In today’s blog post, we’ll delve into the fascinating world of testosterone and how to naturally optimize your levels for optimal health and wellbeing. We’ll also discuss the importance of maintaining healthy estrogen levels, the role of certain hormones, and the impact of gut health on your testosterone levels. But first, let’s start by understanding the process of testosterone production and the factors that may negatively impact it.
Ready to crack the code on testosterone? It’s time to uncover the secrets behind how your body makes it and, more importantly, how to stop the nasty feedback loop that shuts it down. We’re gonna dive into your brain, hormones, and gut bacteria to make sure your testosterone levels are on the up and up. Let’s go!
Here’s a video of the complete process.
Below is a summary of the video.
- 00:00 – Bad estrogen genetics
- 01:30 – Innaproperate negative feedback loop that shuts off testosterone
- 02:35 – Healthy estrogen levels
- 04:45 – SHBG and free testosterone
- 06:35 – What increases aromatase thus estrogen
- 10:00 – Testosterone boosting activities to come
- 11:30 – The consequences of too much aromatase activity
- 13:40 – How to metabolise estrogen and keep it at healthy levels
- 15:30 – How low testosterone can negatively affact the quality of your life
- 18:30 – Filter your water
- 20:30 – Get off big pharma meds and testosterone lowering supplements
- 24:40 – How EEDCs affect the expectant mother
- 25:00 – Most sunscreen will increase estrogen for days and keep testosterone down
- 27:50 – Non stick frypans, toss them
- 30:40 – Men are becoming estrogen dominant and it’s not their fault, but it is their problem
- 32:30 – Where these EEDC are hiding in plain sight
- 33:30 – The benefits of optimal testosterone, what you are missing out on
- 37:20 – Why you should go organic
- 38:30 – The testosterone advantage
- 44:20 – A warning from Dr Ken Berry, MD
- 46:05 – The summary and final thoughts
The Brain’s Role in Testosterone Production:
Inside your noggin, there’s this thing called a pulse generator that produces a hormone called LH (luteinizing hormone). The brain releases LH, which travels down to your family jewels and makes testosterone. But there’s a catch: if you’ve got too much of a certain hormone (I’m looking at you, estrogen), it can shut down your testosterone production. So what are healthy levels of estrogen for men? Let’s ask Dr. J, our hormone PhD:
According to Dr. J, men should have about 20 nanograms of estrogen per liter. We need some estrogen to protect our heart, arteries, and brain. But when estrogen levels get too high, it can shut down testosterone production, even if you’re at a low testosterone level of around 300.
Enzymes, Estrogen, and Gut Health:
An enzyme called aromatase is responsible for converting testosterone into estrogen. If we block this enzyme, we can help maintain healthy estrogen levels and let testosterone keep on climbing. But there’s more to the puzzle: we also need to ensure that we have high levels of free testosterone, which can be influenced by sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG) and gut health.
New research shows that if you’ve got the wrong gut bacteria, it can lower both serum and brain testosterone levels by degrading the hormone. So even if everything else is in check, bad gut bacteria can still mess with your testosterone levels. Bummer!
Aromatase Enzyme, Insulin, and Cortisol:
So what causes the aromatase enzyme to go haywire? Insulin and cortisol are two major factors. When insulin levels are too high, it can cause testosterone to be converted into estrogen, shutting down testosterone production. Cortisol, the stress hormone, can also wreak havoc on your testosterone levels.
These days, stress is everywhere, and it’s affecting our testosterone levels big time. It’s time to take a deep breath, chill out, and tackle the problem head-on.
Thyroid Hormones and Testosterone:
Thyroid hormones play a significant role in regulating metabolism, energy levels, and overall well-being. In addition, these hormones can influence testosterone production, making them a critical factor in optimizing testosterone levels.
- Enhanced LH Receptor Availability: Thyroid hormones can increase the number of LH receptors in the testicles. With more receptors available, LH can more effectively stimulate testosterone production.
- Increased Enzymes for Testosterone Production: Thyroid hormones also increase the number of enzymes involved in testosterone production within the testicles. This results in a more efficient and robust testosterone production process.
- Improved Testosterone Utilization: Optimal thyroid hormone levels can help regulate the balance between free and bound testosterone in the blood, ensuring that a sufficient amount of free testosterone is available for use by the body.
- Reduced SHBG Levels: Thyroid hormones can help regulate SHBG levels, ensuring that there is an appropriate balance between free and bound testosterone. This can result in more free testosterone available for use by the body.
- Stress Reduction: Healthy thyroid hormone levels can positively influence brain function, reducing fear and anxiety while increasing courage, confidence, and optimism. This can help lower cortisol levels, ultimately benefiting testosterone production.
To ensure that your thyroid hormones are functioning optimally, it is essential to maintain a healthy lifestyle, including proper nutrition, regular exercise, and stress management. Eating a balanced diet rich in essential nutrients such as iodine, selenium, and zinc can help support thyroid function. In addition, incorporating regular physical activity and stress-reduction techniques, such as meditation or yoga, can contribute to overall hormone balance and improved testosterone levels.
It’s all about understanding the intricate dance between your brain, hormones, and gut bacteria to optimize your testosterone levels. When we get all these elements working in harmony, we’ll feel the full effects of testosterone, leading to a healthier, happier, and more energetic life. So grab your hormones by the horns, and let’s get that testosterone party started!