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Old 11-24-2012, 01:30 PM   #1
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Sorta Low T - Any Natural Solutions?

So I am a 36 year old stressed out work-a-holic finance guy. After seeing my libido & energy drop, got tested and my total T is 390. I am dating a woman in London so I am not under the gun so often but want to stop the fall.

I used to play college baseball and wotkout but now not so much. I eat basically organic vegetarian food and am a husky guy at 5foot7 + 185lbs

So I-d rather manage this on my own with lifestyle and not T injections ect..

Any advice on natural solutions is MUCH appreciated!

 
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Re: Sorta Low T - Any Natural Solutions?

First your quite low for your age based on normal averages.

I would suggest seeing a good doc and having a full hormonal panel run along with other key markers to see if you have any stand out issues. Also a ultra-sound of pituitary to see if you have a tumor would be good also.

There are supplements that can help some.....but never enough to really make up for a under performing pituitary gland or testes.

FYI vegetarian diet ain't helping either.....soy increases estrogen in men (something you don't want) and lack of fat yields ultra low cholesterol (which seems good on surface) that is a building block for hormones and so lack of any fat in diet can lead to issues too. Have a steak or two a week.

Also get your cortisol checked ultra stress and cause adrenal fatigue and hormone issues too.

If its bad now it will only get worse with age and more stress

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Old 12-03-2012, 06:05 AM   #3
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Re: Sorta Low T - Any Natural Solutions?

I am in a similar situation as "MadScience" is. I am trying to work hard and increate T naturally any help is appreciated.

 
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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.

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