Re: Sorta Low T - Any Natural Solutions?
As boscot says, you should get other hormones tested if you have not: pituitary and cortisol, maybe thyroid too.
Avoiding soy is great advice, but it's not just soy, a bunch of other oilseed plants (protein & fiber) have bothersome estrogenic effects too. Flax is an especially notable example because it's so often promoted for it's 'healthy omega-3s fats.' The estrogenic effects can easily outweigh the benefits for men. Basically go through your diet or anything you take and check for estrogenic effects. Google can probably tell you if there's anything you might wonder about.
About stress, could you be getting too much calcium lately (relative to certain other nutrients)? Calcium is great for fitness, but a very high calcium level makes stress feel 1000x worse and can contribute to overactive adrenal activity. And of course caffeine does this too. Nutrition is a delicate balance. (If calcium becomes too low it encourages weight gain and weakens the immune system.) You might try very low dose kelp instead of coffee. It's energizing via thyroid hormones so it's much more lasting energy. It's probably a bit better for weight loss than caffeine too, though I don't really know anything about that at all. It should certainly better for overcoming mild hypothyroidism than caffeine.
Being sure to get adequate sunlight is a tiny point that might help. Especially morning sunlight does good things for all these glands in the brain. Also from sunlight, vitamin D increases sex hormones too, though taking it as a supplement for any prolonged amount of time can also tend to encourage gallstones & kidney stones in people too. It also increases calcium levels, so if you're already taking it, that might be something to think about for lowering stress. So that's what I can think of that you may want to be aware of.
Keep in mind that anything that increases sex hormones in general will increase the bad effects of DHT and maybe estrogen. People might live longer for having lower hormone levels.
Last edited by mc7; 12-03-2012 at 06:34 AM.