Is the male species disappearing?
Trying to have kids? A recent study showed that 89 per cent of men attending fertility clinics had BPA in their urine. Subjects exposed to BPA not only had lower levels of testosterone, they also had a lower TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone). Your thyroid helps regulate your metabolism, an under or overactive thyroid can lead to a hoist of medical problems. The bottom line is, you should avoid drinking from plastic bottles and use glass or stainless steel whenever possible.
For young men, losing sleep in the first half of the night doesn't have as much impact on testosterone levels as waking up early or losing sleep during the second half of the night.
Instead, the mind and body shifts into crisis mode, preparing your body to turn and run or fight against an attacker. As an example of the suppressive effects of cortisol on testosterone, a study found that men with high testosterone and low cortisol were more likely to seek a rematch after losing in a competition than men with high cortisol and low testosterone levels
Researchers at Berkeley found that stress acts in the brain to decrease testosterone by increasing levels of a hormone that inhibits testosterone production. The hormone, known as gonadotropin-inhibiting hormone, is produced by the pituitary gland. This hormone acts as an orchestra conductor that controls the activity of the entire endocrine system. If your deadbeat friend harasses you about not calling back, tell him you're just trying to increase your testosterone.
Adipose tissue (fat tissue) contains an enzyme called aromatase that converts testosterone into estrogen. If you want healthy testosterone levels, drop the body fat.
The low-fat diet fad of the '90s has finally lost much of its popularity. Men who eat a low fat diet have low testosterone. While sparing details regarding which fats are healthy; my daily fat intake mostly consists of the following sources: grass-fed butter, medium chain triglyceride oil, fish oil, krill oil, coconut oil, grass-fed beef, free-run eggs, and almond butter.
Summary -- 10 tips
1) Drink water from glass or stainless steel and avoid plastic Tupperware.
2) Avoid soy like the plague.
3) Limit your alcohol consumption.
4) Drink vodka on special occasions instead of beer.
5) Sleep eight hours at night in a dark room.
6) Eliminate stress when possible. Meditate, practice yoga, laugh and hang out with people who make you happy.
7) Decrease your body fat.
8) Eat foods rich in zinc.
9) Eat healthy fats from the sources listed above
10) Think about sex and openly discuss any issues with your partner.
If you have any other tips on how to raise testosterone, please share them. You can also listen to my most recent podcast (The Outlaws of Health) which I co-host on testosterone optimization: The outlaws of health show
Everything in our culture makes people, and women in particular, feel that after the age of 40, they're no longer sexually attractive, and this belief gets internalized. But researcher Gina Ogden, in conducting her famed Isis study (a national survey of sexuality and spirituality), found that women in their 60s and 70s were having the best sex of their lives -- people need to understand that the brain is the most important sex organ in the body!
Men and women get into sexual patterns in their teens, 20s and 30s that never change. So in recognizing this, we need to say, "the hardware is going to stay the same, but we can update the software." And you can update the software by trying different things, but mostly by getting to know yourself.
If your body is an instrument, then you're only going to get better by practicing. And quite frankly, from a health standpoint, there isn't a better use of your time. Men take erection-enhancing drugs to increase nitric oxide in the penile blood vessels, but they can increase nitric oxide themselves by improving their sex lives either on their own or with a partner. Orgasms trigger a huge burst of nitric oxide, which balances the neurotransmitters in your body -- the same neurotransmitters that people take drugs to balance. It's a shame because antidepressants lower one's ability for full sexual expression, so the one thing that could really decrease depression is the one thing that the drugs quiet down. People don't realize that you can turn on chemicals in your own body without importing unnatural drugs to do it for you.
If you're fit, you're much more likely to have a satisfying sex life. Being and feeling healthy and being and feeling sexy are synonymous. I just spoke to a 70-year-old friend of mine -- a total fox -- who's trying his luck on eHarmony. So we talked about what people in his demographic are looking for, and we both agreed -- health! When you're healthy and your hardware is working the best it can, you can focus on downloading new software.
Women need to understand that they are far more complicated sexually than men are. For men, the focus is in the genitals. But with women, sex is like a martial art, and women need to master that art and have the ability to move sexual energy around, manipulate sounds and focus on certain areas. The beauty of being over 50 is that you have more time to practice this. Women need 45 minutes to get fully turned-on. Do you know how long the average couple spends making love? 15 minutes. Slow down! Take time!
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