Cookies and Low T: The silent sex drive killer.

“Toss my cookies?”

“Yes”

“Doc, say it ain’t so.”

This tough conversation that I had with Ron yesterday was for his own good. Ron’s a 54-year-old who came to me for natural help with Low T. He went to one of those medical centers that wants $10,000 a years for hormone injections every 2 weeks.

The first thing we looked at was Ron’s diet. He was eating a hell of a lot of bread, cookies and pasta. “I can’t imagine life without those things,” he told me.

Many guys have trouble with wheat- the main ingredient in most breads, cookies and pastas. The wheat contains a protein called gluten that a lot of guys have trouble processing in their guts, even though they might not know it.

This gluten problem causes inflammation in the gut, and inflammation is a type of stress on the body. The stress shoots the stress hormone cortisol sky high, and can lower Testosterone or T over time. This will inevitably lead to a guy losing his sex drive.

So one of the simplest ways to start fixing your low T naturally is cut wheat out of your diet. No bread, no cookies, no pasta. I tell my guy patients to give it 60 days. This usually is enough time for them to see 10 pounds drop off without trying. Then they notice they feel better. Along with the rest of the program, they start to feel like a younger version of themselves again. So if your T is low, or your sex drive is low, I can probably help you fix it naturally. But be prepared to toss your cookies!

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Guys over 40 – 3 foods that will cause a low sex drive (and drop your T)

1. Soy, of any kind. Guys should never eat soy, not drink soy milk eat tofu or any other kind of soy. Why? Well, soy contains compounds that mimic estrogen. This can drop T levels, and literally push you down the path of becoming more womanly.
2. Sugar at night. Fat makes estrogen. And nothing makes you fat like sugar at night. Any kind of ice cream, cookies, whatever after dinner is going straight to your gut and turning on your more feminine side. Keep your T high by just saying no. If you’re hungry after dinner you probably didn’t eat enough meat.
3. Friggin’ fruit smoothies.These things are just a ton of sugar, too much sugar again makes fat. Fat makes estrogen and this can lower your T. If you have one of those power blenders at home, try blending up some vegetables and choke them down like a man.
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Shorter duration and higher intensity can help fix your low T

As a 47-year-old guy, I know that too much of a good thing is a bad thing. One common misconception I hear often is the idea that lots of endurance training is good for you. For guys over 40, this isn’t necessarily true.

Prolonged endurance training, like long bike rides, will tend to raise cortisol levels and lower testosterone levels.

When I ride, I prefer shorter duration and higher intensity rides (usually 1-2 hours at the most). This window is enough to provide a training stimulus without creating too much stress on the body.

We frequently help over-trained endurance athletes who’ve lost their sex drive and are dealing with fatigue. The problem, which may be hard to believe, is too much exercise. So the first thing we need to do is dial these guys back, get them into the gym to lift some weights, and teach them that after 40, for most guys less is more.

How does stress lower testosterone levels?

 

It’s very simple. Both cortisol (the body’s primary stress hormone) and testosterone are derived from a hormone called pregnenolone. If you have a bunch of different stressors wearing you down, your body will use the available pregnenolone to make cortisol instead of testosterone. The result is a fat, fatigued, irritable guy who doesn’t have the interest in sex that he once did. But this can be fixed- naturally.

Three gut problems that can destroy a guy’s health.

You might not realize it, but stress in your gut can cause cause your T levels to drop. It can lead to weight can fatigue and a lost sex drive. How is that possible?

Easy. Stress in the gut can cause cortisol to rise. Cortisol is basically a stress hormone. When cortisol is up, and when stress is up, testosterone can drop, especially over the long term. So guys with chronic stomach problems tend to experience the symptoms of lower testosterone in men- fatigue, weight gain and loss of sex drive.

The three most common gut problems that affect guys, even though they might not know it are:

  1. Sir Farts-Alot. Most guys eat a lot of things that don’t agree with them. Foods that don’t agree tend to have trouble digesting, leading to bloating, gas, and diarrhea. We politely call a guy who tends to eat a lot of things that don’t agree with him Sir Farts-Alot.
  2. Hidden Bugs. You’d be amazed how many guys start with, “My problems started after I got sick in Mexico” Or the Philippines. Or Costa Rica. Or wherever.Low-grade infections frequently linger in guys with fatigue, weight gain and lost sex drive. The only way to find out is to test for them.
  3. A Leaky Gut. Guys with underlying gut problems often have Leaky Gut. This means that things that shouldn’t make it out of your gut and into your blood do, often causing problems. This too can drive up your stress hormone (cortisol) response and cause your T levels to drop.
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Swimming for men over 40

Men over 40 should swim. It’s a great way to cross-train your upper body, build muscular endurance in the shoulders and challenge your heart in a different way. Something about being in the water also has a stress relieving effect. It can reduce cortisol levels, help fight fatigue, and improve mood too.

The best news? It’s ok to suck at swimming, because the lack of efficiency actually makes it a better workout. But you need to swim outside – it’s a million times better than swimming indoors. Give it a try!