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Last Updated: 05/27/2014 18:26 PST

Men: This 1 Hormone Is Killing Your Sex Drive & Ability To Stay Manly

There is a large problem that’s affecting males worldwide. The problem is not a sickness, disease or a contagious virus. Rather, it’s a problem with our manhood.

What is this worldwide issue?

Low testosterone.

It’s so bad that researchers from Massachusetts found that the average male’s testosterone (and not just older men) has dropped 22% in the last 20 years. The study also concluded that one out of every four men has below average testosterone. In the summer of 2006, Dr. Thomas Travison and colleagues from the New England Research Institutes in Watertown, Massachusetts, presented evidence of a similar decline.

The staggering parts of the results were this – it’s not just older males suffering from the decline. It is also happening among in younger men, too. “A man born in 1970 had about 20 percent less testosterone at age 35 than a man of his father’s generation at the same age,” says Travison. “When I saw another group reproducing our results,” Travison claims, “that was convincing to me that we were seeing a true biological change over time.”

This means a lot.

And here is why it matters – Low testosterone eats away at your manhood. It chews you up, and spits you out the other end a weaker, less ambitious man with low energy.

Let’s look at four of the main reasons for this (And what you can do today to fix them.)

Insulin Overload

Food can dramatically change testosterone levels. The problem with today’s food is the amount of processed ingredients when compared to previous generations. Food contains more wheat, sugar, and corn products, all of which have been shown to inflame the body. Try removing any processed carbohydrates from your diet.

We now know that high carbohydrate diets are not the best idea for the majority of males. The reason behind this is a hormone called insulin. Although insulin is produced after all meals, it increases the most after carbohydrate meals. Insulin has an affect on your testosterone and sex drive. Insulin production halts growth hormone from being secreted.

Growth hormone is vital for testosterone production, so this is vital. Insulin can also have an impact of erectile dysfunction. This can result in less hormone production including testosterone.

Hop To It

Hops is another Test-Killer. Beer contains high levels of hops and is the worst type of alcohol for general health – the combination of hops, sugar and alcohol is not conducive to a lean and strong body. In his book

The Natural Testosterone Plan, Stephen Harrod Buhner writes, “Hops is best known for its use in beer. The majority of physicians and men overlook its potent chemicals and do not realize that beer itself can significantly alter the male androgen levels.” So why is this a bad thing? “Most of the hops in beer is the very potent estrogen estradiol,” Buhner continues. “Estradiol, as it is taken into the male body, causes a direct lowering of testosterone levels in the testes and an increase in SHBG levels, which then binds up even more free testosterone in the bloodstream. The estradiol in hops has also been found to directly interfere with the ability of the testes Leydig cells to produce testosterone.

The presence of this highly estrogenic substance in beer is not an accident,” he says. If you must drink, try red wine or straight spirits instead, and remember to drink in moderation.

Soy – Is It Really A Super-Food?

Soy – once touted as the healthy super food – is not what it seems. Among the many reasons to avoid eating soy is that it is very high in estrogen. When soy is consumed, it will have powerful estrogen-like effects on the body. That’s not good for males. In one study, the males suffered a 19% drop in serum testosterone in only 28 days when supplemented with 56 grams of soy protein powder over that same time period (Prev 2007;16:829–33). High levels of estrogen in men can lead to gynecomastia — enlargement of breast tissue (i.e. “moobs”), water retention, female-pattern fat deposition and mood changes.

High estrogen may also cause a decrease in testosterone, the male sex hormone. Watch out for hidden soy in protein powders and protein bars. And steer clear of soy milk; it’s NOT the holy grail of milk you are led to believe it is.

Stress Levels And Your Testosterone

1,000 years ago, chronic stress did not exist. Sure – we had short-term stress back then (such as when T-Rex wandered through the village, or when there was a war or famine) but nothing compared to today’s chronically-high stress levels. The reason is our busy lifestyle. Between roles at work and home, males are expected to be fit, strong, smart, be good to their friends and family, and to be a high achiever’s. We’re expected to be superman every day. This is great for our ambition and can often elevate us to be, do and become more.

The problem arises when we take no time to de-stress. The chronic stress contributes to high cortisol. Cortisol, known as the stress hormone, can directly reduce testosterone production. Here are 6 tips to reduce your cortisol today:

Take these tips on board for more testosterone and experience less body fat, more strength, greater strength levels and more ambition.


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