Over 15 million American men suffer from the effects of low testosterone, but only 5% receive treatment.
THE ATTACK ON TESTOSTERONE
By: Vivien Veil
Testosterone is unquestionably the most powerful hormone for men – helping them look young, feel healthy, and behave more masculine. God created men to resemble strong warriors not weak cowards. For this reason, testosterone is associated with an eagerness to compete and take risks. Studies reveal that an increase in testosterone takes place when a man wins a tournament, which makes them want to continue competing.
Regardless of testosterone’s fiery reputation, there’s no scientific evidence that it causes hostile and violent behaviour. In contrast, elevated testosterone is often connected with self-confidence, friendliness, and social success. It also motivates a man to protect their family and friends. Testosterone simply turns the average guy into a MAN.
This influential hormone plays a pivotal role in building muscle, losing fat, and obtaining mental sharpness. Plus, it’s responsible for giving men a healthy sex drive – say goodbye to toxic Viagra! After reading all of this, which man wouldn’t want more testosterone?
However, a lot of men are destroying their bodies – in the form of poor nutrition, lack of sleep, too much stress, or a lazy lifestyle. It’s no wonder testosterone levels are plummeting!
Men today are facing a full on battle on their character, mentality, health, and manhood like never before. The war on masculinity isn’t going anywhere, and that’s why men must educate themselves on the causes of low testosterone and learn how to fix it. Be the man you were created to be, and arm yourselves with the knowledge I’m about to give below.
Now without further ado, here is why men need to care about low testosterone in a nutshell.
What is testosterone?
Testosterone is a steroid hormone found in humans and animals. The United States Library of Medicine regards testosterone as the most important male hormone. Women also generate testosterone, but at lower levels than men. For the most part, the male’s testicles produce this coveted hormone – with tiny amounts made in the adrenal glands. Women’s ovaries create testosterone, but in very small quantities.
Testosterone production escalates during puberty, and typically declines after the age of 30 or so. However, testosterone levels are also taking a nose-dive by 50% among obese adult men between the ages of 18 and 35 due to type 2 diabetes.
Poor testosterone levels even strike fat teenage boys without type 2 diabetes. An investigation from the University of Buffalo in New York declared that their testosterone levels are 40-50% lower than their non-overweight counterparts of the similar age.
Even a man with the average “dad bod” isn’t exempt from plunging levels of testosterone. What is a dad bod? It’s a man with a huggable beer belly or teddy bear body, e.g. Leonardo Dicaprio when he’s between film roles. Fitness maestro and celebrity trainer Kyle Brown warns against this growing trend – insisting that a belly can probaby cause low testosterone, erectile dysfunction, and dreaded man-boobs.
Leonardo DiCaprio sporting the “trendy” dad bod.
Should women worry about their testosterone levels?
Yes, women should take notice, but many don’t since testosterone is generally considered a male hormone. Did you know that it’s also a fundamental hormone for women? The small amounts of testosterone women produce is enough to keep mood swings at bay and their sex drive going strong.
By the time a woman hits 40-years-old, her testosterone levels are roughly half of what they used to be when she was 20-years-old. Some researchers believe that this deficiency in women can cause unwelcome symptoms that include an inability to lose weight, tiredness, anxiety, depression, decrease in strength, lack of motivation, and a loss of muscle mass. However, these symtoms are usually ignored or attributed to a part of ageing.
What about endurance athletes?
You won’t see high testosterone levels in athletes doing endurance sports. Endurance athletes aren’t spared from the merciless “T” killer’s tentacles. Long distance running, endurance cycling, and triathlon are the most affected by reason of elevated cortisol – a major stress hormone. The excessive amount of cortisol floating around in your body then leads to adrenal gland enlargement – all thanks to those strenous, exercise blowout sessions. We all need some cortisol to survive, but too much brings a weakened stress response that is always connected with low testosterone in male endurance athletes.
Long Distance Running
Experts at the University of British Columbia uncovered that those who ran 40 plus miles (64.4 kilometres) per week suffered lower “T” levels than those who ran shorter distances.
Brazil’s Universidad Federal de São Paulo conducted an examination on 20 men by measuring their baseline testosterone levels. They then made the men undergo a 26.2 mile (42 kilometre) run and tested their serum levels the following day. The men ended up with 50% lower “T” levels!
The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research presented their research surrounding testosterone levels in male mountain bikers. They grabbed 22 professional mountain bikers and 30 healthy non-cyclists. The researchers measured their levels of testosterone and found a considerably lower testosterone concentration in the male mountain bikers when compared to the non-cyclists.
One famous cyclist knows all too well about the dangers of low testosterone. Chris Boardman, who was diagnosed with “T” deficiency in 1997, had suffered since the beginning of his career from a low level of the male hormone. “I had less testosterone in my body than my eight-year-old son,” he said.
Boardman, a former Olympic gold medalist who also wore the coveted yellow jersey three times, knew something was wrong after he started racing in the Tour de France.
“I had a problem that was affecting my performance, and I needed to find out what it was. Anyone with low levels of the hormone will struggle to keep up their stamina. I would always start races well, but after a few days, my energy would be totally spent. Doctors told me my cycling did me no favours because excessive exercise can further drain testosterone levels. I faced a choice – I was told the longer I continued cycling, the worse I would get – so I quit cycling.”
Do testosterone supplements work?
Well, they did for an amateur cyclist. To demonstrate the importance of impeccable testosterone levels, Andrew Tillin, embarked on a “guinea pig” adventure. He decided to take testosterone for a year to see if it could turn him into a better bike racer. The verdict? It definitely made him a better cyclist – boosting his performance during his races. You can read about his story here.
Swimming the backstroke won’t slash “T” levels, but swimming in a chlorinated pool can. This calamity doesn’t just affect swimmers or triathletes, but it’s a problem for anyone who bathes or drinks tap water, too.
A study in the International Journal of Andrology reveals that boys with a long history of indoor swimming were almost three times more likely to suffer from testosterone deficiency.
Alfred Bernard, a professor of toxicology at Belgium’s the Université Catholique de Louvain (Catholic University of Louvain) and his colleague Mark Nickmilder, took 199 teenage boys (aged 14-18) who swam religiously in both indoor and outdoor chlorinated pools.
They then took 162 teenage boys (aged 14-18) who swam regularly in outdoor and indoor pools, but both pools were disinfected with copper-silver ionization.
The researchers discovered that the boys who swam “religiously” in the chlorinated pools for more than 250 hours before the age of 10, and for more than 125 hours before the age of seven, had extremely low testosterone levels when compared to the group of boys who never set foot in a chlorinated swimming pool. The greatest hormonal changes were found in the teens who swum in an indoor chlorinated pool before the age seven.
What about adult swimmers?
Your body absorbs more chlorine, and more importantly disinfection byproducts (DBPs), by swimming in a chlorinated pool than you would by drinking tap water for one week. – Dr Mercola
As you can tell by Dr Mercola’s quote, chlorine definitely impacts adult swimmers since it easily enters the body – especially if you’re swimming in an indoor chlorinated pool. Toxic gases, such as nitrogen trichloride are readily inhaled – causing serious damage to the lungs, reproductive system, and it has even been linked to cancer.
Shower before and immediately after swimming with a non-chemical soap. If you can’t pronounce the ingredients, toss it in the bin. I like Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps, but you can use any natural soap. Why shower beforehand? Because lethal pool disinfectants called chloramines are released when combined with sweat, urine, or nitrogen-rich elements commonly found in toxic beauty products.
I know this isn’t always possible, especially if you’re a triathlete, but aim to swim in an outdoor chlorinated pool since the majority of the noxious vapours are eliminated in the air. It’s best to swim in the sea or a lake, but not all of us have that luxury.
DRINK A LOT OF WATER
Everyone must drink at least 2 litres of water a day, not just swimmers. However, in this case, it’s very important for swimmers to drink more water. Your body struggles to flush out toxins like chlorine if you’re dehydrated, so drink lots of H20. Make sure it’s flouride-free water!
95% of Americans are iodine deficient. Now that’s scary! Every cell in our body needs iodine. Plus, our white blood cells can’t fight off infections without enough iodine. This mighty form of iodine is quickly absorbed and encourages detoxification from toxic chemicals like mercury, chlorine, and bromine. On top of nascent iodine, make sure to eat sea vegetables (kelp, arame, kombu, and wakame), organic cranberries, organic strawberries, Himalayan sea salt, organic free range eggs, and raw (unpasteurised) goat’s milk.
This major antioxidant neutralises chlorine. It’s best to attack chlorine’s negative effects on the body by strengthening the immune system. It’s best to ingest a high quality vitamin C supplement because our food isn’t the way it used to be – thanks to soil depletion and the abundance of toxins everywhere. Crops grown decades ago were much richer in nutrients than today.
Swimmers should take a minimum of 4,000mg daily with meals since vitamin C doesn’t stay in the body all day. For example, you can take 2,000mg with breakfast and then 2,000mg with dinner.
ALPHA LIPOIC ACID
ALA is an antioxidant that protects the liver and aids in detoxification. This powerful antioxidant attracts metal toxins like chlorine and flushes it out of the body. It also restores vitamin C and vitamin E levels – both of which are attacked when exposed to chlorine.
This special clay expels chlorine, toxins, and other undesirable chemicals from the body. Simply add a tablespoon of bentonite clay into your bath. For an added detox bonus, you can also add 2 cups of epsom salt or magensium chloride flakes into your bath. Both help with inflammation, achy muscles, and enhances skin barrier function.
Chlorine destroys vitamin E, so if you’re an avid swimmer, you better buy an extremely good quality vitamin E supplement to protect your cells from toxicity damage.
DON’T LINGER BY THE INDOOR POOL
Go outside immediately after swimming, and allow the fresh air to clear your lungs from the pool’s toxic vapours.
SYMPTOMS OF LOW TESTOSTERONE
You hear a lot of jokes about testosterone in the media, especially from females, but testosterone is a pretty serious issue. Men without enough of the hormone can encounter diabetes, osteoporosis, and cardiovascular disease. A blood test can show you if you have low testosterone, but below are some other symptons.
- Decreased Physical Strength
- Depression or Sadness
- Increased Body Fat
- Trouble Concentrating and Forgetfulness
- Brain Fog
- Low Sex Drive/Erectile Dysfunction/Lack of Semen Production
- Decreased Muscle Mass
- Weak Bones
- Lower Endurance
- Hair Loss
- Lack of Motivation and Apathy
- Lowered Self Confidence
- Moodswings and Irritability
- Getting Shorter in Height
- Poor Sleep
- Delayed Recovery from Workouts
- Decrease in Ambition
- Lack of Interest in Life
A basic ingredient in beer called hops is blamed for lowering “T” in men as it contains copious amounts of estrogen. Hops, a flower of the hop plant, puts the bitterness and dryness into beer and is also used as a preservative. It’s also a member of the marijuana family. It’s ideal to stay away from alcohol if you want to keep your testosterone since just two drinks a day can lower testosterone levels.
So you aren’t a bore, drink vodka, tequila, or organic and sulphite-free red wine on special events instead of beer.
Plastic contains a manmade chemical called Bisphenol-A or BPA that comes out when it’s heated. A study revealed that exposure to high BPA levels lowered levels of testosterone and androstendione (a forerunner to both testosterone and estrogen). Have you noticed many people struggling to have children? Well, BPA is one of the culprits causing infertility.
Researchers found that 89% of men visiting fertility clinics possessed BPA in their urine. Try and drink from glass or stainless steel bottles. And for the love of God, don’t microwave food in plastic or leave plastic water bottles out in the sun.
Phthalates (pronounced: TH-ah-LATES) is a gender-bending chemical that causes males to become more feminised. Did you know 95 percent of us have detectable levels of phthalates in our urine? You better believe it!
Phthalates lead to poor testosterone by disturbing an enzyme needed to produce the male hormone. Pregnant women with high levels of phthalates in their body produced sons with feminine characteristics.
This endocrine disrupter is used to soften and boost flexibility of plastics and vinyl. They can be found in air fresheners, scented candles, cosmetics, perfume, hairspray, nail polish, shampoo, soap, face creams, vinyl flooring, children’s toys, deodorants, detergents, food packaging, wallpaper, shower curtains, and more.
My tips – always read labels, avoid artificial fragrances (the word “fragrance” or “parfum” on a label almost always means phthalates), shun plastics, eat organic, and use natural beauty products.
4. UNFERMENTED SOY
Stay away from unfermented and processed soy products, such as tofu, soy milk, soy cheese, soy burgers, soy ice cream, and so forth. The health benefits belong to fermented soy products, such as natto, tempeh, and soy sauce.
Never touch soy if you live in the United States as 91% of it is genetically modified (GM), which causes problems in reproductive organs. The European Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that men who consumed 120mg of soy a day decreased their testosterone levels.
Additionally, a Harvard study compared sperm counts from male infertility clinic patients who ate soy and from men who didn’t touch soy. The verdict? The sperm count from the soy eaters was found to be lower by 41 million/ml!
5. LACK OF SLEEP
Men who skimp on sleep have testosterone deficiency, according to a study from the University of Chicago Medical Center. Neglecting sleep can radically lower testosterone levels in guys who don’t sleep much – comparable to aging 10-15 years! The researchers discovered that guys who slept less than five hours a night for one week had slashed their testosterone levels than when they were fully rested.
Lack of sleep creates a form of stress that zaps testosterone levels by raising cortisol levels. It’s important to not take caffeine too late in the day since it’ll disrupt your sleep. A study unveiled that a large coffee appeared to upset sleep even when consumed six hours before bedtime. The caffeine decreased the amount of time the volunteers slept by roughly an hour.
My tips – get yourself an eye mask for sleeping, sleep in a pitch black bedroom, and sleep more than six hours each night.
6. STRESS AND ANXIETY
Too much stress coupled with sleep deprivation leads to testosterone deficiency in a heartbeat – since stress creates a surge of cortisol, a hormone that interrupts deep sleep.
Stress activates the fight-or-flight response, which makes men less competitive, less confident, less aggressive, and even less fertile. The stress hormone, cortisol, hinders the effects of testosterone – crushing any competitiveness and drive in a man.
The investigation from The University of Texas at Austin discovered that men with high testosterone and low cortisol levels preferred a rematch after losing in a competition than men with high cortisol and low testosterone levels.
Scientists at Berkeley found that stress increases levels of a hormone that blocks testosterone production – this hormone, called gonadotropin, is made by the pituitary gland and tells the brain to reduce testosterone.
This means you must find ways to live a stress-free life in order to keep your testosterone levels up. Exercise, meditate, laugh, hang out with positive people, pray, and deal with any emotional issues – especially unforgiveness, rejection, anger, and bitterness.
7. LOW FAT DIETS
Follow a no-fat or low-fat diet if you want to kill your testosterone. It’s a fact that guys who follow a low-fat meal plan and eat rubbish lack testosterone. So start adding a lot of healthy fats into your repertoire and throw out the junk food.
A study published in the Journal of Steroid Biochemistry investigated the consequences of diet on serum hormones in healthy men. The study concluded that serum concentrations of androstenedione, testosterone, and free testosterone decreased when men reduced their healthy fat intake.
Your body requires three different types of healthy fats for testosterone production – saturated fats, omega-3 fatty acids, and mono-unsaturated fats. Oh, and contrary to popular belief, the right saturated fats are good for you.
Here are some good fats that will help you increase testosterone.
Saturated fats: coconut oil, coconuts, raw (unpasteurised) goat’s milk, raw (unpasteurised) goat’s cheese, organic grass-fed meats, organic pastured egg yolks, and sardines
Omega-3 fatty acids: Alaskan wild salmon, chia seeds, walnuts, and mackerel
Mono-unsaturated fats: avocados, olives, cashews, macadamia nuts, and almonds
8. REFINED AND PROCESSED SUGAR
Sugar fanatics… quick turn away! You won’t like this, but it appears that excessive amount of sugar depletes testosterone. In a study published in Clinical Endocrinology, researchers took 74 men of different ages to undergo oral glucose tolerance tests. They discovered glucose (sugar) caused a big reduction in testosterone levels.
Plus, sugar consumption reduces growth hormone (GH) production. Studies reveal insulin decreases your body’s capability to create growth hormone – lowering testosterone levels and reducing sexual libido.
Plus, eating sugar diminishes the levels of circulating testosterone in the blood. Researchers grabbed 42 men with normal blood sugar levels, 23 men with pre-diabetic blood sugar levels, and 9 men with type 2 diabetes. They gave them each a sugary drink and then examined their “T” levels.
All of their testosterone levels dropped by as much as 25% and stayed low after two hours. 15% of the 66 men with normal testosterone levels before the exam developed extreme drops in testosterone that they would be labelled as having “hypogonadism” – requiring hormone therapy to bring them up again.
This hormone disrupter can cause or contribute to more than 200 medical conditions. Many ignorantly believe that only celiacs should avoid gluten, but gluten can also affect the average Joe, but obviously not as severely as those suffering from celiac disease (gluten intolerance).
Gluten is a protein found in many common grains and even condiments. Any intolerance to gluten will cause gut inflammation, weakness, and tiredness. Your body will be in a chronic state of inflammation and low testosterone if left untreated.
Studies show that gluten can disrupt hormones – leading to low testosterone in men. It’s also been linked to fertility problems in both sexes.
Eradicating gluten can boost athletic performances in sports like tennis, triathlon, and golf because it decreases estrogen and raises testosterone levels in men. Plus, getting rid of gluten will give you better concentration, less joint pain, greater strength, and increased muscle mass.
More professional athletes are shunning gluten, including world number one tennis player – Novak Djokovic and Olympic runner Andrew Steele.
What are some gluten-free alternatives? Millet, buckwheat, gluten-free oats, quinoa, brown rice, and brown rice pasta.
Excitotoxins are taste enhancers that are located in lots of food and have been shown to cause damage to human brain cells. The most infamous perpetrator is monosodium glutamate (MSG), along with aspartame, sucralose, carrageenan, and cysteine. These flavour enhancers mess with your taste buds – convincing you that those MSG laden chips taste phenomenal. In fact – anything can taste fantastic if you add MSG to it!
The brain isn’t the only one getting attacked. There is also a valid concern that excitotoxins can adversely influence testosterone production. Without going into too much scientific detail – this occurs because the NMDA (glutamate receptor found in nerve cells) shuts down some of the cyclic adenosine monophospate (cAMP) activity in the brain. You don’t want that to happen as cAMP serves as a signaling molecule between the brain and the testicles.
Plus, animal studies show that fetal exposure to MSG and aspartame can lead to reproductive and hormonal deformities in puberty – not to mention lowered testosterone levels in male rodents.
Excitotoxins are brutal to your brain and testosterone production, so eliminate them from your diet. Your health and testosterone are worth more than a Diet Coke (aspartame) and Pringles (MSG). Watch out though… There are over 40 different names for MSG. Check out this link for more on MSG’s hidden names.
Did you know where aspartame comes from? This “beloved” artificial sweetener comes from the feces of genetically modified (GM) bacteria – E. coli.
11. INTERNET PORN
Spending countless hours watching Internet porn wrecks havoc on your dopamine and testosterone levels. It negatively affects your body’s ability to use testosterone in your bloodstream.
This is scientifically proven and has nothing to do with religion. Internet porn causes extreme addiction and “destroys” your dopamine receptors – similar to what happens to drug addicts. When you watch porn, your dopamine levels go up dramatically. Your brain then needs more dopamine, so you end up wasting your life away in front of a computer screen.
Now how does it reduce testosterone levels? First, it increases the female hormone estrogen. Second, constant ejaculations make your brain release opiod like chemicals that cause low testosterone. Third, masturbation decreases the male hormone – androgen. Androgen is necessary if you want testosterone flowing through your body.
Plus, your body wastes an insane amount of zinc and selenium everytime you ejaculate (this doesn’t happen if you have real sex, but that’s another topic). Zinc and selenium are very important minerals for testosterone production, by the way.
Lastly, researchers found that apes who suffered sexual exhaustion had a huge decline in androgen receptor activity – therefore developing low testosterone.
Men who regularly masturbate to Internet porn are not allowing their androgen receptors to be used properly, which in time will brutally affect their testosterone production.
Watch this TED talk for more information regarding the above.
Now it’s time to wage war against the Testosterone Killers. One thing is to know the causes of low testosterone, but another is to arm yourself with ammunition, so you can fight back and actually win the war.
I gave you the knowledge – now it’s your turn to take the next step. Don’t feel disillusioned and helpless. I don’t want to hear, “Oh, we’re all going to die anyway. It seems everything is bad for us. I can’t do anything right. It’s too much work to change. I rather just live my life and try to be happy.”
That’s your low testosterone talking! Put on your armour and fight back! Remember apathy is one of the low “T” symptoms. Below you’ll discover powerful ways to naturally boost your testosterone levels.
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Men with low testosterone levels after age 40 have a higher risk of death.