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What you and your guy want to know about the "T" vitamin!
September 28, 2012
|Marilyn and I hope you're well and reaping the benefits of adding natures super foods to your diet!
Today we thought we'd share with you everything you and your guy should know about the "T" vitamin.
Do women pay less attention to you than they used to?
And for women...
Has your man been looking and acting less “manly” lately?
It may not be his fault.
The key to reversing these problems can be summed up in a single word: Testosterone.
It's a well-documented medical fact that today's male has experienced a significant reduction in both testosterone levels and sperm count.
The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism found that on average hormone levels are dropping by 1% per year, a much steeper drop than is explainable by just aging.
While theories abound as to what could cause such a shift in the most important male hormone, most scientists agree on one point: Most causes are environmental.
If you're looking to avoid your exposure to testosterone-draining chemicals and maximize a testosterone-boosting lifestyle, you'll want to follow the tips we provide below...
Testosterone peaks around 21 and then steadily declines with age.
It’s what makes you strong, smart, confident, and aggressive.
It makes you a potent and virile lover.
It powers your drive to succeed.
Without it, you’re more likely to lose muscle mass, bone strength and, perhaps most importantly in terms of quality-of-life, your sex drive.
In other words, testosterone is a man’s best friend.
And to stay happy and healthy, you need to keep yours high.
And in spite of what the medical establishment says, age-related decline in testosterone levels is not inevitable.
In fact, I just read a study that will give you another tool to reverse the decline and regain more youthful virility.
Another report in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism looked at data for 1,667 men 40 to 70 years old.
They found that the biggest factor in testosterone loss was… drum roll please… weight gain.
In fact, adding 4 to 5 percent to your Body Mass Index can result in a drop in testosterone levels equal to ten years of aging.
So, if you simply shed pounds and increase muscle mass, you can turn back the “T-Factor” clock a decade.
You can reverse the effects of aging.
And you can do so naturally and safely by keeping your natural testosterone production high.
The secret lies in knowing exactly what your body needs in order to regain its native strength.
Here are some simple steps you can take to prevent aging and boost your virility.
Before we get to the do's and don't's of food and drink, let's clear up a couple of myths.
You need cholesterol to produce testosterone.
Cholesterol is an essential building block of the hormone, despite the bad rap it gets from the mainstream media.
Many fears about cholesterol are overstated, and bad cholesterol can be lowered with a healthier diet that doesn't eliminate the consumption of good cholesterol.
In fact, good cholesterol helps clean bad cholesterol from your arteries!
Moderate to low soy consumption won't lower testosterone levels.
You don't have to worry about growing breasts if you enjoy a glass of soy milk every once in a while.
Follow a diet low in carbs and high in protein: Empty carbs, the kind you find in bread, flour and processed foods, spike your insulin and pack on the pounds.
This sends your testosterone into a nosedive.
By over consuming protein, you tell you body that “times are good.”
As a result, your body will feel it’s okay to start burning off your fat stores.
Eat cruciferous vegetables: Specifically broccoli, cabbage, asparagus and cauliflower.
These contain a substance called diindolylmethane (DIM).
DIM has been proven to help the body to break down estrogen, the feminizing hormone that robs you of your manhood.
These vegetables also contain a compound called Indole-3 Carbinol, a precursor to DIM.
They work in combination to keep estrogen levels down.
Don't consume alcohol in excess.
In some demographics of the Unite States, binge drinking is as common as apple pie.
While chronic overconsumption can lead to liver cirrhosis, heart disease, stroke, inflammation, cancer, and a host of other illnesses, it also can drastically inhibit testosterone secretion into the blood steam.
That's not to mention calories from alcohol add up fast.
It's easy to consume too many while drinking, and most alcoholic beverages are nutritionally deficient to boot.
Nothing will deflate a woman's sex drive quicker than a beer belly.
There are many well-documented studies about the health benefits of alcoholic drinks, especially red wine and especially for older men.
One or two glasses of wine for 3-7 days of the week is linked with a reduced risk of heart disease and dementia.
Researchers think the link to better heart health is alcohol's potential ability to increase good cholesterol (HDL) levels.
Spanish red wine in particular contains the antioxidant Resveratrol, which is linked to longer life spans, cancer prevention, and blood sugar maintenance.
Don't use plastics containing BPA (look for the number 3 or 7 as the resin identification code on the bottom of most containers).
Bisphenol A is a hard plastic that, until recently, was a standard component of food storage containers.
But a 2009 study found that heavy exposure to this chemical is linked to erectile dysfunction and reduced sexual desire.
This shouldn't be a surprise, as the chemical structure of BPA is very similar to the primary female hormone, estrogen.
The good news is food manufacturers are continuing to decrease use of BPA in their products.
The bad news is there are still a number of places where your body can pick up BPA: the internal coatings of soda cans and canned foods, and thermal receipt paper (from grocery stores and plane and movie tickets) are some of the biggest culprits of BPA contamination.
Try to avoid canned foods, go fresh or frozen instead, and avoid cheap restaurants where most foods probably came from a can.
Avoid handling receipts and tickets for long periods of time, and immediately wash your hands afterwards.
On a similar note, if you're reheating foods, avoid plastics altogether.
Heat can make the plastics leach into your food, and while it may not kill you, it's probably not the best thing to be putting into your body.
Use glassware in the microwave if you can.
Anger and/or Stress
Don't let your anger issues go unresolved.
Don't bring your work home with you.
Take that much-needed vacation.
It's no fun being chronically stressed out.
It puts a strain on relationships, your immune system, and your heart.
And you may not realize that cortisol, the hormone that responds to stress, can also do a damaging number on your testosterone levels.
Cortisol is necessary to regulate our body during short-term stressful situations.
It helped our ancestors stare down lions and safely escape from erupting volcanoes.
But overexposure to cortisol can be also detrimental to your sexual health.
Scientists at the University of Texas found “according to the research, chronically elevated cortisol levels can produce impotence and loss of libido by inhibiting testosterone production in men.”
So instead: Relax!
Americans take some of the fewest vacation days in the world.
And it's taking it's obvious tolls on their health.
Vacation is just as necessary to productivity as work itself.
Unregulated stress levels could cost you thousands in health care costs, not to mention the toll it might be taking in the bedroom.
If you need a way to produce year-round stress maintenance, take a yoga class or learn how to meditate.
Far from being "hippie exercises," both of these activities are scientifically proven to reduce chronic stress and anxiety.
If you feel a bout of anger or stress coming on, take 10 deep breathes, counting each time as you inhale and exhale.
I've tried this trick on my commutes around the city (Vancouver's drivers are some of the worst I've ever encountered, and it works for me.)
Don't neglect sleep for work, TV, drinking, socializing, and so on.
Sleep is another thing many of us struggle with on a regular basis.
We shun a good night's sleep in a comfy bed for a late night at the office or another round of Whirly on our I-Pads.
Lack of sleep is another one of those things with multiple health issues tied to it: mental disorders, diabetes, weight gain, healing, etc.
Testosterone production occurs primarily in your sleep.
Sleep, and in particular, REM dreaming, increases nocturnal testosterone levels.
The “morning erection” is a sign of significant overnight testosterone production.
So, do whatever it takes to get between 7 and 9 hours of sleep.
The amount of sleep will vary from person to person, but the biggest test of a good night's sleep is waking up feeling refreshed and alert just after waking.
If you're still feeling groggy after you've been awake for an hour, that's a sign you're not getting enough quality sleep.
Healthy sleep tips is a topic in and of itself, but here are a couple you can try tonight:
Avoid the use of all electronics (including television) two hours before bed; try reading a book instead.
Don't keep your cell phone turned on in your front pants pocket, or anywhere near your crotch, for that matter.
Same goes for laptops and tablets.
Italian researchers found the radiation coming off these devices is enough to just about obliterate your sperm count.
Radiation can also cause sperm to stick together, which severely decreases chances of fertility.
The researchers aren't sure, yet, if the radiation is coming from the power source or the wireless connection, but one thing is certain: That radiation is powerful enough to penetrate your testicles.
Obviously, you'll want to keep your wireless electronics as far away as possible from the boys.
If you must keep your cell phone on you, put it in a shirt or jacket pocket.
If it has to go into your pants, your back pocket is the best option.
You'll also want to keep the backside of the cellphone facing away from your body, as this is where most of the radiation tends to emanate from.
As far as laptops and tablets go, try to keep them on tables and counter tops when working on them, and off your lap.
Don't drink any liquids three hours before bed if you find yourself going to the bathroom in the middle of the night.
Avoid caffeine after noon.
Even moderate caffeine consumption from sodas and teas can interfere with normal sleep patterns.
Take testosterone-boosting supplements: Many of these are natural, inexpensive, and available at your local health food store.
The first is DHEA, or dehyroepiandrosterone.
It’s a key testosterone precursor, produced naturally by your body.
But, as we get older, DHEA levels begin to decline.
You’ll not only restore your testosterone levels; you’ll also enjoy other benefits, including bone strength, proper insulin balance, weight loss, and an improved libido.
Be sure to consult your doctor before taking DHEA.
Have your levels checked, youthful DHEA levels fall between 300 and 500 mg.
If you discover your levels are low, discuss with your doctor the best supplemental dosage and the optimum level you want to reach.
Other supplements to consider are Yohimbine, which combats erectile dysfunction.
We suggest 250 mg. of Yohimbine extract per day, for good results.
Finally, L-Dopa, a chemical produced in your brain, also improves sexual function.
It’s available in non-prescription form.
Take 300 mg. per day of natural L-Dopa extract.
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