Men, like women, are affected by hormonal life changes. The difference with women is that they are much more in touch with their bodies than men. Consequently, many men in their 40s, 50’s and even younger may suffer from depression, lack of energy and low libido and can’t seem to lose those extra pounds around the midline. Many men attribute these health issues to getting older and don’t realize that it’s a decline in testosterone and human growth hormone combined with insulin resistance (caused by too many carbohydrates).
Most men have a serious lack of awareness about hormonal changes. Until recently, the media has been in denial about what is now being nicknamed “manopause” by -Time magazine in its August 18th issue. Millions of men are suffering from low testosterone, also known as “low T.” The feature article focuses on the new and booming $2 billion dollar testosterone drug industry. Low T centers are popping-up like Starbucks targeting aging men with promises of “power, performance, and passion” (see the Time Magazine article). A similar boom occurred with drug companies when they introduced women’s hormonal replacement therapy or HRT to combat menopause back in the 90’s.
The problem with using bio-identical testosterone therapy as a long-term health solution is that it creates exogenous dependency where you are no longer able to produce testosterone without the drug. Kind of like heroine. That’s not to say that there are absolutely no benefits. Exogenous testosterone does have a positive hormonal application in a limited number of situations. Like after having your prostate removed due to cancer and other very specific health issues. Basically, if you have no other options and your body is unable to produce testosterone even with the support of advanced nutritional therapy.
But the price is way too high for the average guy who is suffering from the midlife “blahs.” Not only is it detrimental to your health to be chemically dependent on a pharmaceutical, but the financial cost is around $400 per month (or $5,000 per year) according to Time Magazine. Wow, that’s some expensive juju!
Believe it or not, men actually have the ability to naturally increase their “T” and the youth-creating HGH hormone. The benefits are tremendous and include higher energy and sex drive, lower body fat, increased athletic abilities, and a greater sense of emotional wellbeing.
Balancing hormonal health and metabolism are more complex than just taking a magic pill or injection! What the article fails to mention is that a major contributing factor to “low T,” even in young men, are the foods we eat and environmental estrogen disruptors!
Better known as xenoestrogens, they’re chemicals that enter our body via tap water, plastics, pesticides and herbicides, beauty products and more. A lifetime of exposure to xenoestrogens is having a huge impact on the human race. Scientific studies have shown that they contribute to all sorts of cancers, including breast and prostate. The male body does need estrogen, but in then the right ratio to testosterone. But too much estrogen lowers “T” and has serious biological affects. And if you’re overweight, it’s a double whammy to your “T,” because estrogen is stored in your fat tissue (think beer belly and low handles!). Considering that two-third of Americans are over-weight and 33% are obese, it is no wonder we have a growing male population with severe “low T” symptoms. Insulin resistance and high blood sugar is another huge contributing factor to low male hormones and weight around the mid-section.
If you’re interested in achieving optimal wellness, there are natural and healthy options without side effects. Like I said, there are no magic pills, but at UberVitality I’ve developed a proven three-prong approach using nutrition, supplementation, and exercise to get your vitality (aka juju!) back!
The greatest impact on testosterone is bad food choices and toxic environmental exposure. Scientific evidence shows that the chemical industrialization of so-called modern society has had a profound impact on feminizing the worldwide population of men. This has resulted in low sperm counts, high body fat compositions, and increased rates of prostate cancer. In addition, research shows that a large portion of the male population has testosterone levels that are 20%-30% lower than their 1950’s counterparts. Today’s non-organic high-protein foods such as meat and dairy are laced with hormone disruptor like BGH (bovine growth hormone), and pesticides and herbicides that mimic weak estrogens. Also, beverages like tap-water, plastic water bottle and alcohol are known to contain substances (cholrine, flouride, chemicals) that mimic estrogen in the body, also known as xeno-estrogens. It’s not the occasional consumption being the problem, but the lifetime bioaccumulation of xeno-estrogens, with the combination of your hormones naturally declining with age, creates the perfect scenario for hormone imbalances.
Look, mainstream food these days is more toxic than a dumpster full of disease laden needles. Xenoestrogens (substances that mimic estrogen in the body) have made their way into the food supply via plastic packaging, chlorine, pesticides and herbicides, and rBGH or recombinant bovine growth hormone. Lets not forget that rBGH is literally used to beef-up cattle and increase milk production, which is clearly contributing to the feminization of the male population. Xenoestrogens also feminize the male body causing “man boobs,” low sperm count, and small testis in infants. And this is in addition to increasing susceptibility to serious disease. A life-time exspoure to estrogen is having an impact on male health. It is better to be informed and proactive in knowing how to detox from estrogens and how to balance and optimize your hormones levels.
We have all heard the commercials on Pandora about low “T”; however, the advertisement fails to educate us on how to increase testosterone naturally using nutrition and exercise—and without becoming drug-dependent on pharmaceuticals. Nutrition and training-style have a huge impact on your testosterone and HGH levels. These two synergistic hormone markers are the “key biological triggers” in achieving a lean-body mass and six-pack abs. They accomplish this by utilizing stored fat as a fuel source instead of glucose-insulin factors being deposited as fat. These two hormones are involved in hundreds of metabolic body functions, including maintaining a healthy libido and heart health, as well as muscle recovery. New evidence shows that low “T” levels and high estrogen ratios have a direct correlation to prostate enlargement (BPH). While testosterone has gotten a bad wrap being associated with violence and macho behavior, the truth is that this critical male hormone is necessary for energy, libido, and a youthful appearance. Unfortunately, these essential hormones decline as we age. But we can drastically restore testosterone and HGH to healthy levels with the right nutrition, exercise regimen and dietary supplements.
Low T affects both the “little head” and the “Big Head.” By that, I mean testosterone is important not only for day-to-day energy and sex drive, but also for hundreds of metabolic functions, including mood. Depression and low self-esteem can be an indicator of low T in middle-aged men, which often coincides with a mid-life crisis and a new cherry red sports car, such as the Porsche 911. Fortunately, or unfortunately depending on how you look at it, that new sports car and pretty young thing you call a girlfriend will not (permanently) fix your low T.
Interesting enough, the heart has the most testosterone receptors than any other organ. So, low T has a direct correlation to cardiovascular disease and prostate inflammation. Low T is also correlated to high belly fat and low overall lean muscle mass. Estrogen is stored in your fat cells, so the more fat you have, the higher your estrogen levels. Because estrogen and testosterone need to exist in a specific ratio, high estrogen levels completely imbalance the testosterone-dependent functions of the body.
Human growth hormone is often referred to as “the fitness hormone.” The higher you’re levels of growth hormone, the healthier and stronger you will be. Once you hit the age of 30, you enter what’s called “somatopause,” at which point your levels of human HGH begin to drop off quite dramatically. This decline of HGH is part of what drives your aging process, so maintaining your HGH levels gets increasingly important with age.
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