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Testosterone (low)
By Steven Horne, RH (AHG) & Kimberly Balas, ND

Testosterone is the principle male hormone. It stimulates sperm production, libido, muscular strength and the physical characteristics of the male. Low testosterone causes a number of symptoms including frustration and anxiety, mild depression, low self esteem, decreased sex drive, lack of muscle tone and muscle wasting. Men's testosterone levels have fallen sharply; most men have half the levels of testosterone men had 20 years ago. This is very bad for men's health.

TestosteroneHere are some tips for increasing testosterone levels.

Excess estrogens upset the balance between testosterone and estrogen in men and xenoestrogens are a principle cause of this imbalance. While red meat stimulates testosterone levels in men, most commercially raised red meat contains xenoestrogens. If you can find organically raised, grass-fed beef it not only helps you reduce your exposure to xenoestrogens, it will enhance your testosterone levels at the same time.

Pesticides and herbicides, such as DDT and organochlorines, are also xenoestrogens. Eating organically grown food wherever possible and making sure non-organically grown food is washed in a natural cleaning solution like Sunshine Concentrate Cleaner will reduce your exposure to these chemicals.

PCP and thalamus found in plastic materials are also xenoestrogens. They are accumulating in the world's soil, water and air. Because heat releases these chemicals, avoid microwaved in plastic containers, don't drink water from soft plastic bottles after they have been exposed to heat and avoiding placing hot food into plastic storage containers.

Another compound that reduces testosterone levels in men is fluoride. Don't use fluoridated toothpaste or other products containing fluoride. If your water is fluoridated, get a Nature's Spring Reverse Osmosis unit or some other water treatment appliance to remove the fluoride from your drinking water.

Men suffering from any kind of male reproductive problems should also be aware that too many phytoestrogens (estrogenic compounds found in plants) can also cause imbalances in testosterone and estrogen levels. One of the principle culprits here is soy. Widely touted as a beneficial health food, according to the Wesson Price Foundation, "Numerous animals studies show that soy foods cause infertility in animals. Japanese housewives feed tofu to their husbands frequently when they want to reduce his virility." So use soy sparingly.

Men should also avoid consuming large amounts of licorice, as it enhances cortisol levels and decreases testosterone levels.
Hops is another highly estrogenic herb. It contains very potent estrogens that can reduce male sex drive. Since most beer is made with hops, men who are concerned about their fertility or are suffering from male reproductive health problems should avoid drinking beer made from hops.
Finally, grapefruit interferes with estrogen breakdown and should also be consumed sparingly by men who wish to enhance their testosterone lewels.

Drugs can also effect testosterone levels. Classes of medications that may interfere with male reproductive function include anti-inflammatories, antibiotics, antifungal, stations (cholesterol-lowering medications), antidepressants, calcium channel blockers, sleeping pills and high blood pressure medications. Carefully read warning labels to discover if any medications you take may be affecting your reproductive health.

Diets that are high in refined carbohydrates and low in good fats and protein will also damage male reproductive health. High carbohydrate diets stress the adrenal glands and pancreas, resulting in increased levels of insulin and reduced levels of DHEA, a building block for male hormones. Also, the current drive to lower cholesterol levels is increasing depression and reproductive health problems in men. DHEA and all reproductive hormones are made from cholesterol, so driving cholesterol levels too low will actually cause reproductive problems in both sexes.

As suggested earlier, organic meat, eggs and dairy products are actually good for you, especially if they are from grass-fed animals. Get white bread and refined sugar out of your diet and eat fruits and vegetables instead, preferably organic. These foods also protect your body from heart disease and cancer.

Finally, exercise regularly. Regular exercise helps increase testosterone production. It also reduces your risk of cardio-vascular disease, diabetes and other degenerative diseases. Resistance training with weights is especially important for men as they grow older.

The following supplements may also increase testosterone levels. Other remedies not listed here for low testosterone include pine tree pollen and puncture vine.

Below is a list of suggested products. Those in bold are key products for the health issue explained on this page.
For details and ordering simply copy a product's name in the search box above or click on the bold name.

Therapies: Avoid Xenoestrogens and Exercise

Herbs: Cordyceps, Damiana, Eleuthero, Korean Ginseng, Maca, Wild American Ginseng

Nutrients: DHEA-M

Nutraceuticals: Men's Formula and Men's X-Action

Essential Oils: Cinnamon


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