Do you have a low sex drive? Do you experience Hair loss, Fatigue, Loss of muscle mass, Increased body fat, Mood changes or have a Lack of Vitality?
If you have or experience any of the the above symptoms, then you could have “Low T“. At least that’s how the pharmaceutical industry has branded it and considering how much money is being spent on advertising, there is no question that the profit potential is high.
But rather than treating the symptoms with hormone therapy, why not look at the underlying cause?
Test, Don’t Guess!
While testosterone is thought of as “the” male hormone, it is also important to maintain appropriate levels of estrogen, progesterone, DHEA and cortisol. Yep! Increased estrogen levels may contribute to prostate problems and weight gain, and if the adrenal hormones (cortisol and DHEA) are out of balance, men may also experience problems with fatigue, immune dysregulation and may develop blood sugar irregularities. As testicular production of sex hormones wanes with age, the adrenals play a central role in sustaining optimal hormonal health.
Initial salivary testing and follow-up monitoring are crucial for determining the most effective hormone balancing treatment program. Salivary testing is advantageous over other testing mediums because it allows you to assess your bioavailable hormone levels – what is actually available for use by the body.
Because of the complexity of the hormone system, issues that arise rarely stem from just one hormone. If there is a disruption in the balance of hormones produced by one gland, it can cause other glandular systems to participate and throw off the body’s entire system.
The Comprehensive Hormone Panel is an excellent starting place for evaluating hormone function in the body. This panel measures both reproductive (sex) and adrenal hormones. The Comprehensive Panel will test the following hormones:
- Cortisol – four times during the day
If you or someone you know suspects Low T or Low Testosterone, let them know about our take home salivary kits. These testing kits are the best in the industry and more accurate than blood testing.
Often, simple lifestyle changes work better and do not come with the side effects that medication can have. You may be amazed to realize how much you can improve your hormone levels and balance, by changing your lifestyle.
Men Experience Hormone Imbalances Too!
Low testosterone levels is a common issue as men age. Studies have shown that almost 40% of men over the age of 45 have low testosterone levels. But it is too simplistic to just blame on age. Testosterone levels have been in steady decline over the past 30 years. Stress, excess fat, adrenal fatigue, and age play a role. But so do environmental exposures to herbicides in food and phthalates from plastics.
By 2020, over 60% of the US population will be over age 60 and, approximately 50% of these are men. With the help of alternative medicine-minded physicians, more and more men are realizing the important role their hormones play, but the primary focus is still on testosterone monitoring and replacement alone.
The male hormone system is not made up of insulin and testosterone alone, and proper balance of the entire complement of hormones including progesterone will keep cognitive, cardiovascular and urinary function working optimally regardless of physical age.
5 Steps to Increase Your Testosterone:
1. Change your diet. Too much weight around your belly has been associated with low testosterone levels in men as well as heart disease, diabetes and cancer. What you eat has a tremendous impact on your insulin levels and all of the hormone levels in your body. When you remove sugars, flours and refined carbohydrates from your diet, you can improve your insulin sensitivity. When your insulin sensitivity improves, you will lose weight from your belly. For men, naturally your estrogen levels will decrease and your testosterone levels will increase.
2. Pick up heavy stuff. Exercise is better than any drug at elevating mood and improving hormone balance. Strength training or lifting weight is very effective for raising a man’s testosterone level and should be a part of your exercise routine at least 2 days per week. Try to do at least 40 minutes of exercise most days of the week and include a mixture of aerobic and strength-training exercises.
3. Take Fish Oil Pills. The Omega-3 fats found in fatty fish have amazing anti-inflammatory properties and can help lower the production of estrogen in men. In addition, these healthy fats also improve insulin sensitivity. Strive for 1000 to 3000mg (1 – 3 grams) of DHA/EPA every day.
4. Get to bed on time. Research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed that lack of sleep can greatly reduce a healthy young man’s testosterone levels. That effect is clear after only one week of reduced sleep. Testosterone levels were particularly low between 2 and 10 p.m. on sleep-restricted days. How much sleep your body needs depends on many factors. I would recommend that you aim for 6 to 9 hours depending on your schedule.
5. Get Adjusted Regularly. Of course, this should go without saying, but the nervous system is the master system for your body. The brain and nerves control every cell, tissue, and organ. Including your endocrine (h0rmone) system. If there is chronic stress on your nerve system it can alter the function of your hormone balance. Your spine is the suit of armor that protects your nerve system. To have a healthy body you need a healthy nerve system. To have a healthy nerve system you need a healthy spine. So get adjusted!