone cortisol that I spoke about earlier. Elevated cortisol breaks down muscle and causes fat storage.
Aerobic exercise tends to make people very hungry and causes overeating to support the next day's efforts.
Although steady state cardio is very time intensive, you burn very few calories. Your body still think it needs extra calories, so you end up overeating.
• Being overweight: Higher body fat is correlated with lower levels of testosterone. This makes sense because a large aspect of boosting testosterone is adjusting your diet, exercise and lifestyle.
These are the same factors that most people address in a fat loss journey. The enzyme that converts testosterone into estrogen is in body fat. The more body fat you have the more testosterone is converted to estrogen.
• Environmental and Food Toxins: Not to get too doom and gloom but these toxins are literally everywhere from our food to our shampoo.
Many of these chemicals have endocrine disrupting properties that interfere with our production of testosterone.
Switch your personal care products and household cleaners to simple toxin free alternatives and eat organic produce and grass fed meats whenever possible.
• Consumption of Soy: Soy is largely processed. It can be inflammatory for a large majority of people and contains phytoestrogens which have adverse effects on the production and utilization of testosterone in men.
Studies have been conducted on animals where the researchers induced testosterone decline by feeding the animals a diet rich in soy.
• Nutrient deficiencies (Zinc, Magnesium, Selenium, Vitamin D, Omega-3 fatty acids): Even when eating a diet devoid of sugars and processed foods some of these nutrients can be hard to get.
• Zinc - This is an important mineral for the production of testosterone and is particularly important for blocking the production of estrogen in men.
• Magnesium: Every vitamin D3 reaction requires magnesium. It also works with vitamin D3 to aid in calcium absorption and create greater bone density.
Magnesium also aids in falling asleep and reduction of anxiety, it aids in the reduction of cortisol. Calcium and magnesium work synergistically in the contraction and relaxation of muscles which is helpful when lifting weights or sprinting.
• Selenium: Every endocrine organ has a mineral which it is particularly dependent on and we should all strive to get a wide array of minerals.
The testicles are particularly dependent on Selenium, and the testicles happen to be where testosterone is produced.
• Viamin D: More like a hormone in its own right Vitamin D is a common deficiency in most of the United States population.
Vitamin D plays a role in inhibiting the conversion of testosterone to estrogen. It also enhances the sensitivity of the receptors in the glands that release testosterone.
Higher levels of vitamin D have been associated with lower body fat, and helps reduce production of the stress hormone cortisol.
• Fish Oil: There are more studies done on fish oil than any other supplement. Some of the well proven benefits of fish oil use include less inflammation, better recovery from exercise, less body fat and more muscle. All of these contribute to the production of more testosterone.
• Compromised digestion: One of the most overlooked factors when it comes to dysfunction in the body is the digestive system.
You can be eating the best diet in the world filled with the proper nutrients, minerals and vitamins. However, if you are not properly breaking those foods down so that the body can absorb them, you will not get the benefits or be well nourished.
Your body has to be able to break down fats and proteins to use as the precursors to testosterone.
DISCLAIMER: This Ebook is intended as an informational guide and is not meant to treat,diagnose or prescribe. For any kind of medical condition, disease state or physical symptoms. always consult with a qualified physician before making changes. The author does not accept any responsibility for your health or how you choose to use this information.
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